It can be a touchy subject…the vet says fluffy is a little “too fluffy” and needs to shed some weight.  We take great offence!  It’s like someone is calling US fat.  However, in defense of the vet, they are only looking out for your dog’s longevity.  Excess body weight can have a significantly negative effect on your dog.  Increased risk of cancers, arthritic changes, kidney dysfunction, diabetes, breathing difficulties and the list goes on.  All of these things can shorten the lifespan of your dog.

In the United States, it is estimated that 56% of dogs are overweight or obese.  We pride ourselves in Canada on being better than our American neighbours, but chances are our own stats are likely not far off.  And the numbers are rising.

How does your dog measure up?  Your vet should be measuring your dog’s weight and assessing their body composition and letting you know if they are at an ideal weight or not.

 

What can you do if your dog is overweight?

  • Calorie reduction
    • fewer treats or different treats…Fruits and veggies!
    • reduce/eliminate table scraps
    • reduce amount of food given at each feeding
  • Exercise
    • we need to get the dog moving more but safely
    • a physiotherapist trained in canine rehab can help develop a program that is safe and tailored specifically for your dog.

If you would like more help on developing a weight loss program for your pet, we can help.  Please call or e-mail for more information.

If you would like to learn more about pet obesity these are some great resources:

https://petobesityprevention.org/

https://www.purina.co.uk/dogs/health-and-nutrition/exercise-and-weight-management/dog-body-condition-tool