Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim
We saw an article about getting your dog slim and trim by Ron Miller at Dogintonpost.com . You can read the article here:
We obviously think it is great the Ron is writing about this as we have way too many overweight dogs in the world. Yet, we don’t think the author has provided much useful information for a dog owner to really address the problem.
Below is a snippet from the piece:
Overweight dogs are far more prone to develop diabetes, suffer from painful back conditions, heart problems, and the eventually breaking down of hip and leg joints due to toting around all the extra weight. Generally speaking overweight dogs tend to be house dogs that eat table scraps and do not receive enough exercise. So this is a great place to start-cut off the table scrapes and put your dog on a daily walking plan. This will help reduce their weight as well as increase their level of energy.
Yes, this is mostly true. But we believe part of the problem is that most of the articles and advice given on this topic are similar in nature to this passage- not very specific and provide no real guidelines other than saying “walk your dog” and “stop feeding them table scraps”. Walking is an OK exercise for your dog but if your dog is in good health (as cleared by your vet), mixing in some more intense (and fun) exercises can make a huge difference, just like it does for humans.
Use the SlimDoggy app or the SlimDoggy widget (coming soon to a pet blogger near you!) so that you can more closely monitor your dog’s feedings and exercise. This should be something that you do throughout their life anyway, not just when they are overweight. Keep your dog healthy and happy and living longer with consistent and proper exercise and nutrition.