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Is my dog overweight?

53% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese2, and often their owners don’t realize the danger.

Take this simple test to determine if your dog is at their optimum weight.

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How did weight measure up?
weight is looking good.

Congratulations! Based on your selections, your dog appears to be at a healthy weight. You’re definitely doing something right. Now maximize your dog’s health by engaging in stimulating activities and taking brisk daily walks. (You’ll find fun exercise tips lower down this page). Also, check dog food labels for quality ingredients like real meat, and always remember your dog’s annual wellness exam with your veterinarian. For dogs 7 years and older, we recommend twice yearly routine check-ups to detect medical issues as early as possible. Just like people, dogs often develop more health issues as they grow older.

These results do not serve as a proper medical diagnosis.
It’s always a good idea to discuss your dog's weight with your VCA veterinarian.

weight is a little chunky.

Oh dear, based on your selections, it looks like your best friend may be eating a little too much or enjoying a few too many treats and possibly not exercising enough. Your dog probably seems perfectly healthy, but those few extra pounds could potentially rob you of precious time together. Ask your VCA veterinarian to do a weight evaluation for your dog. You’ll learn your dog’s ideal weight and how to help your dog achieve it, plus you’ll learn about the benefits of keeping your dog at a healthy weight.

These results do not serve as a proper medical diagnosis.
If your dog looks a little chunky, be sure to discuss your dog’s weight with your veterinarian.

weight is more than a little chunky.

Uh-oh, based on your selections, your dog is tipping the scales into the danger zone! Make it a priority to ask your VCA veterinarian to do a weight evaluation for your dog. You’ll learn your dog’s ideal weight and how to help your dog achieve it. Underlying health issues like diabetes, breathing problems and joint pain may improve or resolve naturally once your dog reaches a healthier weight. And imagine how much more your dog will enjoy exercise and ‘fetch’ with you when being chunky is a thing of the past.

These results do not serve as a proper medical diagnosis.
If your dog scored as ‘more than a little chunky’, it’s vital you discuss your dog’s weight with your veterinarian.

Do you have more than one pet in your household?

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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!
  • Don’t overtreat
    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.

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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.

Facts about dog obesity

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.

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2. Ward E, Budsberg S, Bartges J, et al. Big Pets Get Bigger: Latest Survey Shows Dog and Cat Obesity Epidemic Expanding, 2012.
3. 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call us immediately at 410-398-8777

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call VCA Newark Animal Hospital immediately at 302-737-8100