4. Your dog is moving gingerly
Obese dogs may move gingerly or assume resting positions with effort.
Obesity in dogs is a contributing factor to bone and joint problems such as arthritis or hip dysplasia.
As with congestive heart failure, there are certain dog breeds that are predisposed to suffering from hip dysplasia, and the severe arthritis that follows, as they age.
An obese dog’s legs, back, and joints are placed under constant, unrelenting strain. In dogs already at risk, obesity only speeds the rate of musculoskeletal deterioration.