Pet Obesity

The latest survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention revealed that 55% of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight, each equals around 80 million pets. And just like people, overweight pets are at a higher risk for health issues and have a decreased life expectancy – up to 2.5 years!

How to tell if your pet is overweight:
Healthy                     vs                              Overweight
-Feel ribs easily                                       -Difficult to feel ribs under fat
-Tucked abdomen, not saggy               -Saggy stomach, grab the fat
-Waist visible                                            -No waistline

What to do if you suspect your pet is overweight:

Visit your vet for an evaluation to eliminate possibility of underlying medical condition and determine appropriate weight loss program to include food and exercise. 

  • Change your dog’s diet gradually. 
  • Measure all food.

Exercise

  • Introduce a new regimen gradually
  • Walk.  BRISK walks.  No stopping or sniffing on the way out, save that for return home.  YOU should feel the pace.
  • Move the food bowl
  • Find a toy, ball, whatever to incentivize dog to play at least twice daily for 15 minutes

Change responses to begging for food

  • No human food
  • Distract with trip outside, car ride or play
  • Treat with fresh veggies or greatly reduced snack size
  • Feed small meals throughout the day
  • Offer fresh water instead of food

Weight loss program will likely take 6-8 months on average.  For additional information click here.

For information about adopting the puppy Snickers, go to the Clackamas County Dog Services webpage.

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