Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but it is important they maintain a healthy weight. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 55.8 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Carrying that extra weight can cause a variety of health issues for your dog.
Importance of a Healthy Weight
Do you know your dog’s weight? You can visit your DOGPerfect Lakewood Ranch or The Landings and check out our easy-to-use weigh station to weigh your dog. For a quick check at home, you can perform a visual/hand test with your dog using our healthy weight chart for reference.
You will know if your dog is an ideal weight when your dog’s ribs, spine and hips are visible and can be felt with a well-proportioned waist.
Next, visit www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/breed-weight-chart/ to compare your dog to the ideal breed standard weight.
Is it hard to see your dog’s ribs, spine and hips because of fat? Is your pet rotund and oval-shaped? These could be signs that your pet is overweight. Being overweight can reduce your pet’s life expectancy and can increase the risk of heart disease, liver disease, cancer, and more. We recommend staying in the ideal weight range to ensure the best quality of life for your furry friend!
3 Quick Ways to Help a Dog Lose Weight
Feed your dog low-calorie treats and monitor the amount you give them.
Double-check you are feeding your dog the correct amount of food for their breed and body size. Every dog is unique (even in the same breed!).
More exercise. Whether it’s an extra walk or encouraging more fetch and interactive games, more exercise can definitely help shed those extra pounds!
Products to Help a Dog Lose Weight
Are you feeding your pet the right food? There are a lot of choices and making the right one requires a fair amount of homework. Here are just a few products our knowledgeable team recommends:
Tucker’s Raw Frozen formulas - perfect for all dogs at any life stage
Weruva canned food or Stella & Chewy’s food – both are low fat and no carb products
Annamaet Lean - a grain-free, reduced-fat formula
If you need more advice on weight management or your pet’s nutrition, sign-up for a FREE one-on-one nutrition consult with our Senior Pet Food Nutritionist, Kyle Baker. Sign-up here!