Is your Dog's Condition/Weight Healthy?

    The chart below will help you decide if your dog needs to be fed more or less to get to its healthy weight. Remember, the difference between healthy and overweight could be two years of your dog's life. If you are unsure about your dog's body type, compare it with the medium built dog.

    Lightly built dog, German shorthaired pointer

    Good condition, well muscled with a taut belly, and the last few ribs are faintly visible.

    Good condition, viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

    Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over much of the body, a distended belly and the ribs are not visible.

    Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

    Medium build dog, German shepherd dog

    Good condition, with good muscle definition, a
    taut belly, and the last three ribs are visible.

    Overweight condition, with a layer of fat over the body, a distended belly, and the ribs are not visible.

    Malnourished condition, with wasted muscles, the major bones are visible, and the belly is drawn up.

    Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

    Good condition wiewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

    Heavy built dog, African Boerboel

    Good condition, strongly muscled with a taut belly. The curve of the last rib is visible.

    Good condition, viewed from above. The waist nips in behind the last rib.

    Overweight condition,
    with a layer of fat over the body, a distended belly and the ribs are not visible.

    Overweight condition, viewed from above. The body is thickened, with no visible waist.

    To get your dog to its healthy condition, simply change the amount you feed it. For overweight dogs, start by halving its food portion until it has reached its normal weight. For malnurished dogs, reassess what and how much you feed. Your vet should look for possible underlying issues. If you dog is close to ideal, fine tune by changing food portions by 20%

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