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Dog Treats For Weight-Loss
Pet owners may be surprised to learn that approximately 40% of dogs and 30% of cats are overweight. Nutrition plays an important role in management of obesity in pets. Pet Circle stocks a wide range of dog treats for weight-loss to suit every dog's preference when on a diet.
Best treats for overweight dogs based on our customer reviews
|Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic Dog Treats||My dog loves this treat. She gobbles it down. Allows another variety of food within her vet prescribed diet. - ANGELA|
|Whimzees Alligator Dog Treats||The detail of the treat is fantastic, I was surprised when I opened the packet! My dog took a little while to chew through it which is fantastic! Will buy again. - JEN|
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I tell if my dog is overweight?
Assessing body condition can be a valuable tool. There is a scale in which body condition is assessed, with 1 being very skinny, and 9 being very obese, and ideal being between a 4 to a 5. This scale is based off a number of factors:
- Ribs. The dog's ribs should be easily felt with slight fat coverage. If it is very easy to feel the ribs or or difficult to feel the ribs at all, your pet may be outside the ideal weight range for their build and breed.
- Waist. If you examine your dog from above, they should have a visible waist, similar to an hourglass figure between the ribs and hips.
- Tummy. If you look at your dog side-on, you should be able to see the abdomen tuck up after the ribs and towards the hips.
- Tail. Feeling where the tail joins the rest of the body, there should be a small amount of fat coverage and you should be able to feel the bones with ease.
Can your dog being overweight lead to health problems?
Yes, like in people, overweight pets can encounter health problems such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, suppression of the immune system, breathing problems and skin problems.
How can you help your overweight dog?
Nutrition is one of the most important factors. Feeding a complete and balanced diet that is appropriate for their life stage is highly beneficial. There are prescription diets weight-loss diets that can make the journey a little easier. You do not need to stop giving your dog treats altogether when they are on a diet; however, treats must be factored into the daily calorie intake. Regular exercise also plays an important role in weight loss. Exercising 20-60 minutes per day is ideal; however, if your pet is overweight or older, you will have to work your way up to this. If you suspect your pet is overweight, it is important to have a health check with your regular veterinarian so they can formulate a weight-loss management plan for your pooch.
If you are interested in reading more about how you can help your dog lose weight, read our articles written by our in-house veterinarians on Tips to help your dog lose weight and Obesity in pets: the facts.
Author info: Dr Nicole du Plessis - Pet Circle In House Veterinarian