The Scary Truth About Dog Obesity And How To Deal With It (INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO)

Dog obesity has become a huge problem worldwide. In the United States, according to The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than half of the dogs are overweight or obese which puts them at risk for multiple diseases. As a pet parent, seeing our dog putting on some weight can be really scary. However, it could be even scarier to see our beloved furbaby afflicted by weight-related health problems.

We have to be vigilant about our dog’s weight gain

We might think that giving more food is showing our dog that we love them, but actually, this isn’t the right way to go. Just like humans, obesity can have disastrous repercussions on our dog’s health. But how to resist those big and loving eyes asking for another piece of dog treat or another scoop of dog food? Still, for the sake of our dog’s health, we must learn to say “no”.

Having our veterinarian telling us that our dog is overweight or obese is something that we certainly don’t want to hear. As little as five pounds in large dogs can put them at risk and jeopardize their health. It can even go as far as shorten our beloved furbaby lifespan.

That’s why we have to be vigilant when it comes to our dog’s weight. Overeating isn’t necessarily the reason our dog is gaining weight. Many medical conditions, like adrenal and thyroid diseases, spaying/neutering or old age, can cause our dog to put on some weight. A visit to the veterinarian will determine the real cause of the weight gain.

How to tell if your dog is overweight

If you think your dog is showing signs of weight gain, there are some points you can verify. In this video, you’ll learn the body condition score, and it will show you how to look closely and carefully feel your dog’s body with your hands to determine if they are overweight. It’s very well explained, and it looks pretty easy to do.

What are the effects of dog obesity and which breeds are the most at risk

Whatever the reason for the weight gain, being overweight or obese can have terrible effects on your dog’s health. Diabetes, arthritis, heart and respiratory problems, pancreatitis, increased risk of cancers, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and soft tissue ruptures are only a few of the medical conditions your dog can develop due to excess weight.

Furthermore, there are some dog breeds that are predisposed to weight gain. Here is a list of those dog breeds:

  • Beagles
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Terriers
  • Basset Hounds
  • Dachshunds

If your dog belongs to one of those breeds, you should be extra careful to not only count the calories but also to weigh your pup regularly. By doing so, you’ll closely monitor his weight to make sure it doesn’t fluctuate too much. Talk with your veterinarian to learn more about your dog’s ideal weight.

Overweight dogs, the infographic

The family-owned pet food company TruDog has created a very interesting infographic about overweight dogs. Full of fascinating facts, it also talks about what are the illnesses overweight dogs can be at risk for, and it shows us 6 ways we can help them.

Overweight Dogs Infographic
An infographic by the team at TruDog

How to help your dog lose the extra pounds

As you can see in the infographic, there are many ways of helping your precious pup lose weight. Just like in humans, shedding the extra pounds basically relies on a weight-loss program and enough exercise. What you choose to feed your furbaby is essential for their health.

I found a great article on WikiHow that thoroughly explains how to help them lose weight. It is really well made and it explains step-by-step what to do to successfully make your furry friends lose weight. It’s also very well illustrated for a better understanding of the explanations. Click here to read it.

Final thoughts

According to a study at Ohio State University, weight-loss programs are extremely successful as long as you, the parents, stuck with them. Since you will be the one feeding your dog, the success of their weight loss will be in your hands. If you follow the vet’s recommendations, you should see results pretty quickly. In fact, your dog counts on you to make the healthy choices for them.

Over to you

What do you think of the infographic and the video? Did you read the article on WikiHow? Did you know that obesity was such a big problem amongst dogs? Please, share your thoughts in the comment box below!



14 thoughts on “The Scary Truth About Dog Obesity And How To Deal With It (INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO)

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  1. Hi Nataly,

    Absolutely fantastic share! Truly amazing! It is so important to PREVENT your dog from becoming obese. Too many people wait far too long to take action. As a result, their dog becomes obese, unhealthy, and has more frequent injuries.


    1. Hi Darlene and welcome,

      So glad you liked it! You’re so right, prevention is very important when it comes to our dog’s weight. Their lives depend on it!

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! Have a great weekend! 🙂



  2. Hi Nataly,

    I learned about dog obesity when I visited the vet. Ever since we got Fergie fixed all she does is eat and sleep. I’ve noticed she’s gained some weight so we make sure to make her run around during playtime but even she’s ready to go in after only five minutes of playing, that lazy girl, lol.

    Thanks for the link to WikiHow. I’m going to read their article so I can help Fergie lose some weight.

    Have a great day gf!



    1. Hey Cori,

      It’s true that after being fixed, a dog can eat more and be less active which can cause the gain weight. And it’s also true that some dogs become more “lazy” than others. But what you do, make her run around during playtime, is the right thing to do. Even is it’s only for five minutes! Did you talk to your vet about Fergie’s lack of energy?

      I’m glad you found the link for Wikihow a good idea. I hope you’ll find it helpful.

      Talk to you soon, gf! Hope you’re having a great Monday! 🙂



  3. Hi, Myrka

    I agree with you that the dog owners use food to reward their beloved without knowing the health danger.

    The video is very useful for us to learn the technique to monitor their weight. I will check the website you provided. I believe I will learn a lot.


    Stella Chiu


    1. Hi Stella,

      We were taught a long time ago to show love with food and we extend this behavior to our dogs. We have to deprogram ourselves and learn that “less is more” when it comes to food.

