PetFAQCategory: HealthHow can I tell if my Labrador Retriever is overweight or underweight, and what can I do to help it maintain a healthy weight?
Davison GomesDavison Gomes asked 1 year ago

How can I tell if my Labrador Retriever is overweight or underweight, and what can I do to help it maintain a healthy weight?

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PetFAQ.netPetFAQ.net Staff answered 1 year ago

It’s important to monitor your Labrador Retriever’s weight to ensure it is at a healthy level. A good way to check if your dog is at a healthy weight is to feel its ribcage. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs without pressing hard, but you shouldn’t be able to see them.

If you can see your dog’s ribs, it is probably underweight and you should talk to your veterinarian about how to safely increase its weight. If you can’t feel your dog’s ribs at all, it is likely overweight and you should work with your veterinarian to develop a weight loss plan.

There are a few things you can do to help your Labrador Retriever maintain a healthy weight:

1. Feed your dog a high-quality, balanced diet that is appropriate for its age and activity level. Avoid giving it too many treats and table scraps.
2. Measure your dog’s food and give it appropriate portion sizes. It’s easy to overfeed a dog, especially if you’re giving it treats in addition to its regular meals.
3. Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. Labradors are active dogs and need regular exercise to stay healthy. Take your dog for walks, runs, or play games with it to help it burn off excess energy.
4. Consult with your veterinarian. They can help you determine the ideal weight for your dog and develop a customized feeding and exercise plan to help it achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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