This is another common condition we see in the hydrotherapy centre and have had good results, in conjunction with a diet and exercise program.
Veterinary studies estimate that nearly half of dogs in the UK are overweight. There can be a number of reason for this; it can be an imbalance of taking in more energy than giving out and too many treats, or it can be medical conditions that cause weight gain such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. These conditions often also cause symptoms such as coat changes, low energy and increased thirst. Also as dogs get older there exercise can decrease due to joint problems but the food intake stays the same, so there are lots of reasons obesity can occur.
It is important to know your dogs ideal shape and recognise when it changes. The best way to assess your dog is to look at your dog from the side and above when looking from above they should have a smooth noticeable waist. · From a side view your dog’s belly tucks up as it leads to its hind legs.
Feel under your dog’s tummy. It should go in, not bulge out, Feel along your dog’s side and back. You should be able to feel (without too much) pressure your dog’s ribs, spine and hipbones but they shouldn’t stick out either. Feel the base of your dog’s tail. There shouldn’t be any build-up of fat where the tail meets your dog’s back.