If you are overweight and you visit your doctor you can guarantee they will tell you about all the possible health implications such as; heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes and some forms of cancer. It stands to reason that if your dog is overweight that they too could suffer.
Whilst many don’t like to admit it, research show that a high portion of dogs are overweight, and this is putting them at risk of many diseases.
How do I know if my dog is overweight?
- Firstly, take a look at your dog. At a glance can you see your dog’s waist? Some breeds tend to be a little thicker in the waist but generally you should be able to feel the ribs without too much pressure being applied.
- Much like a human, when you touch a dog’s shoulders, hips and other typically bony areas you should only feel a small layer of skin. If you feel a lot of fat on the typically bony areas its highly likely your dog is overweight.
- Your dogs tail can give a good tell-tale sign of whether your dog is overweight. Whilst some meat on their tail is necessary, meaty fat deposits are a sign that your dog might need some exercise.
- Your pet groomer might be familiar with your dog and notices that they are starting to look a little stockier. At K9 Chic in Cleveland we are happy to discuss your dog’s progress with you.
- The best way to tell if your dog is overweight is to talk to your veterinarian. Your local vet will happily discuss ways that your pudgy pooch can shed the pounds.
K9 Chic in Cleveland are your local pet grooming specialists. We love getting to know you and your furry friend. So, whether you bring Bruno in for a haircut or Fluffy for a dog wash, our dog salon experts are at the helm to provide the very best in dog grooming. Call 07 3488 0188