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Weight-Loss For Dogs

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Many people like to make resolutions or goals for their new year so they can achieve weight-loss or incorporate healthier choices into their diet. For pet owners, it is also important to incorporate some of those changes for their pets.  Health challenges related to obesity are affecting North Americans more than ever before and, consequently, our pets are also facing obesity-related problems and diseases.

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Many people like to make resolutions or goals for their new year so they can achieve weight-loss or incorporate healthier choices into their diet. For pet owners, it is also important to incorporate some of those changes for their pets.  Health challenges related to obesity are affecting North Americans more than ever before and, consequently, our pets are also facing obesity-related problems and diseases.

Some reports suggest that if your pet is between 10 – 20% overweight, they have a greater risk of diabetes, arthritis and other diseases as they age. Furthermore, overweight dogs risks shortening their lifespan by 2 – 5 years. This need not be so! I have provided some healthy tips that will encourage dog owners to keep their canine friends fit, strong and happy well into the new year.

What To Look For

BREEDS PRONE TO WEIGHT GAIN INCLUDE:

Labrador Retrievers, Dachshunds, Beagles, Cairn Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, and Basset Hounds…
(Please note: While these breeds may be higher risk for weight gain, they do not have to become overweight! If you have one of these breeds, take a little bit of extra care to give them a good diet conducive to their temperament and activity levels. You can also talk to your pet’s veterinarian about a diet plan that will work for your dog and your lifestyle.)

WARNING SIGNS:

  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Running out of breath quickly on walks
  • Difficulty moving quickly
  • Irritability
  • Larger-than-usual bowl movements
  • Poor quality of hair/coat
  • Diarrhea

Healthy Tips

  • Contact your local vet and incorporate a weight-check into his/her check-up (it is often a free service!).
  • Avoid giving your dog scraps from your meals. Many human foods are high in calories and have a greater impact on your dog than it does on you.
  • Avoid giving your dog cheap hamburger beef, processed meats, sugar-preserved dog foods, foods that contain nitrates, nitrites, aldehydes, or other toxic additives.
  • Incorporate regular walks that both you and your pet can enjoy. This way, he/she gets the exercise needed and you are more willing to continue with the routine.
  • Consider cutting out in-between meal snacks and look at daily habits that you can change to begin making your dog healthier.
  • Provide new toys for your dog to play with and chew on instead of chews, bones or pig’s ears.
  • Incorporate carrots, green beans, peas, pumpkin puree and other natural sources of fiber into your dog’s diet and for snacks so he/she will be less hungry later.
  • Try and remove stressors from your environment, as it will also have an affect on your dog. New people in the home, moving, competition with other pets, and other factors contribute to stress in your pet and can lead to overeating.

 

 

 

 

 

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