Is Your Dog Carrying Some Extra Pounds After the Holidays?
- 5 February 2018
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We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. Now that 2018 has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get busy working towards any goals or resolutions you set. In addition to personal resolutions, you may have ones related to your dog. For many pet parents, the busy pace and cold weather of the holiday season can result in their dog carrying some extra pounds.
Since a few extra pounds can easily slip into many more pounds and put a dog at an increased risk of a variety of health issues, we want to cover the best ways to help your pet get back into shape:
No Table Food
One of the biggest culprits of holiday weight gain for dogs is people giving table scraps. Even if you didn’t do this, it can be difficult to keep guests from giving your pet a bite. While dogs may enjoy the flavor of human food, it’s harder for them to digest and can result in a caloric surplus. Now that your guests are gone and your household is back to a normal routine, be sure that all human food stays on the table.
Treats and Chews
You can help your dog slim down without completely cutting out treats or chews. The key is taking a smart approach. You’ll want to limit the amount of treats or chews your pet gets each day. You’ll also want to choose the right type. Since dog treats and chews can vary a lot in terms of quality and nutritional value, we encourage you to take a look at the healthy dog chews and treats offered by Pet Wants. Your Pet Wants Nutrition Specialist can give you great healthy and natural options that wont hurt your dog’s diet – such as treats higher in protein like jerky, or dehydrated treats. Treats should constitute for no more than 10% of the diet.
Plenty of Exercise
Daily exercise is a must if you want your dog to lose weight. In addition to going on walks, high-energy sessions of games like fetch are a great way to help your pet burn calories. Exact exercise needs vary a lot based on breed, so be sure to do a little research or ask your vet for optimal exercise guidelines.
You may have heard that the human brain doesn’t always do a good job of distinguishing hunger signals from thirst signals. The same can be true for dogs, which is why it’s important to stay on top of keeping your pet’s water bowl fresh throughout the day. And because all kinds of stuff can build up in a water bowl, be sure to frequently wash your dog’s water and food bowls.
Food that is meat first, has whole carbohydrates, is balanced. Many foods put high amounts of vegetable protein and fillers to maximize profit, and are calorie dense, not nutrient dense. Pet Wants food is slow cooked in small batches to lock in nutrients. If you would like to hear more about the Pet Wants Fresh Advantage, please visit our website.