According to recent research, a whopping 51% of dogs seen by vets in the US are considered overweight. A worrying statistic, considering the fact that overweight dogs experience health issues that can reduce their quality of life and - as an unfortunate consequence - their time with you.
So how can you tell if your dog is at a good weight? And how can we help them stay trim? Let’s find out.
Is my dog overweight?
The first way to check your dog’s weight is visually. While their shape and size may fluctuate with age, generally dogs have an ideal shape that reflects a healthy weight.
- From the side and from above, your dog should appear to have a tucked-in appearance to their waist, which is smooth.
- Feeling under your dog’s tummy, there should be an inward curvature, not a pushing outwards.
You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs, spine and hip bones, but equally they shouldn’t stick out either!
- Is there any build-up of fat where the tail meets your dog’s back? This can be a telltale sign of carrying a little too much extra.