How do I know if my dog is at a healthy weight?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Assessing Your Dog’s Weight 

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important concerns when it comes to your dog’s health. Factors like diet and exercise in the right amounts can help keep your dog at an ideal weight.

Do You Need to Adjust Your Dog’s Diet?

Here are 3 simple ways to tell if your dog's diet needs an adjustment.

  • Rib Check: Place both of your thumbs on your dog's backbone and spread both hands across his rib cage. You want to be able to feel his ribs. Actually feeling your dog is important, as the coat of many dogs will make a visual check difficult.
  • Profile Check: Examine your dog's profile – it’s best if you are level with your dog. Look for the abdomen to be tucked up behind his rib cage - this is ideal.
  • Overhead Check: Looking at your dog from overhead, identify whether you can see a waist behind his ribs. Most dogs at a healthy weight should have an hourglass figure. 

12 Is My Dog Too Fat Too Thin Or Just Right Illustration

If you find that your dog's ribs and waistline aren't where they're supposed to be, adjust the amount of food offered accordingly. Hopefully these tips will help you keep your dog healthy and fit.

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