Pet Obesity

      The latest survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention revealed that 55% of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight, each equals around 80 million pets. And just like people, overweight pets are at a higher risk for health issues and have a decreased life expectancy - up to 2.5 years!

      How to tell if your pet is overweight:
      Healthy vs Overweight
      -Feel ribs easily -Difficult to feel ribs under fat
      -Tucked abdomen, not saggy -Saggy stomach, grab the fat
      -Waist visible -No waistline

      What to do if you suspect your pet is overweight:

      Visit your vet for an evaluation to eliminate possibility of underlying medical condition and determine appropriate weight loss program to include food and exercise.

      • Change your dog's diet gradually.
      • Measure all food.


      • Introduce a new regimen gradually
      • Walk. BRISK walks. No stopping or sniffing on the way out, save that for return home. YOU should feel the pace.
      • Move the food bowl
      • Find a toy, ball, whatever to incentivize dog to play at least twice daily for 15 minutes

      Change responses to begging for food

      • No human food
      • Distract with trip outside, car ride or play
      • Treat with fresh veggies or greatly reduced snack size
      • Feed small meals throughout the day
      • Offer fresh water instead of food

      Weight loss program will likely take 6-8 months on average. For additional information click here.

      For information about adopting the puppy Snickers, go to the Clackamas County Dog Services webpage.