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Do you Have an Overweight Dog?


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Leash Training WestieAn overweight dog may look amusing, but it can spell big trouble for the canine if nothing’s done to bring the weight down to a healthy level. To keep dogs trim, you may gradually introduce all- natural dog food or prepare your pet’s chow using low-fat but nutritious recipes. Natural pet food can help ward off ailments connected with obesity. Possible ailments that an overweight pooch may experience include heart disease, arthritis (owing to stress caused by excess weight joints), high blood pressure, thyroid problems and respiratory disorders. Besides daily meals, occasional treats must also be selected well.



For your gourmand dog, there are tasty and healthy treats like organic cookies or crunchy biscotti laden with vitamins and minerals that can be easily absorbed by the canine system. If you’ve opted for home prepared meals in controlled quantities for your pooches, you can add supplements like vitamins or amino acids for nutritional balance, but do consult a veterinarian first.  There are treats that can be purchased from natural pet food stores that contain vitamin E. Come to think about it, regular treats particularly for an overweight dog may also be lessened. Rewards may come in other forms, like  lots of play time.

A high-fiber meal that’s low in calories may also be just what your overweight dog needs for a trimmer, healthier body condition. Note that if you keep giving your pup dry dog food, they may have a lot of sugar, flour and additives, which leads to weight gain. A better option is grain-free pet chow. Remember also that there may be factors that predispose your dog to pack on excess pounds.  The dog breed, age, gender, endocrine disorders may be playing a role in canine obesity. There’s also the lack of exercise and overfeeding by dog owners. If your dog’s getting too fat and already showing the telltale signs of obesity-related problems like skin disorders, bladder problems, or diabetes, bring the pooch to the veterinarian for a thorough check-up.

 

If you’re a first-time dog owner and a year has lapsed from the time you brought home the pup, it’s high time you speak with a veterinarian about your doggie’s health to figure out what exactly is causing the unhealthy weight gain. In a span of one year, illnesses may have developed if you haven’t been paying attention to your pup’s dietary needs. Keep close watch also of your dog’s sleep habits and food intake. Protein, enzymes, minerals and vitamins are important for canine health. A diet rich in antioxidants will also help make an overweight dog get trimmer.

 

Most pet owners stick to two meals (one in the morning and one in the evening) for pooches that seem to be getting fat. Natural organic foods with farm-fresh ingredients, like turkey, chicken, fruits and veggies, and have no by-products, fillers or artificial ingredient, are ideal. Hand in hand with reassessing your dog’s diet, give your pooch regular exercise.  This can contribute to a longer lifespan for your beloved animal friend. Exercise will also go a long way for your overweight dog.

One Response to Do you Have an Overweight Dog?

  • Funny you should mention it. I’ve got a two year old westie, he’s by no means over weight. For a dog he’s a funny little eater. He doesn’t wolf his food down like any other dog I’ve had, he’ll eat it when he’s hungry. BUT I am considering making his own food. I just think you would then know EXACTLY what was going into his body and food wouldn’t be all fillers and by-product, even though I try to feed him the best possible food I can find. I don’t have children, he’s my little sweetheart, so I want him hear as long as possible. Thanks for sharing, just confirmed what I’d already been leaning towards. :)) XO Angus & Danielle

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