Over weight dogs are a symptom of overeating or the wrong type of food and not enough exercise. They are affected similarly to us humans and overweight dogs can succumb to many diseases and afflictions later in life. The reality is, while these diseases can develop slowly in humans, in dogs the process is much faster.
Joint and muscle problems are common, as are heart conditions and diabetes. An overweight dog is an unhappy dog, not able to chase about as he should and slow or too fat to react to situations and commands.
It's easy to check if your dog's overweight. Slip both your hands under your dog's rib cage, you should be able to feel his ribs quite easily if he is not overweight. Looking down on your dog, you should see a tight waist, not a big bulge. Obviously some breeds of dog will be different but this is a general pointer. If you're not sure, ask your vet to have a look and he'll recommend a special diet if it's necessary, or be able to diagnose any illness that may be causing your dog to become obese.
How many times should you feed your dog a day? Well, again it can differ for different breeds, but as a general rule a puppy should be fed three times a day from 8 weeks until about 6 months. From 6 months up to a year, it should be fed twice a day. After it is twelve months old, it only needs to eat once a day.
The quantity you feed your dog at each sitting is also important. Follow the guide lines on the tin or packet and don't be tempted to give your dog any extra. If he's an adult dog, the food he is having should fill him up easier than the puppy food, so one meal a day should be sufficient.
Exercise, exercise, exercise, most dogs can't get enough. This not only helps to maintain weight, but it gets rid of your dog's pent up energy and helps him to relax when he gets home. Don't buy diet dog food off the shelf in a supermarket. If your dog's overweight, ask your vet to recommend a specific diet for your particular breed of dog. It's important he gets all the vitamins and nourishment he needs to keep his body functioning properly even though he is on a diet. Cutting out treats and table scraps will also make a big difference to your dog's weight.
Natural remedies can be very effective in supporting body functioning to process food efficiently. Supporting thyroid and liver functioning, maintaining healthy digestive processes and metabolism, and supporting the liver's ability to process dietary fat will all help to keep those extra pounds off your pet. Used regularly and as part of a total weight management program, Slender Pet is a very effective natural remedy for overweight dogs.
Natural Remedies to Help Overweight Dogs
Heart & Circulation Tonic for the Natural Treatment and Prevention of Heart Disease and Improve Circulation in Pets
GlucoEnsure to Treat Diabetes in Pets Naturally
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