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Is Your Dog the Perfect Weight? Use the Healthy Hug Method to Find Out!

Maintaining your dog's optimal weight is crucial for their overall health and well-being. Just like humans, excess weight in dogs can lead to a variety of health issues, including joint problems, heart disease, and a shortened lifespan. That's why it's essential to monitor your furry friend's weight regularly.

Purina Nestlé's Healthy Hug Method offers a straightforward way to assess your dog's fitness level with just a few simple steps!

Step 1: Get Hands-On

Place both thumbs on your pet's backbone and gently run your fingers along the rib cage. Can you easily feel the bony part of each rib? If not, your dog may need to shed a few pounds to stay in top shape.

Step 1 of Evaluation: Normal Weight Dog

Step 1 of Evaluation: Overweight Dog

Step 2: Stand for Inspection

Stand directly over your dog as they stand naturally. Look down – do you see a clearly-defined waistline just behind the ribs? That's a good sign of a healthy weight and fitness level.

Step 2 of Evaluation: Normal Weight Dog

Step 2 of Evaluation: Overweight Dog

Step 3: Profile Check

Now, take a look at your dog's profile. Is there more than a minimal abdominal fat pad? If so, your furry friend might be carrying some extra weight.

Step 3 of Evaluation: Normal Weight Dog

Step 3 of Evaluation: Overweight Dog

Keeping Your Dog Healthy:

By using these simple steps, you can ensure your dog is at their healthiest weight and ready to tackle any adventure that comes their way. Regularly checking and maintaining your dog's weight not only improves their quality of life but also strengthens the bond between you and your beloved pet.

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