THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC AND THE HEALTH RISKS TO OVERWEIGHT DOGS
Canine obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems seen in dogs today.
As with people, obesity can lead to a variety of diseases, disorders and other complications in dogs.
There are many reasons a dog can become overweight. The obvious culprits are improper diet and lack of sufficient exercises.
Assessing and Managing Your Dogs' Weight
if your dog needs to lose weight, or you just want to maintain his healthy weight, work with your vet to develop a weight management programme. That programme will consist mainly of a structured diet and an exercise plan.In addition, your vet will help you set up goals and schedule times for quick check-ups to monitor your dog's progress. It will be helpful to weigh your dog on a regular basis - ideally every week or two. If you do not have the right scale at home, you can Just stop by your vet's office for this.
Canine Weight Loss Tips
Weight loss for dogs is not a matter of willpower for the dog. You, however, may need to use willpower to resist those begging
eyes. Remember, food is not love! Another way to boost your dog's weight loss plan is to get involved with agility or another dog sport.
You will be working with experts who want your dog to succeed but will not push him. In addition to losing weight, your dog will have a new skill.
Diet and Exercise - The Cornerstone of Weight Loss
Feed your dog table scraps and human "junk food," and you might as well be asking for weight gain.
Dog food and treats that are high in calories may also pack on the pounds, depending on the dog.
Your vet can help you choose the right food for your dog. Even healthy food and treats will lead to weight
gain if given in excess. Allowing your dog to "free feed" by leaving a full bowl out all day is not a good idea, especially in a multiple dog household.
Establish two or three set mealtimes per day. Use a measured scoop to give only the recommended amount of food.
Feeding instructions on bags are general and may not be appropriate for your dog, so ask your vet to help you determine the right
amount. Dog treats should be significantly decreased for an overweight dog.Treats should never make up more than 10% of a dog's diet, and that percentage should be decreased for weight loss.You will also need to change the type of treat you feed. No cheese, hot dog pieces or fatty commercial dog treats. Shop for dog treats that are low in calories, better yet, give small pieces of carrots and apples as treats - many dogs really love them.
Obviously, your dog is going to need more exercise to lose weight. The most important thing is to make a plan and stick with it.
Most dogs will be happy to get more exercise and attention, and they will joyfully await their scheduled exercise sessions.
However, dogs that are very overweight and out-of-shape or dogs that cannot exercise as needed due to an illness or injury, maypose a challenge. To be safe, these dogs need to be walked close to home at a slower pace. These dogs benefit from several short walks a day rather than one or two long ones.In addition, consult your vet for recommendations about your dog‘s diet. If you do not already walk your dog daily for at least two hours a day, it’s time to start now! Contact DOGILI today to try out our special dog jogging sessions.