How to prevent obesity in your dog through exercise and diet
These are some tips on how to keep your dog fit, healthy and prevent obesity
Before you can prevent obesity in your dog the first thing you will need to know is the ideal weight for your dog. The ideal weight however is not a specific number nor is it the same for every dog. The simplest way to see if your dog is a healthy weight is to see that your dogs ribs are not too easy to feel or to see but that your dog still has a relatively defined waist. This can vary depending on the dog, some dogs are very visible ribs, but this does not necessarily mean they are underweight, this depends on the breed. There are many charts available and often seen on the wall of your vet, which depict the correct shape of your dog.
It is also important that your dog is getting enough exercise for their particular breed. Not only is exercise important for your dog anatomically, but it is also very important for their mental health. Most dogs need far more than a leisurely walk around the park or neighborhood and some even need more than a run with their owner on foot or by bicycle.
We can also control what our dogs eat and therefore it is our responsibility to ensure they are getting the right amount of the right food, make sure that your dog is receiving the correct amount of food, try to avoid giving your dog extras when you are eating or when they are sniffing around the kitchen. It is also best to feed your dog on a schedule and need your dog’s food and snacks healthy!
We owners should also remember to monitor our dog’s weight, it is important to check your dogs weight regularly to ensure that they have not gained or lost too much weight.