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Keeping up with your pets can be exhausting at times…it is normal to spend a great deal of time trying to prevent problems such as fleas, worms, ear infections, and much more.  Yet, one problem often goes unnoticed….Canine Obesity, and it is estimated that nearly 34% of all dogs are overweight.  The reason for this is that many pet owners are not aware of the severity of obesity symptoms, or aware of how to tell when their pet has reached an unhealthy

There are many harmful symptoms of canine obesity including:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Inability or lack of desire to exercise
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Sensitivity to heat

Clearly, overweight animals are only cute on the Internet, in real life the reality of their condition is anything but…How do you know when your pet has reached an unhealthy weight?  Often times it is hard to determine what the ideal weight of your pet should be, as well as specifically what is causing their condition.

Causes of Canine Obesity:overflowing-dog-food-bowl-9506814

It may sound harsh, but often times the cause of a dogs weight problem is their owner.  The owner is mostly in control of when and how much a dog eats, as well as how much exercise they get on a daily basis. Making sure that a dog is being fed the proper amount of food, as well as getting plenty of exercise every day is extremely important.  It is easy to cut the amount of weekly walks down, but doing so could have serious repercussions for your pet.


How to Tell:

The easiest way to tell whether or not your pet is overweight is to look down at them from above.  Ideally you will be able to feel their ribs but you will not be able to see them.  If you can see their ribs then they are too thin, but if you cannot feel them at all then they are most likely overweight.


One simple way to help your companion shed pounds quickly is to cut their daily amount of food by 25%.  Often times the problem can be as simple as overeating so make sure to actually measure the amount of food that you’re giving your pet.  You should give your pet the amount of food that it says on the bag, that your pets weight is SUPPOSED to be, not what they currently weigh. You can also help by increasing the amount of exercise they get a day.  The ideal amount of exercise per day is about two – half hour walks.  If your pet is not currently getting this much, it is best to slowly build up to the ideal exercise level.

Canine obesity is a fairly serious problem, affecting around 1/3 of all dogs. Thankfully though it is not a difficult problem to solve.  With a little bit of dedication you can get your pet back to a healthy weight very quickly!

If your dog has a few pounds to shed…you and your pup can participate in the Two Bostons Lose Pounds with Your Hounds Challenge.  It is a 6-week weight-loss challenge with your pup! The program starts the week of April 25th and runs until June 11, 2016.  For more information visit our website or email Lisa at!



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