If your husky is fat you might want to know why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of possible causes of it being fat and what you can do about it.
So, why is my husky so fat? Possible reasons are that it is eating things that it shouldn’t be, it might be eating too much of the right foods, a lack of exercise, illness or it could be genetically big.
There are actually a number of reasons why your husky might be fat and it could be a combination of reasons. However, there are also a number of things that you can do about it.
Why your husky is so fat
Each of the different reasons why it is fat will likely come with some clues.
Below are a number of possible causes and what would make them more likely.
An issue with its diet
The reason why it is fat could be that there is an issue with the diet it is getting. It might be that it is eating the wrong foods, too much of the right foods, someone might be feeding it without you knowing or it might be eating things it finds without you knowing.
Generally, a Siberian husky should be eating between 860 and 1290 calories per day. It would help to consult with your vet to confirm that it is eating the right foods and that you have been feeding it the right amount of calories.
It would also help to make sure that there are not any opportunities for it to eat things it shouldn’t be and that no one else is feeding it without you knowing. You can look here to see what you should be feeding it.
It’s not getting enough exercise
Huskies are a breed that were bred to be very active for most of the day. As a result, they are meant to get a lot of exercise daily. When they do not get enough exercise it can cause them to become fat.
Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day. If your husky has not been getting that much and it is healthy it would help to make sure that it does.
Illness or injury
Illness or injury could also be causing your husky to be fat. If it is ill or injured it might not be being as active as normal but if it is eating the same amount it will cause it to start putting on weight. This would be more likely to be the reason if your husky has become fat suddenly and if it has been showing signs of being ill or injured such as by being fatigued or limping. If it does seem like it might be ill or injured the best option would be to take it to a vet.
As huskies become older they will become less active. If your husky has gradually gotten fatter as it has become older it could be because it is not getting as much exercise as it did in the past but it is still eating the same amounts.
In this case, it would help to confirm with your local vet that you are still feeding it the right amounts.
It could be the case that it is genetically predisposed to being large. This would be more likely if your vet has not noticed any issues in checkups and if it has always been fat and it has not come on suddenly.
Consider if it has always been fat
When trying to figure out why your husky is fat it would help to consider if it has always been that way or if it has come on suddenly.
If it has become fat suddenly it would be more likely to be due to things such as a change in its diet, illness, injury or suddenly getting less exercise. It would help to consider what else changed when it started being fat.
Whereas, if it has always been fat it would make it more likely to be genetic especially if your vet has not found any issues. But, it could still be the case that it has not been getting enough exercise or that it has been getting the wrong diet.
How to get your husky to be less fat
Below are a number of things you can do about your Siberian husky being fat. You will likely find that making use of a combination of them will work best.
Make sure that it is eating the right foods
It would help to make sure that your husky is eating the foods that it is meant to be. You can look here to see foods that dogs can and can’t eat. It would also help to make sure that no one else is feeding it and that it doesn’t have access to things that it might be eating as well.
Make sure that it is eating the right amount of calories for its activity levels
It would also help to make sure that it is eating the right amount of calories for its size, age and activity levels. Generally, Siberian huskies should be eating between 860 and 1290 calories per day but this could be different for your husky so it would help to ask your local vet when you see them next.
Give it exercise
If your husky is not currently getting a lot of exercise and the vet has confirmed that it is healthy it would help to make sure that it does get exercise. You can give it exercise by walking it yourself or you could get a dog walker to do it for you.
Take it to a vet
If you cannot figure out why your husky has gotten fat, it has become fat suddenly or it seems like it might be ill or injured, the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to rule out the possibility of it being due to a more serious cause and get expert advice tailored to your specific husky.