Dog Weight Loss Tips

   By: Dawn Bode Date: Tue 21st Feb 2012

1. Utilise the free support that is available. Attend a weight loss clinic with a qualified veterinary nurse to set a realistic target weight, help you work out how much food to feed and to monitor your dog’s weight loss every four to six weeks.

2. Choose the correct diet: One especially designed for weight loss with reduced calories will work best. Introducing two meals a day may satisfy your dog better than one.

3. Do not reduce the quantity of your dog’s normal diet, this could leave them feeling hungry and longer term it will just prevent weight loss.

4. Provide regular daily exercise to burn calories, help improve muscle tone and to keep joints flexible. Little and often is better than one long walk a day.

5. Hydrotherapy is a fun way of burning off those extra few grams while exercising.

6. Slices of carrot, apple and other fruit and vegetables can be used to replace high calorie treats. Just avoid high calorie potatoes and citrus fruits!

7. If your dog likes to scavenge everything from the floor when you are out for a walk keep a close eye on them and try and prevent them picking up that left over morsel.

8. Get the whole family involved, with everyone  sticking to the same plan.

9. Be patient, weight loss should be gradual and may take several months. A little gain one month can easily be lost and more before the following weigh in.

10. Remember it is for their own good, so stay strong when those big brown eyes are pleading with you!