Proper diet and exercise are crucial to a long, healthy life for your dog. If those needs are not being met, your dog will likely become overweight or obese, which often leads to various other, more serious health problems, such as heart and mobility issues. According to a 2011 study, 53% of dogs are overweight or obese.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
Veterinarians use a 5-point scale to determine the body condition of a dog. For example, a 1/5 would be an emaciated dog and a 5/5 would be an obese dog. 3/5 is the ideal body score. Using this scale, a 4 or 5-point body score would mean your dog should lose some weight. An easier way to judge this is to try to feel the dog’s ribs and spine. If there is so much fat on top of them that you can’t feel the bones, then your dog is probably overweight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Some of the breeds we most commonly see come in the door overweight or obese include Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, Newfoundlands, Pugs and Rottweilers. However, any breed of dog can become overweight with improper diet and exercise!
Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at a clinic?
If you suspect your dog of being overweight, it is a great idea to make an appointment to see a veterinarian for a nutritional consultation to help prevent further medical issues from arising and to make your dog much more happy and comfortable! Please call us at 506-388-8880 if you would like to book an appointment.