Jan 3, 2014 - Importance of weight control for dogs and cats
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It’s critical to accurately measure the amount of food that you feed. I learned the hard way that when I try to eyeball my dogs’ food, they gain weight. The only way I’ve found to achieve consistent weight control is by using an electronic postal scale to weigh everything I feed. You can find these scales at office supply and kitchen supply stores, departments stores such as Target, and online at places like Amazon. Most can handle up to 5 pounds with accuracy to the tenth of an ounce, and will also allow you to switch to grams when needed for more accuracy with very small measurements.
I forgot to mention that you also need to include the caloric content of any treats you’re feeding, including chews. They shouldn’t make up more than 10% of the total diet. Sometimes people with overweight dogs don’t realize how many calories they are adding by giving treats.
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Weight Control for Dogs l Dog Weight Loss Pills & Supplements
Although there are a number of foods marketed for weight loss in dogs, they are not all created equally. Foods described as "diet", "lite" or "reduced-calorie" are not necessarily the best weight loss choices as many of these diets contain high levels of carbohydrates and non-digestible fiber fillers to create low-calorie "bulky" foods that help your dog to feel full for only a short time. I find that these diets often lead to dogs who are constantly hungry and often end up gaining weight because it is difficult for an owner to stay compliant in the face of constant begging. Following are guidelines that will help dog owners select foods with nutrient levels that can aid in successful, healthy weight loss.There are several other companies that create balanced protein and carbohydrate maintenance or weight management foods, while maintaining a high quality ingredient profile which can also be used for successful weight loss in dogs. In general, these foods contain at least 25% protein (on a dry matter basis) with a total calorie count between 265 and 350 per 8 ounce cup or 13 ounce can. A few examples include:Weight loss can sometimes be achieved by feeding less of your dog's regular maintenance diet and this strategy is most effective in dogs that are only mildly or moderately overweight. Most regular maintenance diets are very calorie-dense and contain between 400 and 500 calories per cup or can—making it very easy to overfeed your dog and therefore, fail at weight loss attempts. For more seriously overweight or obese dogs, I recommend a food that contains between 250 and 350 calories per 8 ounce cup or 13 ounce can, is high in protein (30% or greater), has lower fat (ideally around 10%) and lower carbohydrate levels to keep the overall calorie count controlled. If you choose to feed a higher calorie food, you will find that you must feed very small amounts in order to achieve the reduced number of calories required for your dog to lose weight. This leads to a pet that may feel less satisfied and often begs more. In addition, there is a real health concern when we "skimp" on the amount of regular pet food given—one can inadvertently rob a dog of essential nutrients. Often, intestinal are the reason for "unknown" weight loss in many pets. Use monthly (dogs only) or to help control worms. If your pet doesn't need or medications, every three months. removes whipworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms in dogs, and (Rx) removes roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms in cats. Controlling worms in your pet will mean there is less of a chance your pet will have a sudden or rapid weight loss.