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Helping Your Dog To Lose Weight

It’s a new year and it’s time to get back into that healthy eating plan you’ve been working hard to stick to all year. But January isn’t just a good time for humans to get healthy, but our pets too. In fact, the PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers Association) says that vets believe that 45% of dogs and 40% of cats are obese. But helping our pets lose weight can be tough when they’re used to getting their own way around the home. But with a few tips you’ll helping them to lose weight in no time at all with 5 simple steps!

Natural Dog Treats – Perhaps your pooch is used to a daily treat, but treats are in fact, only supposed to make up 10% of your dog’s diet. If totally taking away all treats seems a bit harsh, your best option is to go natural. Natural dog treats are typically healthier and contain less calories and carbohydrates. Without the unnecessary additives and enhancers, natural treats are better for your dog than the typical dog treats you find in your local supermarket.

Portion Control – Most owners accidently overfeed their dogs. It can be difficult to gauge how much they need and most dog foods will over a gauge based on the dog’s weight. If your pooch is already a little chubbier than you’d like, this foodie formula makes no sense at all. What’s more, diet should indeed vary by breed. Do your research and find out what is recommended for your dog breed before going for the packet recommendation.

Add another walk onto your week – It’s just not ideal to double your dog walks when you have your own busy lifestyle to adhere to. Consider adding on to your routine realistically so that you can stick to a healthy routine. There are also a number of dog walking apps out there such as ‘Wag!’ that will put you in touch with and hire dog lovers to walk your dog whilst you’re busy. Instead of going to the gym, why not take your dog with you on a jog? It could make a huge difference to your dog’s overall health.

Timed Feeds – Your pet shouldn’t have access to food all day long as this will only encourage them to eat whenever they want! Not only is this unnatural for ‘natural hunters’ but it also encourages poor habits. In the wild, food is reward but with access to it whenever they want, it loses its impact. Feed your pet the same time every day to give them the routine they need.

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