Overweight Dogs

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How to Control and Maintain Your Dog’s Weight

In the UK it is estimated that one in every three dogs is overweight, a statistic that is predicted to continue to rise. In fact, a staggering nine out of ten owners give their pets high calorie treats. Being overweight or obese not only causes poor quality of life for dogs, but it also reduces their lifespans.

This article will offer advice on finding out if your dog is overweight, understanding the problems that obesity can cause and finally, the right solution to getting your much loved pooch healthy and in tip top shape – as well as maintaining it!

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The Signs Your Dog is Overweight

1. Feel for your dog’s ribs. The first thing to do is run your hands down the side of your dog and feel the rib cage. If your dog is at a healthy weight, you will feel a thin layer of fat between the skin and the bones. If you cannot feel your dog’s rib cage, this is an indicator that your dog is overweight.

2. Look at your dog’s profile. A healthy dog will have an obvious waistline. If from the side your dog has a belly lying under their rib cage, without an obvious waistline, then this is also an indication of your dog being overweight.

3. Weigh your dog. The easiest way to do this is to weigh yourself twice. First, hold your dog and weigh the both of you together. Then, weigh just yourself without your dog. Subtract your own weight from the total weight when you were holding your dog. You can check your dog’s weight against a chart as well for further clarification. Click here for The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention ideal weight ranges.

 

Problems Being Overweight Can Cause

Dogs carrying more weight than normal can lead to a whole host of problems. These include Arthritis, Diabetes, and Heart Disease. 

Arthritis already affects 1 in 5 dogs as they age. The problem can become worse in overweight dogs, as the extra weight they carry can put more pressure on their joints. This problem can also be associated with Hip Dysplasia. If your dog suffers from bad joints, click here for more information > or for arthritis, click here >

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Solutions

1. Exercise. This is perhaps the most obvious solution! Increasing the length of time you walk with your dog by ten or twenty minutes is recommended. However, you need to make sure your dog’s heart rate increases by playing fetch and different games,etc. Avoid vigorous exercise in very hot temperatures, as this can cause heat stroke.

2. Feeding. Ensure your dog is being fed a low calorie dog food. Pooch & Mutt’s Slim & Slender is 45% fresh, British, free-run chicken. Chicken is a low-fat protein source and naturally rich in l-carnitine, a popular fat burning supplement.

It is also made with sweet potato and pea protein, which can control hunger. Slim & Slender also  includes CLA which supports fat metabolism and can aid in weight management.

A grain free dog food can also optimise dog health. Many dogs often struggle to digest foods that are high in grains and cereals (including corn and wheat). Intolerance  to grain can manifest in many ways, such as digestive discomfort, itchy skin and sub-optimal health. All of Pooch & Mutt’s range of foods are Grain Free and Low in Calorie.

3.Treats. Rather than cutting out treats altogether, Pooch & Mutt offers a range of low calorie treats. The foods and treats also target specific problems that dogs may have, in addition to being overweight. Click here to see the range.

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Reviews of Slim & Slender Complete Grain Free Dog Food

Elizabeth- “My westie and yorkie love all the flavours but decided to give this a try as they seem to get a bit fatter during the winter, once again the heads are in the dog bowls.”

 

Tracey- “Finally a diet food where my dog looses weight without behaving like I haven’t fed her for a month. I have a gsd/lab cross who is very, prone to putting on weight. I put her on slim and slender and slowly the weight is coming off her but without her breaking into every food source in my house. I am placing a second order and would recommend to anyone.”

 

Wendy- “My Greedy Cavalier King Charles has put on weight again so decided to try these – she loved it and she is keeping the weight off. As she is an old girl I tried the move easy as well again with good results so now I buy both and mix them up. If only it was so easy for humans!”

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