How Do You Know Your Dog Is Overweight?
Our pet’s weight issues can be a touchy subject, but it is very important for pet parents to beware of the dangers of pet obesity. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves on how to reduce the risk of dog illness and disease by ensuring our pets maintain a healthy body weight. The truth is, many pet parents don’t even realize that their pet is overweight.
How Do You Know Your Dog Is Overweight?
Our pet’s weight issues can be a touchy subject, but it is very important for pet parents to beware of the dangers of pet obesity. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves on how to reduce the risk of dog illness and disease by ensuring our pets maintain a healthy body weight. The truth is, many pet parents don’t even realize that their pet is overweight. Did you know that even one pound of excess body weight on a dog can lead to health problems down the road? For example, if a Chihuahua were to gain just one extra pound, it would equate to twenty (20) lbs. of excess body weight on a female adult.
Dog Feeding Guidelines Are Worthless
As pet owners become increasingly concerned over the weight of their dogs, questions begin to arise regarding calorie levels and whether to feed special, weight-control dog food; and kibble manufacturers have taken notice. Walk down the aisles of your local pet food store and you’ll see diets touting low, reduced calorie formulas, prescription diets formulated for weight loss, and diets for overweight management.
What I am about to say next may cause an uproar in the veterinarian and breeding communities but it needs to be said. Dog feeding guidelines are, for the most part, worthless. The plain and simple truth is that every dog is different and that there are many variables that need to be considered before deciding on what the proper amount of food to feed your dog. For instance:
- Differences in metabolic rate
- Metabolism efficiency
- Variations in activity level due to age, condition, or seasons of the year
- Environmental temperature
- Environmental humidity
- The age, sex, breed and size of your dog
However, the most important thing to consider when attempting to achieve healthy weight loss for your pet is to analyze the quality and source of the calories being consumed by your pet. Something to think about; calories from starches and sugars cause much more weight gain than calories from protein or fat. Food processing also plays a huge role in weight issues in dogs. Despite the identical caloric calculation, cooked or extruded foods (i.e. canned and kibble pet foods) differ in their levels of metabolizable calories. Those same ingredients, if left in their uncooked, unadulterated, natural state, provide better nutrition and better utilized calories for your pet, maintaining optimum weight and health.
If you are concerned that your pet may be overweight (or underweight), please feel free to contact BARF® World for a complimentary nutritional assessment for your pet. You can reach a Raw Food Specialist by calling 1-866-282-BARF (2273) or via email at email@example.com. You may also want to consider a health consultation with a holistic veterinarian to determine whether there may be an underlying issue that is causing abnormal weight issues in your pet.
www.barfworld.com | 866-282-2273
Robert Mueller, Sr.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!
“BARF®” is our acronym which means “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.” All of our diets are Complete and carefully Balanced; a proprietary blend of muscle meat, organs, bone-connector tissue, finely ground bone, fruits, veggies, vitamins and minerals. It’s the diet nature intended for our pets to not just survive but thrive.