Obesity is a problem in dog growing that can bring many sickness including joint problems, diabetes and heart disease. Dachshunds, beagles and basset hounds are easily got fat in America. You can slim them down before his reach the stage that need insulin injection. It’s not easier and time consuming but it’s worth it.
Even puppies should be care of obesity issue, so they will stay healthy life. How do we know a dog at the right weight? There are no excess fat covering when you can feel the ribs. The dog’s belly should be tucked up from the side view. As we see from top, the dog should be having noticeable waist in front of the hips. Although you shouldn’t count their ribs by visual but you can count it when you feel his ribs.
Feed them table scraps is a serious cause of dog obesity. You may feel fun feed your dog leftover food but this bring serious consequences. Table scraps cannot provide the right nutrition for a dog and many dogs fed table scraps easily get toxicity. Table scraps contains excess protein and phosphorus, they usually won’t get enough calcium.
To overcome the obesity issue of fat dogs, you can keep the same feeding schedule but the feed volume becomes less. However, many owners can add bulky vegetables to their daily food. You also can purchase low-calorie foods that high in bulk but dog don’t like this food normally, however they will get used to it. Another option is change the feeding schedule from once a day to twice a day, but with two small meals. You are not encouraged to leave food out all day long and only give them food then needed. If you really give them a treat, use apple or carrot.
A balanced dog food is at least a quarter protein and 1600 kilo calories of energy per pound, but if the dog is not active, overweight dogs will need less food. For canned dog food, the calorie intake is measured at 500 calories per pound, although if the dog food is all meat, it’s 600 calories a pound. For dry food, 1500 calories per pound, and semi-soft or moist food is 1350 per pound. So if a dog weighs less than 11 pounds, feed them about 4 ounces of dry food a day. Up to 22 pounds, feed 5 ounces, 22-50 pounds gets 11 ounces, 55-75 pounds gets 17 ounces, and 75 pounds or more get 35-30 ounces of dry food.
You don’t be fooled with your dog only nibbles at the food. Nibbles will gain weight faster because nibblers tend to eat more in the long run. If your dog is picky, the dog will become used to it eventually, it’s only need a little time. Keep track of the dog’s weight is important when your dog on diet even a little weight lost for past two weeks. You are doing the effective way to help your dog.
Walks can help your dog slim down but don’t overdo it at first if the dog is really fat. Give your dog regularly walks and moderation in everything is the key to success. Try double the amount of the walks from what his doing now. Once you see the effect, keep the walks with your dog always because most dogs don’t have enough exercise.