Managing your dog’s weight can be tricky, especially if he loves his treats! By feeding him a sensible diet and ensuring he gets enough exercise every day, your dog should stay at a healthy weight.
Many dog owners worry that their dog will put on weight after neutering; however, this is not the case. As long as you don’t over feed him and make sure to get him out for some daily exercise, there is no reason for your dog to get too big.
If you are worried that your dog may be overweight, take him to the vet for a check-up – they will be able to advise you on a new diet or exercise regime to help shed some pounds if there is any cause for concern.
Don’t over feed your dog (always follow the directions on the packaging or from your vet) as obesity can lead to all sorts of health problems and ultimately shorten your dog’s life. If he’s overweight, cut down on in-between meal treats, switch to a ‘diet’ specific low calorie food and gradually increase his exercise levels. Your local vet surgery may run a free diet clinic to help your pet lose his excess weight under safe medical supervision.
As a general rule, if your dog is a healthy weight you should be able to feel his ribs, but not see them (depending on breed and coat type). If you can’t feel them, then your dog is overweight and if you can see them he is probably underweight. Ask your vet if you’re not sure.