So you think your dog is fat. In fact, you think he’s so fat that he’s obese and his health is in danger. Obese dogs have more pronounced health problems and live for a shorter amount of time than average dogs.
There are, however, a few steps you can take to decrease your dog’s waistline. Dogs become obese because they, like humans, increase their caloric intake and don’t get enough exercise. Here are some tips to slim your dog down:
- Determine who feeds the dog, how much, and when. You’ll usually find someone is giving the dog too much food, or too many treats. Instead of treats, you can your dog extra attention (like a walk!).
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To start your dog on his diet, get in the habit of getting him out to exercise daily. Dogs really do love walks, and a good mile or two mile walk each day is a great way to lose some inches around your dogs waist, and your own. If you can’t make it every day, a slightly longer walk every other day works as well. Just be consistent and patient.
If you don’t enjoy walking your dog, fetch is another great activity. Throw a ball or play some frisbee with your dog — any activity that gets him moving. Not only are these activities great exercise, they are a lot of fun and a GREAT way to bond with your dog.
If your obese dog needs more than just extra exercise, there are many companies that manufacture specialty dog food for the “bigger” breed. Some of these foods are:
With a daily exercise routine, lots of water and the right food, your obese dog will start to lose weight soon. Don’t expect too much too soon though, your dog should lose weight gradually over an 8-12 month period.