How can I tell if my pet is overweight?

pet weight diagram

Try these simple at-home tests to see if your beloved pet should see the veterinarian for weight control.

If you’re unsure what your pet’s optimum weight should be, perform this simple test at home:

Place your hands on your pet’s rib cage with your thumb on the back:

  • If you feel your pet’s ribs easily, your pet is probably at a normal weight.
  • If you can feel some fat between the skin and ribs or if the ribs are difficult to detect, your pet is probably considered overweight.
  • If you can’t feel the ribs at all, your pet may likely be obese.

In some pets, particularly cats, a large abdoman that hangs down toward the ground may indicate obesity.

It’s important to have this judgement confirmed by your veterinarian; he or she can rule out other diseases that can sometimes look like obesity but instead are heart, kidney or glandular disease.

If you live locally, please contact us to arrange a weight check for your pet.

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