How to help your dog lose weight

As pet parents, we tend to treat our four-legged friends with treats to show them how much we care. There is nothing wrong with giving your dog a snack as a reward for good behavior, as long as he is at a healthy weight. But, too much can sometimes harm his overall health and well-being. If you think your puppy may be overweight, consider taking him to the vet to determine if his weight is in the healthy range.

How Your Dog's Weight Affects His Health

It is no secret that an unhealthy weight in humans, whether overweight or underweight, can lead to health problems. But did you know that the same can happen to your dog? Obesity in dogs can cause health conditions such as:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament
  • Skin diseases
  • Heart and lung diseases

If your dog's weight is completely out of control, it can even lead to a decreased life expectancy. Since our canine friends are part of the family, we want to spend as much time with them as possible and make sure they are always healthy.

Helping your dog shed the extra pounds

If you notice that your pet is gaining some weight, the first thing should be a visit to your vet. Ruling out health problems that may be causing your dog to gain weight is extremely important. Once your veterinarian has determined that there are no underlying medical problems, you should consult with him or her about the best weight management strategy for helping your overweight dog return to a healthy size.

  1. Physical activity

Just like in humans, a combination of exercise and a change in diet usually brings the most success when it comes to weight loss in dogs. Since your dog can't just get up in the morning and go to the dog gym, the exercise part depends a lot on your commitment to staying involved in his exercise level. It's a great time to connect, so get out there and enjoy it! If your four-legged best friend has a hard time getting around, try low-impact activities like swimming or walking for starters. Playing toss is always a favorite activity that can keep your dog busy for longer to increase physical fitness.

  1. Nutrition for dogs

If your vet has expressed concern about your four-legged friend's weight, he may recommend that you consider changing your dog's diet to help him control his weight. When it comes to his diet, the answer can be as simple as replacing his regular dog food with a special weight management food, such as a medical food or reduced fat food available from us, this special food makes it easier for you to control his diet. You can also replace his old snacks with new favorite low-calorie and/or gluten-free or reduced-fat snacks. Or, simply reduce the amount of snacks you give him to help cut down on unnecessary calories throughout the day.

  1. Setting boundaries

Setting boundaries around food can also contribute to your dog's weight loss. First, try to create a meal schedule for him. If his food is not available all the time, he will be less likely to overeat and snack throughout the day. Just put his food bowl out of his reach after he finishes a meal, then offer it again when it's time for the next meal. Measuring portion sizes and limiting snacks are also effective ways to control your pet's food intake and help manage his weight, if you would like a measuring cup to help you contact us and we will include it with your next purchase.

Always follow the directions and treatment plans recommended by your veterinarian. Help your furry friend live his best life by providing the highest level of care. Feed him weight management food, make sure he gets exercise and limit his food intake. This is how you can fight obesity in dogs and manage your puppy's weight effectively.

This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your pet and is not a substitute for veterinary care by a licensed veterinarian. For any medical or health advice related to the care of your pet, contact your veterinarian.

Thank you very much,

Petite team