Is Your Pet a Healthy Weight?

Your Ultimate Guide to Healthy Pet Weight.

We all want a healthy and happy pet which includes having a pet in a healthy weight range. In fact, almost 60 percent of cats and dogs are considered overweight or even obese. Unhealthy weight can lead to shorter life spans, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer, but how do we know if our pets are the right weight for their breed? Weight can vary based on gender and body frame, so we created a guide to the right range for the most common dog and cat breeds.

Healthy Dog Weight:

  • Lab: 65-80 pounds
  • German Shepherd: 75 to 95 pounds
  • Yorkshire Terrier: 7 pounds or less
  • Golden Retriever: 65 to 75 pounds
  • Beagle: 18 to 30 pounds
  • Boxer: 50 to 75 pounds
  • Bulldog: 40 to 50 pounds
  • Miniature Dachshunds: 11 pounds or less
  • Miniature/Toy Poodle: 11 to 17 pounds
  • Standard Poodle: 45 to 70 pounds
  • Shih Tzu: 8 to 16 pounds
  • Australian Shepherd: 40 to 65 pounds
  • Boston Terrier: 10 to 25 pounds
  • Chihuahuas: 6 pounds or less
  • Dalmatians: 50 to 55 pounds
  • Great Dane: 110 to 180 pounds
  • Pug: 13 to 18 pounds

Healthy Cat Weight:

  • Domestic: 8 to 10 pounds
  • Persian: 7 to 12 pounds
  • Siamese: 5 to 10 pounds
  • Maine Coon: 10 to 25 pounds

If you realize that your pet is starting to become overweight, it could be as easy as changing their diet and being aware of your pets caloric intake. Try a diet that is rich in protein and fiber but low in fat.  Look for foods that are specific to indoor pets or weight control food. You can also make a better effort to not leave food out for your pet all day long rather than just during meal time. When in doubt, pets could always use more exercise, even if it is just a quick walk around the block every day. You can always talk to your vet about the best weight loss plan for your animal.

By Madison McPeak|Tue, Jul 5, 2016