Humans are not alone in their battle with obesity. Because we love our dogs, we feed them treats and cuddle for hours on the couch. Yet, we are responsible to keep them healthy. So to help you out, here are a few proven ways you can help rescue dogs lose weight.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “As few as five pounds above your dog’s ideal weight can put it at risk for developing some serious medical conditions.”
Wow! You and I love dogs so the last thing we want to do is ignore a few good ways to help our rescue dogs lose weight. Right?
If you love your rescue dog, keep scrolling. I’ve included a free download at the end of my post to help your rescue dogs lose weight.
Size Matters In Order To Help Your Rescue Dog Lose Weight
Without knowing how many calories your dog needs each day, it’s difficult to know how much food to reduce his or her daily intake by. First, if your dog is on any medication or under a veterinarian’s care, be sure you have discussed cutting back on his food before you start. Your Vet can provide you with personal info about your dog that you may not be taking into consideration. He or she can also give you the proper number of calories needed by each of your dogs.
A safe estimate as far as how much body weight your dog should loose each month is 3%-5%.
If you want a more technical way of figuring how much weight your dog should lose, check out this basic formula for weight loss in dogs.
How Is Your Dog Food Measuring Up?
The single greatest tool in the fight against excess poundage in your rescue dog is a measuring cup. As pet owners who love our rescue dogs, we must accept this scoop of proven weight loss advice. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has done studies to show that feeding as few as 10 extra tiny kibbles of food per day can add up to a pound of weight gain per year in small dogs. After you calculate how many calories your pet needs, determine how much food you should feed each meal – and measure it.
I measure the portions for our three rescue dogs every day. One dietary rule of thumb we go by, after raising over 13 dogs in the past thirty years, is to examine our dog’s midline tuck or for lack of a better word, his waistline. If your pup looks more like a log or sausage roll it may be time to consider a visit to the Vet. We use high-quality dog food without fillers, we never feed our dogs table food and when we begin to see the roll coming on, we go from a full cup to 3/4 of a cup. After a few days to a week, we see our babies trimming down.
Did Someone Say Snack Time?
Who doesn’t like a treat every now and then? Sometimes, I like them too much! Oops, sorry TMI! The same is true for our rescue pups, they will eat what we offer them, every time. Therefore, it’s up to you and me to moderate when and why our dogs get their treats.
The when and why in my house is during the times we want to train them and to encourage obedience. I use clean low calorie, sugarfree snacks. Small pieces of lean meat or organic dog-treats work to help your dog sit, stay, and come inside after a great time of playing in the yard. It’s important not to build in unhealthy habits of snacking to help dogs lose weight.
Get your free 2017 Weight Loss Reduction in Dogs download from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.