Obesity in pets is a very common problem that many pet owners face on a day by day basis. The most common causes of obesity are overeating and lack of exercise. This is the same problem that faces many humans as well, and it seems to be never ending. If your dog takes in more food and calories than those that are expelled through exercise, those extra calories turn into stored fat. The problem is that most pet parents do not realize their pet is overweight until the veterinarian visit when your pet is placed on that infamous scale. Obesity is a serious condition when it comes to the health of your pet as there will be problems with your pet breathing, walking or unable to tolerate heat and exercise.
Your veterinarian will assess your dogs’ weight and health to determine the extent of the obesity. It is important to follow recommendations given in order to help your dog live a healthier life. Treating your dog with obesity must involve a family effort. If you are trying to give your dog the appropriate foods and the other family members sneak table scraps and other “hazardous” treats when you are not aware of it, the obesity will only get worse . . . and you will suddenly think that your plans aren’t helpful for your dog. It must be a complete family effort to gain the best results for a healthy and happy dog. Most dogs do beg but you are rewarding him better by not giving in to those sad eyes for food that could be more harmful than helpful.
If your dog is suffering from extreme obesity, your veterinarian may prescribe a special therapeutic diet food. Many owners try to cut back on their dogs regular food which rarely seems to work and all treats should be avoided and may be replaced with a little air popped pop corn or a piece of vegetable like a carrot. They do sell many low calorie low fat treats for dogs as well.
Some of the recommended foods for your dog may be a choice of the following:
• Eukanuba Glucose-Control®
• Eukanuba Restricted Calorie®
• Eukanuba Weight Loss Formula®
• Hill’s Prescription diet r/d®
• Waltham Calorie Control®
• Purina CNM OM-FORMULA®
• IVD Mature® or IVD Hifactor®
A choice of diet depends on your dog’s particular medical issues, whether diabetes is involved and if there are any issues with the function of your dog’s thyroid. Your dog may take up to a year to reach the ideal goal for an ideal weight and overall good health improvement. It is imperative that the family is totally committed to following the plan as prescribed. For maintenance when the goal is achieved, most pet parents prefer to keep the dog on the same food but at a higher level for an optimum healthy weight.
Along with the prescribed diet for your dog is the importance of daily exercise. Take your dog for daily walks, and playing a little game of fetch or Frisbee is fun and rewarding for both of you. If you have a dog who loves water, swimming is a great way to exercise your pet . . . any type of game that you both can share will be both bonding for you and healthy for your dog.