New Information Guide: Managing your dog’s weight

12th April 2016 - 3:00 PM

Canine obesity is one of the fastest growing health concerns affecting dogs today, occurring in dogs of all ages and types. It is estimated that around 45% of all dogs are overweight.

To help combat the growing obesity problem, the Kennel Club have launched a new information guide to assist owners of overweight dogs in managing their pet's weight.  This new booklet is the latest addition to a collection of over 20 free information guides that give advice on a number of key issues facing dog owners today.  The new guide discusses how to tell if your dog is overweight, examines the causes of obesity and provides owners with tips and advice to help their dog's lose weight.

Letting a dog become overweight can affect their quality of life and shorten their life span dramatically. Even letting them become moderately overweight can influence their life expectancy.  Overweight dogs can suffer from the same health problems that overweight humans do, including heart disease, joint conditions and diabetes. The good news is that these very serious effects are avoidable and largely reversible and by keeping dogs in shape, owners can help them live longer happier lives. 

This new information guide supports both owners who are struggling to manage their dog's weight and veterinary practices who wish to provide comprehensive information to those clients who need it the most.  Veterinary practices that wish to keep their clients informed about the risks and management of canine obesity can direct owners towards the free online PDF version, or can order small quantities of printed copies for free, or larger volumes at cost value plus postage and packaging.

Dogs, like us, need a balanced diet and the right amount of exercise to stay fit and healthy, but finding that balance is not always simple.  Signs that a dog is becoming overweight include:

• A bigger and rounder face

• A reluctance to go for walks

• Difficulty walking

• Easily getting out of breath

• Frequently being tired or sleeping a lot

• A thick fatty neck

• Ribs cannot easily be felt if you run your hands along their side

• They don't have an obvious waist (looking from above and the side, does their body go in between their ribs and hips?)

If a dog is overweight there are number of things an owner can do to help them become fit and healthy once more. Creating a plan of how to help them lose weight can be a daunting task and the Kennel Club's new information guide provides over 20 different sections on how owners can help their dog lose weight.

The Kennel Club's new "How to manage your dog's weight" information guide, can be accessed for free by visiting this webpage. Veterinary practices wishing to order paper copies can download an order form here.

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