Pet obesity is a real problem. Studies have shown that while American’s waistlines have expanded, our pets have become plumper too. Obesity can shorten your pet’s lifespan and cause all kinds of medical problems neither you or your pet want.
Obesity is of extra concern when it comes to Dachshunds. Dachshunds are notorious for developing back problems. One factor that can lead to such problems is genetic and largely out of our control. The rest of the factors we DO control. I think every Dachshund owner knows to stop or reduce their dog’s jumping.
I think that many Dachshund owners don’t know that their dog’s weight plays a big role in helping or preventing back issues. Technically, I think they do know but they don’t know what an overweight dachshund looks like and therefore don’t recognize when their dog could stand to loose a few pounds.
I don’t blame them really. Unlike humans, I find that many people find chubby pets “cute”. The “sausage dog” nickname implies that Dachshunds should be long and round. I have seen an increase of Dachshunds being used in advertising and most of them are at least a few pounds overweight.
Chester was 8 when I adopted Gretel. I thought he was a good looking dog. I took pride in watching his diet and exercising him regularly. It was only when I took Gretel to her first vet visit and looked at the “healthy pet weight chart” on the wall did I realize that he was overweight. Curious, I asked the vet and he said that ideally a Dachshund will have a tucked abdomen and you will able able to see their ribs just a little.
Poor Chester didn’t even see it coming. I immediately reduced his food portions and switched to a lower calorie food. After 6 months he was looking like a real stud and had lost almost 3 lbs.
I work hard to keep Chester and Gretel at an ideal weight. You would be surprised though how many times I have heard the question, “what is wrong with them? They are so skinny.” A good rest of the time I get asked how I keep them so trim.
It’s time pet owners get real with themselves and ask “Is my dog fat?”
If your answer is yes, my lovey could stand to loose a few pounds, then you should explore one of the blog hops below (a hop is a place that lists a bunch of related posts by other dog bloggers).
This post is part of the show off your dog’s waistline blog hop. You can visit the hop and check out all of the other pet owners who have faced this challenge and learn from them.
This post is also part of the Fit Dog Friday hop. I encourage you to visit that hop to see inspirational stories and join a community of proactive pet owners and healthy pets.
If you are ready to get up, start moving and make a difference in you and your pet’s health today you can calculate how many calories you burn walking your dog (you can estimate what your dog would burn too).
Finally, her are 10 Tips for Tackling Your Dog’s Extra Weight