If you ever had to go through a diet regime to shed off those extra pounds, then you know how it feels when your four-legged friend has to go through the same thing. Losing weight is a difficult task and requires a lot of patience and discipline.
At first, you may think that your dog is the only one going through the battle, but in fact, you will have to suffer with them as well. That means, taking him or her for walks and runs as well as restraining yourself from letting them eat off your plate. This may sound easy, but a lot of owners cave-in and end up giving their canine companion a piece of their hamburger or french fries.
In order for your dog to successfully lose weight, you will have to work together as a team. Before diving into all the strategies that you will need to help your four-legged friend, let’s explore why it’s vital for your dog to lose weight.
Did you know that for every 5 pounds above your dog's ideal weight can put him or her at risk for developing some serious medical problems? When your dog is overweight, he or she is prone to medical conditions such as heart disease, type two diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, joint pain, and some forms of cancer. Since dogs live on average about 10 to 13 years, having these conditions can severely shorten their lifespan. Heavy dogs tend to be more sluggish, aggressive, and prone to medical problems.
Lucky for you, we here at Dope Dog have some tips and tricks that you can use to help your dog lose weight.