According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Obesity can result in health problems as well as pain, discomfort and difficulties moving around.
But the ideal ‘weight’ is not really in the number, but in the pet’s body condition. With the help from the Hill’s corporation, we are starting a program to help owners find out if the pets are at a healthy weight and develop a nutrition plan to help them lose weight if needed.
The following video from Dr. Crystal Decker provides information on pet obesity as well as the use of body condition score and body fat index as ways to determine if your dog is overweight. She also shows viewers how they can take measurements on their dogs, which can be used by us to estimate your dog’s body fat index and ideal body weight.
*** There are other health factors that can contribute to pet obesity and weight loss, so it is important to have a physical examination for your pet as well as laboratory work to rule out disease if there are health concerns prior to starting a diet regimen.