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.
Over half of dogs in the UK are overweight with a quarter of dogs being defined as obese, which is defined by vets as carrying 20-50% more weight than they should. Overweight dogs can be prone to bone, ligament and joint damage, as well as diabetes, respiratory, and heart conditions. We always recommend that you talk to your vet if you’re concerned that your dog may be suffering with health complications as a result of being overweight.
If you think your dog needs to shed a few pounds, we can help. Our meals are made with the freshly prepared, human-grade meat and vegetables. Our chicken and turkey dishes contain less than 5% fat, whilst still being delicious. Our carbohydrates come from lentils and vegetables rather than grain. The lentil plant is one of our oldest sources of food. A cousin to the pea, lentils are a rich source of protein, B vitamins, iron and soluble fibre.
Fibre does way more than just keep your dog regular. Evidence shows that diets higher in this rough stuff slows down the rate of digestion, leading to a slower absorption of glucose and regulates blood sugar levels. This is particularly important for dogs with diabetes, but also can also help manage your dog's weight since they'll feel fuller for longer.
If your dog is obese or overweight, we'll recommend a daily pouch size for them which will leave them with a small calorie deficit each day. Put simply, that means that they're using more energy each day than they're taking in, and so they should start to lose weight at a nice steady pace.