Is My Dog Fat or Fluffy
Is your dog fat, or just fluffy? If you are asking yourself this question, then that is a good sign. It means you are open to a discussion about your dog’s weight. Check out a few of our tips below to help your pet lose weight.
- Visit Your Veterinarian
Your vet is your dog’s best advocate! There are actually many health problems that can cause your dog to eat too much, become exercise intolerant and/or gain weight. In addition, we are able to calculate the right amount of calories and advise you on the correct food your dog needs to have based on body condition and lifestyle.
- Do Not Free Feed
Do not leave your dog’s food out for them to nibble on all day. You need to measure out the amount of food your dog needs and only feed that amount per day. Portion control is key!
- A good place to start in determining how much to feed your dog is to check the recommendation on the bag of food. Keep in mind that this amount usually has to be adjusted based on the type of dog food and needs of the individual dog. Unless your dog is very active or very thin, that amount is usually too high and can be decreased by 25%. Your veterinarian can calculate the right amount of calories your dog needs.
- Feed twice daily, splitting the total amount needed into 2 meals.
- Feed multiple dog’s separately.
- Use toys made specifically to dispense food out slowly or food puzzles to feed your dog. There are many different types to choose from. This also provides mental stimulation and exercise.
- Watch the Treats
Treats have calories (often lots of them) so make sure to take in the caloric content of the treats with your dog’s total calorie intake.
- Weigh Your Dog Frequently
Get a beginning weight so you know where you are starting and then weigh every few weeks to a month to see the progress. This way you can make adjustments as needed. If you don’t know where you are starting, you don’t know where you need to go and if you are making progress.
You should exercise your dog at least twice daily. This can be accomplished several ways: walking, running, playing fetch, playing with toys or tossing a Frisbee. If your dog is exercise intolerant, consult with your veterinarian first to determine the proper exercise needed.
If your dog is overweight and a medical condition has been ruled out by your veterinarian, then your dog is getting too many calories. Follow the above tips and you will be successful. Please call your veterinarian with any additional questions.