Weight Management

WallyOur main goal at the Animal Therapy Center is to help our animal companions live many long happy years through healthy lifestyles. The key to this goal is to maintain an optimum weight through proper nutrition and exercise. Sadly, canine obesity is on the rise in our culture because of readily available, tasty, high calorie foods combined with our sedentary lifestyles. Studies have shown that approximately 40% of our dogs are overweight or obese. Obesity shortens lifespan, increases the risk of cardio-respiratory disease and joint problems, and will also aggravate pain in a dog with arthritis.

Many owners do not realize that their dog is overweight or even obese. An easy way to determine this is to simply look straight down at your dog’s body from a standing position. A dog that is overweight does not have an indented waist when viewed from above. An overweight dog also lacks a tucked-up abdomen when viewed from the side. In a truly obese dog, you may see rolls of fat around the shoulders or hind end and protrusions of the abdomen when viewed from above and from the side.

Setting Goals

Tips for Owners