Do you enjoy giving your dog special treats and table food? Unfortunately, the consequence of overindulgence is an overweight dog. Overweight dogs have a higher risk of developing a variety of health problems and tend to have a shorter life span as a result of their obesity. Obviously, it’s important to help your dog lose weight. Here are some tips to help promote dog weight loss:
1. Have your dog checked by a veterinarian..
This should always be your first plan of action before you make changes to your dog’s diet. Certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism can cause your dog to gain weight. Excessive weight gain may also be due to fluid retention secondary to kidney or liver disease. It’s important that these conditions be diagnosed and treated early. Ask your veterinarian how much overweight your pet actually is and if he or she recommends a particular diet for your overweight dog.