Is Your Dog in Good Shape?

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Your vet has probably already discussed with you how easy it is for even the most diligently cared for pet to put on weight. As well as the obvious potential causes - eating too much, excessive snacking or exercising too little - there can be other contributing factors:

  • As pets age, they become less active and therefore need fewer calories
  • Some breeds are more predisposed to weight gain than others, including Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels and mixed breed cats
  • The process of neutering or spaying alters the metabolism of pets, making them prone to weight gain
  • Occasionally weight gain is associated with specific medical conditions that require particular treatment

Other signs to watch for:

  • Collar needs loosening
  • Slow movement
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeps more than usual

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