What to Do When Your Dog Looks Skinny with Ribs Showing
Does your dog look skinny with his ribs showing despite you making sure he has access to food? This could be due to a number of reasons, one of which might be an underlying health problem that isn’t easily identifiable. Here are some common reasons why your dog looks skinny with ribs showing.
You Dog Has an Illness
It’s possible for dogs to look skinny all the time if they have some sort of illness. Certain types of medical conditions could make it very difficult for dogs to gain weight by reducing their appetite. Intestinal parasites and pancreatitis diseases are examples of health conditions that can make your dog appear skinny with ribs showing. We would strongly recommend calling the vet if you notice any other concerning symptoms and behaviors.
Feed Your Dog the Correct Nutrition
Dogs can also look skinny and have ribs showing if they aren’t being fed the correct diet. To promote healthy weight gains in your dog, it’s important to give them dog food that is nutritionally complete. This means making sure the dog gets animal-based proteins and nutrients or supplements that play a vital role in a dog’s health including omega-3 fatty acids.
Low Feeding Frequency
In addition to getting the right type of diet, your dog might be simply not getting enough food. There are plenty of resources online to help you find the right feeding frequency for your pet. These calculations are typically based on factors like the dog’s activity level and dog’s weight. It might seem obvious but many dog owners underfeed their pets without realizing it.
The above steps will go a long way in making sure your dog no longer have ribs showing around his stomach. If ever in doubt, please call the vet for the best advice when handling skinny dogs.