That’s not “more to love” or a “cute chubby little but”. That’s fat and it is unhealthy for your dog. With it your dog might not live as long or might get sick and not be able to live a life of adventure. Pet obesity is on the rise and it is a real problem.
I get questions all the time about how I keep my dogs so trim.
Here is a handy chart to asses your dog’s body condition from the Association of Pet Obesity and Prevention.
If your dog is a 4 it could probably stand some lose some weight. If it’s a 5 then it definitely needs to loose weight.
Pet Obesity is a big concern for me. At 5 am this morning I had a genius idea. I wanted to start a blog about dog obesity and call it “fatdog” or “fatdoghelp”. After a couple of minutes on GoDaddy and Google I found out that someone was already doing it. Thank goodness because I don’t need more stuff to do! I can barely find the time for everything currently going on in my life.
So I am not a genius but I AM really glad that this website is out there. It’s simple but well done, easy to navigate and helpful. I would like to shake the hand of whoever is writing this. Go over and check out fat dog help (Update: unfortunately, it looks like this site no longer exists) for yourself.
I also found this really great post written from a dog’s view on pet obesity called Obesity in Dogs. Fix It! If you are wondering if your dog is fat or what to do about it I highly suggest checking that one out too. Again, it is simple and gets straight to the point.
Photo courtesy of Virtua Vet