By: Katherine Fischer
Helping your pet lose weight can be tough and overwhelming, a lot of us struggle with it for ourselves. Excess weight on your dog can put unnecessary stress on their organs and joints. So we’ve come up with some of our top tips to help your dog on their weight loss journey. Weight loss should be gradual and monitored closely.
Make exercise fun
A key part of helping your dog lose weight is to make sure they are getting enough exercise. We understand it can be boring to do the same walk every single day so switching it up is a great way to keep you and your dog motivated. Try going to a park, beach or heading to the dog park to get in your exercise. Sometimes when a dog is over weight, they aren’t keen on high energy activities. Bringing them to daycare will let them be active for up to 10 hours, whether it is actively playing with other dogs, running and jumping, or just strolling around.
Reduce the portion size
It is really important to monitor how much food your dog is eating when they are trying to lose weight. Monitoring their portion size is an easy way to make sure they are getting the same alloted amount of food each time. Use the same measuring cup or mug each time you feed them, it might take a few extra seconds but it will make keeping track of their food intake ten times easier.
Especially if there are multiple family members in the house it can be hard to keep track of the amount of treats your dog is getting. Try portioning out your dog’s daily or weekly treats into a small mason jar or bowl. Keep it on top of or near their treat box. This will help control the amount they are getting.
Keep a record
Keeping a record of your dog’s food and treat consumption is an easy visual way to keep everything organized. If you have a dog sitter/walker make sure to keep the list out in the open (we suggest on the fridge as a great option) and have them record any food or treats that are fed to your pet. This way everyone will be on the same page.
Visit your vet
Ultimately vets are the best resource when it comes to a weight loss plan. They know your dog. They can help you figure out the best way to implement these tips, and suggest their own. If your dog is struggling with their weight visit your vet and see what suggestions they have to help your dog live it’s healthiest life.