Purina-Dog-Content-BrandExcess weight is a heavy burden for a pet to bear. When a dog becomes obese, additional stress is placed on the animal’s heart, lungs, and joints.

So monitor your dog’s weight. You probably won’t convince him to step on the scale each morning, but you can periodically give him a quick examination. Here’s how. First, run your hand along your dog’s side, as if you are petting him. Pressing gently, you should be able to count your dog’s ribs as your run your hand over him. Then look at your dog objectively. When viewed from above, does his body angle in in front of his hips, or has he lost his waist?

If these simple tests make you suspect that your pup is getting porky, take him to the veterinarian for a proper examination.