The Average Weight of a Bichon is 6 -11 lbs, This can Vary alot to the individual Dog. The Heaviest any of our Dogs ever got was 14Lbs. This was in the Males as they became Seniors. They did not look out of Porportion at all just became stocky, more solid.
Being overweight or obese is defined as an accumulation of excess body fat. Additional body fat and additional body weight are related to each other. If your Bichon Frise is overweight, he or she must have excess body fat.
The easy way to measure obesity in a bichon is by measuring its weight instead of measuring its fat. If you want to know that your Bichon Frise is overweight or not and what are the possible causes of obesity in Bichon Frise than read this article.
Is My Bichon Frise Over Weight?
You can consider your Bichons overweight when they weigh 10-20% above their ideal body weight. They are considered obese when they weigh 20% or more above their ideal body weight.
The normal bodyweight of the Bichon Frise dog breed is 6-11 lbs in both male and female dogs. So if your Bichons weighs between 14 – 16 lbs, they are overweight.
Another way to control your dog’s obesity is to feel all of your dog’s ribs without a thick layer of fat on them. At normal weight, the dog’s chest should also be wider than its abdomen and will be a noticeable fold from the chest to the stomach.
On the other hand, an overweight Bichon frise has no waist and no distinction between the chest and stomach.
What are the Symptoms of Obesity in Bichon Frise?
- Bichon Breathes Heavy
- Unable to jump
- Less Active? Bichons are playful Dogs even to old age
- Vet Says Overweight
What are the Risks Associated with Overweight?
When his Bichon Frise got fat, his life span is shortened and he is more prone to different diseases. Heavyweight Bichons are believed to have lived a shorter lifespan than lean dogs, generally between 6 and 12 months.
A study in overweight dogs found that being even slightly overweight can reduce a dog’s lifespan by almost two years compared to other leaner dogs.
In the past, when science was not so advanced, it was believed that fat is inactive tissue, it simply stores excess energy calories and increases body mass. After advancement in veterinary science, it is revealed that fat is biologically active.
Fat secretes many inflammatory hormones and oxidative stress in body tissue, both of which contribute too many diseases.
What are the Causes of Obesity in Bichon Frise?
Here are some of the possible causes of obesity in Bichon frise
As a Bichon Frise ages, it’s lean body mass decreases, resulting in a decrease in total daily energy needs. Your Bichon’s body mass will increase when aging is accompanied by a decrease in voluntary activity.
When a Bichon reaches the age of 7, his daily energy needs decrease by up to 20% compared to his needs as a young adult. If your Bichon food intake does not decrease with their growing age, it will result in an overweight dog.
Neutering / Spaying
When a Bichon frise is castrated, some changes occur in the body. There is a loss of circulating sex hormones in the dog’s body, slowing down his metabolism and predisposing the castrated animal to be overweight or obese.
Some studies suggest that energy intake should be reduced by 30% after castration in Bichons. If your Bichon energy requirements are not decreased, it will result in an overweight dog.
Many medications in Bichon cause obesity. A common anticonvulsant known as phenobarbital can cause polyphagia at high serum concentrations. As a result, food consumption increases and results in overweight or obese Bichon Frise.
Diet plays an important role in excessive weight gain in dogs. The number of times the Bichons are fed per day, the number of meals and snacks, and the consumption of leftovers from the table and all this contributes to the weight gain of Bichon Frise.
Similarly, being overweight in dogs also develops from the use of cheaper food.
Also, dogs that have an elderly owner are more obese because their owner does not take care of their feeding routine.
There are two main mechanisms through which excess white adipose tissue affects canine health. In the first case, excessive fat deposition has many physical effects on the body, including being overweight.
In the second mechanism, the normal endocrine function of white adipose tissue can be altered. The increase in inflammatory adipokines is causally related to the development of the metabolic syndrome and other obesity-related disorders in dogs.
Overweight or Obese Owners
If a dog owner is obese and surrounded by overweight people, then he changes his mind about a normal body. This proprietary mindset also results in the prevalence of obesity within the dog population.
Obesity in dogs also occurs from diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism. If Bichon suffers from diabetes, he develops insulin resistance with excessive caloric intake. The increase in plasma concentration is directly proportional to the increase in Body Mass in dogs.
Dogs commonly suffer from diabetes mellitus that resembles human type 1 diabetes mellitus. Since type 2 diabetes mellitus is rare in dogs.
Hypothyroidism is also a cause of obesity in dogs. Overweight Bichons have higher concentrations of both total T4 and total T3 than non-obese dogs.
Hyperadrenocorticism has been associated with increased intra-abdominal fat deposition. It is combined with the weakening of the ventral abdominal muscles and, as a result, the dog is overweight or obese.
Osteoarthritis, osteochondrosis, and osteochondritis dissecans are the most common obesity-associated problems in Bichon Frise. The Bichon has pain in his joint. This results in less activity and not burning so many calories. The Dog can easily drift into being Overweight.
How to Treat an Overweight Bichon Frise?
The main focus of the treatment of an overweight Bichon is to lose weight. Your vet will recommend serving sizes, feeding times, frequency of treatment, proper food, and exercise options for your dog.
Feed your dog a diet rich in protein and low in fat. It is also important to eliminate table scraps and treats from your Bichon diet. You can feed your dog commercial dog food or homemade dog food to reduce weight.
Exercise is another important point to lose weight. You can exercise your Bichon in 30 minutes of daily walking, training workout, and swimming.
Bichon Frise becomes overweight because of emotional, physical, hormonal, environmental and neurologic components. By regular walk and by changing feeding habits you can help your dog to lead a healthy life.
Bichon Frise Resource Links
|Bichon Frise Club of America||United States||Link|
|Bichon Frise AKC||United States||Link|
|Bichon Frise United Kennel Club||UK||Link|
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