There are many health risks that obese animals face, and many benefits to maintaining an ideal body condition.
Canine Body Condition Scoring Chart
Feline Body Condition Scoring Chart
Overweight pets are at much higher risk for diabetes, hip dysplasia, complications during routine surgery, intervertebral disc disease, pancreatitis and osteoarthritis.
In some cases, obesity may be a symptom of cushing's disease or hypothyroidism. If you feel your pet's weight problem is a sign of one of these endocrine disorders, we would be glad to perform the appropriate testing and treatment if necessary.
The best way to manage the weight of your pet is through proper exercise and diet.