We all know that obesity can cause a host of health problems for people — but it also causes a list of medical issues for dogs.
“More and more people are becoming health conscious and watching what they eat and making sure that they get enough exercise. This is important for pet owners to do for their pups too.” says Petful.com. A recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention shows that a staggering 54 percent of American dogs are overweight or obese, and the number is climbing. In other words, it’s an epidemic.
We want our dogs in top shape so they can live longer and healthier lives. The question is, what’s the best way to help your dog lose weight and get back in shape?
Bring Your Dog To Us
You might have noticed your dog is a few pounds overweight but didn’t know the correct way that they should lose the weight.
- How much food do you feed them without starving them?
- What is a healthy weight loss rate?
- How much exercise should my dog get?
You should call us and schedule an appointment for your dog so we can answer any important questions you have. Dr. Greenwell will do a complete evaluation of your pet's physical condition and let you know if he is healthy enough to start on an exercise program.
A dog that appears to be overweight and not in optimum condition could have underlying health issues such as thyroid problems, diabetes or Cushing’s disease.
It’s critical that you talk with us before changing anything in your dog’s schedule or diet. We will also be able to provide pointers on dieting and exercise, and should be able to determine a target weight that is realistic for your dog.