To be fair, it's not just the pugs. My friend Google says half of all dogs in the US are overweight or obese. And my human says it's not just about vanity either. Doggy obesity can cause a whole list of health problems from diabetes to heart disease. I mean, I think food is one of THE best things on earth - but it's not worth making yourself sick over.
Visible signs of doggy obesity include:
- Fat on lower back and base of tail
- No visible "waist" when viewed from above
- Sagging stomach
- Overly-padded ribcage (ribs are hard to feel)
To keep me from porking out, my human takes me on long walks, uses low-calorie treats for training and floats my food in water to make mealtimes longer and more "satisfying". If your dog has a weight problem, only you can fix it. Talk to your vet or visit the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention website. There's tons of great info on there (no pun intended).