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After sterilization : general advices to implement !


1 Average of sterilisation rates in UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy. Survey FACCO-TNS-SOFRES_2014.

2 Jeunette I, Detilleux J, Cuvelier C, et al. Al libitum feeding following ovariectomy in female Beagle dogs: effects on maintenance energy requirements and on blood metabolites. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr 2004; 88: 117-121.

3 Yam PS, et al. Impact of canine overweight and obesity on health-related quality of life. Prev Vet Med 2016; 127: 105-112.

4 Harris interactive study/ Virbac, March 2016, pet owner satisfaction survey with 121 dog owners and 101 cat owners.



When a small dog gains 250 g, it is like a man of 70 kg gaining 3.5 kg. When that same dog is more than 2 kg overweight, its weight has increased by 40%! At this stage, it is called «morbid» obesity as it is associated with health problems. This is what happens when a 70 kg individual approaches 100 kg.


  1. Control well the daily ration
    The quantity of kibbles to be given each day should be carefully assessed.

    Around 20% of owners feed their dogs, without measuring what they give8. To maintain your neutered dog at a healthy weight, it is nevertheless necessary to limit the amount of food they consume every day. It is not appropriate to provide food every time it is requested! In order for your dog to remain slim, stick to the daily ration recommended by your veterinarian. Carefully measure the amount to be given in a measuring cup before feeding your dog, or even better weigh the kibbles on a kitchen scale to avoid any risk of error. A few dozen extra grams of kibbles each day can weight heavily in the calorie balance, especially if it is a small dog.

    8 Harris interactive study/ Virbac, March 2016, pet owner satisfaction survey with 121 dog owners and 101 cat owners.

  2. Choose a bowl adapted to your dog's size

    Feed your dog in a bowl adapted to your dog’s ration size. It has indeed been shown that the larger the bowl, the greater the tendency of owners to overfeed their dogs9.


  3. Limit the giving of treats and table scraps

    In order for the dog to have a chance to remain at its ideal weight throughout life, it is obviously necessary that the whole family adheres to this code of conduct towards the dog. If children spend their time feeding the dog or the dog systematically finishes the children’s plates, its silhouette will soon reflect the consequences.

  4. Regularly weigh and and observe your dog

    To closely monitor the evolution of the weight of your dog after neutering, weigh it at least twice a month. It is always easier to intervene early to rectify the situation.

    Weighing should always be done at the same time and on the same scale. The scale should be sensitive enough to identify differences of tens of grams when weighing a small dog. Do not hesitate to ask your vet if you can come regularly to the clinic to weigh your dog. Similarly, if you find that the weight of your dog is slowly but surely increasing, talk to your veterinarian who will advise you about your dog’s diet, in function of its age, breed and lifestyle.


  5. Regularly evaluate the body condition of your dog



  6. Encourage your dog to exercise

    Lack of exercise promotes weight gain. To keep your dog at its ideal weight, it is necessary to encourage it to expend energy every day. The proportion of dogs living in apartments which are overweight is greater than for dogs living outside, but do not believe it is enough to simply put your dog in the garden so that it will exercise! Try at least 30 minutes of excercise with your dog per day.

  7. Limit the calorie consumption of your dog
    After sterilisation the energy requirement are 25 to 30% lower.

    The option of simply reducing the usual ration you give your dog is to be avoided: it may feel very frustrated at being on a severely reduced ration and will soon be begging for more food. In addition, a significant dietary restriction may also expose the dog to nutritional deficiencies. It must receive all nutritional components essential to its health in suffcient quantity.

    Better to give your dog a food adapted to its new needs, just after sterilization. You can even make the transition a few days before the operation, to avoid stress for your dog due to a change in diet during recovery.

    A food specially formulated for neutered dogs brings fewer calories while allowing to maintain a suffcient ration volume. To lower the energy concentration, this type of food generally contains less fat than a conventional maintenance food.

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