Hi guys, have you ever wondered whether your
dog is obese, and what to do if he is? If so, we’ve now got our top five frequently
asked questions about obesity in dogs. Number one, how can I tell if my dog is overweight?
Now this is a really hard one, because some dogs are just simply bigger boned than others.
For example, you could have a golden retriever who is 85 pounds and who is a perfect size
for him, however, you could have another golden retriever who is 75 pounds and who is overweight.
The most simple way to tell if a dog is overweight is to feel certain parts of your dogs body.
The first area we feel is your dogs ribs. So if you run your fingers up and down like
this, and you can feel your dogs ribs but there is a small layer of fat over them, then
your dog is perfectly sized. If you can’t feel the ribs at all then your dog is overweight.
There are a couple of other areas as well, an area just above the tail here, again if
you can feel the bones under a small layer of fat then your dog is perfect, and along
the spine as well. Question number 2, are there certain dog breeds that are more prone
to obesity than others? Now this is definitely true for some dog breeds. Breeds like labradors,
retrievers, collies, basset hounds and daschunds as well, are all prone to being overweight.
Question number 3, will spaying or neutering make my dog overweight? Now, this is not true,
unless you are feeding your dog too many calories or not giving him enough exercise. It is true
that dogs who are spayed or neutered do burn less calories, however as long as you’re giving
them more exercise or feeding them a little bit less then your dog should not get overweight.
Question number 4, should I use a weight loss programme, or should I just feed my dog less
of his normal food? By feeding your dog less of his normal food, you are actually feeding
them less of the minerals, nutrients and proteins that your dog needs. This means we always
recommend using a weight loss programme. Now these are usually high in fibre and low in
calories, so this means that your dog is going to get all of the same nutrients but less
calories and be able to lose weight faster. And finally, question number 5 – how fast
should my dog lose weight when on a weight reduction program? We recommend that your
dog should be losing between 0.5 and 2% of his body weight per week when on a weight
reduction plan. If your dog starts to lose more than 2% of his body weight per week,
this can actually do more harm than good, so just keep an eye on your dogs weight. So
there you have it, they are our top five frequently asked questions about overweight dogs. Now
we’ve also got a competition on this week, for the best tip that we receive in the comments
section below this video, the owner of one lucky dog is going to receive a special Kong
toy from us at Relax My Dog. The winner will be announced in next week’s video! So if you
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