What About My Dog's Weight?
2021 - Philip Uwaoma
For attentive dog owners, maintaining a healthy weight is not just a concern for human beings but dogs too. Should you care about your dog’s weight? There is both scientific and practical evidence that owners of pets such as dogs can live a longer healthier life. So there’s no doubt that healthier dogs make for healthier humans, and a healthy weight makes a healthier dog.
According to a report by the American Veterinary Medical Association, not only can excess weight cut short the life span of your dog by more than two years, keeping your dog at a healthy weight lowers the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory diseases, etc. So, if you care about your dog, you should watch their weight as you should watch yours because you care about your health.
It is recommended to enlist the expertise of your local veterinarian to determine if your dog is overweight or obese. Your vet can then tell you whether your dog is overweight according to your dog's size and breed. Bear in mind that a healthy weight will differ from breed to breed. For example, most gazehounds should have visible ribs.
Here’s a rule of thumb; it is established by animal health experts that your dog is overweight if their ribs are wrapped up by layers of fat such that you cannot feel the ribs by feeling the dog’s sides. This technique applies to every kind of dog breed. Additionally, your dog is overweight if you have trouble telling the chest and the stomach apart. The chest of your dog should be broad enough to block the abdomen.
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