Steps to a Healthy Dog Weight
The VCA Big Pet Project can help you achieve and maintain your dog’s ideal weight.
Quick reminders to keep your dog at a healthy weight
Keep a close eye at feeding times
Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s personalized nutrition plan!
Treats can be very high in calories, so they can have a big impact on your dog’s success! Lower calorie treats are available.
Keep your dog active!
Go for regular walks or get active in other ways, like playing fetch, running with other dogs, and even swimming!
Monitor your dog’s weight
Keep a record of your dog’s progress, and have regular weigh-ins with your veterinarian.
Nutrition Tips for Dieting Dogs
Exercise Tips for Overweight Dogs
Before you change your dog’s exercise routine for weight loss ask your veterinarian for a safe regimen that’s appropriate for your dog’s present condition.Overweight Dog Tool Go Back to Top
Obesity in Dogs
Today’s pet population is mirroring the weight issues of the human population—and the health risks that go along with it.
Our pets are packing on the pounds and it’s not cute. 46% of dog owners don’t realize their dog is actually overweight3 and don’t understand the risks that extra weight poses to their pet. In reality, a dog’s weight impacts their overall health, longevity and quality of life.
But there’s great news:
Overweight or obese dogs that return to their normal weight may once again enjoy lively activities and could even experience the reversal of some weight-related health conditions.
What can you do about your dog’s obesity?
With help from your VCA veterinarian, you can prevent your dog from becoming overweight, and if it’s a little too late for that, your dog’s added weight can be reduced. Before starting your dog on a diet or exercise program, consult your VCA veterinarian for a proper diagnosis, and to get the right diet for his/her age, body condition and general state of health.
3. 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)