Obese Dog Weight LossJoshua Lopez, · Categories: Pets
Thank goodness fat and obese dogs can quite easily and quickly lose weight once their owner is committed to helping them. It usually means a change of bad habits that have been allowed to continue for some time, causing the dog to gain weight.
Most dogs’ will, if opportunities continuously present themselves, devours any food available and this gorging is the chief cause of your pet becoming obese. It is especially intensified by competition between two or more dogs in the household.
The tried and tested theory that when Calories Used by any dog is LESSthan the Calories Absorbedthe unused Calories Stored will help your pet becomes FAT. Over time if your dog or puppies activity levels are not increased mainly by more exercise, they will become obese.
Veterinary Surgeons Recommendations
Most vets recommend that you feed your dog with commercially made complete diets either dry in pellet form or moist supplied in cans.
When feeding your dog in this manner the frequency of feeding and what amount can be found in the manufacturer’s instructions accompanying the food.
These diets can be supplemented with no more than 10% of the owner’s dinner leftovers and other tit bits, treats etc. to prevent an imbalance of you pets’ regular diet essential nutrients.
Secrets To Dog Training
In Your Control
The quantity of food your dog is fed is in your control, so never feed it more than is necessary.
Personally I do not feed my dog left overs or tit bits except for the occasional treat while training or if she is being especially good.
Once a dog starts to get into the bad habit of expecting to receive these extras it becomes quite difficult to break the habit, especially if it starts to beg.
Diseases That Can Result from Obesity
Liver function problems
The above diseases can lead to you pets reduced life expectancy and not forgetting those expensive vet bills.
Fat Leads to Obesity
In the Western world it is estimated that more than one dog in three is overweight. This is the single most common nutritional health problem faced by humans and now also our dogs.
Because of our busy life styles we do not notice day to day changes in the health, weight and size of our pets until it is wholly overweight.
As in all cases prevention is the key to having a fit and healthy dog so be aware of your dog’s eating habits and change them if you suspect your dog is gaining weight
Successful Slimming Tips
Firstly establish a reasonable goal that works for you as well as your pet. Do not make it complicated or you will not stick to it. The dog is relying on you to lose weight so Keep It Simple.
Now work out a dietary regime. This may include if your dog is very obese, a special diet food recommended by your vet shop.
Regularly weigh and measure your dog’s girth so you can see if your plan is working. This is important so you can change direction effortlessly.
It is best to aim for a slow but measured weight loss.
For the best results increase the amount of exercise (ball games and longer walks) your dog gets.
If you cannot find the time for more walks etc. have a look at what are proving to be great alternatives, the dog treadmill.
Get a smaller bowl to feed your dog lesser portions, more frequently.
Encourage the rest of the family to commit to the program to help your dog loose more weight.
It is hard for pet owners to make up their own diet food that is low in calories and then to stick to making it every day. Simply to reduce the amount of food may also not be beneficial and there is a danger that the dog will resort to the begging or scavenging.
Another risk is that your dog may unknowingly become deficient in some essential nutrient.
Rather consult your vet and ask if he knows of a clinic or dog training school in your area that runs a special class for overweight dogs. There you can get good advice and follow up on reports and be closely involved in your pet’s weight loss. She will love you more for your loving participation.
Canine Hydrotherapy is one of the fastest growing areas of veterinary medicine aimed at speeding up recovery and it also significantly assists pets who are overweight and obese. The underwater treadmills can be tailored to suit each individual canine patient regardless of their size or affliction.
Fit or Fat
You can you tell if your dog is running to fat by answering this simple quiz.
1. Can your dog’s ribs be (a) – Seen (b) – Felt but not seen (c) – Neither felt or seen
2. Does your play ball games by itself (a) – Frequently (b) – Rarely (c) – Not ever
3. Do you walk your dog (a) – Daily (b) – Most days (c) – Never
4. Does your dog love to go out in all kinds of weather (a) – Yes (b) – Sometimes (c) – Never
5. Does your dog pant after mild exercise (a) – No (b) – Sometimes (c) – Yes
6. Does your dog beg for scraps (a) – No (b) – seldom (c) – Yes
7. Does your dog ever refuse some food (a) – Never (b) – Sometimes (c) – Often
8. Does your dog eat its meal within 5 minutes (a) – Never (b) Sometimes (a) Often
The score below acts only as a guide therefor if in doubt consult your vet.
Score:- (a) = 1 (b) = 2 (c) = 3
A score of 9 -13 Your dog is fit
A score of 14 – 19 Your dog is tending to fat. Try to increase its exercise
A score of 20 – 24 Your dog is overweight and consider seeking veterinary advice
Aids for Obese Dogs