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Getting a Heavy Dog to Trim Down

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Excessive weight can effect the health of your dog. It’s important to check with your vet before you begin any major adjustments to your pets diet.  Your vet will examine your dog to determine if there are any underlying conditions  such as the thyroid that may cause your dog to gain weight. Did you know that a healthy dog can abstain from food for five days before any noticeable health affects occur?  The exception may be the very small breeds.

You should provide your dog with fresh water and a high quality, completely balanced diet. Look on for the ingredients on the package. Meat should be the first item listed.  Record an accurate pre-diet weight, then reduce your dogs ration by one third. This should include all treats, snacks or leftovers. Re-weigh your pet in two weeks. If your dog begs for food,this is a good thing but don’t give in, stick with the diet.

If you notice that after two weeks, your dog has lost even a little weight, you’re on the right track. Stick with this schedule. If you see that your dog has not lost any weight, reduce the ration by another third. Re-weigh in two weeks.  Try to exercise your dog a little more and always consult with your vet before changing anything else.  Make sure that everyone in the household cooperates and does not sneak your dog a extra snack or food under the table. Hopefully you’ll see some positive results in a few weeks.

Remember, your pets count!

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