Determining if your dog is the right weight

Determining if your dog is the right weight

Most of us have or have had a pet dog that we really loved. As we all know our

age old link to “Man’s Best Friend”. Dogs give companionship, unquestioning loyalty and unconditional love. Sadly however, they do not live very long compared to us. Most life spans are 8-13years depending on the breed, and that’s for a healthy dog.

We all know how cute a chubby puppy is, don’t we love to feed them especially the foods we know they like and watch them go crazy with delight. Unfortunately if the animal is overweight its life span is shortened even more. Much like us humans’ dogs put on weight easily and with that a significantly lower chance of living a healthy and long life. It may feel like some times we have to be a little cruel to be kind.

It may be hard to tell that your dog is putting on weight, more so because it accumulates gradually and you are with it all the time. Regular checking is best; you can weigh your dog yourself quite easily at home. Even on the bathroom scales, first weigh yourself. Then picking up your dog and step back on the scales and make a note. Subtract the difference and that’s what it weighs. For consistency always do this before feeding time when the dog is on a near empty stomach

Useful tip

If you do not have access to bathroom scales you can try the following,

your dog could be overweight if its ribs are not easily felt and it doesn’t seem to have a waist when observed from above. The basic rule of thumb applies here to get rid of any excess fat, you need to increase energy usage by exercising more and reducing the amount of calories consumed

An idea is to have daily morning or evening walks with your dog. A 10-minute walk or 20 minutes of playtime with a ball or frisbee each day. This is also bound to have beneficial effects for you too. The secret is consistency, a short brisk walk every day and not to exhaust your self by over doing it on one particular day. Make the exercise moderately vigorous so that your dog’s heart rate goes up. Avoid hot midday or you may risk heatstroke mornings or evenings essentially are ideal.

Regarding the diet, start by reducing the size of main meals by about 10 per cent. Never reduce more than 15percent. Feed smaller portions at more frequent intervals to reduce the length of time your dog goes without food. This stops the dog’s metabolism from “hoarding” calories, as well as to keep track what you are feeding.

To the health of you pets.

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