Chubby dogs may be the cutest canines on your street, get lots of love and make everyone smile, however their extra pounds can be the cause of dozens of health issues that will make these overweight dogs suffer and rack up expensive medical bills at your vet. It’s hard to say no when your dog begs for treats until one day you notice he’s twice the size he was last year and your veterinarian tells you to cut back on his food because your dog could develop diabetes or a heart condition that will add lifelong dog health expenses and potentially shorten your dog’s life.
This news brief gives you 7 ways your pudgy dog could cost you more in health expenses so you’ll understand the consequences of canine obesity.
7 Ways Chubby Dogs are in Danger of Expensive Health Risks
- Knees – Extra weight can put your dog at risk for knee and leg injuries and your dog may need cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) surgery. The average cost for CCL surgery is $3,500 without dog health insurance coverage. Additional costs are for physical therapy that can run as high as $100 per visit as needed.
- Arthritis – Inflammation around your dog’s joints builds up with more pounds to carry around and your dog may develop a limp or become lame from the pain he suffers with arthritis. You may need to spend $1,000 or more to treat your dog’s arthritis, provide a dog wheelchair and pay for medicine to reduce your dog’s pain and arthritic symptoms.
- Hygiene – Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) increase when chubby dogs can’t reach areas to clean because of their body weight. The cost to treat UTI’s can be more than $500 each time your dog gets an infection.
- Back – If your dog carries 5-10 pounds over his healthy weight there’s a good chance he’ll have back problems sooner or later. Corgis, Dachshunds and Basset Hounds are prone to intervertebral disc disease (IDD) which can result in surgery that can be more than $2,000. However, back problems are common in all breeds when your dog is overweight.
- Cancer – Obesity in dogs can often be one cause of cancerous tumors. The cost for tests and treatment for your dog with cancer is over $2,000. Medical expenses can be a minor point for your family compared to what your dog must endure with this disease.
- Stomach – Too many treats, large portions of food and reduced exercise can contribute to your dog’s weight gain. The consequences for chubby dogs can be things like an upset tummy, gas, diarrhea, liver disease, vomiting and dehydration. The cost for vet visits to solve these health problems add up over the years. Stomach-related health issues are one of the most common reason for vet visits and thousands of dog owners are unpleasantly surprised with average bills of $500 – $1,000.
- Diabetes – Table scraps, pieces of pizza, bites of cookies and treats loaded with carbohydrates and fat could be the catalyst for your dog to develop diabetes. If your dog suffers from diabetes, you are faced with daily responsibility for his health and additional dog health expenses throughout your dog’s life. The estimated annual cost starts at $1,000 to cover vet visits and blood sugar maintenance.
Tips to Prevent Canine Obesity
- Exercise – Light to moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day helps keep your healthy dog from growing into the obese weight category of chubby dogs.
- Diet – Work with your vet so you feed your dog a breed specific nutritionally balanced diet with limited treats for being a good dog.
- Habits – Bad habits are hard to break, however your dog depends on your help to keep him at his healthy weight. It’s never too late to change your habits like limiting treats to once a day. Obesity can shorten your dog’s life, reduce his quality of life and even worse, you may face tough decisions when presented with a big bill to pay because your dog is overweight.
This article gives you reasons to keep your dog at his healthy weight to prevent him from the risks of obesity including extra expenses to care for a chubby dog.
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