As a dog owner, you make choices for your pet regarding their nutrition, exercise and well-being every day. These choices can affect your dog’s body weight, which plays an essential role in your dog’s overall health. All too often, your dog’s weight gain sneaks up on you. For this reason, it is a good idea to frequently weigh your dog and have your dog’s body weight scored.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
We use a body condition score to determine a dog’s ideal body weight. Your veterinarian will score your dog’s body weight during their annual physical exam. Although every breed is different, dogs are typically considered overweight when their ribs are not easily felt, and they do not have a visible waistline.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
All breeds can be prone to obesity depending on their lifestyle, dietary habits and systemic diseases. Obesity has become a major health epidemic in our pets over the years and is the number one cause of most underlying diseases.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?
It is important to have weight management consultations to get the most accurate information required for your pet to successfully get to a healthy weight. Weight loss does not happen overnight and is an ongoing commitment. Having the guidance and support of a professional outside of the home can help you stay on track and help your pet safely meet their weight goals.