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Overweight dogs

A guide for

  OVERWEIGHT DOGS

OVERWEIGHT
DOGS

Canine obesity is unfortunately very common with between 30-60% of dogs in the UK being overweight. This is bad news for many reasons, the first being that overweight dogs have a reduced lifespan compared to dogs of a healthy weight. It’s also not much fun when your dog is too heavy and lethargic to be able to bounce about on walks – for either of you!

WHY IS IT A PROBLEM FOR DOGS TO BE OVERWEIGHT?

It’s important to prevent your dog gaining too much weight because obesity puts dogs at increased risk of developing a wide range of health problems including heart disease, respiratory problems, joint disease, and metabolic problems such as diabetes. Overweight dogs pose a greater risk for anaesthetic and surgical complications when having operations.

“UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE BECOME TOO USED TO SEEING OVERWEIGHT DOGS”

HOW TO SPOT IF YOUR DOG IS OVERWEIGHT

One of the key signs of obesity would be if you can’t feel your dog’s ribs or spine easily when you run your hand down their side or along their back. As a rough guide, you should be able to feel their ribs, but not see them. In an overweight dog, you will also have difficulty defining their waist. You may also notice that your dog has a sagging tummy, finds it difficult to get up, is reluctant to go for walks, and isn’t able to manage to go very far when they do get out and about.

Unfortunately, we have become too used to seeing overweight dogs, so they are actually seen as a normal size by many people. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to get help from your vet.

HOW TO HELP MANAGE YOUR DOG'S WEIGHT

The good news is that many of the problems associated with obesity are reversible, if you help your dog to gradually and safely shed their extra pounds.

Firstly, you can monitor their weight and body condition at the vets. Your vet, or a veterinary nurse will be able to assess their body condition, weight and level of general health and offer you advice. It’s important to take weight loss gradually (especially for severely obese dogs) and to do so under the guidance of a vet, as rapid weight loss can lead to even more problems.

However much weight your dog needs to lose, your vet should be able to help you formulate a bespoke weight loss plan, and with regular weigh-ins and encouragement, help your dog to achieve it.

“MAKE SURE YOUR DOG IS GETTING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF DAILY EXERCISE”

EXERCISE

Make sure that your dog is getting the right amount of daily exercise for their age and breed. Taking them for regular walks and play games with them – both inside and out. As well as keeping them active physically, exercise and games are brilliant for your dog’s mind, helping them to feel more alert and energetic.

DIET

By choosing healthy, nutritious food with a high digestibility and only feeding the recommended amounts with no extra table scraps or titbits, you can help to control your dog’s weight.

Feeding two smaller meals a day rather than one large one helps your dog to digest their food better – and gives them the joy of looking forward to two meals!

Measure the amount of food you feed them each day, rather than guessing. And if you are feeding several dogs, be sure to feed your overweight dog separately, to avoid them stealing any leftovers!

Lily’s Kitchen could be an ideal choice of food to manage your dog’s weight. Delicious, naturally wholesome and made with proper ingredients, our nutritionally complete recipes are full of goodness, to help lay the best foundation for a healthy diet and happy weight.

PROPER MEAT

Avoid meat meal for easier digestion

SKIN AND COAT HEALTH

Look for a good balance of omegas 3 and 6

OPTIMAL NUTRITION

Look for chelated minerals that help absorption

BONES & JOINTS

Are supported by added Glucosamine and Chondroitin

GOOD POOP

Proper meat means firmer poop that's easier to pick up

SKIN AND COAT HEALTH

Look for a good balance of omegas 3 and 6

PROPER MEAT

Avoid meat meal for easier digestion

GOOD POOP

Proper meat means firmer poop that's easier to pick up

BONES & JOINTS

Are supported by added Glucosamine and Chondroitin

OPTIMAL NUTRITION

Look for chelated minerals that help absorption

Remember, always speak to your vet before you make changes to your dog’s diet or start them on any weight loss regime. Follow the advice of your vet regarding how much to reduce your dog’s daily rations by. In more extreme cases it may be necessary for your dog to go onto a weight control diet such as a prescription diet, usually just in the short term until they have reached their target weight.

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TRANSITION PACK
FOR DOGS

Our Transition Pack for Dogs contains nutritious recipes that are full of top notch, natural ingredients. This is proper food, bursting with goodness and we think you’ll notice a positive difference… right from the very first meal.

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