Weight Management for Dogs – Dog Health Issues

Weight Management for Dogs – How do we keep our dogs trim?  Of course, the answer is through proper diet and exercise.

The amount of exercise that our dogs get is directly related to the health consciousness of their owners.  The same goes for the dog’s diet. 

If the owners try to eat healthy food, they will probably give healthy food to their pets.  If the owners believe in getting good exercise, they will probably make sure that their dog gets proper exercise.

I’m sure you are tired of hearing my story.  I try to eat healthy food.  I feed my dog the best quality dog food.

I am a big fan of getting good exercise.  I walk every morning for 2-3 miles.  My little dog is right there walking beside me.  Between good diet and exercise, he is trim and a very healthy 9 year old.

If I wasn’t so health conscious, I wouldn’t be exercising regularly.  And I know that my dog wouldn’t be getting the exercise he needs.

So if a dog owner is a couch potato, the dog probably won’t get much exercise.

It is not difficult for dog owners to change and provide the best quality dog food.  But exercise is another thing.  For dog owners who don’t have time for exercise, you should change your habits.  You should get a decent amount of exercise and take your dog along with you.

I read an article on weight management for dogs.  It is called, “Fitness Matters: Dogs and cats fighting obesity problem, too” by Shelly Greenfield.  Here is a quote from the article:

This weight loss journey comes with exercise and eating tips for your dog, and a 30-day support program for you from Jenny Craig, as long as you buy food through the program.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 55 percent of dogs and 54 percent of cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

The bottom line is that pets are battling excess weight just like their owners, and the goal of this program is to help pet owners care for themselves and their pets through better diet, exercise and lifestyle strategies.

Obesity is associated with a variety of medical disorders and orthopedic problems for humans and dogs alike. Obesity treatments for humans that include behavioral interventions in conjunction with dietary changes and increased physical activity achieve a higher success rate over time.

The success rates for dogs are determined by behavioral changes in the owner. The same is true for overweight children; family environment shapes attitudes about food preferences and may lead to overeating and sedentary lifestyles.

The author goes on to say:

If you want to do more of a jog, begin with run-walk intervals to challenge yourself. This is a great way to ease into running, for both you and your dog. Change up the scenery with some hiking and you have built in agility training for your pooch.

When I get my workout in at the gym, my pooch and I play a lot of fetch with a tennis ball. It challenges her quick reflexes when I surprise her with a direction change, and she‘s off on a sprint.

The complete article can be read here.

Have you dealt with weight management for dogs?  As the article points out, this is one of the major dog health issues today.  Thanks for any suggestions you can make.

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