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How to Tell if Your Dog is Overweight

You see your dog so frequently, it can be difficult to tell when they've put on a few pounds. Here are some common causes for overweight dogs, our Scottsdale vets have some tips to help them shed some pounds.

Is My Dog Overweight?

A quick trip to the vet is the best way to tell if your dog is overweight. They will weigh your dog and compare their physical features against its breed standards. They may also compare your canine companion to an overweight dog chart that will allow you to visualize if your dog is overweight.

Even if you lack veterinary training, there are indicators to look for if you suspect your dog is overweight.

  • A thick layer of fat covers the ribs
  • No discernible waist
  • No distinction between chest and stomach
  • Panting more excessively while walking
  • Walking slower than normal
  • Takes more naps than usual

Why is my dog overweight?

There are numerous reasons why your dog may be gaining weight. Unfortunately, too much love is often to blame. When it comes to things like feeding time, sometimes owners have good intentions but are actually contributing to their pets' weight gain. Here are some of the possible causes of your dog's obesity.

  • Lack of Exercise
  • Overfeeding your dog
  • Feeding your dog foods that are high in fat

How can I help my dog lose weight?

If your vet determines that your dog is overweight, they will prescribe a diet and exercise regimen to help get them on the right track. Here are a few things you can do to help your dog lose weight.

Regular Exercise

Maintain a strict exercise schedule for your dogs, including twice-daily walks and outdoor playtime. Your veterinarian can assist you in developing an effective exercise regimen.

Diet & Feeding

Your veterinarian can recommend a low-calorie diet for your pet. Make sure your pet eats carefully measured servings based on their breed's (or size's) ideal weight at the same time every day. This also means that, no matter how much they beg, your dog will have to forego the table scraps.


Bring your dog to the veterinarian on a regular basis to be weighed. This will allow you to track your progress and notify the veterinarian if additional dietary changes or testing are required.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you think your dog might be overweight? Contact us today, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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