Like humans, dogs used to spend a lot of energy finding and catching their food. Now that food is constantly available with very little effort it is easy for our pets to become overweight and is a growing concern in our pets. Allowing our pet to become overweight can increase the risk of diseases like diabetes and joint disease. Keeping our pet fit can help them live a long healthy life.

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When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A veterinarian should examine your pet to determine whether they are overweight or not. Generally, your pet’s weight is determined by evaluating their body condition based on several different factors and not just their number on the scale. Our technicians are happy to offer a free nutritional consult to help you better understand your pet’s food requirements and to help keep them on track.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Yes, there are some dog breeds that are more prone to obesity than others. Older dogs may also be more prone to obesity than younger dogs.

Here is a list of some dog breeds that are prone to obesity:
• Labrador Retrievers
• Pugs
• Dachshunds
• English Bulldogs
• Cairn Terriers
• Beagles
• Cocker Spaniels
• Rottweilers
• Golden Retrievers
• Chihuahuas
• Scottish Terriers
• Pit Bulls
• Boxers
• St. Bernards
• Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
• Basset Hounds

Just because a particular dog breed is more prone to obesity than others doesn’t mean that they will become obese in their lifetime. Proper portion control paired with exercise will ensure that your dog stays slim and trim. This is the best way to keep your pooch the proper weight.

Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at a clinic?

Weight loss and management consultation is an important part of a clinic as pet obesity seems to be on the rise and can cause life-threatening issues if left out of control. Please contact the clinic for a free nutritional consultation.

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