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An Overview on Obesity in Dogs

Posted by admin on March 28, 2016
Category : veterinarian

Obesity is a health condition caused by excess of body fat. It has adverse health effects on different areas of the body such as the digestive organs, the bones and joints, and the organs responsible for breathing capacity.
Who are most at risk for becoming obese? Dogs that are over nourished, lack the ability to exercise, or that have the tendency to retain weight are at risk the most.

Obesity is common in dogs of all ages, but middle-aged dogs that are between the ages of 5 and 10 suffer from obesity the most. Neutered and indoor dogs also tend to have a higher risk of becoming Sandy Wexler 2017

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Symptoms of Obesity

• Weight gain
• Unwillingness to exercise
• Excess body fat
• An above-ideal score in a body condition assessment

Causes of Obesity

• Energy intake is not equal to the energy usage
• Normal decrease in dog’s activity
• Unhealthy eating habits
• Hypothyroidism
• Neutering
• Insulinoma
• Hyperadrenocorticism

Diagnosis of Obesity

Obesity is diagnosed by measuring the dog’s body weight. The results are then compared to the breed standard. A dog with an excess of approximately 10 to 15 percent body weight is considered obese. This means, in the nine-point scoring system, dogs have body condition score greater than seven are considered to be obese.


The treatment for obesity involves weight loss and maintaining a low body weight for a long term. You must consult your veterinarian Windsor about the diet plan you can use to re-figure your dog’s eating schedule. For more information on obesity, contact Ambassador Animal hospital.