We are an overweight society and our pets are no different. By far, the most common explanation for an overweight pet is simply too little exercise and too much to eat. But, you see your dog every day - and you might not recognize extra pounds or ounces creeping on. Of course, your veterinarian would be able to determine if your pet is overweight, but it may help if you have some idea of your pet's weight status. Sometimes, when you get used to the way a pet looks day to day, it is difficult to see extra pounds or ounces.
Sometimes owners, in the stress of the moment, forget to tell the veterinarian relevant information about their pets. Here is a handy checklist to bring with you to your next veterinary appointment. If any of these statements describe your dog, make a note to discuss your pet's weight with your veterinarian.
If you and your veterinarian decide your pet is overweight, you can work together on a diet and exercise program to fit your lifestyle as well as your dog's. Make your dog's weight a priority and you will likely help him live a longer and higher quality life.