Your German Shepherd's Weight
The German Shepherd is one of the most noble and courageous of dogs, but even he may gain too much weight.
If you’re concerned about your German Shepherd’s weight there are some steps you can take to help him lose weight. The sooner you assess your dog’s weight and find a good dog diet for him, the healthier he will be.
You should begin by evaluating your German Shepherd’s weight and condition. Is he overweight? One way of checking to see if your German Shepherd is overweight is by feeling your dog with your hands. Place your hands along your dog’s ribcage and feel for his ribs. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs but not see them.
A German Shepherd in good weight should also have a “tuck up.” This is your dog’s waist. It’s the tucked up area behind your dog’s ribs in his flank area. It should not bulge outward. Instead, your dog’s flanks should slightly narrow behind the ribs. Seen from above you will also be able to see this narrowing. If you look at your German Shepherd from above, his back should not appear flat or broad like a tabletop.
You may also want to check your German Shepherd’s weight and condition by looking at a dog weight chart. A dog weight chart will allow you to compare your dog’s condition against pictures of dogs which are too thin, overweight, obese, and in ideal weight. You may also want to talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s weight to get his or her opinion.
Ideal weight for the German Shepherd is estimated to be 30-40 kg (66-88 lbs) for males, and 22-32 kg (49-71 lbs) for females.
If your German Shepherd does need to lose some weight there are several good ways to help your dog reduce. If your dog only needs to lose a pound or two you may be able to help him lose the weight by controlling his portions. Measure his food carefully to make sure you aren’t overfeeding him. Don’t leave food out for him at all times. Cut out fattening snacks and tablescraps. You can still give your dogs treats and snacks but make sure they’re healthy for him. Popcorn and veggies make good snacks for dogs and they don’t add lots of extra calories to your dog’s diet.
You can also help your German Shepherd lose some weight by increasing his exercise, in moderation. Lengthen your dog’s walks. Try adding some dog training exercises to your dog’s activities. These exercises are great ways to help your dog become more active and lose a little weight.
If your dog needs to lose more than a few pounds you may need to look for a good low fat dog food. A food like Formula K provides a diet that is high in protein to help build muscle, low in fat to keep calories low, and high in fibre to keep your dog feeling full and satisfied without adding extra calories. It provides a safe way for your dog to lose weight.
Being overweight can lead your German Shepherd to have many health problems throughout his lifetime, including hip dysplasia and arthritis. Helping your German Shepherd lose weight is one of the best things you can do to help your dog live a longer, healthier and happier life.
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