Your dog’s body shape

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Dogs need to be at a healthy weight to live their best lives, so it is essential that owners keep a close eye on their pet’s shape and weight. That way, if your dog suddenly loses a lot of weight or they pile on the pounds, you can help get them back on track.

If you think your dog is underweight, you’ve noticed a change in their body shape or a sudden weight loss, it’s essential to get them checked by your vet as soon as possible.

There are many different causes of weight loss – some of them are minor and others can be more serious. But your vet is there to help you provide the best care for your furry friend.

While many people focus on the issues with overweight pets, it’s also important to recognise the dangers of being underweight.

Underweight dogs are at risk of:

  • Shorter life expectancy
  • Skin and coat problems (such as hair loss)
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Lack of energy
  • Increased susceptibility to disease
  • Muscle loss

But not to worry, there’s plenty of things you can do to help your canine friend get back to their happy and healthy self!

Click on the cards below for our expert advice on feeding your dog treats, doggy diets, exercise, and Body Condition Scoring (BCS).

An infographic with statistics on how many pets gained weight since the start of the pandemic


We all want to make our dogs feel loved. And for many of us, that means giving in to their puppy dog eyes with a yummy treat. Read our do’s and don’ts on treating your four-legged friend.

Treat tips


Our dogs rely on us to give them the exercise they need to be fit and healthy. How much exercise your dog needs depends on their type, age and health. Discover our exercise advice.

Exercise advice


Dogs come in many shapes and sizes. The type and amount of food they need depends on your particular pooch. Read our advice on feeding your dog the right diet.

Diet advice

Body Condition Scoring

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) helps owners and vets assess a pet’s body shape to check if they’re healthy. Read about how to check if your four-legged friend is in shape.

How to Body Condition Score

For more top tips and expert vet advice on how to improve your pet’s diet and exercise regime, download our free Weigh Up diet and exercise guide.