of Dog Body
dog to enjoy a longer lifespan
dog to be active with comfort
early onset of age-related arthritis
with skeletal or joint problems (healed injuries, elbow
and hip dysplasia, etc) to suffer less painful symptoms
your dog's lifespan.
Dramatically increases the chance of early-onset,
painful arthritis (especially in larger breeds).
problems with skeletal or joint problems such as healed
injuries or dysplasia, by placing more stress on the
is usually combined with under-fit, which can cause
activity issues such as no stamina, breathing problems,
heart problems, etc
reserve during illnesses
combined with under-fit
except in extreme cases of neglect.
How to Tell
if Your Dog is Overweight, Underweight, or Fit
following "touch test" on your dog:
hands flat on both sides of the dog's body over the
ribcage. Now rub lightly. Can you feel the ribs?
dog and position yourself behind him. Now place your
hands on either side of his body on the ribcage. Run
your hands all the way down his body, stopping at the
hip bones. Can you feel a "dip" or "waistline" between
where his ribs stop, and his hips begin?
dog and place your hand on the underside of his ribcage,
under his chest. Run your hand along the underside of
his body into the groin area. Is there a "tuck-up" past
where his ribcage ends and his groin begins?
Ribs not easily felt, waistline not easily felt, tuck-up not
Ribs easily felt, waistline easily felt, tuck-up easily
Ribs prominent (to the eye on short-haired
dogs, to the hand on long-haired dogs), waistline extreme
with "hollow" appearance, tuck-up extreme with "hollow"
appearance. Spine prominent.
Prominent hipbones are not necessarily an indication that a
dog is underweight. Depending on the rear assembly (the way
that the spine, tail, hips and back legs join together) even
a very fat dog can have quite prominent hips. Breeds such
as most herding breeds, sighthounds, and curly-tailed breeds
can have hipbones that are easily seen/felt during normal