Overweight Help

Guidance on nutrition to support and maintain your pet's overall health and well-being.

A healthy weight is very important to the overall well-being of your dog. Excessive weight gain may be due to a high-calorie intake, sedentary life, or possibly an endocrine/hormonal disorder. Being overweight can predispose your dog to a variety of conditions, especially joint diseases.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A dog is considered overweight when it’s “body condition” (essentially, it’s a fat percentage) is above ideal. Signs would be: excessive fat carrying over the ribs, loss of a “tummy tuck” or side profile, and loss of a waist on top profile.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Some breeds are more prone to obesity, such as Labrador retrievers, Beagles and Golden retrievers. However, any breed of dog can become obese, especially with calorie-rich foods and treats that are available in this day and age.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?

A weight-loss consultation is very important. As mentioned previously, it is important to determine the cause of the weight gain and the appropriate cause of action. At the hospital, your veterinary team can come up with a feeding plan and timeline for your dog’s weight loss, leading to an overall happier and healthier life

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