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My dog is hiding and acting strange: is it food-related, or does it need medical attention?
It’s tough to pin down the cause of behavior changes in your dog. You know what’s going on with the dog physically, but they still display odd behaviors. From time to time, we all make the mistake of thinking the behavior is related to food. It might be that something else is going on, or not.
I’m going to provide some information about some of the most common and serious physical reasons why your dog might be acting strange. I will also provide some ways to try and fix them.
Food-related is an easy way to start – and it’s probably the most common reason why dogs act weird.
Dog Foods Made with ‘Healthy’ Ingredients
Many dog foods are now made with ingredients that provide ‘healthy’ benefits to the dog. The ‘healthy’ attributes of these ingredients come at a cost – in some cases, a negative cost.
The ‘healthy’ ingredients that have been used in commercial dog food for decades include a mixture of grn by-products and high-carbohydrate vegetable or potato starch. As a result, dogs fed these foods tend to be fat, sluggish, sluggish metabolisms, and even a higher risk of cancer.
These low-protein dog foods contn more fat than lean meats or poultry. The carbohydrates, in turn, encourage the growth of dangerous bacteria in the intestines and contribute to yeast infections.
Not only that, but these foods cause bloating and gas because the carbohydrates trigger excess gas production. The high-carbohydrate ingredients also contribute to weight gn. In addition, the carbohydrates, because they are processed rapidly by the dog’s body, cause a high insulin response.
The high-insulin response can result in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This occurs with most diets that contn excess starch, particularly in the early stages of high-carbohydrate dog foods. These foods may cause a dog to feel hungry, but the carbohydrates are also burned quickly, leaving the dog with a dangerously low blood sugar level.
Dangers of a Fat Dog
Dogs that are overweight or have difficulty walking have a higher risk of cancer. High-fat dog food may make these problems worse, but, more than that, it is likely to cause them.
Many high-fat dog foods include processed animal fats as the primary protein source. When processed animal fats are the mn protein source, a dog has a higher risk of developing food allergies. Processed animal fats are also inflammatory. This creates a dangerous, imbalanced immune system, a weakened immune system, and promotes bacterial growth in the digestive tract. This will only increase the risk of infectious diseases, such as a form of pneumonia called kennel cough.
Eating more fat will not necessarily make your dog obese. It is the quality of the fat that is important. Dog foods with lots of unhealthy fats, such as trans fat, will promote the storage of body fat.
A Dog That’s on the Biggest Diet in Town
Eating too many calories may lead to a “fat dog,” a term that describes a dog that is getting too many calories from its food. These high-calorie foods often contn added sugars, such as chocolate chips or caramel sauce. Dogs that are fed this type of food may become overweight.
The worst kind of fat dog is the sugar dog. A sugar dog may eat enough to put on a few pounds, but she or he does not benefit from those extra calories. The dog is eating the same foods that other dogs eat and, as a result, is just one of many dogs that have a problem losing weight.
The key to getting your fat dog to lose weight is to give him or her only high-quality, balanced dog foods, made of the right kinds of ingredients. These meals may have a higher fat content, but they will also have much fewer calories than his or her usual diet. Your dog’s weight will become a thing of the past if you provide him or her with foods that will help him or her keep his or her weight under control.
Dog Obese? The Basics of Obesity and Treatment
Obesity is a common problem for dogs. Some studies suggest that up to one in three dogs is obese. Obesity is generally defined as a weight that is 10 percent greater than the dog’s ideal weight. Obese dogs often have a higher risk of health problems, such as orthopedic problems and diabetes. Obesity can be a chronic condition that a dog may have to live with for the rest of his or her life.
Obesity is often considered a major factor in the decline of dogs’ lifespans. Many veterinarians consider obesity a contributing factor to a dog’s death, and many dogs are put down for this reason. Dogs who are overweight often don’t reach their full potential. They can be uncomfortable and, if overweight, can develop health problems, including arthritis and diabetes.
While the causes of obesity vary, in most cases it is the result of an imbalance in the diet that the dog eats. A dog’s diet must be carefully planned to avoid the many negative effects of obesity. Most dog owners are not prepared to provide a dly, nutritious diet for their overweight dog.
A dog is considered obese if his or her weight is at least 40 percent above the ideal weight. Many experts believe that the ideal weight for most dogs should be about the same as the ideal weight for humans. A dog’s weight is most often measured by calculating his or her height and then multiplying it by a constant to get the dog’s ideal weight. For example, a 10-year-old male who is 50 inches tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds will have an ideal weight of about 6 pounds.
It is important to remember that a dog’s weight is constantly changing. Depending on the dog’s metabolism, food, and environment, a dog’s weight may decrease when he or she is first fed, then increase after a few hours. Thus, it is important for owners to record a dog’s weight every time the dog is weighed. The average weight of dogs that do not have a history of obesity is approximately 10 pounds. A dog who is overweight can easily gn 10 pounds over the course of just a few weeks.
While obesity is not considered a health problem for most dogs, it can be a contributing factor to many chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and arthritis. When owners do not do anything to help control their overweight dog’s weight, his or her weight often continues to increase. When this happens, a dog’s body becomes resistant to the effects of medications, which can make the owner’s efforts to treat a chronic condition more difficult. Because dogs often have higher than average levels of cholesterol, obesity can also increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.
In addition to obesity, many dogs are overweight as a result of a lack of exercise. While a sedentary lifestyle does not present a serious health risk for most dogs, an overweight dog who does not get enough exercise can have several health problems, including musculoskeletal problems, diabetes, and heart disease. Overweight dogs should be given enough exercise to meet their energy requirements. In addition to the benefits of exercise, regular exercise can also be a great motivator for overweight dogs. Many dogs who have been given too much attention while growing up become overweight as a result.
A dog’s age also influences how much food he or she should eat. Senior dogs often do