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Obesity and weight management for dogs
Dog obesity prevention
According to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention 43% of dogs in the US are either over weight or obese.
In fact obesity in dogs is the cause of some of the most common problems seen by veterinarians today, ranging from:
For these reasons, if you are letting your pet become overweight with excessive treats, food and inactivity, you may well be killing your best friend with "kindness."
Thankfully, obesity is easily preventable. Start gradually with smaller portions of high quality food, together with a daily or twice daily high energy run or walk depending on the age of your dog and your own fitness levels.
How to tell if your dog is overweight
In the photo below and to your right our friends Mort and Matt have modeled this from above view. Mort, on the left, is in ideal condition and shows a nice slightly nipped in waist. Matt on the right, is overweight and shows no obvious waistline at all!
Weight loss control involves
How much to feed your dog
Every dog is different in its energy needs/intake of food and most pet Mums are pretty familiar with their pets' requirements, so it is just a matter of serving smaller portions and cutting out all the "extras". With diligence and patience the results can be quite spectacular.
I speak from personal experience. Recently, Poppie my Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, needed to lose some weight, and after six months of cutting out tidbits from the table, and squeezing in one extra walk around the block each day she lost half a kilo (1 lb), which was one sixth of her body weight. Now she has a waist again!!
What to feed your dog
Weight loss programs for dogs are identical to those for humans - eat less and exercise more. High quality protein and nutritious food together with a regular exercise routine is the best way to help your dog lose his or her extra pounds.
Dogs are naturally carnivores and many overweight dogs slim down very well when transitioned to a raw food diet.
If raw food is not an option for you and you wish to feed your dog a diet of dry or canned foods, be selective in your choice of dog food labels.
Some boutique brands offer high quality protein, low carbohydrate alternatives which are fine, as opposed to many mass produced brands, which are bulked out with cheap refined carbohydrates and contain preservatives, chemicals, artificial flavourings and in many cases foreign ingredients - all of which your dog does not need or want.
Mother Nature did not intend or design dogs to eat refined carbohydrates and therefore by feeding them to your pets you are putting an unnecessary strain on their digestive systems, particularly on their pancreases which have to work overtime.
Meal scheduling for your dog
It is a complete myth that dogs will regulate their own weight if food is left out for them to "graze". Leaving food out all the time (otherwise known as free feeding) is one of the main contributors to dog obesity and also to a number of other health issues.
Two meals a day is more than adequate for adult companion pets, especially dogs on weight management programmes Puppies should be fed at least three times a day during their greatest growth period in the first 4 to 6 months.
It is difficult for most pet owners to cut out treats entirely – especially those owners who have been well trained by their four-legged friends. In the beginning you may well have thought it was cute the first time Rover ran to the treat cupboard and looked at you with hopeful eyes, and now he needs to lose weight it can be a very hard habit to break.
Since treats provide pleasure for both you and your pet, the easiest way around this is to simply reduce the size of the treat and restrict them to mostly meat treats, such as the freeze-dried or dehydrated meat treats. If Fido is really over weight you may need to consider reducing the amount you feed him at each meal to compensate for the amount of treats you have fed him that day.
Exercising your dog
Exercise provides far more than just an increase in calorie usage. It contributes to the quality of your relationship with dog as well as improving its mental health, its cardiovascular and immune systems, and increases its longevity.
Depending on the size and breed of your dog, exercise can be simple as a 15 or 20 minute walk twice a day or for larger breeds a visit to a local off-leash dog park where they can run free and play with other dogs.
The reward - a happier, healthier dog
Once you have helped your pet reach a healthier weight, you can slightly increase its food portions to maintain that weight. Continue to watch your best friend diligently, and keep up your routine of:
Weight control is well worth the time and effort for the long-term health of your precious pet.
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Library and is presented for informational purposes only and not intended as an endorsement of any product. The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com
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