The saying ‘killing with kindness’ is not without truth. Overweight pets are at risk for diabetes, joint disease, skin issues – problems at best are annoying and at worse life-threatening. The easiest way to prevent weight-related health issues is to avoid obesity. Measure food as instructed by the package. Limit treats. Use your annual physical exam as an opportunity for the veterinarian to review weight management and provide a nutritional consultation.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
In general, any animal with an elevated body condition score would be considered overweight. Hill’s pet nutrition has developed a more objective metabolic measurement system that uses skeletal size in its calculations. Our staff and veterinarians would be happy to see your dog and provide an opinion on weight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Some breeds may be ‘big boned’ but there is no reason for any breed to have layers of fat on their body. There is some recent research suggests that there may be some gene deletions that affect weight, but no direct causal association has been established. The old rules of calorie intake versus output still apply.
Why should my dog have weight loss consultation at the clinic?
Weight loss consults should be an opportunity for monitoring your dog’s weight loss program and adjust based on response and your feedback. Our staff can review methods of feeding that may enrich your pet’s life, as well as reduce weight. We also have access to a number of nutritionists for input on a diet if struggling to succeed.