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Diet and fitness is obviously also important for dogs.
Let’s be honest…
Obesity is out of control and for canines too! Unfortunately, this trend continues even with increased awareness of this big fat pet problem.
Let’s discuss diet do’s and don’ts for dogs.
You obviously don’t want your dog to be obese.
Diet (including calorie consumption and physical activity) will greatly affect your dog’s BMI.
Strike the right balance…
If Need Be, Put Your Dog on a Diet
Do a weigh-in for a reference point. Then, if it makes sense, you may want to consider a doggie diet plan.
What’s the verdict? Is Fido overweight?
Owners have had success with Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food. There’s no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
In fact, over 70% of dogs lost weight thanks to that particular diet regimen.
Whatever your plan…
Don’t feel guilty about cutting canine calorie consumption if it is necessary!
Fido’s Age is a Factor
Older dogs have lower energy levels. They usually can’t burn much excess food beyond their requirements.
As such, seniors should get no more than 30 calories per pound of their body weight each day.
The thing is you don’t want an older dog to be adding fat. This is especially true if they’re already overweight!
Calories Verses Activity
Keep an eye on calories and use a balanced approach.
Factor in your dog’s level of physical activity. Higher calorie intake is OK as long as your dog is burning them off.
That’s one reason why playing throughout the day is great.
Dogs often don’t have the opportunity to be as active as they’d like.
Set aside time each day for outdoor leisure.
Fitness isn’t a cure for boredom as much as it’s a health benefit.
Also, get a fun and interactive toy for your dog. Use it for entertainment.
You Are What You Eat!
Evaluate your dog’s food (and the calories).
Avoid questionable human snacks.
As an example…
Don’t expect your dog to be healthy if they are regularly fed nachos. You need disciplined dog diet!
Make A Pet Pooch Plan
Health insurance for your dog isn’t the answer.
Spend your money on quality dog food.
Portion control is also key, even for younger dogs. The last 10 to 20% of your dog’s meals is what’s packing on the pounds.
Ration food and you’ll begin to see a noticeable difference.
It’s counterproductive to routinely feed table scraps.
Be selective. Grab the carrots instead of mashed potatoes.
Get going on a doable diet dog plan!
Regarding Special Diets
There are prescription diets that slow down the effects of kidney disease, heart disease and intestinal problems among other conditions.
Specialized diets are usually prescribed to geriatric dogs. Sometimes they’re life savers!
Talk with a vet (if your dog has a serious condition) instead of implementing a diet change yourself.
The Bottom Line
Your dog’s food portions should match their level of physical activity.
Watch caloric intake and limit treats. Reevaluate their dog food and the amount of playtime they’re getting.
Spend more quality time with your best buddy.
Remember! Overweight dogs have more health problems.
Get to work on a workable diet plan!