Did you know that pet obesity is on the rise? An estimated 50 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight. Dogs have developed poor eating and exercise habits and it's up to you, as the dog's owner, to take charge of his poor habits and help him get healthy. Overweight dogs are more prone to life-threatening diseases and shorter life spans. To start Fido on the right paw to a healthy lifestyle, and avoid pet obesity, follow these tips.
How to Start a Weight-Loss Plan for Your Dog
This weight-loss plan is really quite simple. Dogs that consume more calories than they burn gain weight. To lose weight, your dog must eat less and exercise more. Hint: Works for humans too!
You are in control of your dog's diet so be conscious not to put them on a crash diet and starve them either. That isn't healthy for humans and it's certainly not healthy for dogs.
How to Check Your Dog's Weight
When starting a weight loss program for your dog, it's always best to get a good health check up with your vet. Diseases to watch out for include diabetes, Addison's disease, Cushing's disease or hypothyroidism to name a few. Speak with your vet about your dog's current weight and a recommendation for his ideal weight.
Once you've talked with the vet about your dog's weight issues, then it's time to start the weight-loss program.
To check your dog's weight at home, you should be able to feel the ribs with your fingers. If the ribs show, then he is too thin. If you can't feel the ribs at all, you have a dog that's too heavy.