Obesity is a huge issue in the pet world. Extra treats, too much food and not enough exercise can all lead to additional weight that can have a huge impact on your dogs’ quality of life and life expectancy.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

This is always the first question pet owners ask. An easy rule of thumb is that ribs should be easily felt when running your hand over them (without pushing in), but not so that they are sticking out. Dogs should have a tuck to their waist when looking at them from the top and side.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Stocky or “short body” breeds are prone to obesity. A few notable mentions are Pugs, British Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, and Labs.

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

Set up an appointment to bring your dog in and we can let you know if your dog is overweight and what weight is ideal for your pet. We can then calculate how many calories your dog needs to lose weight and set up regular weigh-ins to help keep things on track.

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