Obesity can cause severe health problems for dogs including heart disease, high blood pressure and respiratory disease. It is also the number one cause of diabetes in dogs, with the number of reported cases growing. Overall, an overweight dog is likely to have a poorer quality of life than that of 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 address an overweight dog:
- 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.
Much like when humans are on a diet, there is no need to deprive your dog of tasty meals. Pooch & Mutt offer a variety of healthy products that, when consumed in moderation, mean your pooch can enjoy food and still lose weight.
Our 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 you want to include some variety to your dogs diet, wet food, take a look at our Chicken & Ocean Fish carton. Packed with fruits and veggies, the food is just 4% fat.
While dieting doggies should really keep treats to a minimum, our range of Tube Treats are hand baked at just 3 calories
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.
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