If you have an obese dog, it could be due to many different factors, including spay/neuter, medications for an illness, inactivity, over feeding and constant food switching in order to get the finicky eater to eat. So if you have an obese dog, then this article might help you put together a plan to help him lose weight.
The foundation of this concept is the following: if your dog is overweight, then it is eating more calories than he actually needs and burns or in simpler words; if you have an obese dog, then it is eating way too much.
You have to be honest with yourself about how much or how little exercise your dog gets, how frequently he gets exercise, how much you feed it, what and when, and how often you give him treats.
This is something many owners don’t know, and should. Your dog does not need to eat every day to be healthy. Why do we think they do? Because the pet food industry has implied to us that they do.
If your dog isn’t interested in eating, then don’t teach it to eat. Offer the food later and if it is hungry, it will eat.
Many breeders fast their dogs at least once a week for one day (if they are over a year old). It’s good practice that if you provide an excellent quality, healthy, homemade, high-end food to your dog, with fresh water, then it will eat when it wants to eat.
Coming back to obesity; any obese dog or pet in general, gained weight because it has been overfed in relation to its level of activity.
Many people just do not want to admit how their dogs like nibbling here and there all day long, and when the main meal arrives, they only pick the best bits and leave all the rest in the bowl.
What?? It is not hungry just because it has been eating for the whole day.
We usually end up having an obese dog, for the simple reason that it has been smart enough to obtain what he wanted from us, without actually deserving the treat.
Real examples of the above situation are when our dog does not shut up unless we give it a treat or when it does not settle at night unless it gets his special piece of sausage. In all these examples, our dog has successfully learned that if he kicks up a fuss he will get a reward.
Your Obese Dog Has To Lose Weight
- First of all, you, as a dog owner, have to take a good honest look at the food you are feeding. If you are feeding pre-packaged food, the first ingredients present in the bag of food should be meat or meat products, not grains.
- Second, your dog always needs to have water at its disposal.
- Third, remember, dogs don’t HAVE to eat every day (exception to that rule for really small breeds).
- Fourth, ask the vet about supplements and whether or not they are necessary depending on what you have decided to feed your dog. In most cases if you are feeding high-quality foods, you won’t need to supplement.
The most effective and straightforward method to start letting an obese dog loose weight is by reducing its total daily ration by one third. That includes his total daily intake like treats and snacks.
After 15 days, weigh your dog again.
Stick to this schedule for the entire period and you will notice that your pup will gradually start losing weight. Of course, you have a huge responsibility to let your dog move away from its obese dog label.
In conclusion, you should harden your heart and stick to the canine basics of good nutritious food and water (with some treats added into the mix now and then), and this will keep your dog on the right track to health and well-being.
Keep in mind that nobody prevents you to take your dog for more strolls, play more, chase balls, etc.
Diet as well as a good amount of exercise, play, love and a good-quality care are the key to succeed, and for your ex-obese dog to live a happier and healthier life.