Here’s a moment of full disclosure: We have always been a little self-conscience as to whether our dogs have been a little overweight. We can’t resist but give our dogs a few table scraps or a few extra dog treats now and then. But you can’t help but wonder: Is my dog fat? The last thing we want to do as dog owners is create a fat dog. Daily exercise can help, but here are some tips to detect whether or not you own a fat dog:
- Did you overfeed your dog as a puppy? The realty is, overfed puppies tend to become fat dogs.
- The best sign to get an indication to whether or not your dog is overweight is to check the ribcage. Give your dog a pat on the side and check whether or not you can feel your dog’s ribs. There should be a thin layer of fat over the ribs, but if you can’t detect the ribs at all, that’s a sign your dog may be on the heavy side, if not obese.
- Look down. If there’s not a narrowing at the waist of your dog, chances are that dog is overweight. If the waist is extremely noticeable your dog may be too thin.
If you are concerned at all that you may be the owner of an obese dog, the most important thing you can do is consult your vet. Every dog is different and it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle for your dog. They will reward your with their unconditional love and loyalty.