Maintain Your Dogs Weight for Better Health
Maintaining a dog’s ideal weight is one of the most important things we can do to help our dogs live long, active and happy lives. But some of our canine friends have trained us too well when it comes to dinnertime: currently an astonishing one in every three dogs in the U.S. are overweight. As owners, if we adopt a few simple principles, we can help our overweight dogs lose and then maintain their ideal weight. First, find a food and consider treats that meet the dog’s nutritional needs in ways that control the calories the dog eats every day. Then use every opportunity to play with the dog.
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Control Calories and Fat
Controlling calories and fat is the best way to help a dog lose weight from a dietary standpoint.
Limit calories while meeting nutrition requirements. Meet the dog’s daily nutrient requirements with as few calories as make sense to facilitate gradual weight loss. Most healthy dogs can benefit from foods with:
- Higher than average amounts of digestible protein - to prevent lean muscle loss.
- Lower calories from fat - calculated to contain 75%-85% of the calories needed to maintain ideal body weight.
- Higher than average fiber - facilitates weight loss, helps control blood sugar.
- Added glucosamine and chondroitin - for joint health.
- Added L-carnitine - plays a role in fat metabolism, controlling blood sugar levels and helping maintain and develop lean muscle mass.
- Increase the proportion of canned and raw foods in the dog’s daily diet.
These foods are high in meat protein, low in carbohydrates and less calorically dense than dry food. Feeding only canned or raw foods has been shown to help dogs lose weight.* A ratio of 50% wet food to 50% dry works well, but as little as 25% wet food can be beneficial.
Measure food and feed smaller, more frequent meals.
It can be difficult to figure out how many calories a dog requires each day. In the past, a certain amount of trial and error is necessary. Consider the dog’s activity level and the feeding guidelines on the bag of food to calculate how much the dog needs each day. Today, there is so much dog technology to manage your dogs food consumption to be more accurate and precise to keep them healthy.
The PETKIT FRESH Smart Anti-Bacterial Bowl features a built-in Digital Scale which tracks the weight of food in both Lbs (Pounds) and Kg (Kilograms). Prior to pouring your pet's food simply install or download the PETKIT Application and select the FRESH sub-application. Next, select your Dog brand of food (If not available input your brand of food and food information) and input the amount of weight in Grams or Pounds and you're ready to track the amount of calories consumed.
- Gregory E Pugh