In simple terms, excess bodyweight is caused by a pet consuming more calories than required. There are a number of factors that can influence the ability of a pet to maintain a healthy weight. Some of these are innate and others are determined by the pet’s environment. These include:
Certain breeds of dog have a predisposition to weight gain.
As pets age, their likelihood of becoming overweight increases.
Female dogs have a higher incidence of obesity than male dogs, with neutering increasing the risk of obesity in both sexes.
Consider replacing some of your dog’s dry food ration with wet food as it is less calorie dense.
Always measure your dog’s food allowance out – never estimate it.
Avoid feeding table scraps and human foods to your dog.
Encourage regular exercise at a level suitable for your dog.
Do not allow your dog to be present at family mealtimes. This prevents them receiving extra treats in addition to their recommended allowance.
Ensure responsible treating of pets – treats should account for no more than 10% of daily calories.
How much should you feed your dog to help it lose weight?
Feeding guides on pet food packaging provide a useful starting point. NUTRO™ WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS™ Weight Management diet offers two feeding guide options. If your dog needs to lose weight, follow the weight reduction feeding guide. Once your dog has reached their desired weight, you can then feed according to the weight maintenance feeding guide on pack. Your dog’s health and body condition should always be monitored to enable any necessary feeding adjustments to be made. Always ensure there is access to a continual supply of fresh, clean drinking water.