How to Maintain Dog's Healthy Weight

How to Maintain Dog's Healthy Weight

How to Maintain Your Dog's Healthy Weight

Obese Pets Live Shorter Lives

Did you know? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, it is estimated that 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. However, many pet owners are unaware of the impacts of obesity on dog’s health.

In fact, obesity can increase the risk for other serious health problems, such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart and breathing diseases, and many types of cancer.

But no worries, in this post I'm going to show you exactly how to maintain your dog's healthy weight. But first, let's review what's a healthy weight for your dog.

What's a healthy weight for your dog?

The simplest way to find out if your dog is the ideal weight is to check how your dog typically look when they are underweight, just right, and overweight.

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A dog at a healthy weight should have a soft outline of their rib cage, and you can see that their belly tucks up between their ribs and hind legs.

In dogs carrying too much weight, the tucked-in belly is barely visible. When you look at your dog from above, the waist is bulging out between the rib cage and hips (this should gently curve inward on a healthy dog).

In addition, when feeling the sides, you are unable to feel any ribs through a thick layer of fat.

If your dogs are overweight, here are five feeding tips for you to help them become fit and healthy once more.

5 Feeding Tips to Keep Your Dog at a Healthy Weight

#1 Practice Restricted Diet

Set a controlled feeding routine, and give dogs an exact amount of food at the right time every day based on their nutritional needs and weight.

It’s best to feed your dogs in the same place, from the same bowl, at the same time so they can get used to specific mealtimes.

If you have no ideas what your dog needs, consult your vet or follow recommendations on your dog food label.

#2 Avoid Feeding Leftovers

Feeding a dog table scraps and human food can be potentially dangerous to your dog. Why? Because not all human food is safe and healthy for pets. Some of it, in fact, can be toxic.

Dog food is complete and balanced for dogs' nutrition needs. Human food? Not so much. A plethora of human food can provoke significant nutritional deficiencies in dogs or make them obese when consuming too much of certain nutrients.

#3 Adjust Food Amounts Seasonally

Dogs need seasonal adjustments in their food, as they may be more energetic during a specific season. For example, they run with you during the summer or they're just stay indoors in wintertime.

Active dogs need more food, lazy dogs need less food.

If you feed them the same amount of food around the year, chances are that they may gain lots of weight during the winter. So you need to change the food amounts accordingly.

#4 Don't Give Them Too Many Treats

Just like humans eat snacks and treats only occasionally so do your doggy. Remember, dogs shouldn't get more than 10 percent of their daily caloric intake from treats.

Dogs don't need treats as rewards every time they do something. Try fruits and vegetables (virtually no calories).

#5 Say Yes to Exercise

Changes in eating habits is usually insufficient to maintain your dog at a healthy weight. Every dog needs regular exercise and play time.

Engage in some daily physical activities with your poochie—you'll probably burn a ton of calories, too!

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