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Is My Dog The Right Weight? Find Out If You Have A 'Chunky Monkey' Or a 'Twiggy' In Your Home

How does one know if they have a dog that is overweight or obese? It can be a complex issue for the average dog owner. Just like in the human body, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, from short and squatty, long and thin, to boxed bodies and feet. Guessing the right weight to fit every frame can be daunting. Here are some signs that can help you learn how to calculate the weight ratio of some of the most common breeds of dogs: intake, terrier, poodle, spaniel, shih tzu. The main areas to check are the ribs, hips, hips and stomach.

Please note that your dog is overweight:

Chunky Monkey -A dog-free dog-dog should not look like a wiener dog unless it is one.

Marshmallow -If you can't feel your dog's spine, hips, or ribs under mild pressure, and instead feel good fats instead.

Ducky -An dog that eats with a lining on the sides and hips that rolls as the dog walks.

Rotund -If the stomach continues around the central area where the stomach should start to pull and enter the waist.

Signs that your dog is underweight:

The Girdle- The dog's waist appears to be sucked under vacuum pressure

Twiggy - Baseball, ribs, and spine can be seen or felt with no pressure

Parachute -There is excess skin on the bottom of the waist

Note that your dog is the perfect weight:

· Waist width is 1.2 to 1.3 times greater than neck width

· The dog's side does not shake or roll as the dog moves or walks

· You can't see the hips, ribs or spine, but you can feel them under soft pressure

· The dog's stomach goes into the waist, and does not flinch or exhale.

Patience and a little experimentation can help when finding the perfect weight for your dog. Your veterinarian is a great resource when researching how much and what kind of food to feed your dog. You are the one who lives with your dog today, and you will see if there is a change in weight when you change your diet and / or exercise. Whatever you choose, make this change simple. If you increase exercise in your dog's life, make sure his nails are cut to a manageable length.

If you feel your dog is a 'chunky monkey', check with your veterinarian first to avoid any type of disease that affects certain breeds more than others (such as Cushings Disease) that can make the dog look heavier when he or she No. This guide works for most dogs. For 'fat-free breeding dog' such as the Great Danes, Whippets, and Greyhounds, use scales for low-fat dogs as perfect weight. If your dog looks like he's wearing a belt, try giving him more food, increasing his intake by ¼, 1/2 or 1 cup more nights and days depending on the small dog, med, or big dog. It is common for an intact dog to remain on the lean side. There are many supplements available on the market to boost appetite. Veterinary guidelines and trials are key to changing dog weight.

Watch where you lose weight. See a veterinarian if you have any questions. Make appropriate changes to your dog's age. Experiment with your dog on a weekly basis by changing his diet and exercise program gradually. Check out dog-friendly pictures and videos on the site for more information on your breed. Give your dog the longest, healthiest life you can, plan a marshmallow, and let Twiggy keep his memory, making sure your dog's weight is 'right'. The time you spend with it is far more than the hardships and efforts it may cost you.

Copyright 2010 DuAnn Lustig Chambers

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