Obesity in dogs is a disorder that needs some important attention and consideration. If you want your dog to have longer and higher quality of life, start training your dog to lose weight as soon as possible. Assessing what weight loss training program will work for your dog, knowing what kind of healthy food to feed your dog, teaching her some exercise and lastly, knowing why your dog needs to lose weight are the important considerations if you want to trim your dog down to a healthy weight. Training your dog to lose weight is not an easy task but if successfully done it would not only benefit your dog, but you as well.
The first step is to assess whether or not your dog is overweight. A dog’s ribs are not noticeable when they stand, however, if they make some movement like running and jumping the ribs will reveal. If you do not feel the ribs of your dog when you run your hand down their side or you do not notice his ribs when he jumps, this is usually a good sign that he is overweight. Nonetheless, making a decision based on ribs only is not a guarantee that your dog is overweight. There are dogs that are born with larger build that can easily hide extra weight very well. The only person that is able to accurately tell whether the dog is overweight or not is your veterinarian. Take your dog to the veterinarian so that he will be able to give you some tips on healthy food and exercises for your favorite canine.
The most common reason for an overweight dog is over eating, and the primary reason why they over eat is that sometimes we use food to reward our dog or feed them table scraps. Consider a change in diet for your dog and talk to your veterinarian regarding low calorie pet food. Ask for pet foods that contain special ingredients that help burn the fat from your dog. Learn to control your dog’s diet and feed them exactly the amount of food your veterinarian has recommended. One day with no food will not kill your dog but will burn the fat that is stored in his body. Another common reason for your dog’s obesity is having little or no exercise.
Exercise is the best way to burn the fat stored in your dog’s body. Short walks with your dog for a few minutes everyday and increasing his activity day by day will help burn stored fat. Encourage your dog to move around the house and play with you. If his strength and endurance starts to increase then add more time to his walking exercise, introduce him to a hard run, or play fetch. This will be fun for both you and your dog and will also serve as a bonding exercise. Paying attention to your dog’s weight can also prevent your dog from acquiring diseases associated with being overweight.
Obese or overweight dogs will find it hard to move around and this has a direct effect on the speed of their daily activities such as walking, running and jumping. This is because their lungs and heart cannot function properly. The extra weight increases pain and makes jumping difficult. Dogs that are overweight tend to have shorter life spans and a lower quality of life. Moreover, obesity can cause many additional health problems such as arthritis, skin problems and heart ailments. Losing weight can prevent these illnesses if proper training and healthy living is adopted.
All too often, we express our love to our dog by giving them excess food, but what we do not realize is that we are actually killing them with our thoughtfulness. Remember, too much of anything is not good. So as early as possible, take time on working to correct this bad habit and instead choose to give your dog a healthy lifestyle. If ideal body weight is achieved, a dog’s life will increase by an average of two years. If your dog is currently overweight, do not worry. As you can see, there are many things a dog owner can do to help your dog achieve a trim physique and let them live a healthy and happier life.