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Fat Fido

chubby dachshund

Everyone knows that it is unhealthy to be overweight. Well, the same goes for your dog. According to a 2011 study, 53% of dogs are overweight or obese. To tell if your pet could shed a few pounds, feel around his ribs and spine. You should be able to locate both with only a thin layer of fat separating the skin from the bones. If you can’t find the ribcage, you have an overweight dog. Ask your veterinarian to evaluate your pooch’s size at every check-up.

Some breeds are prone to obesity, while others (Greyhounds, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers), are typically slim. Here are some dog breeds that tend to become overweight easily:

  • Small breeds: Cairn Terriers, Dachshunds, Scottish Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Medium breeds: Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds
  • Large breeds: Labs, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers
  • Giant breeds: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards

Another cause for obesity in dogs can be YOU! Since food is associated with love for your pet it is very easy to overindulge them with treats and people food. Knowing the correct serving size for your dog is important in keeping them trim and fit. Ask you veterinarian to help you figure out the correct portion size and type of food for your dog. It may be necessary to reduce the portion size for a while until you get your dog’s weight into a healthy range.

Exercise is as important for pets as it is for people. If you don’t have the time, hire a dog walker or a teenager looking for some extra cash. Swimming can be a great alternative for heavier dogs with joint problems.

If your dog has trouble losing weight, be sure to consult with your vet about it. There are some health conditions that may be causing your dog to retain weight, like diabetes or low thyroid, and many are treatable with medication.

We all love our pets and want them to be healthy and happy. Getting the whole family into healthy-dog habits is essential for long-term weight management. And maybe these healthy habits will be good for you, too!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/25/2013 4:10 pm

    Me and Nalle are slim and trim! Wooooowoooooo!

  2. 10/28/2013 10:17 am

    Reblogged this on whenever i'm alone and commented:
    Take care of doggie!

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