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Doggy Obesity

Is your pup getting a bit round? Fido may be adorable if he’s a little pudgy, but if he becomes obese, he’ll be at risk for some very serious health problems. Those extra pounds can really take a toll on your pet’s health! Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet discusses doggy obesity.

Risk Factors

As one may expect, diet and exercise both play large roles in Fido’s weight. However, some dogs are more likely to become obese than others. Dogs that are over five are at increased risk of obesity, simply because they aren’t as active or playful as younger pooches. Pups that spend the majority of their time indoors are also more likely to get chubby. Our canine pals sometimes gain weight after being fixed. Certain health conditions, such as hypothyroidism, can also cause obesity.

Health Issues

As noted above, obesity can cause a variety of health issues in dogs, including heart disease, liver and kidney issues, skin problems, reproductive issues, and diabetes. That additional weight will also put extra strain on Fido’s bones and joints, which can exacerbate or contribute to painful medical issues like arthritis and hip dysplasia. Dogs that are overweight or obese also have higher risks of developing complications after surgery or anesthesia. They even have shorter lifespans!

Keeping Fido Fit

Making sure that Fido is getting the right type and amount of exercise is very important. Your pet’s exact activity needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health, so ask your vet for recommendations. For instance, small dogs may only need a walk around the block, while an active, medium-sized dog may need an hour of exercise daily. However, Fido’s workouts can be fun for both of you. Playing games like Fetch, or having your pooch chase a laser pointer, can help keep your furry buddy fit.

Diet

Man’s Best Friend is very, very enthusiastic about food. Fido is also an expert at convincing us that he’s starving, even if he just ate. We know, doggy theatrics can be pretty convincing. That’s one reason why it’s so important to follow your vet’s nutritional recommendations. If you know that your pet has eaten exactly what he should have, you’ll be less likely to fall for those sad puppy dog eyes.

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!

6 Ways to Pamper a Senior Dog

Is your canine pal entering—or already in—his golden years? Your pet’s senior years are a very special time. However, while Fido may always be a puppy at heart, his needs will change as he grows older. Here, a Downey, CA vet lists some great ways to spoil a senior dog.

Comfy Bed

There are few things more adorable than senior dogs napping comfortably in their beds. One of the best things you can do to keep Fido comfortable is to get him a good doggy bed. Orthopedic beds are excellent for senior dogs, because of the extra support they offer.

Elevated Dishes

Fido may find it easier to eat from raised dishes than from bowls on the floor. This is because your pup may have to splay his legs to eat from ground level. This can strain his neck and back.

Swimming

Swimming can be great exercise for older dogs. Because the water will support Fido’s weight, it’s much easier on his bones and joints than other activities. Just be sure to check with your vet first, as swimming isn’t suitable for every pooch.

Pain Management Treatment

There are now quite a few different options for helping our canine companions feel better. Fido may develop hip dysplasia, arthritis, or other medical conditions that cause him pain and/or affect his mobility and quality of life. Ask your vet for specific treatment recommendations.

Massage

Massages can be just as soothing and beneficial for dogs as they are for people. Look for a good pet masseuse, and treat Fido to a relaxing session.

Love

The time we have to spend with our furry best friends often passes much too quickly. At the end of the day, Fido really just wants to spend time with his best buddy: you. Dogs don’t have as much time as we do, so by the time they reach their senior years, every moment we spend with them is precious. Make your canine friend feel loved and safe by offering him lots of treats, ear scritches, and belly rubs, and just spending time with him. Our four-legged friends often become super sweet and lovable as they age. You may really enjoy this special stage of your beloved pet’s life!

Do you have questions about senior dog care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Downey, CA pet clinic, anytime.