Did you know that 53 percent of dogs in America are obese? Canine obesity is a serious problem but it is generally caused by two simple factors: Your dog gets too many calories and/or your dog doesn't get enough exercise. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? It's the same problem some people have!
According to PetPlace, if your dog is overweight, it's time to create an "obesity management program." That isn't as hard to do as the name implies: It means collaborating with your vet to properly feed your dog and ensure adequate exercise. It's important that everyone in your household understand and agree to the program so you can maintain consistency.
Dogs follow the lead of their people -- and they know how to push your buttons! While you may think it is a nice treat to give your dog "people food," particularly around the holidays, it really isn't a good idea. Just like with people, that's when pups can pack on the pounds. In addition, even if your dog seems hungry (and some dogs always seem hungry) it's best to keep portion sizes appropriate. For most dogs, daily exercise is an important part of obesity management -- so you or someone in your household needs to make that commitment. You should also know that some dog breeds, such as labs and golden retrievers, are more likely to gain weight as they age than others.
Here's a helpful article about dog obesity causes and cures from PetMD.