Overweight Dog Help

Dogs can become overweight, just like humans, but it is often harder for people to evaluate and identify the body condition of dogs effectively. Overweight dogs can be easily overlooked by someone who isn’t trained to recognize a normal, healthy body condition. It is important to maintain a healthy body condition to improve quality of life and longevity. Excess body weight can lead to early-onset arthritis, joint injuries, and reduce lifespan by as much as two years. Our bond with our pets can be very strong, and sometimes we want to show our love by giving extra food, treats, and human snacks. This is a common cause of weight gain, as well as over-feeding higher calorie kibble diets. Many popular dog foods are very rich and are often not right for a dog with a lower metabolism. Some health conditions can also cause unexpected weight gain, so it is important to discuss any unplanned changes in weight with your veterinarian.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

Veterinary professionals use what is called a Body Condition Score (BCS) to assess your pets with a score ranging from 1 to 9. A score of 4-5 is a pet’s ideal body condition. The criteria of an ideal body condition include: being able to feel the ribs easily with minimal fat covering, the waist being visible from above, and a tucked-up abdomen being visible from the side. A score higher than 5 is overweight, and a score higher than 7 is obese.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Beagles, Labrador Retrievers, English Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Pugs, and Cairn Terriers are some breeds that are prone to obesity. However, any dog can become obese with an improper diet or exercise routine.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?

Our veterinarians can assess your pet’s diet and weight during a consultation. If weight loss is recommended by our veterinarians, they can develop a treatment plan to help your pet lose weight safely. It will often include reducing amounts of feeding or transitioning to lower-calorie options. Our veterinarians can help identify specific diets and feeding plans, as well as aid in ideas for exercise routines that fit your lifestyle. They can help set goals for an ideal weight and set up a monitoring plan. Weigh-ins at our clinic scale are always an option. Pop in and say hi between consultations, and we can weigh your pet to see if they are on track for their weight loss goals.


Southpointe Pet Hospital is committed to doing our part in protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19. To allow us to continue operating during the pandemic, we have implemented a CLOSED DOOR POLICY.

For the safety of our staff, clients and our entire community, ONLY ONE CLIENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY THEIR PET INTO THE BUILDING AT A TIME, and A MASK MUST BE WORN TO ENTER.

When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call (403) 532-0085. Our staff will advise you on when you can enter for your appointment, or deliver prescriptions and food orders to your vehicle. For safety reasons, please be prepared to pay with CREDIT or DEBIT, as cash will not be accepted. If you do not have a phone or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.

As of June 29, 2020, we are resuming normal scheduling of non-urgent appointments, including annual exams, vaccinations, spays and neuters with clients present.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.


The Team at Southpointe Pet Hospital