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How to manage your dog's weight

Obesity is all too common in dogs. You should take action when your pet becomes a little too cuddly, too much weight can have a negative impact on your dogs health.

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Understanding the importance of dog weight management is becoming a hot topic. Knowing how much you should feed your dog is a simple question, but the answer can be difficult to work out. Every dog is different and the ease in which a dog becomes overweight depends on a number of factors. Some breeds, such as the Cocker Spaniel or the Labrador are more prone to putting on weight than others.

 

Cocker Spaniel overweight labrador

 

Neutering also favours weight gain. Many dogs need less food after they have been neutered, the same with dogs that have little exercise; they both require less energy.  

 

Almost half of all dogs are too fat

The risks of excess weight

Recent studies have shown that around 40% of all dogs are too fat. The excess pounds are caused when a dog absorbs more energy from its food than its body actually needs. This starts a vicious circle. The extra weight discourages the dog from playing and exercising. So it becomes increasingly sluggish and puts on even more weight. Excess weight is dangerous as it can bring health problems in its wake. The risk of joint disease, skin disease, heart and circulatory problems and diabetes all increase. Some experts say that overweight dogs also have a shorter life expectancy.

 

Weight management steps:

1. Chose the right dog food:

As with any dieting method, it is usually a combined effort that is the most effective. Start off by looking at what the dog is eating. For dieting, the dog food should be low in fat and high in fibre. A high fibre diet helps the dog to feel fuller for longer.

Light Calorie control

Happy Dog Light Calorie Control has only 7% fat and lots of high quality roughage (fibre). It also benefits from added L-cartine, which helps boost the metabolism.

 

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2. Set a realistic goal:

It helps by setting an ideal weight for your dog. You should then feed the correct amount of dog food to achieve this. But don't decide on an unrealistic weight.

4. Exercise your dog regularly

To maintain your dog's weight in the long term, we recommend that a dog should have 1-3 hours of daily exercise to suit the dog's physical abilities.

3. Weigh your dog food out

Buy some scales if you don't already have some and measure out exactly what your dog will require. If you want to give your dog some treats, take them from the food you have already weighed out.

5. Stop the extra tip bits!

Of course, you should never give your dog food from the table. If a dog becomes fat, it is almost always the feeding that is the fault. This can be too much or too nutritious food, or, they receive too many treats.

 

 Caution: hormonal imbalances can also cause a dog to become overweight. Always consult your vet if you are in any doubt.