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[-Do you have a “fat” dog at home? Obesity is defined as an excessive accumulation of fat. It is estimated that 25 percent of all dog are considered obese or are likely to become obese. What are the causes for obesity? It’s simple – either eating too many calories or not burning enough calories. Either your dog is eating too much or not exercising enough. Sound familiar? It is exactly like us!However, we have control over what a dog eats and how much a dog eats!What can you do?

1. See your vet to discuss your dog’s weight. Determine what his current weight is and what it should be.

2. If your dog is healthy, encourage a little more playtime. Try some new toys that may encourage play. This could be tossing a ball, fetching a stick, swimming or going for a walk. Whatever stimulates your dog is ideal. Start with a few minutes a day and work up to 10 to 15 minutes of playtime a couple times a day.

3. Minimize treats. If you feed your dog treats – they should only be a supplement to their core high quality diet. Treats may be a source of unnecessary calories in an overweight dog. Try decreasing the frequency or breaking them into pieces so they are eating less of them every day.

4. If approved by your vet, you can decrease your dog’s daily food intake by 25%.

5. Discuss a weight loss diet with your veterinarian. Feeding the same amount of a low calorie food may make your dog feel satisfied and not hungry.Until next time…Dr. Jon

P.S. – For more information on weight loss diets for dogs, click here
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December 10, 2007 - Posted by | K-9 Nutrition, K9 Health

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