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Is your dog overweight? How to recognize and when to act

Is your dog overweight? How to recognize and when to act

Since you see your dog every day, you may not realize if they start to gain excess weight. Today, our Baltimore vets list signs that your dog may be overweight, and what to do.

How can I tell if my dog is overweight?

If you suspect your dog is overweight, the first thing you'll need to do is make an appointment with your vet, who will examine and weigh your pet. The veterinarian can then let you know if your pup is overweight based on the standards for their breed and size. 

That said, there are some clear signs you can look for to get an idea of whether your dog is overweight.

If your dog is at a healthy weight, you should be able to feel the ribs and they should not have a thick layer of fat covering them. The chest should be wider than the abdomen, and you'll notice a significant tuck-up from chest to stomach. 

You won't be able to see a distinction between the stomach and chest on overweight dogs, nor will they have a discernible waist. Overweight dogs may walk a bit slower than before, take more naps than usual and may pant on your daily walks. 

How can I help my dog lose weight?

If your vet finds that your dog is overweight, they will prescribe an exercise routine and diet to help get them on track to a healthy weight. Here are some things you can do to help your dog lose weight:

Regular Exercise

Keep to a strict exercise schedule for your dogs, including twice daily walks and playtime outside.

Diet & Feeding

Your vet can prescribe a low calorie diet for your pet. Make sure your pet eats at the same time every day, and that you measure out the portions carefully based on the ideal weight for their breed (or size).

Check In

Bring your dog to the vet regularly to be weighed. This will allow you to monitor your progress, and will let the vet know if further dietary adjustments or testing are needed.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you suspect your dog is overweight? Contact our Baltimore vets to schedule an assessment at Falls Road Animal Hospital.

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