Are you responsible for your dog’s obesity?
Pet obesity is a growing trend in America. Dogs that are overweight can develop serious conditions including diabetes, joint diseases, excessive panting, pancreatitis, heart problems and hyperthyroidism in cats. Obesity occurs when the amount of food consumed exceeds the amount of calories burned. Food that isn’t burned through activity or exercise is stored as fat. Overfeeding coupled with lack of exercise causes obesity and is detrimental to a dog’s health.
There are several things you can do to prevent obesity. Begin by choosing a nutritional food source. Dry and canned food are convenient and cost effective. Things to consider include age, breed, existing health conditions, and lifestyle.
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You want to feed your puppy between three to four meals a day. Use scheduled meal feedings to help condition the body. This will help with potty training. Monitor your puppy’s weight gain to determine if the growth rate is desirable.
We highly recommend that you consult with your veterinarian to determine what brand of formula and puppy food is best for your puppy. There are many variables in determining the nutritional and caloric needs for your puppy, including breed size, rate of growth, and breed tendencies.
Timed feeding is common with adult dogs. I find it works well to prevent your dog from overeating. Using this method, you make a portion of food available to your dog for a designated amount of time. Thirty minutes should be sufficient. After the amount of time has elapsed, you remove the bowl. Your adult dog will come to understand that the food will not be available later. Some people prefer free-feeding, but it may lead to an overweight dog.
Dog food manufacturers recommend amounts often too high in calories and adult dogs are at a greater risk of gaining excess weight. Ask your veterinary professional to suggest a feeding timeline and amount. Your dog’s breed, age, and health will be important factors in determining a balanced and nutritious diet.