Dog Nutrition Guide | Weight Maintenance for Dogs

With a perfectly-tailored, nutritious diet, dog obesity can become a thing of the past. However, we still have some way to go, as one in three dogs suffers from this disease. It can lead to all manner of ailments, including respiratory problems, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. So let’s educate ourselves and help eradicate this condition.

 The right food can promote weight loss

A combination of diet and exercise is just what the vet ordered when it comes to a healthy dog. They are both as important as each other and it’s worth discussing a weight loss program with your vet, which coordinates the two.

A premium dog food, such as Pro Plan or Royal Canin, will contain the perfect quantities of:

Protein

  • Fatty Acids
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Fibre

Balanced premium foods will counteract any deficiencies and ensure your dog gets all the nutrition they need whilst in the process of losing weight.

 Portion size reduction for weight loss

Solely minimising the amount of food your pup devours, very rarely has positive long term results. Not only will your dog be hungry, but they may not be getting all the essential nutrients that they need to be healthy. If the source of your dog’s excess weight is a high calorie food, it would be far more beneficial to change the food, as opposed to feeding them small portions of a fatty, high calorie grub.

 Which food should you go for?

All weight loss foods are different and tailored to the needs of different breeds, ages and conditions. For significant weight loss, we’d suggest going for foods with the description of reduced calories and fat. Meanwhile, to maintain a healthy weight on a dog prone to weight gain, you need only opt for a lean or light food. With the right selection your dog will regain their figure in no time.

 How else can you help?

Speak to your vet and create a plan of action to aid your pet’s weight loss. We’d suggest that includes the following things:

  • Decide how much weight your dog needs to lose
  • Set a daily calorie limit
  • Establish a strict exercise routine
  • Agree when to next measure your dog’s weight
  • Agree and eliminate any bad habits, such as feeding from your own plate or excess treats and snacks

Have a look at our weight management foods now and set your dog on the right path towards being healthy and happy, from head to tail.