One of the most commonly diagnosed issue with our furry friends is obesity. Extra weight on our companion animals adds unnecessary stress to their joints and organs. Obesity can lead to diseases like diabetes and hepatic lipidosis, heart problems and arthritis.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
Our veterinarians use a body condition scoring system to determine your pet’s optimum weight. Body condition scores consider how palpable the ribs and bones are if the waist is visible and if there is an abdominal tuck from the side view. Anyone of our technologists or veterinarians can assess your dog using this system.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Obesity can happen in any breed, especially if food is plentiful and exercise is rare. Some breeds are motivated by food and may have to be monitored a little closer.
Why should your dog have a weight loss management consultation?
We’re here to help you and your pet reach or maintain their ideal weight. Weight management is a part of overall health. Our medical team can make a treatment plan tailored to your pet. They are trained on the best and most effective ways to manage weight.