We love our dogs and we show that love in many ways. Sometimes saying you love your dog by giving food treats, may lead to excess weight. Obese dogs do not live as long as dogs who are an optimum weight. To ensure you can love your dog for a long time, watch what they eat.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
A dog is considered overweight when they have over 20% body fat. Sometimes it can be hard to tell on your own, but a weight consult at the clinic can help determine if your dog is overweight. You should be able to feel the ribs and count them, but not see them.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Yes, there are breeds that are more prone to obesity. However, any breed can become obese if they are overfed. Some breed examples that are more prone are Beagles, Labradors, Pugs and that is just to list a few.
Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?
If you are concerned with your dog’s weight, or are curious if they are overweight then you should schedule a weight consultation at the clinic. At this appointment, we will let you know if your dog is overweight or obese and what you can do to help. We will calculate the number of calories needed based on weight loss and can guide you to a food that will be best to help with losing fat and not muscle mass.