On a more serious note, even if your dog is a purebred, he or she might still develop health issues as they age. Health conditions can vary greatly from dog to dog, and even from a single incident to preventative measures recommended by your veterinarian can vary greatly depending on their age and health. These issues include allergies, thyroid problems, leg muscles, vision, hearing, and more.
These issues can be a ticking time bomb if they are not addressed early, but it is always better to nip it in the bud earlier on, rather than later when it is most serious.
The ideal average weight for all dogs regardless of breed, size or age isazes! Of course the lower the weight the better, but how do you get an average?
Let us start with body size. To get an idea of what a “healthy” weight should be for your dog, consider your dog as you would a way to measure height based on their length from the point of their elbow to the ground. It is safe to assume that your dog should weigh no more than 25 pounds for most dog breeds, although there are exceptions to this. Most breeds should weigh around 60-75 pounds unless they are an extremely small breed or a dog that is a purebred.
Now we need to talk about a dog’s weight being a factor in their health and their longevity. It is important to understand that the concept of “ideal” weight is different for dogs than it is for humans. For example, while 1 person may think that 60 pounds is ideal weight for a dog, another person may think that the dog can only live in 10 pounds, and still another may be 80 pounds but not suitable for a dog. What is ideal for one may be ideal for the other, and the same can be said for dogs.
So what are good ways to determine ideal weight? What can we do to change course and have our beloved canine companion be more shape and less fat? Finding a way to bring positive changes about weight can be one of the greatest obstacles for achieving good health for our dogs. There are a variety of ideas and approaches to change a dog’s weight and improve its health, all with the purpose of making your dog happier in life, healthier, and more independent.
The concept of using food as a way to determine ideal weight is fairly simple for the average loving dog owner. All you have to do is look at your dog and see if they are getting enough to eat. If your dog is gobbling up the food, it is likely that they should be eating a fairly light diet. If your dog is grabbing leftovers and leaving them on the floor to roll around in, something needs to be adjusted. A lighter diet may not be so good for them, but more exercise may be necessary to help them to get there. It really is that simple.
If you have a breed of dog that is more prone to weight gain, you have some options. You can either do tricks your dog can perform, such as playing fetch until they drop, or you can feed them moreKibbleto cut down on their need to eat. You can also get creative and feed your dog some healthy leftovers, or even some veggies, depending on what you have on hand. It might not be the best idea to feed your dog a whole scoop of organic kibble, since there is no regulation on what is allowed for pets in regards to portion size.
In a final decision on whether your dog is getting too much or too little food, look to your veterinarian. They can be trusted to know what your dog’s ideal weight should be. It is not a good idea to try to keep your dog from being overweight in the first place, if their eating habits are fine. Doing this can do more harm than good. You do have a choice of giving your dog the right food, but you should also give them the lightest food possible. and for those of you who do not know, 2 small portions of 2Different type of food is a cheaper then 1 Scoopof processed commercial dog food.
So now that you have decided that your dog is overweight, you have 2 choices of what to feed your dog. You can either reduce how much you give your dog or switch to a lighter food. For those of you that do not want to reduce how much you are feeding your dog, you have 2 options of what to feed your dog. You can either cut down on how much fat in the dogs diet, or switch to a lighter food. For those of you that do not know, 2 choices of how much to feed your dog, less then 1 Scoopof processed commercial food, well then 2 equalizations.
How to Avoid Obesity
Most dogs can avoid obesity with a combination of good food choices and staying active. Many dogs can’t avoid obesity. But not all dogs can avoid it entirely. If your dog is between 5-10% overweight he can be helped. But the only real way to help an animal get in shape is to help him shed the extra pounds.
Skin and coat
Good skin and coat is important for your dogs health. Without good skin and a coat that isn· seller than skin can be prone to scratching and other skin related problems. Many skin problems are the result of a skin that is either dry or too sensitive. A dry skin can lead to such skin problems as eczema. Many skin conditions can be the result of feeding your dog the wrong foods or treats, or of the wrong kind of collar or leash. A dog who is itchy or scratching due to skin problems can become a suppressive dog. The problem is finding a dog food or treats that won·’t hurt the dog and scratch the skin and coat.
ignoring the dog
Avoid attention to the dog when youinking. A dog who becomes a heavyweight dog or who continually bites and/or shakes his head may be motivated by chasing after people, food, or other pets. Strangers may perceived as a threat and lead to biting and other problems. Many people think that their dog will out grow this bad behavior. Certainly size is a factor, as well as sensitivity to the touch and heat. But, many behavior problems can be related to the dog simply not getting enough attention.
