Obesity in dogs and cats is one of the most common problems.
Overweight is bad for a dog's health, in general, overweight dogs do not get very old. Their life is about 2 years shorter than the same type dog with a healthy weight. How do you know your dog is overweight? An ideal weight does not exist, for example, a muscled male dog can weigh 33 lb more than a female bitch of the same breed. Often, Body Condition Scoring is used to determine whether the dog is well-weighted. The video below shows you how this method works.
Overweight companion animals are at a higher risk for a number of health problems including diabetes, joint stiffness and arthritis, non-allergenic skin disorders, lower urinary tract issues, fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis) and shortened life span. In other words; you may be killing your companion with "kindness."