Dogs of all shapes and sizes make wonderful companion animals. They adore their owners and are content and at ease in their surroundings, sometimes overly so. Humans, too, enjoy showing their love for their furry family members by giving them treats, many of which are high in calories.
As a result, it’s not surprising that dogs, like humans, are suffering from obesity. Obesity is the most common nutritional issue in dogs, according to Purina.com.
1 – The Negative Effects of Dog Obesity
How bad could dog obesity be? The body and metabolism of a dog are similar to those of humans. Obesity can have an impact on a dog’s health, causing many of the same health issues that obese humans do. Being overweight, for example, increases a dog’s risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, but it can also reduce their quality of life.
Overweight or obesity, for example, increases the risk of or worsens osteoarthritis in dogs. Overweight dogs are also more likely to develop orthopedic issues such as a herniated disc.
Furthermore, veterinarians believe that obesity increases a dog’s risk of developing certain types of cancer and shortens its lifespan. Obesity can shorten a dog’s lifespan by 2.5 years, according to the American Kennel Club.
Are you ready to assist your dog in losing a few pounds? If so, here are some effective weight-loss tips for your overweight dog.
2 – Confirm that there is no medical reason for the weight gain.
If your dog is gaining weight, rule out any medical causes first. For example, your dog may have a medical condition that is causing weight gain, such as diabetes, and treating that condition may help them lose weight.
Weight gain in dogs is commonly caused by medical conditions such as an underactive thyroid gland or fluid retention caused by heart failure or kidney disease. Based on the examination and results of lab studies, your veterinarian may also offer advice on how to help your dog lose weight.
Aging may also be a factor. Canines, like humans, gain weight as they age. Age-related weight gain, on the other hand, is frequently treatable through lifestyle changes.
3 -Reconsider Your Dog’s Food
Make sure your dog is eating high-quality dog food. Look for food for overweight dogs that is low in calories but high in nutrients. Most veterinarians believe the following diet is the best for an overweight dog:
High protein content
It is low in fat.
Low calorie intake
Don’t even try to guess how much to feed them. Read the label and give the precise amount recommended for their size and weight.
4- Examine the Dog Treats You Give Him
Also, read the labels on the dog treats you buy. Choose treats made with high-quality, low-calorie ingredients. There are some exceptions to the rule that some human treats are unhealthy for dogs. However, make certain that you are not feeding your dog human foods that could be harmful to them. For a list of foods you should not feed your dog, visit the ASPCA’s poison control website.
Dogs, on the other hand, can benefit from some vegetables. Instead of that higher-calorie dog cookie, why not try a raw carrot or apple? To make an apple or carrot more appealing, spread it with a thin layer of peanut butter. Consider the additional nutrients your dog is receiving. Alternatively, instead of a high-calorie treat, give your dog a natural bone to chew on.
5 – Increased Movement
Dogs, like humans, require physical activity. Take a brisk walk every day to keep each other active. Everyone gains! However, this may not be enough to keep your dog slim. That is why it is critical to monitor calorie intake and nutrition. Enrolling your dog in a doggy daycare where they can play with other dogs during the day is another way to keep them active. What about more visits to the dog park?
Make sure that everyone in your family is on board with keeping your dog slim. You may limit the treats you give Rufus, but what about the rest of the family? It’s difficult to ignore those pleading eyes begging for a bite! Make sure that everyone who comes into contact with your dog understands the importance of limiting treats to keep them healthy.
If you stick to these changes, you will notice a difference in your dog’s body weight and health. Be patient as well. According to veterinarians, dogs should not lose more than 7% of their body weight per month. Don’t make drastic dietary changes or restrict their caloric intake. They require proper nutrition, especially if they are physically active. Make small changes and allow the weight to fall off gradually.