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Fat Dog- How to Control Your Dog’s Weight

fat dog Albuquerque weight controlIs your dog fat? Fat dogs are cute. Unfortunately they are not healthy. Learning how to control your dog’s weight is an important part of pet ownership and one that most of us struggle with.

A fat dog has a significantly increased chance of having health issues or complications during anesthesia if they ever need surgery. They have lower energy, and shorter lifespans. Controlling their weight helps them feel better, be happier, and live longer.

Typically dogs gain weight because they are not getting enough activity or they are over eating or both. There are other factors that can lead to weight gain, such as:

  • Age
  • Breed – some breeds are more likely to be overweight
  • Preexisting conditions like diabetes or hypothyroidism


How Do you Know If Your Dog is Overweight?

The easiest way to asses your dog’s weight is by their ribs. You should be able to feel, but not see, their ribs. You should also be able to see a distinct waist where their body narrows behind their rib cage and before their hips when you look at them from above. From the side, their belly should look a little tucked up behind the rib cage and before their hips.

If you see no defined waist, cannot feel her ribs, or see fatty deposits by her tail or on her back, then there is a good chance your dog has a weight problem. Your vet will be able to evaluate your dog to confirm.

Keep in mind, the scale is not always the best judge. Muscle weighs more than fat, so a dog that weighs more might not be overweight. You have to evaluate the whole picture.




I Have a Fat Dog, Now What?

It is a good idea to discuss with your Albuquerque vet what kind of diet your dog should be on. It is important to feed her high quality food that is full of nutrition and not just high calorie fillers. If you want to make your own dog food, we have lots of great dog food recipes on our site.  Sometimes adjusting the type and amount of food is enough to help your dog shed those extra pounds. But you likely will also need to add in exercise.

A diet killer, just like with people, is snacking. If your dog is eating a great diet but is still not losing weight, you may want to look at their treats. Are they being given treats through out the day? Try switching from dog biscuits to carrots or only giving them one treat a day.

Don’t give them people food. Not only can a lot of people food make them sick, but our food is not nutritionally balanced for your dog and could be giving them a lot of unnecessary calories.

Exercise! Regular daily exercise is the best way to lose weight and to keep your dog healthy. Not only will she start to feel better from the exercise, but she will love spending time with you. You can take her on walks, let her run around in the park, or maybe just throw the ball in the back yard. If you have kids, have the kids play a game of chase with your dog.





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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.