It was becoming a recurring event: at each yearly checkup, my vet would place my pup on the scale and utter those dreaded words, "She could stand to lose a few pounds." While Lily wasn't significantly overweight, I knew that with each passing year, I was putting her at greater risk for arthritis, heart and liver problems, diabetes, and more. So, armed with some tips from the vet and a little Internet research, I set about recalculating her eating habits based on a few numbers and some shrewd feeding decisions. First up: understanding her ideal weight.
Your vet should be able to provide an ideal weight range for your pet since he'll know your buddy's frame best, but we've provided some general guidelines for common dog and cat breeds. Keep reading for the full list.