Dog Weight Loss
Well done for realising your dog may be overweight. You live with your dog day to day so it’s sometimes hard to see the pounds creeping on.
Even though about a third of dogs in the UK is overweight fewer than 1 in 10 owners even recognise it.*Healthy Happy Hound Report Jan 2013: based on a study of 2,000 UK dog owners
Dog weight loss doesn’t have to be a hardship, there are various ways to help your dog lose weight. Remember you’ll be doing them a favour in the long run.
Health benefits of a dog diet
Dog weight loss can be challenging but a dog with a healthy weight lowers the risk of a host of health problems.
Overweight dogs are more prone to problems with their hearts, bones and joints. Fatter dogs can experience rapid breathing and panting and are at a higher risk of diabetes.
If your dog is a healthy weight they’ll get more out of life. Your dog will be more able to walk and run and be a companion who’s more fun.
Often dogs who slim down, like us owners, seem to have a fresh lease of life.
How to help your dog lose weight
It’s all a question of balance. It’s the same equation for dogs as for people. Burn more calories than you take in. So pick a dog diet food containing fewer calories.
We think the best dog food for dog weight loss is Butcher’s Lean and Tasty. It contains 30% less fat so has fewer calories than our standard range. It has added L-Carnitine, a naturally occurring nutrient that transports fat to working muscles to be used up as energy.
You won’t be depriving your dog; it’s a nutritious and delicious meaty meal and your dog probably won’t notice the difference, especially as they can’t read the label!
Swopping foods should be done in stages over a few days by mixing the old food with the new.
Your vet will usually offer a free weight and health check.
If your pet has an existing medical condition, speak to your vet about the most suitable diet and exercise programme.
Exercise for dog weight loss
Food and play are probably the two great loves of your dog’s life, apart from you of course! So to keep his mind off the food – step up the play!
The key message is distraction, distraction, distraction!
- Do more exercise, increase daily walks but do it gradually.
- Play dog games, the old ones are the best like the classic Fetch!
- Spend more time outside; even the laziest of dogs can be tempted by the smells of the great outdoors.
- Get together with other dogs, they love chasing each other around and generally bound about more in a group.
- Make sure there’s fresh water on offer at all times.
- If it’s hard to get outside, play hide and seek with a dog toy if there’s enough room.
- Reward your dog with non-food treats like strokes and affection or a favourite toy. Reward your dog with non-food treats like strokes and affection or a favourite toy.