Choosing a healthy dog food with no preservatives, excessive grains, byproducts, etc. is the first step in keeping your dog’s weight under control. There are many grain free dog foods on the market that are helpful in reducing caloric intake. Most people over feed their pets. The ribs should be easily felt and when viewing from above, your pet should have a waist if they are at their correct weight. The feeding guidelines on your dog or cat food should only serve as a starting point to judge how much to feed your pet each day.
Contrary to common belief, serving canned food does not put on unwanted pounds. Feeding excessive portions and a lack of exercise put on pounds. If you are trying to get the weight off your cat or dog, do not free feed- Stick to a regulated portion with regulated feeding times. Be tough! Do not fall victim to that begging!
Exercise is a great way to keep your dog mentally and physically healthy. It’s also a nice way to bond with your dog. Small dogs should be walked on a harness, as it is much easier on their necks. For walking large dogs, use of a Martingale collar or a Gentle Leader will allow for better control. Martingale collars should be removed once the walk is finished- there is a danger of choking if the dog is left unattended and it gets caught in something. Be conscious of the temperature, heat stroke is prevalent in our hot climate. And remember, the pavement and sidewalks are very HOT on your dog’s feet. A good rule is if you can't tolerate it in your bare feet your dog shouldn't either.
Good nutrition, proper portioning and reasonable exercise will keep your pet healthy and happy!
Don't forget to stop by D'Tails Pet this week to get your pet savory baked goods and other foods from Pookie's Pet Nutrition & Bow Wow Bakery.
Pookie's Pet Nutrition & Bow Wow Bakery