Dog obesity is an ongoing health issue!
Do you know how to determine if your dog is overweight? Know the signs of dog obesity and get your dog back into shape!
According to a recent survey, 55% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight. In the UK, around 50% of the eight million dogs are considered overweight.
Keeping your dog in perfect health means making sure he’s in perfect shape.
To assess whether your dog is underweight, overweight, or just right, there are three main places to check:
- Waist –A dog’s waist should be visibleand tuck from the side and above.
- Outline of the body– You should be able to clearly see your dog’s body shape. The belly should never be big or protrude. A dog’s shape varies from breed to breed, but the typical shape of the breed should distinguishable. This may be a little tricky for long-haired dogs like Shih Tzu, Old English Sheepdogs and Pulis.
- Chest- A dog’s chest over the ribs is a good indicator of his weight. Using a flat hand, feel your dog’s chest. If his ribs feel like your knuckles on the palm side of your hand, your dog is probably too fat. If they feel like your knuckles feel when your fist is clenched, your dog may be too thin. If the ribs feel like your knuckles when your hand is flat, that’s a perfect weight.
It is important to keep your pooch in good shape. In KHON 2’ “Love Your Pet,” Dr. Gavin Ganzercites a life-long study involving Labrador siblings. The results showed that, on average, slim dogs lived 2 years longer than free-fed and overweight dogs. There are also many other weight-related disorders like diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension and some cancers.