Obese dogs are at a higher risk of cardiac, orthopedic, and metabolic diseases. They live significantly shorter lives than their healthy weight counterparts and are at a higher risk for complications under anesthesia. Keeping your dog fit and lean is the best way to love them.

Obese Dogs Are At A Higher Risk Of Cardiac, Orthopedic, And Metabolic Diseases. They Live Significantly Shorter Lives Than Their Healthy Weight Counterparts And Are At A Higher Risk For Complications Under Anesthesia. Keeping Your Dog Fit And Lean Is The Best Way To Love Them. -

Obese dogs are at a higher risk of cardiac, orthopedic, and metabolic diseases. They live significantly shorter lives than their healthy weight counterparts and are at a higher risk for complications under anesthesia. Keeping your dog fit and lean is the best way to love them.


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  1. I’ve got a German Shepherd he stays between 70-75lbs and my vet is always ecstatic with his weight/ athleticism. She says she constantly deals with German Shepherds that are overweight because everyone want them to be these monster dogs which really isn’t what the breed is intended to be.

    Also when we take him to the vet he runs circles around/whips up on a lot of those big German shepherds when they play. And after a little time playing with them it’s clear, to at least us, that he’s in a helluva a lot better shape than most of the big massive German Shepherds.

  2. People in the US cant even keep themselves fit so why should they keep their dogs fit? But if you say that to people apparently its fat shaming so stop fat dog shaming.

    On a side note I agree with OP 100%. I cringe when I see an over weight animal. Both animals and humans.

  3. Replace “dogs” with “animals” and boom you’re spitting even better facts. Also what’s aww about this? Dogs are adorable and all but I don’t get what’s ‘aww’ about spreading awareness of not making pets obese. Don’t get me wrong I completely agree with spreading this info.

  4. It is the same for cats, all mamals should have a small amount of fat, but a lot less than people seem to think.

    It is not just the health problems, opperating on overweight animals is really difficult as it is impossible to see clearly as the fat gets in the way. Fat is also increadbly slippery so the chances of slipping and nicking something become a lot higher.

    I would recomend watching the Obesity: The Post Mortem that the bbc made where they conduct a post mortem on an obease woman. All the health issues she had would also be the same for overweight pets or humans…

  5. Also set the example for your dog. You don’t want to die of a massive heart attack or stroke early and leave your dog behind. Eat healthy and exercise regularly with your dog, folks. Being fat or obese is a serious killer for man and dog alike.

  6. People are horrified when I say my dog (43lb) only eats 1.25 cups of food a day. The bag is almost always wrong when it comes to serving sizes. Calculate the calories, not just what the bag says.

  7. I hate it when I see a super fat dog. You’re not spoiling them or loving them, you’re an irresponsible pet owner. Unless the animal has a medical condition that resulted in their weight issue, you should be ashamed.

  8. I have a corgi mix so I definitely obsess about her food, weight, and exercise so she hopefully experiences less complications as she ages. It’s heartbreaking seeing all the overweight dogs knowing their hips and joints are going to suffer from it.

  9. My personal opinion, that’s not the best way to love them. Yes, keeping animals healthy and fit is definitely good for them, there’s no denying that, but the best way to love an animal is different for everyone and every animal. For example my oldest best friend, who was a Queensland, lived to be 19 years old and weighed 110lbs, not exactly the average Queensland, but I loved her with every beat of my heart, I charished every moment we had together, everything we did. When she passed away, she laid in her favorite doggy bed, looked up at me, smiled and wagged her tail, and fell asleep for what would be her last night. That smile told me she was as happy as she could be, that I had given her an amazing life, and that she loved me.

  10. I had a dig growing up, black lab, who was severely overweight and lived to be about 15-20 years. She was about 3-5 years old when were found her. Yeah it doesn’t help but the same goes for humans as well. A person cam smoke like a chimney and drink like a fish and out live a person who gets dies at the age of 40 or 10. Not all animals are the same, just like not all humans are the same.

  11. Unfortunately, changing human behavior is problematic. Dogs like to eat and they want to eat what we eat. People believe that dogs should eat gluten free diets, Paleo diets, and even vegetarian/vegan diets. If you could convince all the wackos you change their ways, I would be most grateful. I’m tired of watching clients tug along their behemoth of a dog that weighs 10-20lbs heavier than it should.

  12. Cannot tell you how many times someone walking a sausage on a leash gave me stink eye for being able to juuuust see my dog’s ribcage. It’s her breed, lady. That’s a healthy weight for her. Your lab that looks like it’s swallowed a prize pig whole, on the other hand…

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    Here is a great article by a veterinarian with references at the bottom on obesity


    This is the ASA classification for anesthesia risk in patients. As the number goes up, the risk of complications under anesthesia also goes up. An obese animal is automatically classed as ASA level 2, without taking into account any other underlying issues they might have.



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