What is considered overweight?
A pet is considered over-weight if the pet is not in the ideal weight range for its breed/size.What is the ideal weight range for my pet?
Check with your veterinarian for a good idea on weight range. Since all pets are different they may not follow a standard weight. The chart below can help give you an ideal weight.
|Breeds||Average Size (Adult)||Extra Weight Per Dog Comapared to Human|
|Toy BreedsEx. Chihuahua; Yorkie||4 – 10 lbs||1 lbs extra=31 lbs extra to people||2 lbs extra=63 lbs extra to people||3 lbs extra=94 lbs extra to people|
|Small BreedsEx. Boston Terriers; Pug||19 – 25 lbs||2 lbs extra=13 lbs extra to people||4 lbs extra= 26 lbs extra to people||6 lbs extra=40 lbs extra to people|
|Medium BreedsEx. Border Collies; Shar Pei||35 – 50 lbs||4 lbs extra=17 lbs extra to people||6 lbs extra=25 lbs extra to people||8 lbs extra=33 lbs extra to people|
|Large BreedsEx. Golden Retriever; German Shepherd||70 – 95 lbs||6 lbs extra=11 lbs extra to people||8 lbs extra=14 lbs extra to people||10 lbs extra= 18 lbs extra to people|
|Giant BreedsEx. Great Dane; Mastiff; Rottweiler||130 – 160 lbs||10 lbs extra=10 lbs extra to people||12 lbs extra= 12 lbs extra to people||14 lbs extra= 14 lbs extra to people|
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How do I tell if my pet is overweight?
Some signs of an overweight pet are:
- When the ribs and back bone are hard to feel
- If the pets stomach is wider than the pets chest
- Pet is not as active as it used to be
- Pet is having a harder time getting around.
What do I do if I think my pet is overweight?
Check with your veterinarian before any changes are made with your pet, to make sure there are no hidden illnesses that cause the weight gain. If your veterinarian determines the pet is in overall good health, speak with them on ways to help you pet lose weight.