Top Tips For Fat Dogs

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According to a recent survey f 1,192 vets conducted by pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health:

  • 1 in 300 dogs are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes throughout their lifetime.

  • 30,000 dogs are currently suffering from diabetes.

Much like human type 2 diabetes, poor diet and lack of exercise are largely to blame.

Obesity can cause severe health problems for dogs including heart disease, high blood pressure and respiratory disease. An overweight dog is likely to have a poorer quality of life, compared to a dog maintaining a healthy weight. Your pooch is happiest when they are active, and being overweight means this is a struggle.

It’s important to get your dog to their ideal weight gradually, through a nutritionally appropriate diet – much like humans, fad diets can affect dogs negatively, leading to skin, weight and behavioural problems.

Here’s some tips to help kickstart your dog’s slimming goals

Diet

  • Smaller and more frequent meals will better battle your dog’s hunger and elevate the metabolism.

  • Ensure you are feeding your dog based on their target weight, rather than current.

  • Stay away from low-quality foods which are often bulked out with wheat and grain, as this spikes insulin levels and increases the amount of stored body fat.

Like when humans make healthier diet choices, there’s no need to deprive your dog of tasty meals. Pooch & Mutt’s variety of healthy products mean your pooch can enjoy food and still lose weight.

Slim & Slender complete, grain-free food is designed for dogs that are overweight. The food is packed with active ingredients, including 45% lean, free run, British chicken, sweet potato as a digestion-aiding fibre, pea protein to lower hunger, CLA to support fat metabolism, and psyllium which promotes satiety. If your pooch prefers a wet and dry variety in their diet, take a look at our Chicken & Ocean Fish grain-free complete wet food cartons. With fruits and veggies, the food is just 4% fat and 329 Kcal per pack!

Dieting doggies should really keep treats to a minimum, but our range of Tube Treats are hand baked and just 3 calories per biscuit.

Lifestyle

It’s necessary for your pooch to get regular exercise for their general well-being, but also because they love to be active! While it’s important for all dogs to exercise, overweight dogs shouldn’t do too much too soon.

  • Start slow, 5 to 10 minutes is good for a sedentary dog.

  • If you have a small, overweight dog, they can get enough exercise just from chasing a toy around the house.

  • As your dog becomes more used to increased activity, gradually increase the level of exercise.

Being overweight can put a huge strain on your dog’s joints. If your dog is severely overweight, you may want to consider swimming, as this will alleviate some of the pressure on the joints. While Hydrotherapy is often used to aid post-surgery recovery, or dogs recovering from traumatic injury, it’s another fun way to exercise your dog with a range of health benefits. It’s also commonly used to help manage weight in obese dogs. A doggy swimming session can help improve muscle tone, cardiovascular stamina, and improve the range of movement in the joints.