Do you think your pet is as perfect as can be yet others look at him with a veiled look of concern?
Could that stem from the extra weight he’s picked up over the years and that you haven’t even noticed? Your furry friend could be overweight and it may have seemed to happen overnight. Unfortunately, it’s something that probably has been in the making for quite some time.
You Actually Want to Feel His Ribs
Pet owners can get a little freaked out at the notion that they should actually be able to feel their pet’s ribs. It’s true! When you’re rubbing him with slight pressure, those skinny little bones should be right under your fingers. If you feel them a little too easily, your pet might actually be a little underweight. Don’t press too hard; you don’t want to hurt him. Besides, if you have to press extra hard to feel his ribs, well, there’s your verdict.
He Looks Kind of Like a Blob
You know how you can tell if a dog or cat is in shape or out of shape just by looking at them sometimes? They have that ‘look’ about them. Pets who are carrying more weight than they should tend to lose their physical shape. There are no curves to their body — unless it’s curving outward — and they look a bit “blobbish” which is not what we want!
He’s Exhausted and Doesn’t Want to Play
Did your pup go from wanting to play for what seemed like hours to hardly being able to play for five minutes? Does he seem to run out of steam during a leisurely walk? If your dog is overweight, that can hinder his physical endurance. He might want to play and walk and run, but it just wears him out! As with people, extra weight is hard on the organs and joints. Get some of the weight off him, and he might just feel like a new animal!
How to Get Your Pet at a Healthy Weight
If you believe that your beloved fur kid needs to lose a few pounds, there are some simple steps to take to help him on his journey:
Ensure the food he eats isn’t part of the problem.
Replace fatty treats with something like raw carrots.
Start a gentle exercise regimen that will help him work up to the level of activity that he needs.
Get him evaluated by his vet. There could be something medically amiss, such as his thyroid, that is affecting his weight.