Check your dog’s weight now
Between check-ups, you can still assess if your dog is maintaining a healthy weight. Place your hands on their side, and if their ribs are hard to feel or even impossible to feel, they’re likely overweight.
Signs your pet is emaciated:
The ribs, spine and hip bones are visible from a distance, and there is no discernible body fat.
Signs your pet is healthy weight:
The ribs can be easily felt without excess fat, and you can see the waist behind the ribs from above. Abdominal tuck is present.
Signs your pet is overweight:
You can’t feel ribs because they are covered in fat. Large fat deposits are over the neck, chest, spine and base of tail. Both waist and abdominal tuck are absent.
Why being overweight matters
Even if you’ve noticed your dog is carrying a few extra pounds, you may not realize how much it can affect their health. Being as little as 20% overweight can greatly increase the risks associated with serious health conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, urinary stones or heart disease.
Excess weight can also significantly shorten their life expectancy compared to a healthy pet.
Picking the right dog food for weight management
The food your dog eats directly affects their overall health and wellbeing. Balanced nutrition is an essential part of an active, healthy lifestyle. Too many snacks can cause weight gain.
Ask your vet about Hill’s line of weight management foods to help your dog maintain a lean body condition as well as a healthy & active lifestyle.
Resources and tips
For more information on your dog’s condition — and to help provide them with the best care possible on the journey ahead — check out these helpful resources from our team of veterinarians.