If you’re worried that your dog may be overweight, the scales alone may not be the best way of confirming this. The following guide can vary from breed to breed (a greyhound will carry weight differently compared to a bulldog, for example) but it’s a good place to start.
Have a look at your dog’s ribs. If they’re super visible, this may mean that they’re underweight. You should be able to feel them distinctly beneath their coat, covered by a small amount of fat beneath the skin. If you can’t feel them at all, your dog is probably pretty overweight.
A quarter of dogs in the UK are obese, which is defined by vets as carrying 20% more weight than they should. Overweight dogs can be prone to bone, ligament and joint damage, as well as diabetes, and respiratory and heart conditions. We always recommend that you talk to your vet if you’re looking to make changes to your dog’s diet or if you’re concerned that they may be suffering with health complications as a result of being overweight.
It can be tricky to work out how much your dog should be eating: it depends on their age, their current weight, how much exercise they’re getting, and what shape they’re currently in. Our advanced nutritional calculator does all of the hard work for you, and works out an ideal portion size for your dog which takes into account whether they need to slim down, put weight on, or simply stay as they are. If you don’t have an up-to-date weight for your dog from the vet, you can use your own scales - simply weigh yourself, then pick up your dog and weigh yourself again, and subtract your own weight from the total to get your dog’s weight.
If you think your dog needs to shed a few pounds, we can help. Our meals are made with the freshest, human-grade meat and vegetables, and they’re low fat as well as delicious. We can work out a bespoke plan for your dog and send their healthy, pre-portioned meals to your door. You’ll be able to keep in touch with our Customer Love team and monitor your dog’s progress with them if you’ve got a specific goal weight in mind for them. We’re hoping to make the UK’s dogs healthier, one meal at a time!