Pet dogs must maintain a healthy body weight to maximize energy and live long and happy lives. But reaching and maintaining an ideal bodyweight may prove to be challenging for some dogs. This article offers information and advice to get them in shape so they can enjoy years of happiness and fulfilment!
Healthy Weight Ranges
There are various methods of judging whether a dog is at an ideal weight, but one of the most accurate ways is through using the Body Condition Score (BCS) system. Veterinarians use it to accurately ascertain a pet’s ideal weight by using visual and physical cues to assess fat level, muscle mass and other aspects.
Veterinarians will weigh pets regularly to calculate their BCS in order to monitor any changes, while pet owners are encouraged to weigh their dog at home to monitor any shifts over time. A veterinarian will also evaluate their BCS during regular exams and may suggest lifestyle modifications, diet modifications or exercise programs in order to help your pup attain or maintain a healthy weight.
One effective way of assessing your dog’s weight is using a dog weight chart. These charts typically arrange breeds according to healthy weight ranges for each breed, yet fail to take gender differences and other variables into account.
Consideration should also be given when reviewing a dog weight chart: the breed may play a part in their health and fitness levels; some breeds of canines are predisposed to obesity, leading to greater health issues than with other breeds.
To gain a better insight into your dog’s body condition, use a flat palm to feel their ribs. A healthy dog should have palpable ribs without excess fat covering them; both the spine and ribs should also be visible and there should be an apparent tuck when seen from the side.
If your dog is overweight, first step should be changing their diet and increasing physical activity levels daily. When giving treats or table scraps be sure they do not contain extra calories which could make their weight worse. Try substituting some of their food with lower calorie options, like smaller portions of canned or dry food they love. Remember it takes time for dogs to shed extra weight; don’t give up hope immediately. Your dog will eventually reach its ideal weight and enjoy a longer, happier and active life! So start now by making a pledge that you will help your pup reach his or her ideal bodyweight – helping your dog live a longer, healthier existence!