Are you ever worried your dog may be a little overweight? Or that you aren’t really sure how much you’re supposed to be feeding them? Seems you’re not the only one according to new research, which has revealed that 1 in 5 dog owners cannot identify an overweight dog! Luckily, Tails.com have some expert advice if you’re unsure if your pet is a healthy weight.
Although most dog owners know that foods like chocolate can be harmful to their dogs, a huge 3 in 5 owners don’t know that mushrooms can be dangerous to dogs, and nearly half don’t realise how nuts can threaten a dog’s health, as well as raisins, apple pips and garlic!
Obesity in dogs is a worrying problem, so it is important to feel your dog on a regular basis to monitor their weight gain. A healthy dog should have some fat but the ribs of your dog should be easy to feel. If your dog is overweight, it is likely the ribs may be quite difficult to feel. If you feel like your dog is gaining too much weight, you should consider portion control. Just like us humans, things like processed meats are not good for your dog either so try healthier options such as lean unprocessed meat. Most dogs have a certain recommended daily calorie intake amount that owners should follow depending on size, season and age. If you’re unsure, always ask your vet.