Why Your Lab is Getting Fat

Labradors are one of the most adorable pets you could ever hope to keep. These dogs are fluffy, playful, strong, friendly and very affectionate. They come in three different but equally beautiful colors of coat including Black, Gold and Chocolate brown. They make excellent house pets and are very friendly. Their intelligent eyes and floppy ears make them look as though they are perpetually smiling like they’re having the best time of their life. However, quite often you’d see Labradors putting up a bit of weight. These dogs get pretty big in size but does gaining weight really come as part of that package? Well, it’s okay for your dogs to be a little chubby and have that homely look to them but when it comes to Labradors, being overweight might not just end at a little chubby. If you’re not careful, your dog may become very fat!

labrador-434183Now, it is a widely known and acknowledged fact that dogs need exercise. If you want to keep a dog, you’re going to have to take it for walks and play around with it so that you deepen your bond as well as get your beloved pet some exercise. However, in the case of Labradors, exercise may not be the issue entirely. Sometimes labs get fat because of a fault in their genes. According to a recent research into the matter of fat Labradors, we’ve found that due to a certain gene in your Labrador’s DNA, your dog can be hard wired into an impulsive eating habit. This gene is known as POMC and can make your pet lethargic when it comes to activity or even mating. Naturally, with an increased amount of food intake and an almost zero amount of activity, your Labradors’ just going to sit around and eat it’s way to obesity. According to Dr Giles Yeo, a researcher in the study, some labs get fat because a certain gene in their brain is missing, this gene is responsible for monitoring the levels of fat on the dog’s body and without it, the dog’s genome has no idea how much fat it’s carrying. They’re just eating; putting on more weight, not knowing how much is enough. Funny thing is that this behavior pattern of Labradors is very close to that of human beings. Labradors are about the only breed that faces this kind of a difference in their genetic makeup. This scenario is not all that common among other species of dogs; however it’s not unseen either. How you can prevent this from happening is by enforcing a strict diet upon your dog and be careful not to spoil it too much. Oh and yeah, those walks we were talking about are very important, especially for this particular species.

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