Obesity in Dogs

Obesity is defined as the excessive accumulation of body fat. It is the most common nutrition-related health condition in dogs in our society. Veterinary care should include diagnostic tests to determine overall health and to provide recommendations for weight loss.

Fast Facts:

  • Obesity affects approximately 25 percent of the U.S. canine population.
  • Small dogs can be expected to lose 1 lb/week, medium sized dogs-2 lbs/week and large dogs-3 lbs/week.
  • Health risks associated with canine obesity are diabetes, damage to joints, heart disease, and more.