We’ve seen an increase in overweight dogs recently. As pet owners ourselves, we realize it may be difficult to notice a slow and gradual increase in weight. As our winters are not pleasant in Newfoundland, it is tempting to stop exercise or slow activity during the winter months. Normally, we end up putting on a little layer of winter weight. We may consider this to be harmless, but being overweight can actually shorten your pet’s lifespan and cause arthritis and other health conditions.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
We use a specific body condition score to determine if your dog is overweight. Anything over a 3 out of 5 is considered overweight. Looking down at your dog, you should be able to see a pronounced hourglass figure. You should be able to easily determine your dog’s waist. If your dog is starting to look more round than an hourglass, then it is time for a weight consult.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Some breeds may be more predisposed to obesity, however, any dog who is inactive and consumes an excess of food can become obese. Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, so if your pet has suddenly put on a lot of weight please contact us for an exam and blood test.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the clinic?
During our weight loss consultation, one of the first things we rule out is a medical condition causing the weight gain. We are also able to provide plenty of support and have a variety of resources available from the food companies directly, so we can continually adapt until we find the perfect fit for your pet’s weight loss journey.