October 9th was National Pet Obesity Awareness day (who knew?). We came across some amazing information from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and had to share it with you!
“Veterinarians estimate that more than 50% of their pet patients are overweight or obese. Many pet parents can tell if their pet is obese, but what they might not realize is that our pets can suffer from weight-related problems long before they become obese. Especially in our canine companions. Studies have shown that as little as 15% over their healthy ideal weight can shorten their lives by up to 2 years! Being just a little overweight can accelerate the development of painful joints, lameness and the progression of arthritis, and the need for pain medications to live a comfortable life.”
If you can’t tell if your pet is overweight, here is an easy guide call the Pet Body Condition Score (BCS):
If you have specific questions about your dog’s weight, please discuss this with your veterinarian. In the meanwhile, go out and take a nice walk with your best friend!