How to Weigh your Pet at Home

The holidays are fantastic but sometimes we can over indulge ourselves and our pets with delicious food and special treats, causing our furry friends to start tipping the scale come January. As pet parents we want to ensure our pets live the best life possible, which means maintaining a healthy weight. Ren’s is dedicated to making sure your pet lives a long and happy life, so here is our guide on how to weigh your pet at home, no matter their size.

Small Pets

If you have a small pet, then place them on the scale and get them to sit. If they do not want to sit or stay on the scale, it's important to make sure they feel comfortable. You can do this by placing treats around or on the scale.

Medium Pets

Medium sized pets might be a bit too big to fit on the scale but don’t worry there is a work around! Weigh yourself first (making note of the number) then pick up your furry pal and weigh yourself again while holding them. Subtract the new number by your weight and you have your pets weight.  

Large Pets

Large sized pets will not fit on a scale and if you are unable to lift your furry friend, don’t worry, there is a way you can still weigh them. Place your dogs back paws on the scale, then take their front paws and slowly lift them up. Your dog’s front paws should be in your hands to help balance them and they should be putting all their weight on their back paws. It is important to note with this technique that you will not get the most accurate reading, but it gives you a good idea of your dog's weight and overall well being.

DO NOT attempt this with dogs that have bad hips or appear to be very overweight.

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