You see your dog so frequently, it can be difficult to tell when they've put on a few pounds. Here are some common causes for overweight dogs, our Ventura Veterinary Specialist have some tips to help them shed some pounds.
Is My Dog Overweight?
A quick trip to the vet is the best way to tell if your dog is overweight. They will weight your dog and compare their physical features against their breed standards. They may also compare you canine companion to a chart that will allow you to visualize if your dog is overweight.
Even without veterinary training there are still indicators for you to look out for if you think you might have an overweight dog.
- A thick layer of fat covering ribs
- No discernible waist
- No distinction between chest and stomach
- Panting more excessively while walking
- Walking slower than normal
- Takes more naps than usual
Why is my dog overweight?
There are many reasons your canine companion might be gaining weight. Unfortunately, a lot of times it stems from too much love. Sometimes owners have good intentions when it comes to things like feeding time, but are actually contributing to their pets weight gain. Here are some reasons your dog might be overweight.
- Lack of Exercise
- Over feeding your dog
- Feeding your dog foods that are high in fat
How can I help my dog lose weight?
If your vet determines that your dog is overweight, they will prescribe a diet and exercise regimen to help get them on the right track. Here are a few things you can do to help your dog lose weight.
Keep to a strict exercise schedule for your dogs, including twice daily walks and playtime outside. Your veterinarian can help you create an effective exercise regiment.
Diet & Feeding
Your vet can prescribe a low calorie diet for your pet. Make sure your pet eats carefully measured servings based on the ideal weight for their breed (or size) at the same time every day. This also means your pup will have to live without the table scraps, no matter how much they beg.
Bring your dog to the vet regularly to be weighed. This will allow you to monitor your progress, and will let the vet know if further dietary adjustments or testing are needed.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.
Do you think your dog might be overweight? Contact us today, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have
Looking for a veterinary specialist in Ventura?We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.
Related Articles View All
Most dogs are given anesthesia when they are spayed or neutered, and the majority of them will require it at least once throughout their lives. Our four-legged pets, like us, may require anesthesia as part of a surgery or procedure. Today, our Ventura vets discuss what you should know about anesthesia for dogs.
At Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG) in Ventura, our board-certified veterinary neurologists use our in-house MRI to help diagnose a range of health issues in dogs from a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament to brain tumors. Today our vets explain why MRI scans for dogs can be helpful, and the conditions this technology can help diagnose.
FHO surgery can be an effective and relatively inexpensive surgical treatment option for hip problems in cats. Today, our Ventura vets describe the hip anatomy of cats, hip problems that could affect your kitty and what’s involved in FHO surgery and recovery.
Cataracts prevent light from reaching the retina of your dog, resulting in blurred vision and, ultimately, blindness. In today's blog, our Ventura veterinarians discuss the causes and symptoms of canine cataracts, as well as the surgery used to treat this eye condition.
Conditions that necessitate immediate medical attention in pets can arise in the same way that they do in humans. Ventura veterinarians explain when emergency care is necessary and what to do in those situations.