Fat or just happy?

Is your pet overweight?

Ever wondered whether your pet has a healthy weight? Some pets are without a doubt on the larger side but many pet owners are not sure what an overweight . A full veterinary exam will certainly point this out and is very important as certain diseases (Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s Disease, etc.) can cause weight gain. Pet owners can also use these following pointers to establish whether their pet is overweight or a happy healthy weight.

Causes of weight gain

  • Certain breeds are prone to obesity: Bassets, Beagles, Spaniels, Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Maltese Poodles and Staffordshire Terriers
  • Sterilization/Castration
  • Certain diseases e.g. hypothyroidism
  • Medications e.g. corticosteroids
  • Owner influence: overfeeding, excessive/wrong treats, no exercise
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