More than 50% of dogs and cats in North America are overweight or obese. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes mellitus, heart disease, and various cancers. Obesity can lead to joint damage and subsequently osteoarthritis. Fat cells contribute to inflammation and inflammation causes pain.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
A dog should have a “waist” visible in his or her abdomen, behind the rib cage, as viewed from above and the side. Also, you should be able to feel your dog’s ribs easily, without poking through fat. If either of these are not the case, please book a nutrition consultation so we can help you get your pet back to a healthy weight
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
It certainly seems like some breeds put on weight more easily than others but most of that comes down to feeding habits, treats and exercise level. All of these factors are discussed at your dog’s annual wellness exam appointment and also during nutrition consults throughout the year.