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Dog weight is something that many dog owners have many concerns over. Many dog owners may wonder ‘what is the right weight for the type of dog that they own’, or ‘how to increase or decrease the dog’s weight’? Many dog owners are just as concerned about their dog’s weight as their own. Below are questions that have been asked in regards to dog weight that have been answered by the Experts.

How can an individual tell if a dog’s weight is the right weight?

The best way to tell if the dog’s weight is the correct weight for the dog is to look at a body condition chart. A body condition score will be able to tell the owner what the dog needs to weigh for the body condition.

How does an individual feed to increase dog weight loss

The first thing that will need to established if the dog is overweight. This can be done by looking at a body condition score. After it has been established that the dog is indeed overweight, the owner will need to decide while looking at the body condition score chart to decide what weight the dog needs to lose. One way to help achieve the dog losing weight are to using the body condition chart pick a weight and feed the amount of dog food for a dog at the target weight. Other things that can contribute to a dog losing weight are eliminating the extras such as treats and table foods. All of this should be done

What can cause dog weight gain in the abdomen area only in an older dog?

Dog weight gain in the abdomen of an older dog often means that one of two major things can be wrong. These two problems are liver failure or heart disease, which are both common in dogs that older. Both problems can cause abdominal weight gain, in the form of a build-up of fluid which is also known as ascites. There is medication that is available to decrease the fluid volume and allow dog weight loss in the abdomen area. A vet must prescribe these medications, so a veterinary examination will be needed.

What is the amount of chocolate that can cause toxicity in a dog?

The amount of chocolate that is toxic is dependent upon the dog’s weight. The type of chocolate also is a major factor in what amount is toxic. Bakers chocolate toxic dose is nine ounces per pound of dog weight, while milk chocolate toxic dose is one per pound of dog weight. So the amount of chocolate that is toxic to a dog is dependent on the dog’s weight and the type of chocolate that was ingested, which means that there is no clear cut answer to how much chocolate is toxic to a dog.

Why are vets concerned over a dog’s weight?

Why are vets concerned over a dog’s weight? There are many reasons that veterinarians are mindful of a dog’s weight. One of these is the burden extra weight causes to the dog’s joints, another is when there is extra fat tissue the harder the heart has to work to be able to pass through it causing heart problems. It has also been noted that dogs that are over-weight may also be at a higher risk for liver disease, this is due the deposits of fat that can plug up liver cells. Dogs that are over-weight often have a shorter lifespan and have more health problems in the late years of their life.

Dog weight is a big concern for dog owners. Knowing how much dog food to feed an individual’s dog to increase or decrease their weight. The use of a body condition chart allows a dog owner to know what amount of food to be fed for a target weight. Dog weight gain especially in older dogs can be a sign of certain health problems such as heart disease or liver failure. Chocolate toxicity is also based upon dog weight, and the type of chocolate that was ingested. Veterinarians are concerned about a dog’s weight just as a physician is concerned about a human’s weight. Just like humans, dog’s that are over-weight are prone to more health issues than dogs that are of a healthy weight. Any questions about dog weight can be asked of the Experts.

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