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Features July 2016 Issue

How to Tell For Sure Whether Your Dog is the Right Weight

The answer is in the palm of your hand, literally.

Charts that tell you how to check to see if your dog is the right weight or too fat (or thin) always say that you should be able to feel, or palpate, your pet’s ribs. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association, for instance, says that on a scale of 1 to 9, an “ideal” number of 4 to 5 means the ribs are palpable with “minimal” or “slight” fat covering. …

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