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Weight-Loss Tips for Dogs!

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Did you know that as little as 5 extra pounds can put your pup’s health at risk??

Before beginning ANY weight-loss regimen, have your dog checked out by a veterinarian!

  • Many a dog has started a diet and has failed to lose weight because the diet wasn’t the issue, a medical illness was!
  • Some illnesses like hypothyroidism and hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease) can cause dogs to gain weight
  • With an exam, we can also asses your pet’s condition and determine their ideal weight, along with a plan to help your pet fit into that teeny swimsuit next summer :)!
  • Be cautious! Feeding your pet too little can also have serious consequences, just like with humans!
  • Usual (and safe)weight-loss goal=3-5% body weight loss per month
  • Split his/her total daily diet into several “mini-meals” and offer it multiple times a day to keep him/her happy

How to correctly change your pet’s food:

    • Should be done gradually over a minimum of 1 week
    • Initially, offer ¼ diet food and ¾ regular food for 2 days
    • Next; ½ diet food and ½ regular food for another 2 days
    • Then ¾ diet food and ¼ regular food for 2-3 days
    • Finally, offer diet food only
  • Ways to increase palatability (yumminess)
    • Warm their food up! You can soak it in warm water or pop in the microwave for a few seconds if it’s wet food
    • Add ketchup or oregano
    • Add an Omega-3 Fatty acid like fish oil
    • Add salmon juice

Exercise Tips

  • Have some fun! Set aside playtime with your pup for 10-15 minutes twice a day
  • Average dog walk is done at 20-25 minutes/mile with numerous stops
  • Walking for weight-loss should be brisk! Ideally at 12-15 minutes/mile. Especially on the “out” part, only allow stops on the return home if possible
  • Ideally, you should break out into a light sweat
  • Dogs are built to reach top-speed quickly and without risking injury, so warm-ups aren’t needed! And besides, most people aren’t aiming for an all-out sprint when walking Fluffy
  • Keep the leash close—only 2-4 feet from your body and start off at a brisk pace!
  • Don’t stop! Keep that pup moving! Use lots of encouragement!
  • If your doggy refuses to walk, return home and place him/her in a quiet space--somewhere where they’d be without your attention--and try again later
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