Reports indicate that between 30-60% of dogs are overweight (Source) Its becoming more and more important that dog owners should be taking further measures to ensure their dog is as healthy as possible.
Controlling Your Dog’s Weight
As with humans, obesity in dogs is linked to numerous health issues and complications. Such as diabetes, heart/lung problems, liver disease and a reduced lifespan.
There are so many factors which contribute to a dog’s weight. Including the amount of food they eat and the amount of exercise they get, their age, health and even genetics.
Dogs don’t have to be overweight to be considered unhealthy. Underweight dogs are just as much at risk from health complications.
How Much Should I Feed My Dog
Calculate your dog’s feeding requirements, to ensure you know how much to feed them. There are plenty of calculators online which take into account the breed, age, height and current weight of your dog.
However it’s important to remember that just because two dogs are the same breed, age etc this doesn’t mean they will eat the same amount with the same outcomes.
Dog Feeding Guide
- Start by referring to your dog food feeding guidelines on packaging. Alternatively visit your chosen LeanDog recipe on the website for feeding guidelines. Our Food
- Find out your dog’s weight, this can be checked with your vet or by standing on scales with your dog at home.
- By measure your dog food out with weighing scales initially, you are less likely to over/under feed.
- Once the daily feeding amount is established, you can divide it into as many meals as suits. Between 1-3 being the most common.
- When your dog is settled on the food, keep an eye on their weight. This will give an indication whether they are being fed the correct amount.
- At this point you can adjust the feeding amount accordingly.
Dogs Struggling with Weight Gain
Is your dog struggling with weight gain, or does he have a lower activity level? Then our light recipe SPRIGHT is a great option to assist your dog. SPRIGHT is 15% lower in fat than our other adult recipes. This is achieved by using Trout, a low-fat protein. So your dog will still benefit from a premium quality product. Feeding your dog SPRIGHT means that their bowl still looks just as full. However as there are fewer calories, there is no guilt of having to feed less.
This recipe also contains the amino acid L-Carntine, which promotes lean muscle development. In addition your dog will further benefit from this recipe as it is formulated to support cartilage for healthy joints in overweight dogs.
Find out more about SPRIGHT Freshly Prepared Trout
Should I Feed My Dog Treats?
Our dogs are our family and feeding them is just one way of showing we love them. However those extra calories from tidbits and left overs really do start to stack up.
LeanDog recipes each contain a high level of quality protein. This is essential in your dog’s diet as it plays an important role in helping to maintain a healthy weight.
Each recipe is complete and nutritionally balanced. Which means that they contain everything your dog needs to maintain great health and well being.
So it’s important to remember that adding treats on top of this can lead to over feeding and weight gain. As a result their daily portions may need to be reduced slightly to account for this. Exercise is also vital for helping to maintain a healthy weight and prevent serious health issues later in life.
Helping Your Dog Stay Active
Exercising your dog is equally important to their diet, in maintaining their weight. By burning calories your dog is working to becoming healthy.
Your dog will benefit from at least 30-60 minutes exercise per day, to reach their healthy weight. Certain breeds and young dogs may require considerably more.
If your dog is not used to a lot of exercise, it is important to build it up gradually.
Once you have achieved your dog’s ideal weight, you can gradually increase the feeding amount or treats. However it will be necessary to constantly review your dog’s weight and feeding amounts, ensuring the ideal weight is maintained. LeanDog supports you in helping your dog become the best version of your best friend.