As a pet owner, you will want to ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight. Feeding your dog the right foods and giving him regular exercise are just some of the ways you can keep control of his weight gain.
While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, these tips apply to any breed. Here are a few steps that you can take to ensure your dog stays at a healthy weight.
Visit a Veterinarian
If you are worried about your dog’s weight, it’s important that you visit a veterinarian. There can be various reasons why your dog is not at a healthy weight, whether it be from an illness such as cancer inflammatory bowel disease, which can all cause weight loss. Addressing your concerns with a veterinarian can put your mind at ease as they can perform a range of tests and determine your dog’s body condition score.
Examine Your Dog’s Eating Habits
Looking at the foods your dog consumes is important. If your dog is underweight, make sure that you feed him regularly throughout the day. While you may not need to alter the diet you already give your dog, simply add an extra meal in the day to give him more calories. Bear in mind that when you increase your dog’s food intake, they will need to use the bathroom more frequently, so there may be changes to your dog’s walking schedule. Also, if your dog eats dry food and you have noticed a change in their eating habits, there are simple measures that you can take to get them interested again, such as by adding water to the food, so it becomes mushy, making it more appealing.
Quality over Quantity
We all want the best for our dogs, however, you may not realize that the amount you are feeding your dog could be having a negative effect on his body. Dog food is available in a range of qualities, so it’s essential that you’re providing your furry friend with food that is full of nutrition and calories. Before purchasing food, make sure to check out the fat and protein content, which will be located on the side of the bag. There will also be a list of ingredients on the packaging, which can give you more of an idea of what is in the food. Instead of picking foods that are rich in carbohydrates such as wheat or corn, opt for protein choices such as lamb or chicken.
You may find that adding supplements into your dog’s diet can help keep him at a healthy weight. A GI supplement for dogs can help to support bowel health and digestion, reduce stomach discomfort as well as helping to maintain contentment when traveling. What’s more, the supplement can be used if your dog has an upset stomach. If you are unsure about whether a supplement is right for your dog, it’s always best to consult with a vet first.
For your dog to thrive and live an active and healthy life, it’s essential that you take time to record your dog’s weight, examine the foods he eats, as well as visiting a veterinarian should you have any concerns.
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