How Fat Is That Doggie in Your Window?

healthy pet 2 300x246 How Fat Is That Doggie in Your Window?We all translate our dogs age into people years so we can get a better idea of how old our dog really is…or at least in comparison to us.  But what about weight. We are so focused on fighting obesity in America but we are forgetting to look at obesity in our pets. Just like with people, an obese pet can have serious health complications.

Did you know that a 12 pound Yorkie is the same as an average female weighing 218 pounds and a 14 pound cat is equivalent to a 237 pound man. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has created an online pet weight translator and tables of the most common breeds that compare those extra pounds on our pets in terms of love handles we can all relate to. 

Putting your pets weight into human terms will help you to understand whether or not your pet is overweight, and by how much. Just like with age, it is easier for us to understand when we relate the numbers to human terms.

Often times an obese pet is caused by poor nutrition and/or lack of exercise. Many people don’t know how much to geed their dog or what they should be feeding them. Simple changes in your dogs diet and lifestyle can have tremendous results in weight, health and happiness.  A dog that is lean and fit is much happier than one that is fat.

Some interesting weight conversions…just to give you an idea:

  • 90 pound female Labrador retriever is equal to a 186 pound 5’ 4” female or 217 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a female Lab is equal to 4 to 5 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 5’ 9” male
  • 15 pound average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to a 218 pound 5’ 4” female or 254 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on an average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to 14 to 15 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 17 pounds on a 5’ 9” male
  • 15 pound average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to a 218 pound 5’ 4” female or 254 pound 5’ 9” male
  • 105 pound male Golden retriever is equal to a 203 pound 5’ 4” female or 237 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a female Golden is equal to 4 to 5 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 5’ 9” male
  • 12 pound Pomeranian is equal to a 249 pound 5’ 4” female or 290 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a Pomeranian is equal to 21 to 21 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 24 to 25 pounds on a 5’ 9” male

Get your dogs weight translated.

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