Managing your dog's weight - Tips for a healthy dog

Author: Neil Smith   Date Posted:14 March 2018 

Just like humans, a healthy diet and regular exercise are fundamental to your dog's health and well-being. Whether you own a pet dog, working dog, show dog or performance dog, a healthy dog is an alert dog.

With statistics surrounding obesity in dogs rising, so are the associated health issues. It is crucial for dog owners to ensure their dogs have a well-balanced diet and regular exercise to mitigate the threat of obesity in working dogs, performance dogs, and pet dogs.

The Health Risks

Excessive weight gain drastically increases the risk of the following health issues:

  • Decreased stamina
  • Respiratory compromise (difficulty breathing)
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint, bone and ligament damage
  • Decreased liver function
  • Digestive disorders
  • Reproductive complications
  • Skin, hair and coat problems
  • Decreased immune system function
  • Decreased quality of life

 

Controlling your pet's weight

The first step to switching your dog's lifestyle around is to understand your dog's specific dietary needs based on their breed, age, weight and physical condition.

 

Selecting the correct food for your dog

Giving your dog the right nutritional food their specific needs is just as important as giving them the correct amount. If you're serious about your dog's health, we recommend switching to higher end dog food brands. Although these can be a little pricier, you'll notice the difference in your dog's health and well-being.

Be sure that the transition from their regular food to their new food is gradual to prevent any complications. If you have a puppy, give them the correct puppy food for their age. If you have an adult dog, give them nutritional adult dog food suitable for their physical condition. If you have a senior dog, give them dog food suitable for senior dogs. We recommend discussing your dog's dietary needs with your Veterinarian before making any dietary changes. 

Human food is human food

It's easy to think that giving your dog a piece of toast or some pasta won't hurt, but if your dog's weight is a concern, it's best to leave the human foods to humans.

 

Go for a walk

Once given the all clear from your Vet, exercise is a sure a way to see results! A 15-30 minute walk with your dog is a great place to start. As you notice improvements, you can slowly increase the distance of the walk as well as the pace. 

Getting them on their feet has a number of benefits including:

  • Improving blood circulation
  • Improving digestive system function
  • Improving their movement ability
  • Improving the relationship between you and your dog
  • They'll get a great night's sleep!
  • It's good for you too!

 

Invest in an automatic pet feeder

Consistency is key to seeing results and sometimes it's easy for our busy schedules to distract us from our pet's health. At the end of the day, their health is up to you. Automatic Pet Feeders are a great tool for controlling your pet's meals and portions and providing peace of mind when you're not home.

 

PetSafe Healthy Pet Automatic Feeder:

The PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder holds up to 12 cups of food, which is great for busy families and professionals who may not be home all of the time. Beyond your usual schedule, this product gives you peace of mind when you go on holidays as your pet will always be fed. Beyond consistent feeding and the management of a well-balanced diet for your dogs, the Automatic Pet Feeder is a great option for pets that eat too fast.

Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Pet Feeder

 

PetSafe Digital Two-Meal Pet Feeder:

The PetSafe Digital 2-Meal Pet Feeder holds a total of 3 cups of dry food (1.5 cups of dry food in each compartment) and has dual locking lids to prevent your pets from sneaking in and having a feed outside of their meal times. Set the feeder up to 4 days in advance if you're away for the weekend. Suitable for dogs of all ages and sizes!

Digital Two Meal Pet Feeder