It is normal for many dogs to “over indulge”if they have the opportunity. When there are other animals in the household, this habit is often intensified. Most Veterinarians recommend canned, dry or moist dog food that are commercially produced complete diet dog food. If this is the way you fed your dog it is very important to follow the instructions of the manufacturer regarding the amount feed and the interval of feeding. Human left over such as fish (boneless), uneaten eggs or stew can be used as a supplement to this diet. However, such food should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s standard diet. Otherwise the balance of essential nutrients could be upset. The amount of food of your dog is given must be in your control; don’t give your dog the chance to eat more than it should. Should your dog be eating really frantically and starting to eat normally inedible things, seek veterinary help since it may be suffering from a specific disease condition such as diabetes or possibly a parasite infestation.
Obesity is the single most common nutritional problem faced by dogs and man a like in the developed world. According to a survey, 1 out of 3 dogs is overweight. The mean cause of obesity is very obvious, eating more food than is required by the body, the result being that the excess calories are stored by the liver as fat and distributed all over the body. Obesity develops gradually so pet owners often do not notice from day to day any change in the health, weight, and size of their dog and only recognize the problem when the dog is grossly overweight. Hormonal problem causes obesity but rarely.
Controls: although it is possible for the pet owners to devise a diet with low calorie content, particularly those derived from fat, to bring about weight loss or simply to reduce the amount of food given, this is difficult to implement. There is the real danger too that the dog will resort to begging and scavenging and that someone in the family will capitulate. Here are 7 tips for successful dog slimming:
- Establish the goal.
- Decide on a dietary regime.
- Weight your dog regularly and monitor its girth.
- Aim for a gradual weight loss.
- Increase the amount of exercise your dog gets.
- Feed your dog small meals more frequently than usual but use smaller bowl.
- Convince everyone in the household the importance of your dog’s diet.