The Maltese is a small dog, only reaching between four and seven pounds when full-grown. Unfortunately, we tend to spoil these princely dogs through extra food and treats that can make their tiny bodies balloon up. With over half the dog’s in the United States and the United Kingdom obese, it’s important to look at your Maltese often and make sure they are not getting too pudgy. Overweight dogs have many more health problems than trim dogs, including shorter lives. The following are three signs your Maltese is overweight. If you suspect yours might be, take her to the vet to be checked out and to discuss a diet and exercise plan.
#1 – No Definition
A maltese should have a fairly deep chest and a rounded rib cage that tucks up to the “waist” (loins). If you can’t feel his 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 – Unable To Reach That Itch
Does your Maltese try to scratch her ear and just can’t reach? Or maybe she can’t bite herself without a struggle. If they are overly round, grooming becomes impossible. If that’s the case, then it’s time to diet.
#3 – Easily Overexerted
Do you walk a few steps and your Maltese is already panting and wanting to stop? Barring hot weather, this is a sign that he is out of shape and probably overweight. It’s time to talk to the vet about a diet and exercise regimen that will slowly get him back on track. Be careful about pushing your Maltese to exercise more than their body can handle – that can cause other issues.
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