Waste not, Weight not
Beaverton Vet Hospital’s Weight Management Series
Did you know obesity cuts a dog’s life short by around 2 years
Dog weight management is a major concern for the staff and clients at Murrayhill, your premier Beaverton Vet Hospital. In fact nationally, the proportion of overweight and obsese dogs has doubled over the past ten years and a fourteen-year study conducted by Purina and published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association found overweight dogs die nearly two years earlier than their healthy weight counterparts and suffer significant the health complications from the extra weight. So next time your dog gives you those puppy dogs eyes, the best thing you can do for your dog is reward your dog with pets, walks and games. If you feel you must reward your dog with treats, see our article on healthy dog treats.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates 35 percent of dogs are overweight, with 20.6 percent obese, according to the annual Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey. The survey found that obesity rates escalated from just over 10 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2010. Sadly, their numbers reflect what we see in our Beaverton Vet Hospital.
If you share leftovers with your dog, you are not doing your pet any favors. Despite what your dog’s puppy eyes might say, human food is bad for pets and a leading cause for increased weight and obesity in pets. At Murrayhill, your local Beaverton Vet Hospital, we see obese pets all too often. When dogs are overweight, their bodies actually work against them. Pro-inflammatory hormones are produced by the fat cells which cause damage to every organ of the body including the heart, kidneys, pancreas, an the joints. In addition, there are many other unfavorable changes in the body which can lower your dog’s metabolism, increase their appetite, and cause other serious medical conditions. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference to your pet’s health. In fact, just a few extra pounds can lead to serious health complications such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.
Within our Beaverton Vet hospital, we offer carefully formulated food for your dog’s diet, designed to help weight reduction and healthy weight management. Talk to us about options for a healthy diet plan for your pet.
To keep your pet’s weight in balance, exercise plays a vital role. Taking your dog for two 30 minute walks a day is good for you and your dog! Be a good neighbor though and take your pick-up bags along. Portland Metro residents are blessed with excellent dog parks. The doctors at Murrayhill, your Beaverton Vet Hospital, are putting out a list of their favorite area dog parks for their spring newsletter. Look out for it on your mailboxes.