Overweight Dog Help
Obesity is a growing epidemic among the canine population, and it puts them at risk of developing additional health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, increased frequency of joint injuries, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer. Getting a dog back to an ideal weight can add not only years to your dog’s life but it can also make those extra years more enjoyable for both the dog and their humans.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
To determine if your dog is overweight, it is best to consult with your veterinary team. They will perform a body condition score, a tool used to assess your dog’s weight. We will be able to assist you with feeding recommendations based on this score.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
All breeds have the potential to become obese when they are overfed and/or not receiving enough activity.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?
It is never recommended to start your pet on a diet without consulting your veterinarian first. They will be able to determine if there is an underlying medical condition that is contributing to or causing your dog’s excess weight. Some common diseases associated with weight gain include hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. These diseases, along with others, should be eliminated as they can cause or contribute to your dog’s weight problem.
Having a consultation with our veterinarian team gives them an idea of the total daily caloric intake as well as the lifestyle and feeding behaviours of your pet. A dietary and exercise plan will then be developed and a schedule for regular follow-up weight checks will be determined. Each dog is different and adjustments to the recommended diet and/or exercise routine may be required before finding the correct approach to weight loss. Pet owners that follow up regularly with our veterinary team have much greater success with their pet’s weight program because we can help alleviate any frustrations or concerns you may be having. We also discuss ways to increase activity, perform body condition assessments and make adjustments to caloric intake depending on the rate of weight loss.