GET ACTIVE
WITH YOUR DOG THIS SUMMER

THE WEIGHT OF THE PROBLEM

• Obesity in dogs is on the rise, with 40% of dogs in the UK estimated to be overweight.
• Excess weight adds strain to a dog’s body which can cause health issues including
musculoskeletal problems and heart disease.
• Overweight dogs die more than two-and-a-half years earlier than pets of a healthy weight (Research from the University of Liverpool)

40 %
OF DOGS
ARE OVERWEIGHT

33 %
WALK JUST
ONCE A DAY

26 %
HAVE LEFT OVERS
AS A MAIN MEAL

IS MY DOG OVERWEIGHT?

Just like us, our dogs need regular exercise to stay physically and mentally healthy. An overweight pooch is far more likely to encounter a whole range of health issues, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, joint damage and reduced liver function, so it’s important that we keep an eye on our pet’s weight and condition.

Your vet will be able to advise the ideal weight for your dog and also check for any weight related health issues. But there are some methods you can use to check your dog’s weight between visits to the vet.

If you have a small dog it’s easy to check its weight using the bathroom scale method. First weigh yourself on the scales, then weigh yourself once again but this time whilst holding your dog. The difference between the two readings will give you your dog’s weight. For larger dogs it’s advisable to use the vet’s scales.

Regardless of breed, you should still be able to feel your dog’s ribs (there shouldn’t be a thick layer of fat covering them).

Check that your dog’s chest is wider than its abdomen. If there is no difference between chest and stomach or no waist, the dog is likely overweight.

Look for signs such as panting when walking at a slower pace or sleeping more often.

UNDERWEIGHT

• Ribs, spine & hips protrude.
• No overlaying body fat.
• Loss of muscle mass may be evident.
• Very obvious waist.

IDEAL

• Ribs, spine & hips should be easy to feel on short haired dogs.
• A waistline should still be visible from above.

OVERWEIGHT

• Ribs difficult to feel under a thick layer of body fat.
• Waistline difficult to see.
• Fat present along lower back and at base of tail

OBESE

• Ribs cannot be felt due to fat layer
• Fat present along lower back and at base of tail.
• Fat rolls visible around neck and chest.
• No abdominal tuck after ribs

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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