Most people don’t know if their dog is a healthy weight or if they are overweight. Many times we, as pet owners, think that our dog is healthy when in fact they are fairly obese. I am guilty of it myself. I love fat dogs. I love their fat little bellies and how their who body wiggles when they walk. The reality is that it is not healthy for them. Being overweight can cause a variety of health problems from heart issues to joint issues, as well as shorten their lifespan. It is important for your dog to be in a healthy weight.
Of course, healthy weight changes depending on your dog’s age and breed. Not all dogs are built the same. What is fat for one dog might be a perfect weight for another. If you are wondering how to know if your dog is at a good weight, you should ask your Albuquerque veterinarian during your annual checkup. You can also uses this great tool to see if your dog is in the proper weight range.
If your dog is overweight, there is a lot you can do to get them back into a healthier range. You can change their diet. Many people over feed their dog or need to adjust the kind of food based on your dogs age and activity level. Food that was good for you dog when they were a few years old is not the same as when they get older. Did you know most dogs should be on dog food meant for older dogs by the age of 6 or 7? Dog food for puppies, or young dogs, are much higher in fat. You should speak to your vet about the best diet for your dog. Also, increasing their physical activity. Just like with humans, when you exercise and eat well, you are more likely to lose weight. Plus exercised is good for your dog for their overall physical and mental health, not just for their weight.
As the Spring weather rolls in, this is the perfect time to get a checkup and get your dog on a new diet and exercise regiment.