Just as with people, our pets can suffer from obesity. As their advocates, we must treat them like children, providing only foods that are good for them and in the correct portions.

Many pet owners ask us about the correct weight for their animal. We often respond that it’s not about the number on the scale but about their body condition. There are many weight variations among dogs due to breed and sex, and even within specific breeds due to the complexities of genetics.

An ideal body condition for a dog is when they have a clear waist behind their rib cage, and their ribs can be felt by lightly brushing your hand along their side without pressing in.

As your pet gets older, obesity puts them at risk for many diseases, including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Immuno-suppression

If they are overweight, they are also at higher risk for complications during surgery and general anaesthesia, or even when using certain medications like corticosteroids.

If you believe your dog (or cat) is overweight and are concerned, please book online or call us at (02) 4261 4055. We can advise you on the next steps to take.