Canine weight loss tips

It is estimated that 35% of all dogs in the UK are overweight. This is worrying because obese dogs are much more likely to develop health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory conditions and heart disease.

In this blog, Kenilworth veterinary nurse Poppy shares some of her top tips to encourage your dog to lose weight.

Stop with the treat drawer. Those puppy dog eyes are too hard to resist and one more treat won’t hurt, right? But these extras soon add up and cutting these out is one of these easiest changes you can make.

Never give human food. One cookie is the calorie equivalent of eating a hamburger! Dogs just can’t process human food like we can and rich foods can make them unwell too.

Get the whole family on board. A diet will not work unless everybody sticks to the correct routine- no more sneaky biscuit before bed!

Increase play. Not only will this burn those calories but it will also increase your bonding with your dog.

Measure his or her food out as to what the food manufacture recommends. Weighing your dog’s daily allowance is a much more accurate way than using measuring cups or guessing!

Come and speak to us in the surgery. All of our surgeries run weight clinics where we can give you specific advice tailored to your dog’s needs. Your nurse can check your dog’s body condition and advise you on how much they need to lose. They will also advise you how to tweak your feeding and exercise regime to help your dog to lose weight.

As mentioned above, one of the most useful ways we have to monitor an animal’s weight is by using body condition scoring. In our next blog we will discuss body condition scores so you can tell if your pet is overweight, and track the success of their weight loss program. 
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