The Dangers of Having an Overweight Dog

1) How to Tell if Your Dog is Overweight
2) Risks of Obesity: Is it Time to Consider Dog Weight Loss
3) Causes of Obesity: Factors to Consider in Addition to Your Dog’s Diet
4) Breeds Prone to Obesity
5) Treatment: How to Help My Dog Lose Weight
6) Dog Diets: Choosing the Best Dog Diet Food
7) Petcube: An Innovative Way to Help with Weight Loss for Dogs


If you can see your dog’s ribs from several feet away, your dog is underweight. Ideally, you should be able to feel the ribs under the skin without much effort.


If you cannot feel the ribs without applying pressure, your dog is overweight and might be headed toward obesity.


Lastly, if you cannot find the rib cage, your dog is obese and it is time to take action. The Pet Obesity Prevention Website offers additional dog obesity charts.

Risks of Obesity in Dogs

Obesity in dogs is the number one preventable disease in pets. Those extra pounds are not just a physical trait, they are subtracting years from the life expectancy of your furry pal.

Obesity can lead to:

  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Skin diseases
  • Some forms of cancer