How to Tell If Your Dog Is Overweight

How to Tell If Your Dog Is Overweight

The internet is flooded with “cute” pictures of overweight – aka “chonky” – pets. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing good about a pet being obese; it’s extremely unhealthy for pets, leads to a variety of health problems, and diminishes a pet’s quality of life.
To keep a handle on your pet’s weight, you first need to know how to tell whether or not a dog is overweight.

6 Signs Your Dog Is Overweight

1. You Can't Feel His Ribs

At a healthy weight, you should be able to easily feel your dog’s ribs beneath his skin – without having to press too hard.

2. He Is Sausage-Shaped

At a healthy weight, a dog’s waist will narrow just in front of his hips. Viewed from above, you should be able to see this.

3. His Belly Hangs Low

An overweight dog can develop a paunch on his belly that hangs low, preventing a visible narrowing of the waist when viewed from the side.

4. He Has Fat Pads

If your dog is carrying around extra weight, he might be storing it in fat pads located on top of his hips.

5. He Seems Less Playful

Overweight dogs tend to have less energy for moving around and playing. If your dog tires easily, becomes out of breath easily, or loses interest in regular activity, becoming lethargic, he might be overweight or suffering from a different health problem.

6. His Weight Is Over His Recommended Healthy Range

Based on age, sex, and breed, our veterinarian can help you determine a healthy weight range for your dog.

Why Managing Your Dog's Weight Is So Important

In a dog, a few extra pounds can mean the difference between a healthy weight and obesity, and being overweight has the potential to lead to a variety of serious health problems including:

Nutritional Counseling and Weight Management With Our Fort Worth Veterinarian

To keep your pet healthy for life, providing a balanced diet with the right amount of calories and daily exercise is essential. As a pet ages and its health changes, a dog’s dietary needs change, too.
We understand that choosing a pet food formula for your pet can seem like a daunting task, and our veterinarian can help you determine the best food your pet based on your dog’s individual needs. To schedule a nutritional counseling and weight management appointment for your dog, we welcome you to contact South Meadow Animal Clinic today.