Controlling your dog’s weight isn’t something you should take lightly, having an obese dog is a cause for concern. If a dog is overweight, they can develop all kinds of dangerous illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, kidney problems and more. Eating healthy coupled with regular exercise is just as important for you as it is for your dog, so don’t neglect either one. This article provides some strategies to stop your family pet from becoming overweight.
Counting your dog’s calories is the first thing you should do when monitoring their food intake. Are they consuming way more food than they need? Are they burning excess calories off with regular physical exertion? If you don’t know the answer to either of these questions, now is the time to find out. Letting your dog’s weight get out of control puts them at risk of developing some life-changing illnesses, if they become overweight, they have a much higher chance of getting sick.
If that illness is particularly bad, they may require regular trips to the veterinarian. Frequent trips to the vet, if you’ve no pet insurance won’t come cheap. If you don’t know how much your dog should be eating each day, ask your local vet or find out from useful pet resources online.
You may think you are looking after your dog the right way by keeping their bowl full, this isn’t always the case. If you aren’t measuring meals, you’re the cause of your pet’s weight problem. Far too many pet owners don’t measure meals, they just fill the bowl and let their pet eat away. Several highly regarded pet associations have carried out studies that conclude that 10 extra pieces of dog food can result in a pound of weight being added to your dog’s body per year. When you determine their recommended daily calorie intake, break it down into manageable meals.
Not Too Many Treats
There is nothing wrong with giving your dog a treat, but you shouldn’t overdo it. Treats are great for training, once you don’t use them too much. When giving them doggy treats, read what is on the label. Some brands are full of sugar and fat that are bound to pack on the pound, while others still taste good and are a much healthier option.
Along with nutrition, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. If you have a dog, you have an exercise partner who is willing to train with you every day. Taking your dog out for 30 minutes of walking every day helps to control their weight and improve their cardiovascular system.
Your dog will only eat what is put in front of them, so it is your responsibility as a pet owner to help them manage their weight by giving them healthy food and regular exercise. The last thing you need is a dog who is sick and requires constant medical attention. With pet insurance you don’t have to worry if the bills start to add up or what to do if you start struggling with the cost as the insurance company will take care of it.
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