Without enough exercise, dogs are equally susceptible to becoming obese as humans. The urban living spaces of Indian Metros do not offer the right environment which a dog specifically needs for their exercise needs. An indoor only dog is at higher risk of becoming obese and the frequent treats by parents makes the matter worse. Just like in humans, obesity increases risk for other health issues for dogs as well.
First step is to find out if your dog is obese or not? In most of the cases, a casual look should make you realize that you best friend needs your help in losing weight, however to ascertain it without an iota of doubt, please consult your veterinarian. Some breeds are generally heavier than others and you wouldn’t want to put your completely healthy baby on a weight loss diet because of a casual observation or feeling.
Once you are sure that your companion needs your help with his/her weight, you can try the following:
Start by giving your best friend an active lifestyle by taking him/her to a park where there is space for getting enough exercise every day. In case, you have entrusted someone else with daily walks for your dogs. Please check if the person is doing his bit and not just standing around the corner waiting for your Doggie to finish his business. A run on the beach will always be perfect weekend exercise if you are in coastal areas.
Carbohydrate rich foods should be avoided and protein rich foods should be added to the diet. Try giving food which are grain free or have less grains. Raw meats and Egg whites can be added to the mix.
Instead of simply decreasing the intake of your pet’s favourite food, try specially designed “weight loss” food products available from established brands, but do check the ingredients.
Inform your family members of your plan so that there is no loose end to your execution. You wouldn’t want to know after 15 days that your dog was getting 10 treats every day from your brother while you have put him on weight loss diet.
Keep checking the weight at regular intervals to see if your plan is working or you need to change the same.
Once you have achieved the ideal weight, make sure that you continue with regular exercise and consult your veterinarian about changes in the diet.