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The Effects of Being Overweight on Dogs

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Did you know that joint stiffness is one of the most common issues that can affect your dog’s health? And, just like in humans, one of the main reasons for joint stiffness in dogs is excess weight. More than half of dogs and cats in North America are overweight or obese. Obesity in pets is now the most important disease process pet owners must face. The effects of obesity are far-reaching because it contributes to many other diseases and shortens our pets’ lives. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancer in addition to causing joint and hip pain.

Recent scientific data reveals that excess weight alone actually shortens a dog’s life expectancy by as much as two years. With joint stiffness, your dog’s joints either become inflamed and stiff, or the bones rub together. Which also causes pain and stiffness. Being overweight sets the stage for joint damage and subsequent joint stiffness. This is because extra weight intensifies the stress that’s put on your dog’s joints, and can make common conditions such as hip dysplasia even worse.

The easiest and most reliable way to understand if your dog is overweight is with your eyes and hands. Here are a few key areas of your dog you should examine:

  • Abdomen – This part of your dog should look like it ‘tucks up’. Ideally, the angle from your dog’s abdomen to their pelvis should be between 30 and 35 degrees.
  • Ribs – In healthy dogs, you should be able to easily feel your dog’s individual ribs with your fingers.
  • Lower back – At the bottom of the rib cage, you should be able to feel an hourglass-shaped indentation.

What can you do for your dog to prevent and/or manage obesity?

Take a read below for some general advice to get you and your pet started on a healthy exercise routine.

  • Contact your veterinarian – Your vet is your best resource for your dog’s weight loss and weight control. They will recommend a specific type of food and portion per day. Your vet will provide guidance on how to deliver food portions based on lifestyle, convenience, and your dog’s individual needs. If there is already evidence of osteoarthritis, reducing inflammation and pain will encourage your dog to become more active, which in turn will help speed appropriate weight loss.
  • Walk your dog – Dogs love to go for walks. And, walking has many benefits for people and dogs.  Studies have shown that a 30 thirty minute walk, three times per week can reduce blood pressure, increase energy, improve your sense of well-being, and lower weight. For you and your pet.
  • Monitor weight loss – Weigh your pet every week or so and write down the number. If weight loss stops, reevaluate what you’re doing.
  • Massage your pet – Massaging increases circulation, which is important because it feeds tissues and muscles that have been damaged by joint degeneration. Massage helps break up adhesions that form in the connective tissue of a stiff arthritic dog. Gentle manipulation of the tissues and muscles reduces pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, and stiffness.
  • Go for a swim – If you live in a warm climate or have a pool, taking your dog for a swim is an ideal exercise. Swimming is low impact and an activity many dogs enjoy. Swimming enables your pet to burn some calories and keep their joints moving without worrying about the impact on their joints.

How Flexpet May Help

In addition to exercising your pet safely, Flexpet is a safe and all-natural way to help relieve pet joint pain and improve pet quality of life. Flexpet is the only pet product on the market using CM8. It’s designed to help with joint discomfort and inflammation in pets – without the use of prescription medication. Flexpet has been on the market for 20 years and is recommended by veterinarians. Flexpet is highly reviewed on Amazon by verified purchasers. Furthermore, Flexpet is made from human-grade ingredients, in the USA.

We strive to make it as easy as possible for new users to try Flexpet. We give a money-back guarantee so there is no risk. If you don’t feel like you saw results from Flexpet, you can return the empty bottles/pouches and we’ll refund your full purchase price (minus shipping and handling). We also have a fantastic and knowledgeable customer care team available to answer all of your questions at 1-800-505-0575.

Flexpet is available in a maximum strength soft chew product for large dogs and those in severe pain, as well as a regular strength chewable tablet (our standard formula). Both forms are tasty treats to our pets so they won’t even know they’re taking a supplement. If you have a dog who is suffering from joint discomfort, we encourage you to give Flexpet a try. You have nothing to lose but your dog’s pain!

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