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Dog Friendly Tips: Weigh your dog at the vets

Has your dog piled on the pounds? If so, you're not alone. Just like with people, a sedentary lifestyle and highly processed diet can lead to weight gain in dogs and cats. Obesity can lead to serious health problems for your pet.

Appropriate weight ranges vary from breed to breed. Many vets will now weigh your pet as routine and indeed some vets have a weight guide for different breeds, all on a wall chart by their scales. So you can weigh your dog and check if their weight is within the correct range for the breed.

Alternatively stand on some bathroom scales yourself,  to first check your own weight. Then carry your dog in your arms and weigh yourself and the dog, to get the weight of your dog. Google the weight range for the breed of dog in question and see if your dog fits within that range. When I first weighed Jack I found he was at one point 36kg which is at the top end of the weight range for Golden Retrievers.  

If your dog is maintaining a healthy weight you should see that he or she has a noticeably slimmer waist between the end of the rib cage and the start of the hind quarters. When viewed from the side, your dog should have a narrower abdomen than chest. Lastly, when you apply light pressure you should be able to feel your dogs ribs and spine.

Your dog is overweight if there is a layer of fat over the ribs making them difficult to feel, or if your dog has a sagging stomach and no discernible waist.

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