Is your rabbit or guinea pig are a healthy weight?Do you ever wonder if your rabbit or guinea pig are a healthy weight? Your pet’s weight can depend on their breed, sex and age and therefore it will be individual to each animal.
We can assess whether our smaller pets are over or under weight by first looking at their overall size, look at your pet from the size and from above. You should be able to see a waist, if the waist is pronounced your pet may need to put on a few pounds or if the waist is not defined your pet may need to lose a few pounds.
You can also assess by feeling under your pet’s tummy, their tummy should go in and not bulge out.
By running your hands over the side of your pet, you can assess if the skin moves freely over their ribs and should be easy to feel under a thin fat layer.
Run your hands along their back, you should be able to feel their hips and spine easily under a thin fat layer.
For rabbits, check the area of the base of the tail at where the tail joins the spine, there should not be any build-up of fat here.