Overweight Dog Help
One of the most common health problems in North American dogs is obesity. On average, a NORMAL weight dog lives TWO YEARS longer than an overweight dog. Obesity leads to joint disease, cardiopulmonary disease, diabetes, pancreatitis, hyperthermia, fatty liver, and other conditions that affect your dog’s quality of life. “If your dog is overweight, then you aren’t getting enough exercise.”
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
We use a Body Condition Score to assess body weight: a score of 3/5 (or 5/9) is considered normal. A normal dog has a waistline visible for the side and the top, does not have a saggy belly, and his ribs and spine can be felt with gentle pressure.
Do some breeds prone to obesity?
Yes, some breeds are more prone to obesity: Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Beagle, Shetland Sheepdog, Boxer, Basset Hound, Cairn Terrier, and Labrador Retriever. But any dog can become obese. Remember, your dog is not in charge of his meals and exercise, YOU are!
Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?
We can help determine the ideal intake and time frame for safe and healthy weight loss for your pet.