My Beagle is Overweight, Now What?
One of the biggest things you can do to improve your Beagles health is to keep him at a healthy weight. Dogs that are overfed and are allowed to get fat are at a greater risk for all types of health problems down the road. Unfortunately with smaller breeds – like Beagles – it’s a lot easier to overfeed them because they don’t need that much food to begin with. So even just a few extra snacks throughout the day can tip the scales.
Is my Beagle actually overweight
How can you actually tell when your Beagle is starting to get fat and out of shape? If you’re not sure how your dog is supposed to look like at his normal healthy weight, the easiest way to find out if it’s time to cut back on food is to go to your vet for a checkup. During the physical exam they can tell you if your dog is starting to gain some extra weight and in most cases can give you advice on what you can do about it.
If your pet’s checkup is not due anytime soon, don’t worry. You can easily examine your pup at home yourself.
- Look at their waist – Beagles that are at a healthy weight should have a nice fit waist. Ideally you should be able to see the outlines of the last two ribs on each side without seeing the rest of them.
- Check their weight – Are they gaining weight even though they should be done growing? Ideally a Beagle should weigh between 25-30 pounds, put the weight varies depending on their height.
Weight charts are not always reliable
Don’t rely just on some weight chart that you’ve seen online to figure out what your dog should weigh. They are not always exactly accurate since no dog is exactly the same. A weight that might be healthy for a beagle that’s 15 inches tall might be totally wrong for a Beagle that’s only 13 inches tall.
You can use these charts as a general guide, but to determine if a dog is at a healthy weight you’re much better off looking at their physical appearance. Same applies to the feeding recommendation charts on the back of food packaging.
Help Beagle lose the fat
There are only two factors that play a role in your Beagles weight and that’s how much they eat and the amount of exercise they get. You can’t have a good diet without exercise or vice versa. You to give your Beagle both for him to be healthy and happy.
Watch what your Beagle eats
Most dogs would keep on eating as long as there is food in their bowl. So going by how hungry your dog acts is not a good way to measure how much food he needs. Instead you need to measure his food with a measuring cup and track exactly how much your dog eats while checking his weight.
If your Beagle needs to lose weight, start by cutting back 1/8th of his food. Track his weight and see if there is any change. If not you can cut back a little more. It took months if not years for your Beagle to collect all the extra pounds and it can take just as long for him to burn them off. So don’t expect drastic changes overnight, but instead aim for gradual but steady weight change.
Also keep in mind that not all food is equal. There is a lot of junk food on the market that has a very low nutritious value and cutting back on too much food could mean that while your Beagle is on a diet, he isn’t getting all of the vitamins that he needs to stay healthy. One of the best ways to improve your Beagles overall health is to transition to a healthier diet.
If you own a Beagle then you probably already know that there is a lot of “dog” packed in this small package. And looking at the breed history it’s easy to understand why these little guys are so energetic. These dogs were born to run, play and exercise for hours each day – and they love it!
Lucky for you, that’s one of the best ways to help your Beagle shed a few pounds. This could mean playing more games, going on longer walks, taking him out to the park to play with his buddies more often and so on. Whatever gets him to stretch his little feet will help burn the calories.
Combining smaller portions of food with more daily exercise is a guaranteed way to get your pup back to a healthy weight and as a result improve his overall health. Remember that obesity is a serious health concern that can be avoided with just a little bit of effort.