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A Pooch with a Paunch

Hi All,
Oscar here.
Everyone loves a fat dog. They’re so cute and soft and pudgy!
But just like in humans, in some instances, being overweight can have repercussions on your health. Now, when animals gain weight, there’s lots of different reasons why it happens, some of which are in yours —and their—control (a few too many table scraps, a heavy hand when it comes to pouring out that dry food, not enough exercise) and others that are more just (bad) luck of the draw.
One of these conditions is something called hypothyroidism. Solely relegated to dogs (we cats don’t get this disease), this is basically when a dog has an under active thyroid and the thyroid gland isn’t making enough thyroid hormone to help the body function normally. One indicator that this is what’s going on with your dog? You guessed it, weight gain. Some others?
Your pooch starts to move slowly and seems a bit listless
Their coat isn’t shiny and glossy and they’re suffering from hair loss and looking kinda patchy
Skin infections seem to occur spontaneously
Attentive owners may look at this while it’s happening and think to themselves, “is my dog gaining weight? How is that possible, I feed them right and take care of them.” Well, the good news is, it’s nothing that you or poochy is doing wrong—it’s just the body acting up. And the better news is, this condition is treatable with a thyroid hormone pill.
So, if you notice your pooch putting on a paunch and it seems at odds with everything about their diet and lifestyle, bring them in for a checkup. They don’t have to suffer from hypothyroidism!
Til’ next time,
Oscar

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