Overweight pets tend to have a shorter life expectancy due to the likelihood of injury and disease. Limiting treats, feeding the proper diet, and measuring each meal can help to keep your pet at their ideal weight.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
We measure body condition scale (BCS) between 1 to 5. 3 would be your pet’s ideal weight and 5 would be obese. If your pet is above 3, your veterinarian can help you work towards their ideal weight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
No breed of dog is prone to obesity. However, some dogs are prone to eating a lot more and are therefore more susceptible to weight gain and obesity.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?
If your pet is overweight, a consultation at the hospital can be very helpful. Knowing your dog’s history, we can create a feeding guide tailored to your pet’s needs.