Tips to lose weight for dogs
The previous blog focused on obesity in dogs. Now that it is clear what causes and consequences overweight can have, we will look at the prevention of obesity in dogs. For example, sufficient exercise prevents the development of osteoarthritis and contributes to a healthy weight. And under the motto 'prevention is better than cure', we will look at this in this blog. So have you, as a reader, ever thought 'my dog needs to lose weight' or 'how do I make my dog lose weight? We at Dogmills will give you tips on how to make your dog lose weight.
How to make your dog lose weight!
There are two basic rules for losing weight in your dog. First: provide your dog with sufficient or additional exercise. It is a good idea to offer your dog extra exercise in addition to his daily walks to encourage him to lose weight. Regular exercise increases the amount of energy consumed by the dog's body. The moment that your dog starts to burn more calories than he normally does, he will lose weight. You should, however, exercise with care. You need to build up the extra exercise gently. As blog 3 already pointed out, overweight dogs are more prone to injuries.
Secondly, make sure you have a normal eating pattern. As an owner, you need to pay more attention to adapted nutrition or less calorie-rich food. It can help to spread the food out over 3 or 4 meals a day, strictly weigh the portions, only give healthy snacks, limit the snacks and put other food, such as another pet's food, out of your dog's reach.
Protein is a healthy nutrient that has important functions. A high protein content in dog food helps your dog lose weight. Proteins build and preserve muscle mass, which is important for active exercise and for burning energy. Try to avoid carbohydrates such as cereals, rice, corn or wheat and look instead for dog food containing meat, vegetables and fruit.
Dogmill as a support
In order for your dog to lose weight in a healthy way, it is important that this is done gradually and responsibly. Dogmills are excellent for slowly building up additional exercise and are therefore a responsible way of helping your dog to lose weight. In this way, you can offer your dog an additional workout in addition to his daily activities in a safe and controlled way.
Because the dog treadmills are not electrically driven, a dog is able to drive the treadmill independently. This allows a natural movement, so the chance of injuries is much more reduced than with an electrically powered treadmill where a dog is forced to run. When a dog runs, this happens in an asymmetrical movement instead of in a straight line. This can lead to strain on certain joints or muscles. For this reason, our Dogmills offer the healthiest form of exercise for your dog.
As soon as you, as the owner, have the idea that your dog needs to lose weight, it is important that you do not want to or do not want to go too fast. This is to allow your dog to get used to more exercise and/or a different eating pattern. After all, you want to prevent overexertion or exhaustion. A treadmill can stimulate your dog to lose weight. It is a safe way of strengthening your dog's condition and maintaining it in the long term. If your dog is too heavy, this can have unpleasant consequences. In the previous blog, we will look at the possible consequences of obesity in dogs.