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Identifying Dog Obesity

Just as obesity is a problem for humans, it is also a problem for dogs.  When dogs are overweight, they can experience symptoms like:  difficult breathing, heat intolerance, joint problems and diabetes.  Dogs that are obese may also be more prone to suffering injuries.

How to Tell if Your Dog is Obese
There are a few ways you can tell if your dog is obese.  First, stand to one side of your dog and look to see if its tummy is tucked upward.  If its stomach is in a straight line with its rib cage or sagging below the rib cage, it may be obese.  Second, feel its ribs to see if you can easily identify bone or fat.  If your feel more fat and little bone, it is a sign of obesity.  Finally, seek the professional advice of a veterinarian.

What to Do if Your Dog is Obese?
If your dog happens to be obese, know there are a few things you can do to help it lower its weight.  The first thing you will want to do is modify its diet.  This may mean giving your dog less food and treats.  The other thing you will want to do is make sure your dog gets sufficient exercise.  This can be accomplished with daily walks and play time.