The dog pictured above clearly has a weight problem in the “before” picture! Dogs are not going to go on a diet themselves. Pet parents must be responsible for whether or not their pet is overweight or obese.
How can you tell whether or not your dog needs to lose weight? A quick visual evaluation is often enough!
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If your dog is overweight or obese, don’t despair. It is possible for him to lose weight! Check out this beagle’s super amazing transformation:
Here’s a breakdown of how you can help your dog lose weight:
Step 1: Weigh Your Dog
Find out how much your dog currently weighs. You don’t have to go to the vet to do this if you have a regular scale in your home. Simply weigh yourself while holding your dog in your arms. Step off the scale, and put your dog down. Then weigh yourself (terrifying – right?) and subtract your real weight from the number of pounds you weighed while holding your dog. The formula looks like this:
Your weight while holding your dog – Your actual weight = Your dog’s weight!
Ask your vet how much your breed of dog should weigh, then read on if your dog is overweight or obese!
Step 2: Increase Your Dog’s Exercise
While most dogs don’t have gym memberships, there are a number of ways you can increase the amount of exercise your pup is getting! Small dogs should be walked a quarter to one half mile per day, while large dogs should be walked for a minimum of one half mile and a maximum of two miles every single day.
Another great way to help your dog burn calories is fun for both you and your pup! Playing fetch for twenty to thirty minutes each day can boost your doggy’s metabolism and do wonders for his weight. PetFlow carries a variety of toys that are perfect for playing fetch and tug-of-war.
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Step 3: Adjust Your Dog’s Diet
Portion control is essential! Dogs generally eat as much as you’re willing to feed them. If you’ve been keeping your dog’s bowl full of food, stop immediately! Many vets recommend dishing out servings of food twice each day. Most breeds require less than a cup of food at each feeding.
Also, mind the number of treats! We know PetFlow fanatics love to treat their doggies, but you shouldn’t be giving your little fur baby more than two treats in one day.
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Being an overweight dog is no picnic, but there is hope if your dog is fat! Many dog owners are able to help their dog transform his or her body. Which doggy looks happier to you – the “before” or the “after” dog?
Levels of obesity like the ones pictured below can cause a variety of disorders and diseases, and also may reduce your dog’s life-span.
With proper diet and exercise, you can transform your dog’s life! Do you have a dog that is overweight, or a dog that lost weight after you adjusted his diet and increased his exercise levels? We love it when pet parents share their powerful stories in the COMMENTS section of our blog.