I want to talk to you today about having an overweight dog and what you can do about it, but first a story.
Kozzi Golden Retriever
When I was walking my dog in the winter in the snow, I
came across an overweight Golden retriever that had gone
off the path and and had fallen in a hole.
I had to help the owner of the dog try and get his dog out
of the hole. It made me sad.
Thankfully we were able to get him out.
It was only because the dog was overweight that he couldn't
get out of the hole himself. The moral of this story is to keep
your dog at a decent weight so the dog doesn't get into situations
If you have an obese or overweight dog, how much should you feed them?
Here are a few guidelines to follow:
Your dog is a bit overweight:
A good place to start is to exercise your dog more on a
daily basis. Start slow and the gradually increase the
amount of exercise during the next 2 to 3 weeks.
If your dog has a medical condition then you will need to
discuss this with your vet.
If you don't find that the exercise is making any difference
in your dog's weight then you need to cut out your dog's treats and also
reduce the amount of food that you give your dog
on a daily basis by 25%.
If your dog is obese:
You will need to cut out all your dog's treats, except for the vegetables.
As with the slightly overweight dog, you need to increase the
amount of exercise that they get over the next 2 to 3 weeks.
Again, if your dog has a medical condition, consult with your vet.
If the exercise doesn't seem to be making a difference, then
reduce the dog's food intake by 25 – 40% and make sure that
the food your are feeding your dog is low in fat and high
It is also a good idea to talk to your vet about
your plans for your dog's weight control
and see if they have any other suggestions.
Keeping your dog healthy and happy can be
easy if you have the right information.
You don't ever want to rescue your dog out of a
hole due to your dog being overweight!
To Your Dog's Health,
Sonny Apollo (DBB)
PS. Let's change your dog's life together!
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