Leanness in a dog can have different causes. If the animal has lost weight in a short time, it is necessary to consult the veterinarian so that a checkup can be carried out. But a health problem is not always the cause of thinness. It can also be a matter of nature, and in this case it is simply the dog’s healthy weight. There is no need to worry as long as the animal is full of vitality and is not sick. Let’s take stock of thinness in dogs, and see in which cases it can be a red flag.
How do you know if a dog is skinny?
It is necessary weigh your dog and check at what level of the weight curve the animal is in relation to the breed standards. But when you have a large dog, it is already much less easy to weigh it. For this, it is better to go to the specialist’s office.
Apart from weighing, to assess whether a dog is underweight, it is up to his general aspect that we must trust in the first place taking into account of course his race. The bulldog and the Italian greyhound have very different morphologies. The first seems a little coated while the second seems very thin. However, it is not.
The master convinced that his dog is thin can start by performing a rib palpation test, as vets advise. This already gives the breeder a good idea. In a dog whose weight is ideal, the ribs are perfectly perceptible to the touch but very little visible to the eye. In case of thinness, the dog’s flanks are very hollow, the ribs are protruding and they can be counted either on palpation or without even touching the animal.
Leanness in dogs: the causes are numerous
Let us know that not all skinny dogs are in bad health: extreme thinness in our little companions can quite simply be a question of nature, as in humans elsewhere. However, some owners tend to increase their dog’s daily food rations because they are afraid of seeing him lose weight. The dog being generally greedy, it risks to gain weight quickly… too much weight.
However, in animals as in humans, overweight and obesity must be avoided because they cause health problems. There are more and more obese dogs today simply because they eat too much or receive poor quality food and do not exercise enough.
But indeed, thinness in dogs can also be a sign of bad health. We can be concerned if the dog:
- Suddenly lost weight,
- Is sad,
- Has no more spirit,
- Has diarrhea or is vomiting,
- Seems to be in physical pain,
- Loses hair or has a dull, rough coat …
Weight loss in dogs may be due to:
- Intestinal parasites,
- To stress,
- To a diet of very poor quality and / or totally unbalanced,
- An eating disorder such as anorexia,
- With aging,
- To a dental problem,
- Pancreatic insufficiency,
- Heart failure,
- To cancer …
A dog can also lose a few pounds after being adopted by a new owner. You have to give it time to get used to it.
In case of’inexplicable weight loss, the dog must be taken care of by the veterinarian, and as quickly as possible. The master must be able to indicate to the practitioner the number of pounds lost, since when the animal seems to be in small shape … Every detail is important and can help the veterinarian to see more clearly. If it is necessary to increase the daily portions, the decision must be made by the practitioner and it is fundamental to follow his advice to avoid overloading the animal’s digestive system.
Be careful not to be obsessed with the weight of your dog. This is also a major concern for many teachers who tend to systematically increase the food portions of their little companion because they fear the slightest loss of weight. It is not a good attitude. Weight should never become obsessive although, indeed, it can be an indicator. If their animal is very thin, or even thin, it is always necessary to rely on the veterinarian to identify the reason so that the dog can benefit from a treatment if necessary and perfectly suited to its case.