An Overweight Dog is an Unhealthy Dog
Statistics show that 60 million dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. If left untreated, obesity can lead to many health problems, including:
- Heart disease and breathing problems
- Arthritis and joint problems
- Diabetes mellitus
With proper nutrition and changes in lifestyle, your pet can lose weight safely, effectively, and without feeling hungry. Talk to one of the instructors at The Doghouse LLC about your pet’s ideal weight and find out what you can do to help.
Through your efforts and the help of The Doghouse LLC team, your pet can be healthier, happier, and more active.
Common Causes of Weight Gain
- Overeating – Pets who are fed high-calorie treats or too much food tend to gain weight
- Disease – Weight gain can be the result of a medical disorder. Talk to your veterinarian.
- Neutering/Spaying – Increases the risk of weight gain. Talk to your vet to discuss if this procedure will help with your dog’s behavior problem and the pros/cons of health issues associated with neutering/spaying.
- Decreased activity – Pets that don’t get enough exercise may need fewer calories.
- Age – Older pets are often less active, requiring fewer calories.
- Make a total commitment to helping your pet lose weight.
- Feed a low calorie, specifically formulated food that helps pets feel full while still losing weight
- Avoid feeding your pet table scraps.
- Divide the total amount to be fed each day into 3 or 4 smaller meals.
- Regular, moderate exercise will help your pet. Ask your trainers at The Doghouse for advice.
- Monitor your pet’s weight regularly.
Exercising, training, doggy daycare, plus feeding schedule, and a special diet are the solution. Happy weight loss means safe, effective weight management without hunger. The proper nutrition will encourage weight loss while helping your pet feel full. A happy dog is a dog that is trained and in shape. Being overweight, especially in Florida, puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your dog.
Ask us about the canine weight loss programs at The Doghouse.