How can I tell if my dog is overweight?

Try these three simple checks to remove your ‘doggy goggles’.  Your best pal will thank you for it in the long run!

One of the most common ways to show our dogs affection is by giving them food.  Slipping them a few treats or the scraps from the dinner table is irresistible – we just love to see that look on their little faces – but in fact our doggy goggles aren’t doing our pooches any favours.

If you’re a little concerned that your pooch might have put on a few pounds then here are some really simple checks to help you see clearly.

1. Feel for their ribs – with some gentle but firm patting you should be able to feel your dog’s ribs and the spaces between them fairly easily. If you can’t find them then your dog may be overweight.

Frenchie and doughnut

2. Look at their body shape - your dog should have a chest and a waist. It can sometimes be hard to see if your dog is very fluffy so try checking them at bath time or after a swim when their fur is a bit flatter.

3. Do they have trouble breathing or grooming themselves?   If your dog gets puffed out after a short walk then this could be an indication that they’re overweight. Similarly if they can’t move to groom themselves easily then this might mean that it’s diet time.

For more guidance check out PDSA's body condition chart: Download Here

PDSA Dog obesity chart

 It’s important to remember that there could be other medical conditions that effect your dog’s body shape or breathing so if you have any concerns just ask your vet.

What can I do if my dog is overweight?

Treat them to a PitPat, the dog activity monitor.  PitPat is simple to use and helps you ensure your dog gets the right amount of exercise.   It recommends daily goals based on your dog’s breed, age and weight and can also calculate calories burnt so you can help them lose weight more easily. For more about PitPat check out our video.

You can buy PitPat online or in-store at one of our convenient retailers:

We’re available in Tesco and Argos!

 

One of our  doggy weight loss success stories:

Frankie the Beagle uses PitPat to make sure she does the right amount of exercise and to help her shed a few extra pounds.  She has successfully dropped from 21.76 kg to 17.90 kg and counting!  PitPat helps Frankie’s owner Elaine to see how many calories Frankie burns so she can adjust her food portions.  Frankie's vets are very impressed with PitPat!

Fat dog after shot