Meet Riley. Riley is a four-year-old Pug who was adopted into to his forever family with a serious weight problem. Riley and his little Pug sister Penelope live in Montana and enjoy mountain hikes and trips to the dog park, but Riley’s weight made it difficult for him to keep up. Pugs, in general, are often thought of as chubby pups. Their fat rolls are endearing, and their small statures often allow them to gain weight easily. However, just like any other breed, an overweight Pug faces serious health problems.
Plump pooches may be cute and cuddly, but as we’ve already discussed, those extra pounds simply aren’t healthy. The good news is, with a proper diet and a little restraint, it’s not hard to help your buddy arrive at a healthy weight.
Sure, a dog’s chubby tummy and roly-poly wrinkles can beoh-so-adorable. But excess weight can have serious side effects. And like the obesity epidemic in humans, pet obesityis on the rise. A pet’s smaller size makes it difficult for us to understand how it feels to carry just a few extra pounds. But here are some estimates from PetMD to help you put it in human terms: