Overweight dog? Here's what you need to knowLucy Connor 13 December 2018
Did you know?According to a recent survey of 1,192 vets conducted by pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health:
- 1 in 300 dogs are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes throughout their lifetime.
- 30,000 dogs are currently suffering from diabetes.
Much like human type 2 diabetes, poor dog diet and lack of exercise are largely to blame.
A fat dog can experience severe health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure and respiratory disease. An obese dog is likely to have a poorer quality of life, compared to a healthy dog maintaining a healthy weight.
Your pooch is happiest when they are active! A fat dog will struggle to lead an active life.
It’s important to get that a dog weight loss journey happens gradually and it starts with a nutritionally appropriate dog diet. Much like humans, fad diets can affect dogs negatively, leading to skin, weight and behavioural problems.
We've outlined some ways to help a fat dog below. Use these tips to help kickstart a dog weight loss journey and take the steps towards seeing a happy, healthy dog.
Healthy dog food
Smaller and more frequent meals will help battle your dog’s hunger and elevate the metabolism. A fat dog will also benefit from having a regular food routine.
Ensure you are feeding your choice of healthy dog food based on their target weight, rather than current.
Stay away from low-quality foods which are often bulked out with wheat and grain, as this spikes insulin levels and increases the amount of stored body fat. A dog diet should consist of high quality, balanced ingredients - Choosing a healthy dog food is key!
Like when humans make healthier diet choices, there's no need to deprive a fat dog of tasty meals. Pooch & Mutt's range of healthy dog food means your dog can enjoy food and still lose weight. Consider these options when addressing a dog diet:
Healthy dog food doesn't have to lack flavour.
Slim & Slender complete, grain-free food is designed to help dog weight loss and general weight management. Perfect for helping your dog maintain a healthy weight and getting an obese dog on the right track!
The food is packed with active ingredients, including 45% lean, free run, British chicken, sweet potato as a digestion-aiding fibre, pea protein to lower hunger, CLA to support fat metabolism, and psyllium which promotes satiety. If your pooch prefers a wet and dry variety in their diet, take a look at our Chicken & Ocean Fish grain-free complete wet food cartons. With fruits and veggies, the food is just 4% fat and 329 Kcal per pack.
Dieting doggies should really keep treats to a minimum, but our range of Tube Treats are hand baked and just 3 calories per biscuit.
It’s necessary to give your dog exercise for their general well-being, but also because they love to be active! A healthy dog needs exercise, but a fat dog shouldn’t do too much too soon.
Start slow, 5 to 10 minutes is good for an obese dog while they get used to the exercise.
For a small obese dog - they may be able to get used to exercising by chasing a toy around the house.
As dog exercise becomes more regular, your pooch will become used to increased activity and you can gradually increase the level of exercise.
A fat dog can experience a huge strain on their joints. If your dog is severely overweight, you may want to consider swimming, as this will alleviate some of the pressure on the joints. Our Mobile Bones dog joint supplement is designed to support and maintain healthy dog joints - especially important for older dogs and those who are highly active, as well as obese dogs due to the extra pressure on the joints.
While Hydrotherapy is often used to aid post-surgery recovery, or dogs recovering from traumatic injury, it’s another fun way to get dog exercise into your routine with a range of health benefits. It’s also commonly used to help manage weight in obese dogs. A doggy swimming session can help improve muscle tone, cardiovascular stamina, and improve the range of movement in the joints.
We hope these tips help your pooch head into 2019 feeling fit and healthy! After all; a healthy dog is a happy dog.
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