An ideal weight has become an important factor in a dog’s health and weight generally depends upon the amount of calories intake by him and burned by him.
Ideal weight also depends upon the breed and age of the dog. As in younger age, dogs are more physically active and burn out the excess calories from the body however if they are not fed a food with high nutritious value then they may become thin. And if the dog has entered the phase of seniorhood then you need to cut down his calorie intake otherwise he may become obese.
Many dog-owners wonder if their dog has ideal weight or not, as over-weight and under-weight both conditions are not good for your dog. So, let’s find out if your dog is a good weight or not and you can do it by body condition scrolling.
Body condition scrolling:
It allows the dog owner to check the amount of fat their dog is carrying, it is generally done at home without any scales. It is a very effective way to find out if your dog is in proper shape & at ideal weight or not. This is applicable to every breed of dogs. There are 3 areas that are required to be examined.
- Ribs check:
Place your hands across his rib cage then feel his ribs. Sometimes, due to fur of dogs, the dog owner may find difficulty in it
- Profile check:
Now it’s time to examine his profile, if his abdomen is tucked behind his rib cage then he is an ideal weight
- Overhead check:
A healthy dog would have an hourglass figure so now examine your dog from overhead and see if his waist is behind his ribs.
So by examining these 3 spots, you can find out if your dog has correct weight or not.
Let’s figure out how your dog would look if he is too thin:
- Ribs: when you will run your hand then all you feel would be bones. No amount of fat would be there.
- Waist: while examining his waist you will see narrow waistline and bones are almost visible
- Abdominal tuck: when you examine him from profile then you will see his abdomen tuck under the ribs severely.
Let’s figure out how your dog would look if he is too fat:
- Ribs: when you will run your hand then all you feel would be fats and you won’t be able to trace his rib cage.
- Waist: while examining his waist you will not be able to see any defined waistline.
- Abdominal tuck: when you examine him from profile then you will not be able to see any tuck behind his ribs.
Let’s figure out how your dog would look if he is an ideal weight:
- Ribs: when you will run your hand then you would able to feel small amount of fat around his rib cage
- Waist: while examining his waist you will see his waist is just behind his rib cage
- Abdominal tuck: when you examine him from profile then you will see his abdomen is smaller in size than his chest.
If your dog falls in the category of underweight or over-weight then you should monitor his diet as well as the amount of physical activity he does in a day. Healthy weight is a indication of healthy lifestyle and the dog owner must ensure that his pet is leading a healthy lifestyle. So, don’t forget to check if your dog is at good weight or not.