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Canine Care & Prevention

From canine-specific grooming tips to parasite prevention to facts about vaccination, Purina offers a wide range of professional knowledge, advice and expertise.

Canine Care & Prevention

From canine-specific grooming tips to parasite prevention to facts about vaccination, Purina offers a wide range of professional knowledge, advice and expertise.

Is Your Dog Overweight?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series.

Excess weight is a heavy burden for a pet to bear. When a dog becomes obese, additional stress is placed on the animal’s heart, lungs, and joints.

So monitor your dog’s weight. You probably won’t convince him to step on the scale each morning, but you can periodically give him a quick examination. Here’s how. First, run your hand along your dog’s side, as if you are petting him. Pressing gently, you should be able to count your dog’s ribs as your run your hand over him. Then look at your dog objectively. When viewed from above, does his body angle in in front of his hips, or has he lost his waist?

If these simple tests make you suspect that your pup is getting porky, take him to the veterinarian for a proper examination.

– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM 

In addition to an exam, your veterinarian can also recommend an appropriate weight loss dog food.

Dog Obesity Dangers

Why is Obesity so Dangerous for Pets?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.

Obesity is just as dangerous for pets as it is for humans. The extra pounds weigh on an animal’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems, exacerbating existing problems and causing new ones. Fat cats and dogs are also prone to injury, more at risk in surgery, and predisposed to conditions such as diabetes. And the laundry list of problems doesn’t end there. Decreased stamina, diminished immune function, and digestive disorders are all potential consequences of obesity.

Being severely overweight can significantly diminish your cat or dog’s quality of life. So when your porky pet pleads with you for an extra treat, remember that saying no may be the kindest response.

– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM 

Learn more about our dog food ingredients and AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles.