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Canine overweight and obesity are diseases that are on the rise, which is very dangerous since excess weight can act as a trigger for other diseases, such as diabetes or joint problems.
¿Do you usually spoil your dog with food? If you do it regularly, you may have noticed changes in both its structure and its behavior, since an overweight or obese dog, far from being cute, is an animal that cannot achieve a full quality of life.
Have you ever wondered, ¿How to know if my dog is fat? Surely if you have this doubt it may be that your dog is not at an ideal weight. In this AnimalWised article we show you how to find out..You may also be interested in: How do I know if my cat is fat? Index
- Assess overweight in dogs
- Assess obesity in dogs
- How to get my dog to an ideal weight?
Assessing overweight in dogs
Overweight is the state prior to obesity, therefore, its early detection is essential to prevent obesity and help our dog regain its ideal weight in a simpler way.
Physical signs of being overweight:
- The base of the tail is thickened and has a moderate amount of tissue between the skin and the bone
- The ribs are difficult to palpate and are covered by a moderate layer of adipose or fatty tissue
- Although the bone structures are still palpable, the bone ends are also covered by a moderate layer of fat.
- The back has a slight broadening when viewed from above
- Waist shape is sparse or absent when the dog is viewed from the side
Assess obesity in dogs
Obesity in dogs is a truly serious disease and if a dog is obese it is very easy to see how his attitude has changed, barely tolerate physical exercise and remains tired throughout the day.
Physical signs of obesity:
- The ribs are not visible to the naked eye and are also very difficult to palpate as they are covered by a very thick layer of adipose tissue
- The bone ends are covered by a thick layer of fatty tissue
- The tail remains thickened and under the skin is a significant layer of fat
- The dog does not have a waist when viewed from the side and also a very bulging belly and a very broad back can be observed when viewed from above.
How to get my dog to an ideal weight?
Proper nutrition and daily physical exercise are essential for your dog to maintain a good weight, thus contributing to a better quality of life.
Obviously, to assess the suitability of your dog's weight you should always take into account their constitution, since the constitution of a greyhound will never be the same as the constitution of a labrador, much more robust.
The signs that indicate that your dog has an optimal weight are the following:
- The ribs are easily palpable and are covered by a layer of light fat
- The bones and bone ends are easily palpable and the overlying fat is slight in the bones and minimal in the prominences
- A well-proportioned lumbar waist can easily be seen when the dog is viewed from above.
- The base of the tail has a smooth outline
If you have doubts about the nutritional requirements of your dog, the physical exercise he needs or his state of health we recommend that you go to the vet so that I can offer you complete professional advice.
This article is merely informative, at AnimalWised.com we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.