What Happens When A Dog Eats Too Much?
When your dog eats too much it can lead to bloat, obesity, and, in puppies, skeletal issues. While it's tempting to give in to those puppy dog eyes and feed your pet as much as they want, it's not what responsible pet owners do. Instead, feed your pet according to proper guidelines so they maintain a healthy weight and stay on the path towards a long, happy life.
Obesity In Pets
While all overfeeding won't result in such an extreme case of obesity, even being slightly overweight can diminish your pet's health. Overweight dogs are more prone to develop:
- Heart problems
- Joint issues
- And more
Bloat From Overfeeding
Bloat is a dangerous condition and one potential cause is overfeeding. Food bloat occurs when the dog's stomach gets too full, causing it to expand. This puts pressure on other organs and can cause the dog to have difficulty breathing, restrict blood flow to his heart, and cause tears in his stomach lining.
This condition is potentially life threatening, so see your vet immediately if you notice the following symptoms:
- A swollen stomach
- Trying to vomit but not producing anything
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
How Much Should I Feed My Dog?
Many pet owners who overfeed their pets aren't aware of how much food is a proper amount. While most dog food packages have guidelines printed on them, the best way to be sure you're feeding your dog a proper diet is to talk to your vet.
Just as with humans, a healthy diet for your dog is an important key to a healthy, happy, long life.
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