How to Identify and Prevent Dog Obesity How to Identify and Prevent Dog Obesity

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How to Identify and Prevent Dog Obesity

As of 2021, 14% of dogs are classed as overweight, with owners reporting that their dog gained weight as a result of the pandemic.

Our pet’s weight can be a great indicator of their health. Monitoring their weight can help detect early signs of illness and ensure they remain healthy, as well as combating obesity.

We've put together some advice on how to help identify if your dog is overweigh or obese. You can also weigh in at your local Pets and Friends store

How do I know if my dog is overweight?

To help identify your dog’s weight health- you can perform a simple check on their back, ribs, and tummy to spot layers of fat and a wobbly tummy to indicate your dog may be overweight.

You can also spot fat pads around your dog’s face and neck.

How can I help control my dog’s weight?

If you suspect that your dog is overweight, there are a few lifestyle tweaks you can make to help them get back on track.

Help your dog get plenty of exercise if they are able, older dogs may just need a slower walk, or instead of long walks, short and often trips. You should always weigh your dog’s food and only serve the portion recommended by the food brand, you can cut down on the treats to help with portion control, or switch to lower calorie treats.

If your dog is visibly suffering due to their weight, we would always recommend visiting your vets for advice on how to deal with their weight issues.



If your pet has sudden weight gain or loss, always consult your vet first as there could be underlying medical issues. 

*All stats are from the PDSA PAW Report 2021