fairly well. Do not, however, try to judge your dog’s weight by looking at him. Ounces and pounds can accumulate unnoticed; furthermore, a thick or fluffy coat can hide a thin body.
Put your dog on the scale from time to time. The wrig gling puppy can be rolled in a bath towel for weighing. If the older dog is small enough to be picked up, step on the scale with him in your arms. Then weigh yourself alone. The difference is the dog’s weight.
When weight increases out of proportion to overall size, you can be fairly sure your dog is eating too much. When weight decreases, feed more, but at the same time have the dog examined for worms, particularly tapeworms. Worms weaken a dog, and this debilitation is reflected by paleness of the mouth and eyes. Look carefully at the gums; pull the lower eyelids slightly downward. The skin should be pink in color, not bluish or ashy and seemingly drained of blood.