Many of us don’t realise that our dog is overweight, because the weight gain is easy to overlook as it often takes place gradually over time.

Even if you’ve noticed your dog is carrying a little extra weight, you may not be aware how much it can affect his health. Being as little as 20% overweight can greatly increase the risk of your dog developing serious health conditions such as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, urinary stones or heart disease.

Plus, excess weight can not only have a negative impact on your dog’s general wellbeing, happiness and overall quality of life, it can also significantly shorten his life expectancy compared to a healthy-weight pet.

Have a look at the useful image provided by Hills Au and see how as little as 20% excess weight may negatively influence your pets life.

If you are unsure if your pet is within the healthy weight range, please feel free to contact us at (07) 3103 8432 or send us an email at We would be more than happy to have a friendly chat and provide you with expert veterinary advice.