To ensure your dog is fit and healthy, it’s smart to ask professionals like Senior Nutritionist and Registered dietician, Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, who specializes in companion animal nutrition. She will explain below the implications of your dog’s weight and five ways you can help them achieve their desirable weight.
Nobody wants their pet to become sick and part of its prevention is making sure their weight is being monitored to avoid health problems like arthritis, pancreatitis and respiratory illnesses. An action should also be taken by the dog owners when it comes to their dog’s health management particularly on its weight.
It’s important to monitor your dog’s weight on a daily basis but it’s more important during holidays since they might be eating more than they should. Stuffing, shortbread and mashed potatoes should be avoided. Although these foods are okay to us as long as it’s not too much, it may pose a risk of health problems to our dogs. We must be conscious about their weight because studies show that a minimum amount of increase in weight has a significant impact to the longevity of our furry friends.
With this information, question is, how do we know if their weight increased? Your dog’s body should be proportioned and looks a bit like an hourglass. The tummy should be tucked and there should be a little bit of fats on the ribs and spine. Even if you just put your hand on top of his body with less force, you should sense the ribs and spine. If you can’t still fathom it, consider a body condition chart. You can find it at moderndogmagazine.com/bodycondition.
Once you determine your dog’s weight gone high, go to your nearest veterinarian. It’s preferable since they will check your dog’s weight, examine his overall health status and find the best plan to achieve the normal weight your dog should have.
Resort to a healthy diet
The highest source of increased calories in dogs are dog treats. Dogs should not consume food with additives, high amount of fats and unhealthy ingredients. Carrots and green beans would the best treats you can give to them to weigh healthy.
Schedule longer fun times and exercises
You can gradually increase the amount they spent on exercise like walking by adding another block and fun activities by doing more rounds of fetch but still watch for signs of strain.
Measure the amount they eat
Measuring your dog’s intake is one way to control the amount they eat. It’s a good practice for dog owners to read the label on the suggested amount of food to give but we may also take into consideration your dog’s specific body needs for his total well-being before following what’s on the label. Some dogs play and exercise a lot while others stay and play indoor therefore energy requirement from food will vary.
Monitor your dog’s weight weekly
Take note of your weight in the weighing scale as well as the weight while holding your dog. Subtract the results to get the weight of your dog. Losing too much weight is dangerous to your dog while a gradual weight loss of one to two percent is ideal.
Evaluate good results and be consistent
Slowly decrease food intake until you achieve a continuous right amount of weight loss. Keep an eye on any unwanted effects to his body and make sure that your dog still gets the right amount of energy and nutrition up to the time it reaches the desirable body weight.