As your dog grows, you may wonder how much it should weigh. Furthermore, as dogs age, many begin to gain excessive weight. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is the best way to keep him healthy and happy. But how can you tell if your dog is overweight or not?
Several signs can indicate that your dog is overweight. First, you may notice that your dog lacks a defined waistline or a sagging stomach. You may also feel that your dog’s ribs are difficult to feel under a layer of fat. Additionally, your dog may have difficulty walking, running, or jumping and become easily fatigued during exercise. Other signs of being overweight can include shortness of breath, decreased mobility, and overall energy levels. If you suspect your dog is overweight, it’s important to consult with a veterinarian to determine the appropriate course of action, including dietary changes and increased exercise.
If you need clarification on whether a vet trip is necessary, there are some ways to tell if your dog is overweight.
Your dog’s ribs should be visible without thick fat covering them. Your pet’s ribs should feel similar to the back of your hand.
Your dog’s chest should be significantly more expansive than its abdomen, with a tuck-up from its chest to its stomach.
When viewed from the side, an overweight dog typically has no discernible waistline or distinction between their chest and stomach.
Overweight dogs may have lower levels of fitness as well. As a result, you may notice your pup panting or walking slower than it should be based on age and size. You might even see your dog sleeping more than usual.
This blog includes an overweight dog chart so you can see what a dog should look like if they are healthy and what it might look like if they are overweight.
Weight gain can sometimes be a symptom of hidden severe conditions, so if you’re concerned about your pup’s weight, take them to the vet immediately. If your vet confirms that your dog is overweight and does not show any signs of underlying conditions, they will make recommendations for diet and exercise to get your pup’s weight under control safely.
Here are some suggestions from your veterinarian to help your four-legged friend lose weight.
Maintain a regular exercise schedule for your dog, including twice-daily walks and outdoor playtime once a day. Playing fetch or frisbee can help you and your dog bond while providing your pup with a fun way to burn extra calories.
Your veterinarian will be able to calculate the exact number of calories to feed your dog at each meal and prescribe a low-calorie diet food to help your dog lose weight. Make sure your dog eats at the same time every day and that you carefully measure out the portions based on their breed’s ideal weight or size.
Even if you are confident your dog is healthy, routine wellness exams or physical examinations are recommended. Annual or twice-yearly wellness exams allow your veterinarian to monitor your dog’s weight and detect early signs of illness, allowing conditions to be treated before they become more serious.
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