A sedentary life, and an excessive intake of Calories in relation to the energy expended, are determining factors for your dog to become overweight. This condition is quite common in today’s society since pets have also become accustomed to enjoying a comfortable and restful life.
If you have doubts about whether your dog has a few extra kilos, we give you some clues so you can make sure:
- Observe your dog’s body. If you have lost your shape and natural curves, it is because you have too much fat accumulated in the abdominal area and in the waist.
- When a dog is obese, it is difficult to feel its ribs and count them due to excess fat.
- Control their attitude. If your dog is overweight, he will tire easily and may even wheeze.
Hitting the road to getting your dog slimmer to the ideal body weight can be daunting. But if you follow these 4 steps and are consistent, you can make his amazing world much more dynamic.
1. EAT IT HEALTHY
When your dog starts a weight loss program, it is preferable that you divide his daily amount of food in two or three small meals a day. These amounts spaced throughout the day will reduce your hunger pangs.
Calculate the feed accurately so as not to overfeed your dog. The Purina ® PRO PLAN ® range contains detailed guidelines on how to do this on the packaging itself. Try not to give him leftovers. This habit adds a lot of unwanted Calories in the wrong nutritional way. Family and friends can contribute to this bad habit, so they need to know that your dog is on a weight control program.
2. EXERCISES PROGRAM TO INCREASE YOUR ENERGY
Strolling in the park or playing together at home are necessary activities to strengthen your relationship and help your partner maintain his optimal weight:
Variety is very important in the lives of dogs, so a good exercise routine should incorporate different kinds of activities. The use of toys and balls offers you a wide spectrum of possibilities to promote your energy.
Having him play with other dogs, in addition to stimulating his socialization, also eases his urge to exercise. Dogs, when they interact with other dogs, burn more calories.
You can also consider practicing some sport with your dog (running, biking …) but, before putting it into practice, it is advisable to visit the vet to confirm that such activity will not be harmful to his health.
3. CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT
Setting goals for yourself makes it easier and more fun to track your dog’s progress. Try to write down the evolution of his weight on a table, measuring his waist and controlling his body shape with the Body Condition System.
A good goal is to try to get your dog to lose 2% of his weight a week. Turn that goal into a joint experience, and reward him along the way with pampering or buying him a new toy.
If you need a more accurate evaluation, pay a visit to the vet.
4. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED
Losing weight in a dog, as it happens with people, is a progressive process, which requires time and effort. Don’t let these factors deter you. He thinks that the fact that the process is gradual is positive, and implies that it is more unlikely that he will regain the weight.