Labrador Retrievers are true food hounds and as they age, many of them become a bit lazy. This combination often results in an overweight Lab. Labs seem to be skilled at gaining weight and owners should be aware that all those extra pounds come with a lot of health issues that can even shorten their lifespan. Because of this, Labrador Retriever owners should pay attention to the following 3 signs that their Lab is overweight. If you believe he is getting a bit pudgy ‘round the middle, you should talk to your vet to rule out any medical causes and get him on a diet and exercise program.
#1 – Can’t Feel Ribs
You should be able to feel your Labrador Retrievers ribs easily when you run your hand over their middle. Labs are not a breed where the ribs are generally visible, but you should definitely be able to feel them.
#2 – No Definition
While not as obvious as some breeds, healthy Labrador Retrievers should have some definition to their body. This means that they have a deep chest and a bigger rib cage that tapers off to their waists by their hip bones. If your dog is one smooth line from chest to tail, she is packing extra pounds. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a great, easy to follow guide for checking your Lab’s body health.
#3 – Panting
Unless your Labrador Retriever is stressed or too warm, panting is another sign he is overweight. If your Lab starts to pant after only walking a block, he may be out of shape and overweight. Definitely time to start an exercise regimen to slowly build back his stamina and lose some pounds.