Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dog Food | Obesity Management and Prevention

Dog obesity continues to be on the rise for years but new research reveals that our best friends' weight issue is quickly reaching catastrophe stage.

The research, conducted by the PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers Association), shows that nearly half the pets seen by vets are heavy. As a percentage of the absolute UK dog citizenry, that would equate to over 5 million British dogs which might be carrying an excessive amount of weight and living briefer lives because of this.

In reality, obesity can reduce a dogs life by up to two years with massively increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Overweight dogs are additionally much more likely to have problems with high blood pressure, combined problems and respiration difficulties.
Why are dogs becoming heavier?

Ironically, the largest cause of extra weight in dogs is our own kindness. We all desire our dogs to be joyful and a big part in their happiness comes from appreciating their food. The trouble is the foods they love the most tend to be the worst for them. Dogs, like people, find sugars and fats certainly irresistible. All of the most famous dog foods, treats, table- tidbits and scraps all around the world are high in fat and/or sugar.
Many people dont even know that they have an obese dog. Based on the studies, a fifth of owners of weighty dogs don't realise their pet is overly hefty and 9 out of 10 don't see creature obesity as a life-threatening danger. We Are all so used to seeing heavy dogs that their physique has become the conventional, while healthy, trim dogs are increasingly being reported to the RSPCA as malnourished.

The shape and size of a dog is largely dependent on the breed. Some breeds like Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds, Saluki and Whippet are so thin and skinny that they will seem malnourished to many people.

As a rough guide, have a look at the below scale to see if your dog might be heavy. Ideally, when looking down from above, there should be a clear waistline and the tummy should be tucked upward towards the hind legs, when looking from the side. You should be able to readily feel the last two ribs. You can consistently ask your vet, if in uncertainty.

Overweight dogs help!

 Hence, to stop weight gain, or achieve weight-loss, your dog has two choices: to eat fewer calories or to burn off more - or ideally, both.

Step one is to reduce treats and tidbits and to remove high fat treats in the diet completely. Any dietary additions should be compensated by a similar reduction at meal times. For example, if you give your dog a 50g chew each day and 30 grams of treat biscuits, the number fed during meal times should be reduced by around 80g to cancel the treats.

The easiest method to ensure your dog takes in less calories would be to simply feed less, after treats have been cut back. Begin away by cutting down the daily feeding number by 10%. If you are not seeing any weight loss after 2-3 weeks, reduce the number by an additional 10% and so on until a slow weight reduction is attained.

You could additionally consider altering to a lesser calorie diet. Some good research on dog food should help you.

Light diets feature fewer calories to help with weight loss. An option would be to feed a lower amount of a normal adult food and top up with home-cooked vegetables or good-cooked grains like brown rice or porridge oats.

 Exercise burns a lot of calories and also helps to keep your dog happy and healthy. All dogs benefit from exercise, needing at least 30-60 minutes per day, with high energy breeds requiring substantially more and younger dogs. To achieve healthy weight reduction, consistently strive to combine healthy eating with plenty of exercise. For dogs which are unused to a lot of exercise, take attention to build up their action slowly.

Consistently purpose for gradual weight reduction as too much overly quickly can lead to issues - about 1% of the dogs body weight per week is an excellent target.

Once your dog is back to his ideal weight, gradually raise the feeding numbers and/or re-introduce treats and table -bits until the weight levels out. The diet may need certainly to be always tweaked to keep the equilibrium but stick at it - your dog will probably be worth it!


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