Is My Dog Overweight?

by | May 9, 2013

Are you paying attention to your dog’s weight?

If you find yourself asking, “Is my dog overweight?” you’ve come to the perfect spot

Our German Shepherd Puppies grow to be big dogs, so from time to time people want to know if their dog is getting a little too large. It’s important that you monitor your dog’s weight and that his weight fits his frame properly. If your dog is getting a little too thick, it’s a problem.

For a dog, and especially puppies that are growing, every pound is more important to them because their joints and bones are already doing a lot of work to keep them moving, and since they aren’t as big as humans, each pound is a higher percentage of their overall weight… adding 5 pounds to a dog that weighs 65 pounds is the same as adding 13 pounds to an average man!

So now that you’re ready to start paying attention to your dog’s weight…

How do you know if your dog is overweight? It’s as easy as looking at them and giving them a little pet down belly rub (which they’ll love)!

1. When looking at your puppy as he is walking away, you should be able to see a waist, or indentation after their ribs and before his hips.

2. Give your dog a good pet and feel for rib cages and other prominent bony spots. You should be able to feel ribs and other prominent bones, but not too well, dogs can be too skinny too!

3. Listen to your veterinarian. If your vet tells you that your dog is overweight, pay attention and take action immediately.

If you think your dog is overweight, check recommended servings on your food you chose and evaluate the amount of exercise. Small changes in serving size and minimal additions to exercise routines can go a long way when it comes to the health of your dog. Talk to your vet. Tell them the brand and exact amount of food you are feeding your dog.

Also, talk to your other family members. Sometimes, mom and dad may put a measuring cup to be used to scoop dog food out and when the kids go to feed the puppy, they just hurriedly scoop food with the bowl itself. We only have dogs for children, but if your kid is doing this, just explain to them how not feeding the proper amount truly hurts their furry friend.

If you are sure your dog needs to lose weight, here’s what to do.

It is all about diet and exercise.

As we said above, make sure you are feeding the appropriate amount of food according to the brand. It may not look like a lot of food to you, but we promise – it is probably enough for your dog. Your veterinarian is an awesome resource on this.

Another important part of your dogs diet is treats and “table scraps.” Like we’ve said before, we’re big fans of Yummy Chummy dog treats full of lean protein Alaskan Salmon. However, we’re very opposed to giving our dogs table scraps. Human, processed foods can be very hard on your dogs digestive systems and has a tendency to have more fat and sugary processed ingredients than anything you’d find on the shelf at your local pet store.

None of our dogs have ever eaten our food. The closest they come to eating our food is watching us eat before they get to eat their food. We have 6 very persuasive German Shepherd Puppies. We promise that you can do this with your dog.

After you have a handle on their diet, it might be time to start adding (more) exercise to their daily routine. As the same in people, make sure you talk to the vet while you’re there and get the ok to start more exercises. Then start small, go for a walk around the block every day, or if you have a fenced back yard, go walk around with your dog to keep them moving instead of basking in the sun.

A healthy dog means a loving dog. And as the pack leader, it is your responsibility to keep them healthy!

Remember, we do lots and lots of research before we write about any subject. We nearly always have personal experiences with the these subjects. However, nothing we say is a substitution for a conversation between you and your veterinarian who knows you and your dog individually. We recommend always talking with your vet before making substantial changes to your dog’s diet or lifestyle and recommend that you always use your own discernment as well.

At Far North Kennel, we breed German Shepherd Puppies in Alaska. We love dogs and are more than willing to help you if you have any questions about dog training, behavior or are interested in finding a new puppy. We’ll help you even if you don’t have or ever intend to get a new puppy from us! Just contact us with your question. Every email we get receives a personalized response!




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