Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Northwest United States
Underweight or Overweight
This isn't a question asking about whether my dog is underweight or overweight. I'm more curious about other people's views/knowledge. I'm also only talking slightly underweight versus slightly overweight not extremes of either.
So I've heard the arguement slightly underweight is preferred over slightly overweight. Mainly based on the discussion of stress on the joints. However what about the stress of every other system of the animal? Underweight says to me the animals has no/little body stores and isn't getting all the nutrients it needs. A slightly overweight animal has body stores. In nature this animal would be healthy enough to reproduce, survive winter, perhaps an injury or illness. However the slightly underweight animal may not have the body stores to maintain a healthy pregnancy so it miscarries or has a slightly unhealthy baby. Maybe doesn't make it through a harsh winter.
Now I realize these are domestic animals we have but the concepts are the same. I'm not saying let your dog get fat or highly overweight I think they should stay fit. But I do not think that underweight is better or preferable, I think it is just as bad, they just both have different risks/issues.