Obesity in dogs must be tackled head-on because it causes serious problems. It is therefore essential to review your dog’s diet but also his lifestyle so that the animal loses weight permanently. This requires a rebalancing of food and physical activity because we cannot obtain convincing results if the animal does not move enough. So let’s see how to put your obese dog on a diet by ensuring that his diet is perfectly balanced, not without having previously mentioned the consequences of overweight in this domestic animal.
Obesity in dogs: serious consequences
Just as it is in humans, the overweight with our friends the dogs is a major health problem. Compared to normal weight canines, obese dogs are more frequently affected by:
- Cardiovascular illnesses,
- Respiratory diseases,
- Diabetes mellitus.
In dogs suffering from obesity, we deplore a significant reduction in life expectancy, of the order of two years, which is considerable. It can also be noted that they are particularly exposed to risks in the event of anesthesia and during a surgical operation.
Obese dog: a food rebalancing is necessary
We must at all costs protect your overweight dog starting by putting it on a diet. But that does not mean that it is necessary to deprive it of food, or to reduce its portion without respecting the needs of its organism. Obese dogs should absolutely benefit from a food rebalancing set up by a veterinarian so that he can lose weight healthily. Weight loss should not come at the cost of your health. This is the reason why it is highly recommended to opt for dietetic foods prescribed by the veterinarian because he is perfectly informed about the dietetics of animals.
Choosing diet foods for overweight dogs
Be careful with light products that we find in large brands and pet stores that market dog food, because the mention “light” does not at all mean that they are perfectly balanced products. They can also turn out too high in calories and therefore not suitable.
On the other hand, the dietetic food products intended for obese dogs present all the required qualities to meet all of its nutritional needs. They are also protected by law. They have the following advantages:
- Low in calories,
- High in protein,
- Well provided with dietary fiber,
- Perfectly balanced in:
- Minerals and trace elements,
- Omega 3.
- Maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Dietetic foods therefore allow the dog to lose excess fat while maintaining muscle mass and energy. The dog loses weight while remaining dynamic and in good shape. They are sufficiently satiating so that the animal satisfies its hunger and therefore does not want to ask for food all the time. In addition, they are tasty so that the dog eats with pleasure, which avoids frustration.
Dietary food for dogs that are too big has another advantage and not the least: it prevents the owner from reducing too much the food portions of his dog and, as a consequence, exposes his animal to the risks of nutritional deficiencies. Because dividing your daily ration by two is a serious mistake. The dog must be able to continue eat one’s fill during his weight loss diet, which diet foods allow because of their high content of satiating fibers. Of course, snacking is prohibited, especially sweets.
It can be noted that mutual health insurance for dogs can reimburse, subject to conditions, the therapeutic foods and dietetic foods. To do this, all you have to do is choose a formula that covers the expenses for preventive acts through an annual lump sum.
Obese dog: no weight loss possible without physical activity
Just as sport is essential for humans to stay slender or lose extra pounds, as part of a balanced diet of course, physical activity is capital to help an obese dog lose weight, in parallel with an adapted diet prescribed by the veterinarian. Whether young or old, the dog must be able to move enough each day in order to exercise and therefore, to burn enough calories, that is to say more than he consumes.
It is in any case essential to preserve its breath, its endurance, limit the problems related to osteoarthritis or reduce the risk of diabetes. Sport is essential for dogs, whatever their summer of health. It is therefore necessary at all costs to allow his little companion to break with a sedentary lifestyle.
We can therefore move your dog in different ways: by granting him two or three daily outings and long enough, by sharing outdoor games with him, by making him participate in canine activities within a club for example or by getting into cani-mountain biking.
Start slowly if the dog is very overweight and has never been very active, then as the weight loss, the exercises are intensified. The physical expenditure must be able to be sufficient without being violent and this, on a daily basis. Do not hesitate to ask the vet for advice so that the weight loss program is perfectly adapted to the dog according to its possibilities. And then, it will also do the master good, not to mention that during these shared active sessions, the bond between man and animal is likely to intensify.