Bark the Calories Away!
Who doesn't love an extra treat? But, just like us, our furry friends need to watch their waistlines. Obesity in dogs is no laughing matter – it can lead to serious health issues like diabetes, joint problems, and heart disease. So, how can you keep your pup fit and trim? Let's dive in!
1. Measure Meals: Portion Control is Key
Start by measuring your dog's food. No more free-feeding or eyeballing portions! Consult your vet to understand the right amount for your dog's age, size, and activity level.
2. Healthy Treats: Think Before You Treat
Treats should only make up about 10% of your dog's diet. Opt for healthy alternatives like carrots or apple slices. Remember, love doesn't always have to come in the form of a biscuit!
3. Exercise: More than Just a Walk in the Park
Exercise isn't just good for the waistline; it's great for your dog's mental health too. Mix things up with different activities – hiking, swimming, or even agility courses. Keep it fun and engaging!
4. Regular Check-ins: Keep Track of That Tummy
Regular weigh-ins and body condition scoring can help you stay on top of any weight gain before it becomes a problem. Your vet can help you with this.