Dogs can easily put on weight and you don’t notice straight away but then you start asking yourself “Is my dog overweight?” or maybe you notice other changes in your dog like, they have less stamina and their interest in physical activity have decreased.
The Body Condition Score will help you recognise if your dog is overweight. But if you are unsure then K9 Swim or your dog’s veterinarian can weigh your dog and determine your dog’s Body Condition Score (BCS) for you
If dogs remain overweight it can lead to other serious health issues such as diabetes or heart failure. The sooner you recognise that you dog is overweight and do something about it the better.
A combination of exercise, healthy diet and an improved daily routine for your dog can see then shed the extra pounds, which means a happy and healthier dog. Hydrotherapy is a great way for dogs to lose weight safely as there is less stress on their joints and it improves their cardiovascular fitness.
Hi I'm Sharon Osmond the owner and founder of K9 Swim. The Splash Blog is where I share tips and information on dog's health and safety and some fun facts and stories.