Obesity in Dogs: Symptoms and Diagnosis

What is It?

Obesity is an overabundance of body fat.

What Causes It?

When caloric intake outpaces caloric expenditure body mass increases. Canine obesity is categorized as being 20% of more above ideal weight.  

Overweight pets experience an onslaught of negative impact, increased stress on joints, and increased risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, urolithiasis, and respiratory issues.

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What Are The Symptoms?

  • Distended abdomen
  • Difficulty moving
  • Lethargy
  • Respiratory issues
  • Cannot feel ribs without applying pressure
  • Waistline same size or wider than upper body

Is it Life Threatening?

No, but it can put your dog at risk for serious conditions.

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How is It Diagnosed?

Consult a vet to help you determine a healthy weight for your dog.

What Are The Treatments?

Decreasing the caloric intake of your dog and increasing energy expenditure will help your dog remove excess weight. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water, decrease treats, and eliminate table scraps.

Once your dog has reached a desirable weight set food consumption to maintain that mass.

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 pup’s condition, please make an appointment with your veterinarian. Or, consult a virtual vet here.

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