Dogs vary in size among individuals and breeds. Observing and feeling a dog’s body are useful tools in assessing the body condition.
IS YOUR DOG IN IDEAL BODY CONDITION?
- A dog’s body condition is considered ideal when they have a well-proportioned figure.
- You should be able to observe a “waist” behind the ribs when the dog is viewed from above.
- Any loss in muscle mass may diminish physical strength, motor coordination and result in a weakened immune system.
UNDERFEDRibs are highly visible. Increase the amount you’re feeding. After 2 or 3 weeks compare again. Adjust until your dog exhibits an ideal body condition.
IDEAL BODY CONDITIONYou can feel and see the outline of the ribs. Dog has a waist when viewed from above. Belly is tucked up when viewed from side. Maintain current feeding.