Is your Dog Overweight?

Is your Dog Overweight?

There are a couple of quick checks that you can do to determine if your dog is carrying a few extra pounds.

Run your hands along your dog’s rib cage.  Can you feel the individual ribs (with out pushing in)?
You should be able to count them. If you can’t, Fido’s probably too heavy.

Looking at your dog from the top, you should be able to see a “waist”.  His body should taper in behind the ribs and in front of the hips.  If it’s a straight line front to back, too heavy!

If you have a concern about your pet’s weight, it is probably a good idea to consult with your veterinarian to make sure that there is not a health issue that is causing the weight problem.  A check up is also a good idea before beginning any exercise program.

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