7 SIGNS THAT YOUR DOG IS OVERWEIGHT
June 2, 2020
We are all aware of the importance of taking care of our health and the benefits of being fit, eating well, and exercising. That is why we give it time and money. Some do not hesitate to spend large sums for a subscription to a club, a treadmill, organic food, or natural health products. Perhaps this is difficult, but we strive to jog in the morning or go to our Pilates class after a long working day. Why? Because we want to take care of ourselves. But could it be that in this area we tend to neglect our dog?
Is your dog overfed? Is he exercising enough? Just as excess weight and obesity can have disastrous effects on human health, it can jeopardize your dog’s body balance. Obesity leads to many health problems: diabetes, respiratory diseases, arthritis, joint disorders, even behavioral problems or a decrease in life expectancy.
Like humans, dogs do not wake up one fine morning in a state of overweight.
Often, bad habits gradually cause weight gain, sometimes even without noticing it. That’s why we need to be attentive to our animals so as not to let things go too far. But what should alert us? Here is the list of 7 signs that indicate that your dog is overweight.
1) The dreaded Libra
If you think your dog is overweight, your first reflex may be to put it on the bathroom scale. However, since dogs all have different shapes and sizes, it will be very difficult to weigh it in this way and get a fair idea of its actual weight. If you weigh your dog and its weight seems high to you, do not panic. Each race is different, as each individual. Instead, get a weight chart from your veterinarian or online. And, depending on its breed, size, and age, make the calculations. If your dog is 5-19% heavier than it should be, it is overweight. Some changes in his routine and diet will improve his weight and overall health. If it is 20% heavier than normal, larger measures may be necessary. Before you change anything too radically, consult your veterinarian to make sure you make the right moves.
2) Where did his ribs go?
If you are not sure that your dog is overweight, a good way to do this is to pass your hands around its flanks and abdomen. If your dog has a healthy weight, you should be able to feel its ribs, but not see them (if this is the case, your dog may be too skinny, depending on its breed). If you cannot find the ribs through the fat that your dog has accumulated over the years, then maybe it’s time to change his diet and get him to do more exercise.
3) Beautiful abs!
Of course, I’m not telling you that your dog should have an athlete’s body on which a dog dress suits but here’s a little trick to help you: look at your dog from the side. His chest should be wider and his abdomen thinner. He should have abdominal plasty. If the shape of the body looks more like a tube or worse, if the abdomen is predominant, your dog is undoubtedly overweight.
4) What is the size?
When you look at your dog from above, you should clearly spot its size. It should have a general form of Hourglass. If you cannot detect its size or if the size in question is the widest part, a “size” challenge awaits you! Take measures to improve the health of your dog.
5) Less interest in physical activities?
Your dog was energetic, sometimes to the point of emptying yourself of your own energy. He used his toys, ran after his ball, showed you enthusiasm every time you came home, tried to catch his tail, or to your surprise, tried to chase bikes and cars … but that’s when he was younger. Now he prefers the comfort of the sofa, and sleep has gradually become more attractive than outdoor games. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, perhaps your dog has become apathetic because its weight prevents it from being active or because exercise requires much more effort than before, because carrying too much weight is exhausting. A general feeling of apathy can be a sign of overweight.
6) Less endurance?
Does your dog perform all its regular activities and still seem active? However, you notice that it still seems less moving than before. He does not play as long, does not run as fast or fatigue faster. In this case, check its weight. For example, let’s imagine that the ideal weight of your dog is 21 kg. He has gained weight in recent months and now weighs 28 kg. This means that his muscles must carry 7 kg more fat, his blood must feed a larger body, and his heart must provide more. No wonder your dog now prefers the couch to the yard when the exercise requires so much effort!
7) Does he no longer climb the floors?
Your dog used to follow you everywhere in the house, but now it passes its turn when it comes time to go up or down the floors? Does he have to pull himself together three times before he gets on the couch? Its weight is probably the basic problem. I remember when I was a teenager, I knew a family that owned a Great Dane who, IMHO, was overweight, which the family had firmly denied. In the house, there was a slight drop in the floor level between the kitchen and the dining room, barely 2 cm. Yet when the poor animal had to “climb” this 2 cm (let me exaggerate a little my remarks), it had to take a little momentum! As you can imagine, this dog had crossed out visits to the second floor of his list of dreams to fulfill.
If you took the time to read this article, it’s that you love your dog. If his health worries you and after reading this article to you are convinced that he has signs of overweight, take appropriate measures as soon as possible. It’s never too late. Minor changes in his routine can have great benefits. Consult your veterinarian, reduce portions, and go out to play outside and take big steps.