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Is my dog overweight?
As a responsible dog owner, you’ll want to monitor your dog’s weight - to keep him healthy, active, and give him a long life.
To do that properly, you’ll need to know the signs that indicate whether your dog is overweight.
You can ask your vet to weigh your dog each time you visit him for immunizations or checkups. But to avoid a needless trip and additional expenses, there are signs you can look for at home.
View your dog’s profile from the side. Your dog’s relaxed stance should reveal a belly that arches up slightly and is neatly tucked up between his hind legs. His chest will then appear to hang slightly lower.
View your dog from above. The belly should also show a defined “waist”, with his hind quarters appearing slightly smaller than his chest.
Feel for his ribs. The ribs should not be visibly prominent, but if you find it difficult to find them by touch, your dog is definitely overweight.
If, after using these three guidelines, you find there is no distinction between these two areas when viewing from above and from the side, or his ribs are not easily distinguishable, he definitely needs to shed those chunky pounds. For the sake of his health, you will need to make some changes in his food and lifestyle.