Dog Weight Gain:
Atkins this, South Beach that. While there are countless diets for us, what happens when your dog puts on a few pounds?
If he’s not eating a controlled diet, a nutritional diet like the raw food diet detox of BARF – the biologically appropriate raw food diet, your dog could put on the pounds. As for the good news? An overweight dog is not permanent; with a little intervention from responsible pet owners, an overweight dog can reduce its weight with the right combination of a healthy diet and exercise (sound familiar?)
Scientifically known as adiposity, the equivalence of obesity in dogs, can be the result of your overweight dog’s “ambitious” appetite and well, it comes down to eating too much and not enough exercise. Dog obesity is recognizable when your dog’s body is more round than “normal”, when you grab a fold of skin and feel a little too much going on.
If your dog is not on BARF, the biologically appropriate raw food diet, now would be the time to switch. Another option to reducing your overweight dog’s size is reducing your dog’s portions. You may notice that you automatically refill his plate as soon as he’s finished eating. Instead, limit the food. Don’t immediately refill his plate and try to change his attention towards non-food.
Another way to handle your overweight dog is to talk with your family. Ensure that everyone knows to not feed your dog extra treats! During this time, only one person should feed your dog, this way that person is in control and you’ll know that no one is sneaking your precious pooch some extra food.
Feed your dog immediately before a walk and if he comes begging to you, unfortunately he’ll need to realize that begging doesn’t equate with treats. His meals should considerably be reduced in portion size (we recommend by half), and it should not contain a lot of fat or carbohydrates. The BARF diet is full of protein, vegetables, and water – perfect for a dog who needs to lose weight. Another benefit to BARF is that once your dog loses the weight, your dog has already been accustomed to this nutritionally rich diet so you may simply continue feeding your dog the BARF diet.
It may take approximately eight weeks for your overweight dog to reach the desired weight but in addition to food control, movement is also critical. If your dog is becoming too sedentary it’s time to ensure you walk him at least four times a day for thirty minutes.