The rules range for people but for pets figuring out whether your dog is overweight or obese is a matter of both appearance and touch you should for example be able to feel your dogs ribs . If you realize your dog is overweight dont be offended it happens to the best of us with well meaning intentions but use this information as a way to help your dog and make him or her comfortable healthy and bring the spunk back to your pup. Also if your dog is severely overweight your vet may need to help you design a custom weight loss program for your pet the wrong way to feed a dog many dogs are fed free choice which means food is available 24 hours a day. Once your canine reaches maturity ask for his optimal weight as a rule of thumb 15 above that weight is obese zero to 15 is overweight if your dog falls into either category he is not alone according to a 2011 study 53 of dogs are overweight or obese tips for weighing your dog hit the scales periodically weekly or monthly to make . Explore the health risks associated with obesity in dogs and offer some useful tips for improving your dogs health and wellbeing according to a survey conducted by association for pet obesity prevention in 2016 around 54 of dogs in the us and in canada 1 in 3 dogs in the uk are carrying too much weight although there are medical reasons for weight gain in dogs most overweight animals
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