      I’m really glad you found the video interesting and I hope you’ll find the article helpful! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week ahead! 🙂



  4. Hi Nataly,

    I love the infographic! I’ve struggled with Titan’s weight for the past four years but finally have gotten him to where he has a defined waistline and chest. He looks really good and healthy. Zue Zue, on the other hand has plumped up because of steroids. She is dieting now to get some of the weight off. However, with babies like her that have been overbred, there is no way they are going to have defined anything. Her poor boobies hang down from having litter after litter of her pups feeding. It’s sad that some look at her and think she’s fat and judge without knowing the whole story. Thank goodness she has a mommy that goes to bat for her and her brother. 🙂

    Very good info, Nataly. Passing it along!



    1. Hey Bren,

      You’re a wonderful momma! I know that you take care of your pooches very well! You did so much for them; they are really lucky to have found you!

      Steroids can cause to gain weight and it’s not always easy to lose it afterwards, but she is in good hands. But it’s true that some people judge without knowing the whole story. I find it very sad! But I know that you’re there to defend them whenever they need it.

      Thanks for your comment, gf! Thanks for passing it along! 🙂



  5. Hi Nataly,

    This is a fantastic post.
    I’ve noticed quite an increase in both dog and cat obesity over the years. I think it’s a combination of everything.

    It’s great that you’ve included a list of the breeds most prone to this. It can’t be any more comfortable for an animal to carry extra weight than it is for a human. It just adds a lot of extra pressure to every area of the body.

    I liked the video. She explained clearly what to look for. While I don’t have a dog at the moment, I know of several people who do.
    I’ll be passing this along.

    Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂


    1. Hi Dana,

      I’m really glad you liked my post! Before working at the veterinary clinic, I never thought that so many dogs and cats could be overweight. It’s almost scary! And with all the brands of dog food of poor quality and all the different kinds of dog treats that are full of fattening ingredients, this doesn’t help them at all!

      I also thought that a list of breeds that are more inclined to gain weight could help dog owners. I’m happy that you thought it was a good idea! And you’re so right, weight excess can cause a lot of pressure on their body.

      Thanks so much for commenting, hun! Hope you’re having a great Monday! 🙂



  6. Hey Nataly,

    I will never forget this as long as I live but it was probably 20 years ago that I took my son at that time, I had a Cocker Spaniel named Blake, to Petco to have our pictures taken. We could get them taken together for $5 so I was excited about it. We were standing in line and a lady came up behind me with a Cocker Spaniel and that dog was SO fat that it had a hard time standing there for so long. My heart just broke for that poor baby. It’s Mom said that he just LOVED McDonald’s big macs. I’m thinking to myself well hell yeah, what dog wouldn’t but that doesn’t mean you have to feed one to him every single day. My gosh, what was wrong with that women. I wanted to chew her out but it wasn’t my place.

    Blake lived to be 19 years old because the vet told me I took such good care of him. Although he didn’t get a lot of exercise, his weight remained the same because all I fed him was dry dog food. I’m sure he lead such a boring life only eating the same type of food but that’s what helped him stay so healthy.

    Kayla is a little different story, she was 9 pounds when I got her and she’s a full-blooded long nose Chihuahua. I took her to dog training because she’s SO aggressive toward other dogs. Unfortunately the class I ended up in wasn’t what she needed although they told me it was. It was more about teaching them tricks then associating with other dogs. So we would have them do something and then they fed her a treat. She gained a few pounds from that but when I took her to the vet for her next checkup they told me she was still at a good weight so I didn’t worry about getting it back off.

    She also only eats dry dog food but I do feed her a few healthy treats, they’re ones I’ve personally made. I intend to have her a very long time as well, I take very good care of my children. Seeing someone not do that upsets me to no end.

    Appreciate you posting this and hopefully anyone reading this who does have a child that is a little overweight will do something about it. I’m sure they want their baby around for a very long time too.



    1. Hi Adrienne,

      OMG! I can’t imagine how ignorant some people are. Giving McDonald’s big macs to a dog. That’s why we have to share info about dog obesity, to educate people who don’t know better. I’m sure that woman loved her dog to pieces, but she just didn’t know that this behavior was slowly killing her dog. That’s really sad!

      I’m not surprised to hear that your dogs are well taken care of! And making your own treats is really amazing! Your little Kayla is very lucky! And your Blake living to be 19 years old is quite impressive. You’re a very good Mom!

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your story! Have a wonderful week ahead! 🙂



  7. Hi Nat : )

    Wow – thank you so much for this. I really learned a lot from it. I have been watching my lab “Bear” for the last few months now because it looks like he is putting on weight. I am hoping it is winter weight and he will run it off more in the summer but I also seen the weight gain occur since we have gotten the other dog, our Bassett HoundPit Bull. She is so high strung and has a great metabolism. She eats and burns the calories right off. So, feeding both the dogs has been a little challenging because one will eat the food right up and Bear likes to eat his more slowly. So he doesn’t get his food unless we leave it out for him. I’m still making a plan on how to best handle this situation.

    Thanks for sharing this Nataly.

    Have a great weekend.



    1. Hi Irish,

      I’m so glad that you liked my post and that you learned from it. Your Bear is very lucky to have such a great mom like you. I’m sure that you’ll do everything you have to do to make sure he loses the excess of weight. Just like you said, maybe it’s winter weight and he’ll lose it when he does more exercise. But feeding two dogs can sometimes be a challenge, but I’m sure you’ll find a solution. Talk to your vet, he’ll help you find the right solution for your furbaby.

      Thanks so much so stopping by my friend! Take care of yourself and happy hump day! 🙂



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