How to safely reduce a dog’s weight

Pet weight management is essential, both puppies and dogs that eat too much food without having enough exercise to burn off the extra pounds will show an amount of fat around the middle of their body. Stopping a dog from becoming overweight is about choosing the best ingredients however, it can be confusing.

A local vet will be able to give you information about your choice of breed and the correct weight he or she should be at puppy stage and the weight he should be when he grows into an adult dog so you can use this as a guideline to check on your dog’s progress as he grows.

It is confusing and difficult to choose the right food when you are wandering up and down the aisles of a supermarket looking at the vast array of dog food products with each manufacturer stating they are the best.

Simply put, you need quality meat, such as chicken or beef, good carbohydrates, low amounts of fats and the right vitamins and minerals.

A good source of animal based proteins is quality chicken, turkey, lamb or beef and the best grains are corn, maize, rice and oats. Creating the best dog diets should be made easy thanks to a table of portion sizing on the labels for small to medium and larger sized dogs.

Filling out a food diary with the amount of food or a dog diet online tracking tool will keep track of the food you are feeding your pet and you should remember treats are food too.

Looking at your dog weight management now will help your pet lead a full and healthy life and reduce the risk of threatening illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

In some cases dogs can have food allergies, which can be identified by a qualified vet; if a dog has an allergy then the pet weight management will vary accordingly.

At Hills Pets, our Hills Prescription Diet is available online and is an ideal dog food that has been proven to reduce fat quickly and safely.

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