Is Your Dog Overweight? You May Not Realize It.
We tend to have love blinders on when it comes to man's best friend—but here's what you can do to keep your dog healthy.
By now many of us have shelved our weight loss resolution in favor of some cookies.
What about man's best friend? This week we delve into doggie diets—whether they work and how to keep our pets as healthy as possible. (Read why dogs are even more like us than we thought.)
When evaluating a dog's weight, vets do what's called a body condition score, which consists of "a visual and hands-on examination," says Alex German, small animal specialist at the U.K.'s University of Liverpool.
For instance, a dog at an ideal weight should have easily palpable ribs with minimal fat. A dog at a non-ideal weight may not have palpable ribs at all, and have a waist that's