Managing your pet’s weight can be challenging, but it is very important for their health and wellbeing. Over 50% of dogs and cats are overweight. Excess weight can lead to joint disease, respiratory disorders, skin problems, urinary tract diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
There is no straightforward answer, as every single dog has his/her own ideal body weight. Body condition scoring helps determine an ideal weight for each dog. Please ask us to show you how to assess the body condition score of your pet. Monitoring your dog’s weight and body condition score can help you detect subtle increases or decreases. Detection of weight changes will allow you to adjust your dog’s diet and exercise to help prevent and control weight gain.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Dogs of any breed can become overweight if fed more calories than they are burning off with exercise. There are some breeds that tend to be more food motivated than others, however, and that seem to have a slower metabolism. Breeds at risk include Golden Retrievers, Pugs, Beagles, and Labrador Retrievers, to name a few.
Why should my dog have weight loss consultation at the clinic?
We can assess your dog’s weight and body condition score to determine a diet and exercise plan that best suits your pet’s body, activity level and lifestyle.