Dogs that are overweight are something that we see often at Torbay Road Animal Hospital. Dogs that are overnourished lack the ability to exercise. Dogs that have a tendency to retain weight are the most at risk of becoming obese. It is important to keep your dog at an ideal body weight for overall health and well-being.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
There are several signs you can look for that your dog is overweight. They can include, not being able to feel your dog’s ribs, no body definition, can’t groom themselves, trouble getting around and constipation. If you think your dog may be overweight, please come in to see your veterinarian and they can help you with any questions you may have and provide advice on how to get them on a healthier path.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Yes, there are some breeds that are prone to obesity – such breeds include Basset hounds, Beagles, Cocker spaniels, Dachshunds, English bulldogs, Golden and Labrador retrievers, Newfoundland dogs, Pugs and Rottweilers.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the clinic?
Our veterinarians will assess your dog and will provide a treatment plan to get your dog to a healthy weight! Having your dog at a healthy weight will contribute to their long-term health and happiness!