For an osteoarthritic (OA) dog, extra body weight can add to the pain and discomfort she is already experiencing. However, helping your dog maintain the right weight could improve her quality of life. Be sure to have your veterinarian assess your dog’s weight.
If your dog is overweight or obese you could notice some dramatic changes as she starts to lose weight. She most likely will be:
- More active
- Able to exercise longer
- Able to walk with less pain
- Able to play and interact more with the family
- Less prone to sleeping and laying around
- Able to do daily activities she currently may not be able to do, like go upstairs and get into the car more easily, etc.