High blood pressure is also called hypertension, and it can be fatal for obese dogs. The heart must work even harder to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the dog’s body when he is obese. That extra work can lead to congestive heart failure, which is fatal if it’s left untreated.
Do obese dogs die earlier?
Among all breeds, the risk of earlier death was higher among overweight dogs. The impact ranged from a life span of five months shorter for male German shepherds to two years and six months shorter for male Yorkshire terriers.
Do overweight dogs breathe faster?
If a dog is obese, fat in their abdomen pushes their diaphragm forward and prevents their lungs from expanding normally. It becomes harder for them to get enough oxygen and therefore causes them to breathe faster.
How do you know if your dog is obese?
No matter your dog’s breed, you should be able to feel all of your dog’s ribs without a thick layer of fat over them. Your dog’s chest should also be wider than his abdomen, with a noticeable tuck-up from chest to stomach. An overweight dog will generally have no waist and no distinction between chest and stomach.