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Excess Weight Is Hurting Your Dog

Excess Weight Is Hurting Your Dog



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Pet obesity is a fast-growing threat with 56% of canines being overweight

and 60% of felines carrying excess weight.

Sadly, 9 out of 10 owners believe their pet’s weight to be “normal.”

C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\dog-962696_1920.jpg A “chubby” pet is often met with ooh’s and ahh’s and even “isn’t he cute!” But, the health risk of excess weight is anything but cute.

While U.S. pet obesity rates remained almost the same from the previous year, there can be no denying the dire statistics that more than half of our dogs and cats are overweight or obese.

Just like in their human owners, obesity is the leading cause behind many health challenges, the diminished quality of life and even shortened life spans.

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Overweight vs Obese

All mature dogs and cats have an ideal weight for their breed. Any weight that is:

  • 15% over the ideal weight = overweight.
  • In excess of 15% = obese.

Would you know if your pet is overweight?

Find out if your dog or cat is overweight for their breed with the PetMD Healthy Weight calculator at

What Ideal Weight Looks Like

C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\KnowYourDogsIdealWeight.jpg Looking down on your dog, an ideal weight has the following two characteristics:

  • The abdomen should be thinner than the chest and hips; forming an “hourglass” with a defined waist.
  • The ribs should be slightly visible – and easy to feel – behind the shoulder blades.

From the side, the abdomen (just above the hind legs) should look “tucked up” when compared to the chest.

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Find the ideal weight ranges for both dogs and cats at

The Side Effects of Obesity

Excess weight in our pets causes many of the same weight-related health issues as it does in the humans who love them. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Arthritis & Joint Issues
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Reduced Activity & Quality of Life
  • Kidney & Heart Disease
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Skin & Coat Issues
  • Metabolic & Endocrine Issues

K9 Breeds Prone to Obesity

While any canine breed can become overweight, there are some breeds that are pre-disposed to gaining excess weight including:

Small/Medium Breeds:

  • Beagles
  • Basset Hounds
  • Cairn/Scottish Terriers
  • Cocker/Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Dachshunds
Large/Giant Breeds:

  • Bernese Mountain Dogs
  • Golden/Labrador Retrievers
  • Newfoundlands
  • Rottweilers
  • Saint Bernards

5 Simple Tips for Your Dog’s Healthy Weight

C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\ExerciseHelpsYourDogsWeight.jpg Below are 5 easy tips for helping your K9 maintain a healthy weight. (Always work with your veterinarian in designing a health-conscious diet and exercise plan for your dog based on their breed, age and medical history.)

  1. Feed a high-quality food (or raw diet) to avoid unhealthy carb overload.
  2. Do not free-feed throughout the day.
  3. Measure all food and treat portions (instead of guessing).
  4. Ensure at least 30 minutes of exercise almost every day.
  5. Reduce processed treats and offer more raw vegetables.

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Does your dog need to lose weight?

Unsure of what to do?

Our K9 daycare is a safe

place for your dog to play

and burn some extra calories!

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Click here to contact us

or call us directly at 480-382-0144

(Serving Chandler and the East Valley in AZ)

Additional Reading:

  1. Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

  1. Pet Obesity Awareness

  1. AVMA: Your Pet’s Healthy Weight

  1. PetMD: Obesity in Dogs

  1. The Underlying Case of Disease That Hardly Anyone Considers

  1. WebMD: Help for Overweight Dogs


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