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Obesity in a dog can lead to health problems and can itself be a sign of a serious medical condition. Monitor the weight of your lab with this simple test.


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1. Check that your dog's ribs are not visually noticeable but are easily felt. This indicates that your dog is at a desirable weight.

2. Look at your dog from above. Some indentation behind the rib cage, depicting an hourglass shape, indicates that your pet is at a desirable weight.

3. Feel your dog's hips. Anything more than light fleshiness indicates that your dog is above normal weight.

4. Check your dog for a trim abdomen.


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Regular exercise helps reduce weight.

A healthy dog's weight at 1 year of age often reflects his optimal body weight, though this is not true of dogs that are obese at 1 year. Your vet can also provide guidelines on the proper weight for your dog.
 
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