A dog with overweight is more susceptible to various diseases such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes or joint pain. Therefore, it is important for the health of a fat dog to diet. The following tips will help your dog lose weight.
It is best to plan the diet for your overweight dog together with the vet. He can calculate the calorie needs of your dog and recommend high-quality dog food with reduced calorie content, which allows a healthy weight loss. What else you can do, these tips reveal:
1. No snacks or treats
Obese dogs should not snack between meals as it makes it difficult to control calorie intake and quickly exceeds the veterinarian recommended amount. If you give treats, you have to deduct their calorie content from your dog's needs and, accordingly, feed less to the main meals. If you do not want to expect so much, you should do without any small treats in between. This includes leftover food and small tasting snacks of sausage and cheese.
2. Weigh feed rations for diet
Although it is very tedious, but for a successful diet, it is advisable to really pay close attention to the amount of calories. When a dog has to lose weight, there is no way around that it consumes fewer calories than it consumes. Dogs with obesity are mostly restricted in their freedom of movement, so they can not do so much sport at the beginning of the diet. You can increase the calorie consumption if your dog is a little more agile and does not suffer from joint pain. For now, however, a reduction in calorie intake is advisable.
For this, you will get from the vet detailed instructions on the portion sizes of the food that you should comply exactly. So always weigh the food and keep a kind of food diary for your dog to keep track. If there was a little snack, you can also make a note of it there.
3. Fight obesity through exercise
As soon as your dog has more joy and ease in the movement, you should take as long as possible walks with him, play a lot with him and maybe even enroll him in a dog school for dog sports. This has the further advantage that your four-legged friend is less prone to eating more out of boredom than it is good for him.
4. Do not tempt dog
In order for your dog to get rid of his overweight, you should avoid all temptations. For example, do not leave your four-legged friend in the kitchen when you are preparing the food for yourself, as it may otherwise nibble on leftovers. If you have several pets, it is also useful to feed them separately and to put away the bowl of the other animal that is not on a diet after eating. Otherwise, there is a risk that your dog steals food from the foreign bowl.