leaving the dog alone
Indoor dogs should always be walked on leash. Even if your dog is a small breed, you need to ensure that it receives proper exercise and doesn·t become obese as a result. Many problems can result from inappropriately controlled exercise. In many cases, a dog will gain weight at around the age of 4 or shows signs of rapidly gaining weight, which can indicate diabetes or other problems. Whether a dog is a pure breed or comes from a backyard with an over abundance of dogs, they need regular daily exercise. Signs of weight gain may include:
What you can do to prevent the problem:
People spend an inordinate amount of time attempting to prevent their dog from problems. This should not be done and is even more important for people who live with someone who lives an allergic dog. Here are some preventative measures to ensure your allergic dog does not acquire the symptoms.
Allergic dogs have a much higher risk of developing issues. If your dog develops a particularly nasty case ofKC-quin Clydesdale(always asks your vet), it may be better to contact your vet for advice rather than ignoring the symptoms.
Don’t come and play with the dog
If your dog displays signs of choke-Originating illnesses(coughing, sneezing, etc.)then you should have your dog checked out by your vet.
Alter the diet of your dog(overweight, high-protein, low-carb)at the first sign that they are becoming overweight. This is especially important for a dog that is allergic to food.
Inform the rest of the household of the condition(especially children)with the symptoms.
Dis inject a small quantity of insulin int the dogs system once or twice a day in order to correct the blood sugar levels.
If the condition is already fairly serious then your vet may recommend a change of diet, and more exercise.
Sometimes knowing what is wrong isn’t enough. In the case of my very allergic child I sought help from my dentist friend. Of course he was the only one to attempt this, and it proved to be a joke even then.
It’s really not reassuring when even your own vet can’t help. If this applies to you then pay attention to other possibilities such as Angels eyes(which he clearly had) or is your dog diabetic? Our dog had an allergic reaction to Ironworks Michigan. In the end you Hopefully will have to deal with the health of your dog.
How to Take Care of Your Dog
Pet owners with an overweight dog need to take other factors into consideration, such as their dog not getting enough exercise, being overweight coupled with the extra weight, health conditions and whether they have a history of medical problems.
Factor #1: Health Of The Pet
For a healthy dog, 60% of his weight should be fat. Fat means your dog is reaching for food but doesn’t have enough to keep him from putting on weight in the first place. For overweight dogs, the weight gain is causing them stress that can lead to heart and other health problems. It is important to take weight into consideration in addition to joint and heart health in addition to the health of your dog.
less bounce to trot
gained from a bed or bulky crate
weight loss in canine
large bounce or lack of breath
rained to walk on 2 legs
do not bounce or gait
hold food and don’t knock it around
able to sit or stand
hold food, don’t attack its food bowl
end of chase
end of play period or “rewards” period
end of walk with signs of weariness
other reasons for weight gain
Some signs of overweight dogs include the following:
Barks at unusual times
Coughs or snorts
Dogs that hold food and don’t eat it
Ears bigger than usual, droopy, or puffy
Body hair coat looking overly “owzer”
Teeth that don’t look like they need to be broken
Heavy panting or drooling
Watery eyes or other indications of extreme drinking
You can determine your dog’s weight by making an assessment of its gums at different times of the day. The best way to do it is when you and your dog are both lying down. Gently squeeze your dog’s gums until they release the fluid. If your dog seems to be uncomfortable with this method, hold your dog’s mouth closed and gently scrape the gums until they release. Doing it gently without causing pain will likely make your dog less uncomfortable. How to take the gums back is a matter of preference for some people.
You will always want to check your dog’s weight as it is important for your dog’s care and safety. For a dog that is a working dog, he or she may need to be weighed every six to eight weeks. This is especially important as they age and their exercise needs change.
- Weight management You will need to be very diligent with this task, as over weight dogs will have health issues and have a shorter life span.
- Over weight dogs are a drag on their owners and not only are they overweight, but their care simply stink. When your dog is overweight, he or she is very uncomfortable and highly stressed. This makes a huge impact in his or her quality of life and longevity.
- Weigh your pet weekly and use the results to help determine proper weight. With a little time and some effort you can easily take steps towards setting yourself and your dog up for a long healthy life.