We all love our Pit Bulls and want to give them the best lives possible. However, sometimes the way we express our love can have negative side effects. For example, too many treats and too much snuggling on the couch can create an overweight Pittie with health problems. Pitties can get fat pretty easily, so it’s important to watch your dog’s weight. The following are 3 signs your Pittie is overweight. If you notice any of these, you should talk to your vet to rule out any medical causes and then get them on a diet and exercise program.
#1 – Can’t Feel Ribs
You should be able to feel your Pittie’s ribs easily when you run your hand over their middle. Some super sporty Pit Bulls have ribs that are slightly visible, but there should be some meat on those bones. The main thing is balance – not too skinny, but not too thick. If you are unsure, ask your vet.
#2 – No Definition
Pit Bulls come in a variety of body shapes – some are taller with longer legs, others are more square with deeper chests. However, regardless of body type, your Pittie should have definition. This means that they have a bigger rib cage that tapers off to a defined waist. If your Pit Bull 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 Pit’s body definition.
#3 – Panting
Unless your Pit Bull is stressed or too warm, panting is another sign he is overweight. If your Pittie starts to pant after only walking a block or so, 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.