Is your dog overweight

Is your dog overweight

Obesity in dogs is a huge problem resulting in joint disease, heart problems, diabetes and shortened lifespan. If you can’t easily feel your pet’s ribs, it’s time to cut down on the treats and enforce doggy diet measures.


“It’s an image I’ll never forget: a slight woman, grunting with the effort of pulling a wagon with her 29 kg Beagle into the examination room. For reference, an average beagle weighs about 10kg,” says Dr Jessica Vogelsang of the UC Davis Veterinary School. The woman brought her dog in for a consultation with the orthopedic surgeons because, unsurprisingly, the dog couldn’t walk. The surgeons took one look at it and sent them down to the medicine department for a weight loss consultation.

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When to take action: As mentioned, you should be able to easily feel your pet’s ribs. Also, if your dog doesn’t have a clearly defined waist when viewed from above, it is probably overweight.

Ask an expert: Visit your vet for confirmation and to check for underlying medical issues such as low thyroid function, which can predispose a dog to weight gain.

Calorie counter: The average overweight dog with no other health issues will respond well to a calorific reduction of about 25 to 30 percent. It’s vital that you use a measuring cup to regulate quantity and to use that same cup every time you feed.

Obese dogs with more than 15-20 % over normal weight should enroll into a weight loss programme under veterinary supervision, which includes a prescription weight loss diet and an exercise programme. A healthy weight loss is about 1-2 % of body weight per week and it will take time.

Teamwork: With committed family members and the right game plan, even the pudgiest pooch can get into shape. As for the beagle, the owner was shocked to learn that something as simple as weight loss could solve all the dog’s problems. He trimmed down to 16 kg, which resolved his orthopoedic issues. The owner proclaimed that the head of the medicine department was a miracle worker.

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i have a 27kg british bulldog shes a big girl but bulldogs are meant to be big, shes healthy and my vet is happy with her weight but i do have to keep an eye on her as shes good at pinching food from my 2 shih-tzus, she goes out twice a day and has the run of our garden all day long, she plays and runs shes just a big girl

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Obese Dogs are on the up, but what surprises me is most owners can't see it.

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i have two dachies both fed and walked the same, one looks as if he eats all the pies, the other fine. .I. watch them feed so the chubby one only eats his own. Any ideas?

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I have two boxers and we never give them titbits off our plate - we dont give them biscuits or anything bad. We excercise them 2 to 3 times a day in the winter and up to 5 times a day in the summer. Everyone comments on how young and fit they look, and some are worried that you can see their ribs, but I say no thats how they are meant to be. The eat Royal Canin boxer food (dry) and we give them 3 smaller meals a day as their breed can suffer from bloat and we wouldnt want that.

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