How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight
Losing weight can be a challenge for even the most disciplined of us, and it can be downright daunting when you’re trying to help your pup too. So what can you do to help your four-legged friend shed extra pounds? Here are a few tips to get your pet back in shape:
Tailor Feeding to Fit Age and Energy Level
Your dog’s diet should be tailored to fit their age and activity level, so be sure to consult your veterinarian for advice on the best food for your pup. Additionally, try not to leave food out all day for your pup; feed them at specific times and remove the food when it’s time for them to be done.
Go for Regular Walks
Regular exercise is essential for your pup’s health and fitness. If your pup is able to, take them for a brisk walk every day for at least 30 minutes. Even if your pup isn’t able to walk too long, try to get them up and moving around for at least 10-15 minutes throughout the day.
Provide Toys and Challenges
Toys and puzzles can help to channel your pup’s energy into fun activities and can help them to stay in shape. There are plenty of interactive toys available, or you can create some activities at home to help your pup stay fit. Be creative and see what kind of fun activities you and your pup can do together.
Avoid Treats Whenever Possible
Treats are part of life for sure, but try to avoid giving treats whenever possible and look for healthier options instead. Low-calorie snacks and dental chews are a great way to reward your pup without the extra calories.
Finally, weigh your pup regularly to check on their progress and be sure to check in with your veterinarian for advice and support. With hard work and dedication, you and your pup can get back in shape and feeling great!
Still have questions? Talk with your veterinarian for specific advice on how to help your pup lose weight and get in shape.