Most People Don’t Know These Common Dog Weight Guidelines

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Caring for a dog can take a lot of time and money, but it’s hard to put a price on the unconditional love they offer us day after day.

A healthy dog is a happy dog, and a diet rich in the right proteins, vitamins, and nutrients will insure that your dog stays in top shape. Barring genetic conditions or behavior issues, most dogs will maintain a steady average weight throughout their lives. The average weight is different among various dog breeds, of course, but accurate ranges have been established between each of them.

The best way to gauge your pet’s weight is by feeling for the ribs. A healthy dog doesn’t have too much fat between its fur and ribs, and can be felt with slight pressure. On an overweight dog, the rib cage will be harder to find.

WebMD maintains that a dog above recommended weight guidelines by more than 15 percent can be considered obese. Anything between 15 percent and the recommended weight guidelines is overweight.

More than half of the dogs kept as pets in the U.S. are above average weight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention but the final say is always up to your veterinarian. Even if you don’t think your pup has put on excess pounds, it’s good information to have.

Do you think you know the difference between a healthy dog and an overweight one? Take our quiz below and find out!

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