Tips to Help Your Overweight Dog Lose Weight!
18 October, 2016
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If your dog is becoming a little on the chunky side, it’s time to control your pup’s weight.  It isn’t easy to get your dog to drop weight, especially because you are the one controlling it.  If it were up to your dog, he or she would probably keep eating and eating and not be concerned.  However, an overweight dog can be hard on your dog’s joints, kidneys and overall health.

How can you tell if your dog is overweight?

You can tell if your dog is overweight by simply being able to feel each of your dog’s ribs. If you can’t feel his or her ribs at all, he’s probably overweight. Next, look at your dog from the side. Is his or her abdomen tucked up slightly?   Overweight dogs will have no waist and their abdomens sometimes drag.

If your dog is overweight, there are many ways to help your dog get to his or her ideal weight:

Consult your veterinarian

Your vet can best inform you of the ideal weight for your dogs’ breed and develop a regimen for getting your dog back on track.   Your veterinarian can also make you aware of any potential health concerns or things to watch for as you start the new program.

Below are some tips to help you get that extra weight off your dog:

Change your dog’s food to a low calorie, high fiber food

Change your dog’s current diet to a weight management food.  There are so many different variations on the market that it is sometimes hard to decipher which is best.  Look for high-quality meat ingredients with the main ingredient being a lean, healthy protein source.   Your veterinarian can give you some recommendations.

High Fiber food is also a great source to help your dog lose weight.   Make sure to buy only a can or two at first, so you know that your dog will eat and enjoy it.  And make sure your dog drinks plenty of water.

Increase your dog’s daily exercise

As in humans, exercise is important to lose weight.  Increase your dog’s daily exercise (unless your dog is not physically up to it). Take your dog for long walks. Walks are safer and easier for dog’s that aren’t used to running. If you walk for an hour with your dog each day, you should notice your dog’s weight drop within a few weeks (and probably yours too)!

Play more games with your dog. Playing with your dog can help reduce his weight dramatically. Play fetch, tug of war or have your dog chase you around the yard. The more exercise he gets, the better.

Cut back on the dog treats

As fun as dog treats are to give our pups and great for training purposes, they can add a lot of unwanted calories.  If you’d like to give your dog a special reward or treat, try to find a healthier type of treat or low-calorie type, like those made by Einstein Pets! (only one-calorie per treat).  There are many choices on the market.

Give your dog’s new diet some time

You need to wait a few weeks to assess whether the new diet and exercise has helped your dog’s lose weight.  Make sure to weigh your dog as it is also important that your pup is not losing too much weight quickly. Weight loss should be a gradual process and you don’t want your dog to feel too deprived.  If you feed a high fiber, low calorie grade dog food, you can feed your pup the same amount and he or she will hardly notice the difference.

Stay consistent and stick to the diet!

Many dogs know how to beg and give you a sad look to show that they are hungry or want more.  But, just remember that your dog is not hungry, but is trying his or her best to convince you that he is.  Remember to stick to the diet plan and your pup will get used to it.   Dieting for dogs (and humans) is hard, but it is in his or her best interest to stick to your plan.

If you have a chunky kitty,  read this article for tips:  How to help your chunky kitty!

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