People aren’t the only ones that can struggle to keep the numbers
on the scale down. Pets can easily become overweight, too, and the effects
can be just as deadly. If you are worried about your pet’s weight,
then your veterinarian should be your first stop. Your
veterinarian will tell you if your pet is carrying an unhealthy amount of weight and
offer weight loss tips, if necessary. Here are some red flags that your
pet is overweight.
When you look at your pet from behind, you should see a curve inward in
the area below the rib cage. If your pet’s body looks like a straight
line instead, or if you see a curve outward near the ribs, excess weight
could be to blame. Likewise, when you view your pet from the side, you
should see the underside of his or her body curve upward towards the hind
legs. If you see a sagging belly instead, excess weight is likely the cause.
When you rub your pet’s side, you should be able to feel his or
her rib cage without much trouble. When you rub it, it should feel like
the skin is moving over the ribs smoothly. If you feel layers of skin
or fat, your pet could be carrying too much weight. The same is true if
you struggle to feel the ribs at all. In overweight pets, it can be hard
to feel the ribs without applying pressure.
Pets often carry excess weight in their faces. Their faces may look unusually
round, or they may have folds of skin caused by extra fat. If you are
evaluating your pet’s face for signs of being overweight, use caution.
Some breeds, such as pugs and bulldogs, naturally have round faces or
folds around the face, so be sure to consult your veterinarian for the
most accurate assessment of your pet’s weight.
Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you learn the healthy weight range for your pet, and your veterinarian
can devise a plan to help your pet drop unhealthy pounds when needed.
Our pet hospitals provide comprehensive preventative and acute care, from
pet dental services to vaccinations. For an appointment at our veterinary
clinic near McKinney, call (972) 239-1309 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital.
For Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas, call (972) 239-1309.