how do you keep your dog rom getting too fat
i have a new dog she is a beautiful dog
and she is getting too heavy
on Sep 29th 2010
in Food & Nutrition
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Nibbles use to be hefty. I put him on diet dog food, used the amount for the weight I want him at, started giving him carrots and his diet kibble for treats and walked him more. Also occasionally I'll add some green beans to his kibble to help keep him regular and add some variety to his bowl. Since last byear he has lost seven pounds
Nibbles answered on 9/29/10. Helpful? / 0
Same way you keep a person from getting fat! Less calories in & more exercise! Ignore the pitiful "I'm starving & cute" face. Tough love is a responsibility of all owners when it comes to health.
The beauty of feeding our dogs is that they cannot open the refrigerator and help themselves. Of course, that makes it only OUR fault that they are too heavy!!
Feed less, but divide it into two or even three meals per day. Increase exercise and be very, very careful of the amount of snacks she is getting!!! Every time you give her a snack put the same amount in a measuring cup... you will be shocked how much food you are giving as snacks each day!!!!!It only takes about 5 medium sized dog biscuits to make a cup full.... and how many people only feed five a day???
Good luck, and remember... she didn't get fat in only one day and she won't lose the weight in only one day, either!
Cut back with the food. Instead of feeding the normal amount, just put a tad little less than you usually do in her bowl. She will not starve, but its important that she is not getting a lot of food.
Keep her active!! Try to go a longer distance or faster pace everyday with walks or jogs. Start off with an easy walk, and increase then you can increase the speed or keep going further. You don't have to walk or jog-- you can play a game of fetch or frisbee for 30 minutes, and she will still get some excersise.
Keep treats limited, or none at all until you have her weight managed. No table scraps, either. Only her doggie food, but a dog treat every now and then shouldn't hurt.
Its really important that you manage her weight. The dog cannot do that themseleves-- only their owners can do that for them. Dogs can get very ill from being overweight, just like people can. I wish you luck!!
Brutus answered on 9/29/10. Helpful? / 0
Theren are 2 basic rules for keeping your dog from getting fat.
(1) don't feed too much(Includes treats)!
(2) Exersize a lot!
That is bascally it! :D
The Lovely Miss Silvia(AKC) answered on 9/29/10. Helpful? / 0
Cut her portions and start a walking program.
If you are feeding a Corn based food - get her off it and onto a better food like Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, etc.
Most dog food bags recommend a larger serving than any dog should eat in a day.
Snickers answered on 9/30/10. Helpful? / 0
hi ! i have a 6yr old lab mix & lately shes getting 'plump" the vet told me to watch it, so now shes on low calerie doggie food. she loves it. i stopped giving her table food and treats with sugar & fatening ingredients in them! also long walks and even the treadmill if you put a treat on the othe side to get doggie on! it works. also carrots are a great snack . shes back down to her "slim" self! it took abut 2 mths. good luck and your doggie will thank you!cleo!!!!
cleopatra11 answered on 9/30/10. Helpful? / 0
Well personally I don't understand why dogs are ever fat at all. Ours have an unlimited supply of dry dog food daily, if the bowls are empty we fill them up. They get whatever treats or snacks they want including all dinner scraps, bones, dog treats, cakes, biscuits and not one of our dogs has ever had any excess fat on them. I suppose they do get alot of exercise and living outside could help, but I see overweight dogs and think there's really something wrong with them. At least if they simply have a daily supply of dry dog food, even if they eat tons of it which mine never seem to, they know the food is there, so they just snack and they dont feel the need to bolt down meals like if you only feed them once or twice a day.
Swimming is also good exercise for overweight dogs because the water means they don't put strain on muscles and bones. You could also get a book from a library or something about making healthy dog treats as well.
Shep answered on 1/16/11. Helpful? / 0