Weight Management for Overweight Dogs
One-bite weight facts:*
- Obesity is the #1 health risk
for pets in America
53% of dogsin America
are overweight or obese
- 22% of dog owners think
their overweight dog is a
Overweight and obese dogs have
an increased risk of:*
- Hypertension (High blood pressure)
- Shortened life expectancy
- Kidney disease
- Breathing problems
- Heart disease
helps keep dogs healthy!
Talk with your veterinarian to determine your dog's ideal weight and get a recommended weight management plan.
How do dogs become overweight or obese?
The main cause is over-feeding and over-treating. Just like in people, dogs gain excess weight when they eat more calories than they use.
1 in 5 dog-owners don't even know their dog is overweight, which is why it's so important to ask your veterinarian - and don't be embarrassed to bring it up!*
What's in a treat?
To a medium-sized dog,
one cookie can be the equivalent
to eating a whole hamburger for you!
A premium pig ear to a 40-pound dog is the equivalent of six 12-ounce colas to an adult human.*
A typical dog biscuit to a 20-pound dog is the equivalent of two double stuffed sandwich cookies to an average person.*
What the ideal weight looks like
- Your dog's ribs should be slightly visible and easily felt behind the shoulder blades.
- Looking from the side, the abdomen (just above the hind legs) should look 'tucked up' as compared to the chest.
- Looking from above, the abdomen should be slimmer than the chest and the hips, forming an hourglass figure.
See our breed information to find out the ideal weight for your dog's breed.
For a Chihuahua who should weigh 5 pounds,
each extra pound is about the same as an
extra 30 pounds for a 5'9" man.*
Small and medium dogs can be weighed at home by holding them with you on a scale, and then subtracting your weight from the total. Talk with your veterinarian to find out if your dog is overweight and get a recommended weight management plan.
* Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
* On file with VCA Animal Hospitals