A very common problem with pets of all kinds is obesity. Not only is it hard on their joints, but it can cause harm to their organs as well. We all want our patients to be happy and healthy, but overfeeding and lack of exercise can drastically shorten their lifespan.
When is a pet overweight?
The way we determine a healthy weight for your dog is by using a chart called BCS or Body Condition Score. You can look it up online and try it out on your pet! Ideally, they would have a thin layer of fat over their ribs, but they should be easy to feel. They should also have a nice waist tuck behind their ribs, which should be visible from both the top and side, like an “hour glass” figure!
Are some pets more prone to obesity?
All pets can become obese when overfed, under-exercised, or both.
Why should my pet have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?
Just like with humans, obesity can lead to many other illnesses. Veterinarians have access to weight loss plans including specialized diets, and regular weight checks to carefully track progress and make sure the weight loss is happening at a healthy and safe rate. Similarly, drastic increase or decrease in weight can indicate illness and should be addressed as soon as possible.