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Overweight Dog Help

Unfortunately, the majority of dogs are considered overweight. Obesity is considered a disease and causes inflammation throughout the body. Dogs that are overweight are more prone to heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and have a shorter lifespan. At Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital we believe prevention is very important in controlling excess weight. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if you have any questions about your dog’s weight.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

Dog’s weights are evaluated on a Body Condition Score (BCS) scale which helps our veterinarians determine your dog’s ideal weight. The scale ranges from 1-9, with 1 being emaciated (very thin) and 9 being severely obese. An ideal BCS is 4-5/9. In this healthy range your dog should have an “hourglass” shape when you look down at them, a tucked waist when evaluating from the side and believe it or not, you should be able to feel their ribs (but not see them). If you have any questions about your dog’s weight please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Yes and no. Overfeeding and lack of exercise is the leading cause of obesity. However, there are some breeds that due to their pre-dispositions are often overweight. For example, Pugs are quite laid back and they love their food and retrievers always seem to be hungry and will eat anything they are offered. At Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital we believe prevention is very important in controlling excess weight. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if you have any questions about your dog’s weight.

Why should you discuss weight loss & management at the time of a consultation?

Weight management is an important part of your dog’s overall health and is discussed at the time of their yearly wellness exam. Prevention is important. Failure to address a slightly overweight dog can lead to them becoming obese. Weight management includes changing to a prescription diet for weight loss, increase in exercise and monthly weigh-ins. It is important for any weight loss to be supervised by our veterinarians as it can be unhealthy for your dog to lose too much weight too quickly. Decreasing their food can also be dangerous as limiting calories has the potential to limit other key ingredients such as vitamins and minerals leading to nutritional deficiencies. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if you have any questions about your dog’s weight.

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