Do you need help managing your dog’s weight? Overweight dogs are more susceptible to life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, immune dysfunctions, cancerous tumors, lung disorders, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
It is therefore in your best pet’s best interest to have a lean dog so as to avoid the overweight related diseases.
Here are tips on how you can feed a dog in a way that favors weight loss!
1. Establish Your Dog’s Level of Calorie Requirements
Begin by determining the calorie requirement level of your dog. You could be overfeeding your pet, and this would be making your dog gain more weight if you don’t know the exact amount of calories it requires. In order to establish the right calorie level, you should consult a qualified veterinarian so as to help you calculate the appropriate calorie level based on different aspects of your dog.
At times you could be tempted to rely on the instructions on a dog’s bag, but that could be misleading. The recommended formulae usually displayed in the bag is for an adult active dog that is unsprayed. It, therefore, means that if your dog is old or spayed, you could be overfeeding it if you rely on the bag formulae.
Generally accepted formula for establishing the calorie level for a typical dog would involve:
- Dividing the weight of your dog by 2.2,
- -Multiply your figure by 30 and adding 70.
- -The final figure indicates the calorie level that you should feed your dog every day.
However, since dogs differ in many aspects, it is recommended that you should consult a veterinarian for best possible results in regards to the calorie levels.
2. Use a measuring cup
Feeding your dog an ‘’all-day buffet’’ can have an adverse effect on your pet’s weight and health. Once you have established the appropriate calorie level for your dog, draft a weight-loss plan, with each meal being measured appropriately using a cup.
3. Treat your dog tactfully
Make every treat count by choosing a low-calorie pet food that has an equivalent health benefit. Single ingredient treats such as salmon, sweet potato, and blueberry bites are good for your dog. These treats hardly have excess calories.
4. Feed veggies
Highly processed food may have additives that would counter your efforts in making your dog lose weight. Alternatives to highly processed food would involve feeding your dog with healthy veggies such as cucumbers, green beans, sliced apples, celery, and baby carrots. These are not only naturally nutritious but tasty as well.
5. Use of healthy supplements
A couple of food supplements have been established to help your dog lose weight and stay lean as well. To begin with, daily omega-3 fatty acids, packed with potent anti-oxidant punch, has lots of health benefits including weight loss. Besides, L-carnitine is another supplement that promotes lean muscles among dogs. It also favours weight loss.
6. Cutting down the amount of carbohydrate
Most dogs do not require high carbohydrate food, but surprisingly that is what most dogs are fed. Equally, many dog feeds have at least 60% carbohydrates making them a hazard in regards to weight gain. It would be preferable to have a no-grain option with protein being your first ingredient while drafting a weight loss plan for your dog. Preferably if you can have a high protein and low carbohydrate diet for weight loss, it will make your dog less begging. The protein in the diet will keep hunger at bay for a longer period of time.
If you need any help on how to feed your dog in a way that favors weight loss, do not hesitate to contact us for quality services at Young’s Animal Hospital.