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According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, around 45% of all dogs in the United States are overweight. Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Weakened immune system
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing Problems
  • High Blood Pressure

The following tips will help you learn how to help your dog lose weight.

 

  1. Feed Your Dog Correctly

You should feed your dog a small portion of food two to four times a day. It is important to measure the food as well. Use an 8 ounce measuring cup when you feed your pet. It’s too easy to accidentally give your dog too much food when you use a coffee cup or a scoop.

  1. Choose the Correct Type of Food

If you’d like your dog to lose weight, you will want to choose quality dog foods that contain above-average amounts of protein and below-average amounts of fat. Make sure you choose ones that have been approved by food and drug administration, and be mindful of harsh chemical and preservatives from the package. You may also mix high-quality dog food from the store with low-calorie dog food you make at home. Homemade dog food for weight loss is easy to prepare and store.

  1. Choose the Correct Types of Treats

Healthy dog treats will reward your pet for good behavior and keep him or her healthy at the same time. Choose organic dog treat that do not contain sugar. Sweet potato, salmon bites, or kangaroo treats for dogs are great alternatives to healthy snacks. Another tip is to break larger store-bought treats in half to lower the calorie count.

  1. Offer Chews

Bones and chews support a dog’s need to chew without adding extra calories. However, avoid chews such as pig ears since they can be high in fat content. Chews can also help keep the most avid food-beggar too busy to worry about eating extra food.

  1. Up Your Dog’s Exercise Level

Exercise is a great way to help your dog if you’re asking yourself how to get your dog to lose weight. Commit to taking your dog on a daily walk no matter the weather. Exercise will help your beloved pet lose weight and live longer.

 

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

As little as 20 to 30 minutes of brisk walking or playing is all it takes to aid your dog’s weight loss. However; if your dog has been sedentary for a long period of time, you may want to ease into a higher activity level to avoid injury.

 

  1. Use Supplements

Check with your veterinarian to see if an omega-3 supplement can help your dog lose weight. Additionally, use of an L-carnitine supplement has been shown to increase lean muscle mass and aid in weight loss.

 

  1. Monitor Your Dog’s Progress

Weigh your dog every one to two weeks while you are engaging in a weight-loss program. This will help you determine if calories need to be further restricted. If your dog has lost too much weight, you will know that you can increase calorie intake.

 

Helping your dog lose weight is very possible if you stick with a proper diet and exercise regimen. Contact your veterinarian to determine the healthiest way for your dog to lose weight.

 

Alicia Hill

Alicia is a full-time freelancer. She writes for several companies and sites, including Zoe’s Doggy Treats. Alicia is very simple, plain, and chill most of the time. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with loved ones.

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