Pet obesity: Tips on how to avoid killing your dog

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Blogger Alexandra at healthydogclub.com posted a short piece with tips on combating pet obesity.  You can read the full piece here: Pet obesity: Tips on how to avoid killing your dog ‹ Healthy Dog Club

Below are her suggestions (italics are mine):

• Talk To A Vet

The animal may have an underlying health condition that’s causing the weight gain. In many cases, a dog gaining weight means hypothyroidism, which is very common among middle aged dogs. Sluggishness, lethargy is also a sign. Ask your vet for a full thyroid panel including T4, T3, Free T4, Free T3, TSH and TGAA. A full CBC panel may indicate other conditions.

• Watch Them At Meal Time

Make sure the animals only eat their own food.

• Give Pets Healthy Treats

Apples, carrots, lean chicken and turkey are great options. Before giving it to them, please blend them. Dogs are unable to properly digest whole/cut up pieces.

• Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

Experts recommend at least two 20-minute brisk walks each day. If you are unable to do this, it may be worthwhile investing in a dog treadmill. I recommend PetZen Dog Treadmill below. It has received great ranking among vet experts as well as dog owners.

 

These all make sense but I would add a few:

Don’t guess, be precise. Use a tool like the SlimDoggy App so that you know how many calories you should feed your dog no matter what their exercise level is.

Measure measure measure.  Related to the above, make sure to measure how much you feed your dog. It does you no good to know that you should feed them 1 1/2 cups per day unless you measure out 1 1/2 cups exactly!  You can pick up a SlimDoggy measuring cup at our store.

With your vet’s approval (A MUST), try and incorporate some higher intensity activities, like running, a few days a week.  Dogs love high intensity activities, and they actually can get ‘runner’s high” from such activities, just like humans do.  This makes them feel great!

 

Do what you can to keep your pet fit.  They will live longer and healthier life spans and you might save a lot of money on vet and food costs while you are at it!

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  1. Great tips to know! Titan and I battle with his weight but we’re finally getting some of it off!
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    • That’s great news. Slow but sure is fine – keep it up!

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