Has your vet told you it was time for your dog to lose weight? If he has, don’t be embarrassed. You are not alone as many dogs are overweight. In fact, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, roughly 53% of all dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. In addition, roughly 90% of owners are unaware that their dogs are overweight. However, we shouldn’t focus on the statistics, instead, let’s focus on the solution with these diet tips that will help your overweight dog slim down.
Is my Dog Overweight?
Before we look at the diet tips, we should look at excess weight and what effects it has on your dog. In addition, we should identify if your dog is, in fact, overweight. As mentioned above, up to 90% of dog owners are unaware that their dog has a few unneeded pounds.
Often, that realization comes from a vet visit. However, it doesn’t have to be. There are ways that you can assess whether your dog has been sneaking a few too many midnight snacks and needs to cut back.
When you are checking your dog’s weight, you want to run your hands over his sides and back. You want to feel his ribs and spine with a very thin layer of flesh over them. Therefore, you shouldn’t see the spine at all but should be able to feel it.
The last rib can be visible but all the ribs should be easy to feel with a slight cushioning over them. When looking from above, your dog should have an hourglass shape. From the side, there should be a slight tuck up in the stomach area.
If your dog is looking tubular in shape, or you can’t feel his ribs or spine, then he is overweight and needs to start losing weight before the excess weight starts to affect him.