How to tell if your dog is overweight?

How to tell if your dog is overweight?

We are aware of the benefits of being fit and healthy. For us regular exercise and keeping in good shape goes without saying. What we are often not aware of is that it applies to our dogs. Like us humans, dogs don’t become overweight overnight. It’s usually because of a few bad habits that turn into long long term habits. However, don’t let things go too far. Regularly check on your dog. To help you spot the issues, we gathered up the most tell all sign of an overweight dog.

No definition

All breeds have different body shapes, yet they should all some definition. They should have a chest, a stomach, and a “waist.” If you can’t see these because your dog looks like a sausage with legs, it’s diet time. See Dr. Sophia Yin’s super helpful article on how to define whether your pet is fat?

Trouble grooming himself

If you notice your dog having difficulties reaching around to groom himself, it might well be the sign that he is overweight. You should watch out for this especially with older dogs, whose movement and flexibility has slowed down a bit.

No interest in physical activities

Your dog used to be energetic, sometimes to the point of draining you of your own energy. He used to play around, go fetch, be enthusiastic whenever you came back home. Now, he prefers the coziness of the couch and sleeping has gradually become more appealing than playing outdoors. If this scenario seems familiar, maybe your dog has become apathetic because his weight keeps him from being active. Or because exercising requires much more effort than before. Carrying too much weight is definitely exhausting for your dog. A general sense of apathy can be a sign your dog is overweight.

No stamina

If your dog performs his usual activities as normal, but is quickly out of breath, check his weight. If he get tired easily, or is out of breath after a short spin around the block, then it is definitely worth checking. Another typical scenario is when they just stop following you around. They used to tail you, whenever you went you had your ‘shadow’ with you. Now, they just don’t come up the stairs, or out in the garden, rather just stay put on the couch.

These are some of the most common tell all sign, that your pup is overweight. It is worth monitoring, as weight problems can lead to more serious health issues. High blood pressure, heart, hip and joint issues to name a few. To help you determining your dog’s ideal weight, we listed some of the most popular breeds below.

  • Beagle: 9-11 kg
  • Boxer: 25-32 kg
  • French bulldog: 9-13 kg
  • English bulldog: 18-25 kg
  • Dachshund (regular, mini): 7-13 kg
  • Labrador retriever: 25-36 kg
  • German shepherd: 25-40 kg
  • Yorkshire terrier: 1.5-3.5 kg
  • Australian shepherd: 16-32 kg
  • Pugs: 3.5-8 kg
  • Vizslas: 18-30 kg
  • Whippets: 7-14 kg

Now, these may seem to have too big of an interval, but remember we included male and female dogs. If you want to break it down, the low number would be a female dog going up to halfway, and from halfway to the upper number is the ideal weight of a male dog. I hope this has helped identify if your pet is overweight or not. Remember, a pup with a healthy size have better chances for a long, active and happy life.

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