Pet obesity continues to be a growing problem, with a 2015 study estimating that 54% of dogs are considered to be overweight or obese. Being overweight can cause health issues for your dog and affects their overall quality of life. It causes added stress to their joints and can put them more at risk for developing certain diseases. It can be avoided or treated through proper nutrition and exercise. Our team can help by providing your dog with an individualized weight loss or weight maintenance program.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
It is often hard to recognize when your pet is overweight, as the weight gain can be a very gradual process. Our veterinary team can assess your pet’s weight with an evaluation of your pet’s body condition score to determine if your pet is overweight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
There is great individuality with how different pets store the food they have eaten. Some breeds do have genetic tendencies towards obesity such as Dachshunds, Golden/Labrador Retrievers and Beagles, to name a few.
Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?
Weight loss programs need to be directed and monitored by your veterinarian or veterinary team. To have the success, we need to have an accurate weight and body condition score for your dog. We can provide you with a diet plan formulated specifically for your dog’s lifestyle and calorie needs.