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Questions about Dog Weight Control

Controlling a dogs weight from the get go is the best way insuring that your dog does not become overweight. Anyone that is a dog owner knows that it can be very hard to keep your dog on a strict diet. Most owners have trouble keeping their dog in the target weight zone; you can read below to find more information on dog weight control by Experts.

What can a person do to help their dog lose weight that is only eating 250 calories a day?

You might try switching your dog to a food that is an actual weight control food. These types of food will allow your dog to eat the proper amount and fill full, so that the dog is not over eating. Dog foods have labels on the back to give proportion sizes, it goes off of the recommended weight that the dog should be rather than what the dog weighs now. If you give your dog treats, you might consider giving the dog vegetables instead of the fatty treats; also you might keep in mind that the veggie treats are considered part of the limited calories that the dog can have. Since the dog is not already losing weight on a 250 calorie diet you may try dropping the calorie intake to 200 or even 175. Now if none of this works you may want to have the dog seen by a Vet to make sure that the dog does not have any thyroid problems, because that can slow down the dogs metabolism.

How can you slim down a dog that is 40lbs over weight?

For a dog that is severely overweight you probably need to cut down on the portions of food that the dog is giving at feeding time. For at least the first month you might try cutting down the daily intake of food by around 25 percent. The main reason that a dog is usually overweight is from the owner feeding the animal table scraps and fatty treats, cutting those out should help a lot. Now there are dogs that cannot lose weight so those steps above most likely will not help the best thing to try might be a complete diet change to a healthier food. These types of food are usually very high in fiber, which as many people know fill you up faster and is not digested it is passed throw the bowl system. This is a result of less fat and carbohydrates in the dogs’ diet.

What can I do for my dog’s hip pains?

One of the best ways that you can help your dog with its joint pain is weight control. If your dog is overweight this can be a huge impact on the joints of the dog. The reason for that is because is your dog is overweight then the dog has more pushing down on all parts of the body not just the hips, the dogs knees, paws and other parts of the body are also affected. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a sea weed algae that is sometimes added to the all-natural supplements that can be given to a dog for arthritis. There are some products that are injected that also help with joint pain, these products are usually given on a maintained scheduled. Another thing you may try is taking your dog swimming this is a great exercise that is very helpful to joint pains. You might want to start in the shallow water until the dogs joints are used to the swimming.

How can I help my dog lose weight?

Just as in humans dogs become overweight, and just like us also they lose weight the same. The easiest way for a dog to lose weight is to cut back on the calories that the dog is eating, and plenty of exercise. Now there are many cases where the dog does not lose weight, usually this is because the type of food the dog is eating. You may need to switch dog foods; there are several dog food brands that specialize in weight loss for dogs.

Does a 3 year old weimaraner/retriever that weighs 90 pounds need to be on a weight controlled food?

It is not very likely that your dog as of right now will need to be on a weight controlled food. You may want to start giving the dog a set amount of food that it is allowed to eat a day so that the dog does not become over weight. Also you may want to increase the exercise that your dog is receiving daily.

Many dog owners are very concerned about their dog’s weight issues, most are not even sure what the ideal weight is for their dog. It is very important to keep your dog’s weight under control, and if you are having trouble doing so there are several dog weight control foods out there. If you need more information regarding dog weight control you can ask an Expert for fast and affordable answers.

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