Take a look at the chart above. It shows you how to spot ideal body condition on a dog. Earlier this week, I was speaking with someone and she commented that she felt Daisy was too thin. In fact, Daisy had just been to the veterinarian for her health check and was declared to be in ideal condition with an excellent body score.
The problem is that the person speaking with me owns several obese and overweight dogs. She knows her dogs must lose weight, but she has become so accustomed to seeing an overweight dog that a dog in good condition looks too thin to her.
I work with dogs who need to lose weight by recommending exercise programmes combined with making the dog comfortable through massage, acupressure and laser therapies. Dogs don’t get fat overnight; their weight loss programmes take a bit of time too.
Over these holidays, please don’t overfeed your dog. And take the time to review the body conditions listed above. If your dog isn’t in ideal condition, what do you need to do to get them there?