How to Prevent Your Fat Dog From Overeating
Does your chubby canine pal gobble up his food up in a minute? Look closely and you may realize that this may be one of the primary reasons he became fat in the first place.
You may also need to consider controlling how and what your dog eats to prevent him from becoming totally obese. Since dogs are food motivated, it’s your responsibility as a pet owner to control his food intake.
A dog that is overweight can be at risk for many serious health conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. The moment you notice your pup packing on some extra pounds, follow these tips from a Dubai pet food delivery service to restrain him from further overeating.
1. Avoid giving table scraps
It’s quite common for pet owners to give dogs whatever is left from breakfast, lunch, or dinner. While this can be a treat for your pup once in a while, you need to limit the frequency to control your dog’s weight. Bear in mind that giving your canine gravy or meat fat every day is bound to make him overweight.
If you have children in the house who love to give dog scraps as treats, tell them to stop and only do so with your permission. It’s important that everyone in the family understands how table scraps can ruin your dog’s healthy weight.
2. Give high-quality pet food
Some dogs tend to overeat when they feel like their body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs. With numerous brands of dog food on the market, make sure you review them carefully to determine which ones are best for your pup. Every canine needs a balanced diet and the best way to ensure this is to feed him high-quality dog food.
Your dog needs a particular amount of fat that he can get from beef, chicken, lamb, or pork. He also needs tons of proteins as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure your pup gets plenty of vitamins and minerals, and stays hydrated all throughout the day.
3. Use a slow feed dog bowl
A slow feed dog bow can prevent your dog from eating too quickly by influencing the speed at which he eats. Some types of dog bowls have interior indentions that will force your canine to slow down when eating.
Overeating in itself is already a huge problem, but eating too much too quickly can also cause another set of issues. For instance, your dog may end up vomiting the food if he eats too quickly, at the same time, bloating may occur. If this is a concern, getting a special food bowl for your dog may be a wise investment.
4. Resist giving in to pleas
Once you start limiting your dog’s food consumption, he may use his cute, sad eyes to get you to feed him. Don’t get tempted to give in and instead, give him the attention he’s craving for. Play with your dog for a while and give him plenty of toys.
Giving your dog attention will not only build a better connection between you but will also show your pet that you care without the need to overfeed him.
5. Monitor your dog’s weight
Even if it seems your dog is eating the right amount, you’ll never know when he eats more especially when you’re away from home. Always keep an eye out for any instabilities in your canine’s weight. If your dog seems to be getting chubbier, weigh him to see if he has gained any extra pounds.
Your vet should know what appropriate weight your pup should maintain according to his age and breed. Vet check-ups are also a good opportunity for a professional to take a look at your canine and see if there are any changes with his physical appearance. Even if it’s only a few pounds, you can already take the necessary measures to prevent overeating before it gets out of hand.
Help your dog stay healthy
By following the five essential tips stated above, you gain plenty of chances to promote a long, healthy life for your dog.
Controlling your pup’s diet is one step in ensuring that you have more years to spend with him. Giving him adequate opportunities to exercise and high-quality food is the essence of helping him maintain a healthy weight.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.