Is Your Dog Overweight?

By Cheryl Campbell | Canine Health

Is Your Dog Overweight?

I haven’t been able to post much lately – it’s a time thing. And I’m not talking about all the time I spend on my internet businesses either. It’s the major fundraiser for Madison Community Services I’m in the middle of, the smaller fund raiser for the Madison Lions Club, the upholstery job for my mom’s friend I promised and my Leo Club meetings that have started up again.

Did I mention I am also driving my stepson to college every day because he didn’t get his license in time for his commute, AND I am being published in January and my book is due!!!!

Needless to say I am stressed and can’t seem to catch up, so the bottom line is that this post is going to be extremely brief. Why bother at all to post? Because our Blu seems to have a weight problem. He is no longer a healthy dog!  LOL

Blu walks 3 miles everyday, is on a special diet and runs our fields with Peach, Milly and Andy several times a day and yet he is still about 10 pounds over his ideal weight.

WHY? I have no idea but I am going to try to figure it out. I’ll let you know when I do. How do I know he is overweight? I performed the following ‘test’ described below and he failed terribly. Not to mention he weighs in at 105 lbs!

Try these two quick tests to determine whether your dog is carrying more weight than he should:

When you run your hands along your dog’s ribcage, can you feel his ribs? You should be able to count the number of ribs as you move your hands along your dog’s body – if you can’t then he’s carrying too much weight.

Running your hands along your dog’s side, does he have a ‘waist’ – by that I mean does his body tuck in in front of his hips? If there’s a straight line from his hips to his shoulders, then he’s overweight.

That’s it for now and I’ll post more on this topic when I learn about it!