Just as it is for us, keeping our dogs within an ideal weight range is important for their health and wellbeing. Overweight dogs are at an increased risk of a number of illnesses and problems with their organs and joints. Being overweight, even by a relatively low proportion, can potentially shorten a dog’s life expectancy.
It is not unusual for our dogs to pile on a few extra pounds if their diet and exercise regime is not quite up to par. Weight issues and obesity are widespread and growing problems in our pets and something with which a large number of dog owners struggle. Being overweight increases the chances of a number of medical conditions developing with serious implications for a dog’s health, even life-threatening.
If your dog is overweight, a controlled steady weight loss will be beneficial to return them safely to a healthy weight. If you suddenly discover your dog losing weight, particularly if in conjunction with other symptoms or that continues despite the dog eating well, this could mean an underlying medical condition that requires treatment or management is present.
Diabetes is a long-term disease in which blood sugar (glucose) isn’t handled properly. When your dog eats, their digestive system breaks the food down into simple components that can be easily used by the body. One of these simple components is glucose, a sugar that provides energy.
Dog ownership isn't always a walk in the park. Sometimes our beloved pets are ill and dog diarrhoea is something that, as a pet parent, you'll probably have to face someday. In fact, most of us will at one time or another say, "my dog has diarrhoea".
All dogs love their daily walks, well most of them anyway so if your dog seems tired and unenthusiastic about going out or doing other activities, they usually enjoy such as playing or eating it can be a bit of a worry. There could be an obvious reason for your dog feeling lethargic – maybe it’s very hot or perhaps your pooch is exhausted after a long walk or adventure, but it can also be the first clue you get that your dog isn’t feeling quite himself.
None of us enjoy seeing our precious pooches feeling under the weather but nearly all dogs will vomit at some time in their lives. Indeed, it is one of the most common causes for a trip to the vet for our pooches. Just like us, a dog is being sick to expel the contents of his stomach, often the causes of a dog vomiting are down to your pooch eating something he shouldn’t and are isolated events that resolve within 24 hours.
Your dog’s urine naturally contains minerals like calcium and magnesium. When these become concentrated, they can sometimes come together with other minerals to form crystals. Although dogs can be perfectly healthy when they have crystals in the urine, they may be at increased risk of developing bladder and kidney stones.
Tear stains in dogs are a common problem, visible as reddish-brown marks around the dog’s eyes, most easily seen on dogs with white or light-coloured hair. They are usually the result of the dog producing too many tears or having an inability for the tears to drain away as normal.
Dogs are omnivores, meaning they are designed to live on a diet containing both meat and vegetables. Their broad-ranging palate and their ability to gulp down large amounts in one sitting (thanks to an extremely stretchy stomach) earn dogs a bit of a gluttonous reputation.