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All dogs can become fat, but are some more likely to gain weight than others? Yes, there are some dog breeds that are more prone to obesity than others. Older dogs may also be more prone to obesity than younger dogs. Here is a list of some dog breeds that are prone to obesity:
- Labrador Retrievers
- English Bulldogs
- Cairn Terriers
- Cocker Spaniels
- Golden Retrievers
- Scottish Terriers
- Pit Bulls
- St. Bernards
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- Basset Hounds
Just because a particular dog breed is more prone to obesity than others doesn't mean that they will become fat in their lifetime. Proper portion control paired with exercise will ensure that your dog stays slim and trim. This is the best way to keep your pooch the proper weight.
It's easy to show affection to our dogs by giving them a treat here and there, but it's not always the best way. Other non-food "treats" might include playing fetch, going for a walk, or a quick belly rub and kiss.
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Some dogs may have health conditions that make it hard for them to lose weight. One example is hypothyroidism. If your weight loss program for your dog doesn't seem to be working, talk with your veterinarian and check to see if there are any other underlying issues.
Knowing what a "fat dog" looks like is helpful, too. You should be able to see your dog's waistline when standing above them.
How do you help keep your dog at a healthy weight?
Help for Overweight Dogs, WebMD
Risk of Overweight & Obesity in Dogs and Cats, State of Pet Health Report