When is a dog considered overweight?
Dogs in the Netherlands are increasingly struggling with excess weight, also known as overweight, or in more serious cases, obesity. As your dog ages, it’s energy requirements decrease. Spaying and neutering also reduce energy requirements.
As your dog ages, it’s energy requirements decrease. Spaying and neutering also reduce energy requirements. The physical fitness of an adult dog largely determines its quality of life. Physical fitness primarily depends on food intake and exercise levels. Ideal fitness contributes to a long and healthy life.
If you think your dog is overweight, it is best to consult your veterinarian. Symptoms of overweight may have underlying causes, such as hormonal imbalances. Many people find it difficult to assess their own dog’s physical fitness. Ask your veterinarian or veterinary assistant to check your dog’s fitness level.
Tips and advice
- Only give your dog the recommended amount of dietary pet food, without any other snacks.
- Make sure your dog has access to plenty of clean, fresh drinking water at all times.
- Be patient. It may take some time to see results.
- Additional exercise will provide visible results sooner.
Physical fitness check