What is the ideal weight for your dog? Is your dog overweight, underweight, or just right? How do you know? This time of year everyone is on a diet, but should your dog also be on a diet? I’m going to tackle the issue of weight in dogs starting today. Each Tuesday this month, I’ll be covering another topic regarding weight control in dogs, which will be food, treats, and exercise.
Mom is a real stickler about having dogs who are fit. She feels so bad for overweight dogs because it isn’t their fault and they are probably so miserable. I thought she might pass out about a year ago when I had gained three pounds. She had a feeling I had gained some weight, but to see the number on the scale she felt just terrible. My weight gain was because of changing up our food from kibble to Dr Harveys with adding our own protein. Trying to figure out how much to feed me was tough and I ended up with extra pounds. Thankfully by slowly reducing my food I managed to lose it all in about six months.
Many people think a few extra pounds on a dog is no big deal, but it is! Just a couple pounds can shave a few years off our lifespan! This is a great reason to make sure your pup is at her ideal weight. How do you determine the ideal weight for your dog?
There is no magical formula to determine the right weight. For our breed standard, we should weigh 40-45 pounds. Madison is 30, I’m 46, and Olivia is 49. We are all at a perfect weight. Your dogs activity plays into calories burned, age changes how much a dog needs to eat, the size of your dog makes a difference, weight is something one always needs to watch.
Two easy ways to decide if your pet is at her ideal weight are:
- Feel your dog’s ribs with the palms of your hands. You should be able to feel the rib contours without applying pressure.
- How is your dog’s waistline? Every dog has a waist and it should be visible. Madison was kind enough to show off her little waist for you. See right in front of her hips is where her “hourglass” narrows.
If harnesses or collars are getting snug, your pup is probably gaining weight. Dogs with lots of fur are good at hiding extra pounds, so make sure you keep check on their weight. We are big advocates of the right lifestyle for humans and their pets to keep both at their ideal weight. Diets come and go, but a healthy lifestyle that balances food, treats, and exercise will be around for the entire life of your dog. Stop back the next three Tuesdays to find out more about how to create a healthy lifestyle.
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