Maybe you believe that dogs don’t have overweight problem, because they run all the time and they don’t eat too much. Actually, in the United States, there are 77.5 million dogs. 1/3 of them is overweight. The situation is even more severe among old dogs. They are in the backyard, every day, and people feed them all the time. Because they eat a lot and don’t use that calories, they gain weight. Luckily, you can do several things in order to help your dog losing weight.
Before the diet starts, you must know that certain breeds have a higher risk of becoming overweight. You should be especially careful with: Shetland sheepdogs, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, Dachshunds, Rottweilers and Dalmatians. If you cannot feel ribs, backbone or pelvic bones, with your fingers, your dog is overweight.
If you decided to start with the diet, the first step is to start feeding your dog two times per day. At morning and at night. This is done so a dog doesn’t eat too much or eat all the time. Even if he doesn’t eat all from the bowl, move it after 30 minutes.
You must adapt diet, especially for the activity and breed of your dog. Some breeds need less food and more physical activity. Make sure that the food your dog eat has all nutrients he need. Commercial dog’s food contains all of them. If you want to do something special and make meals for your dog, don’t! You cannot provide him food that contains all nutrients your dog needs. So, you must use commercial food.