The subject of fat in the chest of dogs

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Quite often, it is difficult to explain how fat in the chest of the dog can cause problems with hypertension on the lung side. People do not realize that a dog can carry fat in between the lungs and around them. There is a layer of fat around the heart called the pericardial fat. Between the lungs it is called mediastinal fat. The fatter the dog, the more fat there is between the lungs. All of this; on top of fat that is surrounding the heart, limiting its excursions. That too, the overweight condition reduces the dogs ability to exercise. 
Author: Dr. Erik Johnson
Dr. Erik Johnson is the author of several texts on companion animal and fish health. Johnson Veterinary Services has been operating in Marietta, GA since 1996. Dr Johnson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr Johnson has lived in Marietta Georgia since 1976.