A dog’s weight has a significant impact on their overall health, so keeping them within their ideal weight range is important. Obesity in dogs can lead to joint issues, diabetes, a shorter life span, and many more problems.
When is a dog considered to be overweight?
In a dog of healthy weight, you should be able to feel the ribs when running your hands along their chest but not see them. There should be a visible “tuck” of the abdomen compared to the chest and hips, and when looking at your dog from the top, you should be able to see that their abdomen is narrower than their ribs. If you can no longer feel the ribs and your dog’s sides are one straight line from the chest down to the hips, then they are overweight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
While any dog is at risk of becoming obese no matter how high-energy they are, some breeds are genetically more prone to becoming overweight. These breeds include (but are not limited to) Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, etc.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?
It is highly recommended to consult a veterinary professional who can develop a weight loss plan that ensures your dog is still getting enough daily calories and doesn’t lose weight too quickly. A veterinarian will also provide you with various recommendations to make the weight loss process a smooth one.