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Overweight Dogs

A healthy weight is very important for your pooch’s overall state of health. Maintaining a proper diet and exercise will help your dog to live a long and happy life.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


Your veterinarian will start by figuring out your pup’s Body Condition Score. This is determined by a physical and visual exam of your pet’s body, including whether their ribs are visible or easily felt. The score is between 1 and 9, with 1 being the most underweight and 9 being the most overweight score.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?


Although any dog can become overweight, some breeds are more well known for their weight gain. Your veterinarian can discuss whether this is a concern for your pooch.

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


Just like with people, there is a higher risk for many health issues, due to carrying excess body weight. Our overweight canines are at a higher risk for joint issues, heart disease, diabetes, anesthetic/surgical risks and reduced liver function. If you are suspicious that your pup is overweight, our team can help you to determine a proper weight loss program and suggest a goal weight for your pet.

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