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A chubby dog may look cute and cuddly; however, the extra flab is a warning sign of an impending health problem lurking around the corner. Weight gain can stress your furry friend’s internal organs and bones, resulting in irreversible health conditions. If your dog has put on weight, now may be a good time to help them get back in shape. To help you and your pooch ring-in the New Year with a bang, we, in this post, impart a few tips that you can follow to ensure your dog is fitter than ever before. Take a look.
- Watch what you feed your dog
Avoid feeding your pooch foods rich in carbohydrates. Watch out for weight-loss foods that include high amount of carbohydrate and lesser amount of fats and proteins. Instead, look for high protein dog foods that can help build lean muscle. Add high fiber foods to your dog’s diet.
Look for foods with added glucosamine, chondroitin, and L-carnitine that helps develop lean muscle mass. Replace unhealthy treats with healthier snacks such as broccoli, carrots, celery, and apples. At the end of the day, your goal should be to meet your furry friend’s nutritional requirement while limiting their caloric intake.
- Feed smaller portions at regular intervals
Decreasing the amount of food that you feed your dog every day in one go is a bad idea, as it can impact their metabolism, making it difficult for the canine to lose weight.
Instead, introduce changes gradually. You can, for instance, try cutting your furry friend’s food by five percent. If your dog starts losing weight after a week, stick to the diet plan or reduce the amount of food by other five percent. Instead of treating your dog to larger portions, divide the total amount of food into small parts, and feed your dog two or three times a day.
- Exercise your dog regularly
In addition to limiting your furry friend’s daily caloric intake, you need to design a fitness plan to help them burn extra calories. If your dog is morbidly obese, take it easy at the beginning. Start by talking the canine on a 20-30-minute walk. As your furry friend starts developing stamina, increase the intensity of the walks. To avoid boredom, introduce new toys and games into the workout routine. Take out time from your routine to play fetch or any other game that your dog likes.
- Restrict the canine’s access to food in your house
Overweight dogs often try to steal food. To address this problem, store food in places that are out of reach of your furry friend. If you have more than one dog, feed them in separate bowls. In households with cats, it is advisable to store cat dishes away from the reach of dogs.