How do you care for your food-loving dog to make sure they do not gain unwanted weight?
In this article, we explore tips on how to keep your food-loving dog healthy and keep off any unwanted weight.
How do dogs become overweight?
Like humans, dogs need a certain amount of calories in a day to function effectively. If they are fed more than the number of calories they require, this extra energy is stored as fat in their bodies and it is likely they will put on unwanted weight.
Monitoring their diet.
One of the most important things to monitor when trying to keep your food-loving dog healthy is their diet. What your dog eats (and how often they eat it) is important. Here are some basic factors you should consider:
Creating an exercise routine.
Of course, diet alone is not enough to get your food-loving dog in shape. It is important that a detailed and well thought-out exercise routine is put in place. Remember to take the breed and age of your dog into account. Younger dogs and more athletic breeds are likely to be more open to rigorous exercise routines. Smaller dogs or dogs who are older (and therefore may have joint pain and less stamina) are unlikely to be able to keep up with a very difficult exercise routine.
You should consult with your vet before putting an exercise plan in place for your dog. Make sure you do not overwork your dog, as that can lead to other health complications.
Everyday tips for dealing with a food-loving dog.