Obesity is a major problem for dogs and it is due to the same issues one might find in overweight humans – lack of exercise and improper feeding. An overweight dog can suffer from some of the same health consequences that people suffer from, and as we know, these health problems lead to discomfort and a shorter life span.
Dogs are born and raised to run and play and work. If they spend an inordinate amount of time lying around the house they will tend to become unhealthy just like a human will. Overweight dogs suffer from too little activity and a diet too high in carbohydrates. Dogs do well on a diet high in protein and fat as these ingredients are their natural food. Corn, oats and barley are rich in carbohydrates and dogs do not process these ingredients well at all. Unfortunately commercial dog food can be found to contain up to 50% carbohydrates.
In observance of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, we would like to suggest some ways to avoid pet obesity and give your dog a longer and more enjoyable life.
- The first step to take in helping a dog to reduce weight is to change the food. Cut down on fat-producing food, reduce the overall amount of food and offer no food between meals.
- Take your dog out for exercise and if running is not possible, then go on shorter and more frequent walks. In this way you will improve your dog’s health and yours as well.
- If the weather keeps you from going out for a regularly scheduled walk, play with your dog in the house or on the patio and get your pet up and running.
- Feed your dog Missing Link Canine supplements. Remember that there will most likely be a nutritional gap between what your dog needs for optimal health and what is provided in even a carefully selected diet.
We want you and your pets to live long and healthy lives enhanced by an optimal diet, proper exercise and lots of love.
Read more about the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and how you can get involved.