10 Reasons to Keep Your Dog Slender
A healthy weight prevents or reduces the risk of:
- Joint injuries
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory stress
- Tumors and cancer
- Spinal and back problems
- Slender dogs live longer, healthier, and happier lives!
How to Help Your OVERWEIGHT Dog Lose Weight
- Reduce food volume by 10%. Monitor for 2-3 weeks, then adjust if necessary.
- Increase daily exercise duration.
- Remember to factor in treats when calculating the total volume of food.
- Switch to lower-calorie healthy snacks (covered in a later chapter).
How to Help Your UNDERWEIGHT Dog Gain Weight
If your dog is unusually underweight, there are likely underlying health problems which should be addressed first by your holistic veterinarian before attempting anything else.
In our experience, maturing puppies between 5-15 months old can go through phases of being slender. If you’re already making sure you’re feeding the right food volume for the life stage, don’t be alarmed if your dog is slightly on the slender side. Dogs grow rapidly and often taller during this stage in life resulting in slightly leaner bodyweight. If your intuition tells you something is amiss, be sure to consult your holistic veterinarian.
After a clean bill of health, here are things to consider:
- Increase muscle meat volume by 10%. Monitor for 2-3 weeks, then adjust if necessary.
- It’s important that your dog’s weight gain is gradual. Rapid weight gain is unhealthy and can’t be controlled properly.
- Swap treats for higher-calorie options like freeze-dried raw duck meat.
- Keep in mind that highly active dogs who get rigorous daily exercise will need more food, just like athletes do.
- Keep up a healthy daily exercise routine to build healthy muscle tone.
To prevent bloat and gastric torsion (which can be fatal):
- Wait at least 3 hours after feeding before exercising your pup.
- Wait at least 1 hour after exercise before feeding your pup.