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3 Signs Your Boston Terrier Is Overweight

| Published on December 27, 2016

With all their energy, it may be hard to imagine an overweight Boston Terrier. However, Bostons can get overweight, just like any other animal, and when they do, it can spell trouble. Extra weight causes stress on the joints, internal organs, and can lead to many diseases. All of this may shorten your Boston’s lifespan. So, it’s good to keep your Boston’s weight in check. If you are unsure whether or not yours is packing a few extra pounds, watch for the following three signs that your Boston Terrier is overweight.

Image Source: Matt Kleinschmidt Via Flickr
Image Source: Matt Kleinschmidt Via Flickr

#1 – No Definition

Boston Terriers have a muscle car figure. They have deep chests and big ribs that should slim down to lean and powerful hindquarters. If you can’t feel those ribs or tell where his rib cage ends and his hips begin, it’s probably time to diet. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a great, easy to follow guide for checking this.

#2 – Trouble Breathing

While your Boston may snort and make noises just as part of his daily life because he is a brachycephalic dog breed, he should not have real trouble when he goes out on a walk or does light exercise. Shortness of breath and being easily worn out can be a sign your Boston is overweight. For example, if your Boston stops moving or starts to pant heavily after just a block, he may be too heavy and out of shape. Consult your vet about a new diet and exercise regimen to get him healthier.

#3 – Unable To Reach That Itch

Does your Boston try to scratch her ear but just can’t reach it? Or maybe she has no chance of grooming herself. Your Boston Terrier should be able to do these things without a struggle. If she is overly round, grooming becomes impossible. If that’s the case with your Boston Terrier, it’s time to diet.

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