Is your puppy healthy if it is fat?

You've just become a savvy and responsible puppy owner. So you need to know and care about your new puppy and make sure you keep a close eye on your puppy's health. You must be aware of your dog's, development, stages, growth, and progress, from puppyhood all the way to full grown adulthood.

You must also ensure he remains able-bodied and maintains good health for the rest of his doggy years. There are a few tips that every puppy owner should keep in mind. Keeping a weekly record of your puppy's weight until he becomes a year old will effectively help you to determine if you have to modify your puppy's food intake. This way, your puppy will adjust more smoothly to any changes you make in his diet.

Although I'm sure your puppy looks adorable and cuddly just the way he is, if he is chubby or 'big-boned' as some would like to call it, unfortunately he is at greater risk of developing a bone disease or joint problems. On the other hand, a puppy that is improperly ingesting his required food intake on a daily basis may be dealing with a disease from the type of food he is eating. If your puppy is from a large-breed, it will more than likely take at least 2 years before you see a remarkable growth in his size. So be aware of the required and suggested food intake for your puppy's weight, breed, size, and age.

Obese puppies can easily become obese dogs. The most effective way to determine if your puppy is either underweight or overweight is by feeling his ribs. Take these steps: first, start by placing your puppy on a table, put one hand on your puppy's left shoulder and the other hand on his right shoulder, then feel your puppy's ribs by moving up and down them using a gentle pressure of the palm of your hand.

His ribs should feel like they have very little fat and muscle as you should be able to feel them with no problem. If you can't find your puppy's ribs or if you feel like some are surrounded by fat and muscle, he probably needs to lose some doggy pounds. However, if finding every single rib was a breeze, then you should probably consider giving him more food on a daily basis.

If you're unsure about your puppy's health, weight, and growth or if you just want to find out how to help your puppy lose weight, see a veterinarian. Your vet should be able to facilitate specific instructions that you can implement on an everyday basis. Your vet will probably consider a nutritious weight loss diet for your puppy that will satisfy his appetite and help him lose weight at the same time. Your vet may also suggest regular exercise and physical activity to help burn those extra doggy pounds. Walking and jogging.