Obesity amongst dogs in the UK is on the rise. If recent reports are to be believed, an astonishing 35% of domestic dogs are overweight in the UK alone.
Medical conditions aside, many dogs pile on the pounds due to lack of exercise, lack of portion control and over-indulgence in unhealthy treats. Often, owners are unaware they are contributing to weight related health issues as their treats are given in kindness.
Looking into those doleful eyes, who can refuse an extra treat, or a titbit from the dinner table?
3 simple steps to check your dog’s weight…
- When looking at your dog from above, there should be a slight narrowing between the end of their ribcage and their hips, giving them a noticeable waist.
- Looking at your dog's profile, the line of their undercarriage should curve from the end of the ribs towards the groin.
- When stroking your hands along the side of your dog's body you should be able to feel each rib easily, although they shouldn't be visually prominent. (If you run your fingers along the back of your opposite hand, this is how bony your dogs ribs should feel).
**If your dog is particularly fluffy, these checks are visually easier when they are wet so bath time is a good time to check!
Perform these checks regularly (we monitor once a month) and if you are concerned that your pooch might be ‘porky’, schedule a visit to the vet for a weigh in and advice.