10 Tips to Beat Doggie Obesity
1. Correct Diet: Overweight animals consume more calories than they require. Work with your veterinarian to determine your petâ€™s caloric requirements, select a suitable food and calculate how much to feed.
2. Fiber: The diet should contain a normal level of a moderately fermentable fiber and the type of fat that prevents the skin and coat from deteriorating during weight loss. Diets that dilute calories with high fiber lead to increased stool volumes, frequent urges to defecate and variable decreases in nutrient digestibility.
3: Exercise: Increasing physical activity can be a valuable contributor to both weight loss and maintenance. Regular exercise burns more calories, reduces appetite, changes body composition and will increase your petâ€™s resting metabolic rate.
4. Owner Behavior Modification: A successful weight management program requires permanent changes in the behaviors that have allowed the pet to become overweight. Perhaps you are giving your pet too many treats, for example, or not giving him enough opportunities to exercise.
5. Remove your dog from the room when the family eats. Feed your dog several small meals throughout the day.
6. Feed all meals and treats in the pet’s bowl only.
7. Reduce snacks or treats.
8. Provide non-food related attention.
9. Body test. As a subjective assessment of body condition, you should be able to feel the backbone and palpate the ribs in an animal of healthy weight. If you cannot feel your petâ€™s ribs without pressing, there is too much fat.
10 Reality check. It may be hard to resist your dog’s sweet face when they beg for table scraps or for that extra dog treat. But remember, you’re putting your dog at extra risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain.