8 Tips to help your dog lose weight 

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It is important for your dog to have a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause significant health concerns for a dog. In example, this can lead to diabetes or joint issues. Other consequences can be trouble with breathing, heart failure and sometimes high blood pressure. This in turn can lead to other illnesses, diseases or a higher chances of developing cancer. Therefore, preventing your dog from getting overweight is of importance. In this article we will give you a list of tips and tricks that can help with your dog losing weight. So, if you need some advice on helping your dog lose weight, this article is for you. Now, onto the tips and tricks! 

 

6 easy advices that help with your dog losing weight 

There are various ways in which you can help your dog with losing weight. Below, we will give you six advices that you can easily follow, that will contribute to your dog getting to a healthy weight. 

 

Calculate the healthy calorie intake for your dog 

The first advice that we have is that you need to calculate how much calories your dog is supposed to consume per day. While doing so, it is important to consider whether or not your dog is spayed or neutered. If that is the case, your dog will need less food, in comparison to dogs that are not spayed or neutered. Also, senior dogs need less food than pups or younger dogs.

This has to do with the fact that pups and younger dogs still need to grow and have a more active life. Senior dogs, on the other hand, are moving around less and are fully matured. Many food manufacturers have a handy dandy list on their packaging that states how many calories you should feed your dog. You can also find various ways to specifically calculate this according to your dog’s status (e.g. neutered or senior). However, if you are not sure, you can always consult your veterinarian. They can help with determining how much calories your dog is supposed to eat daily. 

 

Weighing and measuring the meals of your dog is of importance 

Secondly, it is important that you start weighing or measuring the meals that you give your dog. The easiest solution is taking an old cup or mug and putting down a line which highlights how much kibble or raw meat you should give your dog. There are also measuring cups that give advice on how much kibble or meat you should feed your dog per meal.

Especially if you first start the diet of your dog, it might come in helpful to divide each meal throughout various moments a day. This way your dog can slowly get used to the fact that they are eating less, however will not get hangry. If you do decide to only feed your dog once or twice a day, this can cause your dog to portray unwanted behavior, like taking food out of the trashcan or not listening to your commands. 

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Add greens and/or vegetables to your dog’s diet 

Adding greens and vegetables to the diet of your dog are also very useful for them losing weight. Vegetables like green beans, cucumber, broccoli and celery are considered as low calorie treats/foods that most dogs enjoy. If you decide to give them green beans or broccoli and you have prepared them for your own dinner too, make sure that the water does not contain (lots of) salt.

This, namely, is not healthy for your dog. You can also give your dog a piece of apple, celery or banana. Those are also considered as healthy snacks or treats. Please do be careful with feeding your dog lots or large quantities of fruit, as this can spike their sugar level. 

 

Go on longer walks with your dog 

Fourth, providing your dog with activities and long(er) walks also helps with losing weight. As with us humans, exercising (or an increase in exercise) allows a dog to burn calories and thus lose weight. You can do so by taking your dog on long walks. Especially for younger dogs, you can also play games with them, like fetch, or get into ag