Health & Hygiene

Does My Dog Need A Diet?

dog need to go on a diet
Written by Reena Bakir

Have you recently noticed that your dog’s eating habits may be getting out of hand, even detected them gaining a few extra pounds around their bellies and found yourself wondering, does my dog need a diet? It could be tricky to figure out whether your pet’s appetite is normal or above the ordinary, and figuring out the right diet plan for your pet can depend on a lot of factors!

Read on to find out how you can decide on the best diet plans for your canine companion!

Signs to Look Out For

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In order to decide if your dog needs to go on a diet, you should watch out for telltale signs that your dog’s eating habits are getting unhealthy for them. Here are some of the main signs that your dog needs a change of diet!

  • Low-hanging or distended belly
  • Easily tired on walks
  • Spine and ribs are difficult to feel
  • Less inclined to exercise
  • Constantly begging for food or hogging food
  • Flaky and dull coat
  • Above the average weight of their breed and size

To figure out whether your dog’s weight is healthy, schedule a visit with your vet and use a scale to measure their weight. This will help in figuring out if your dog’s weight is within the average range for their breed or not and allow you to proceed with the new diet plans with your vet.

Scheduling a visit to the vet is also essential in deciding what types of changes your dog’s diet requires and helps you figure out the best ways to give your dog the nutrients they need based on tests conducted by your doctor.

How To Make Diets Healthier

dog need a dietThere are many different ways you could change up your pet’s diet for the better! Before you follow any diet plans, make sure to consult with your vet in order to figure out the most suitable food plan for your pet. Here are some steps you could take to make your pet’s diet healthier.

  1. Natural Diets with Vegetables:  The introduction of a small amount of dog-safe veggies into the pet’s diet can reduce the acidity of the food eaten, and therefore help keep the kidneys and liver healthier. Vegetables are also very high in vitamins and minerals, and act as an excellent source of water!
  2.  Reduce, reduce, reduce! Overfeeding pets is a fault that many dog owners have. Reducing the quantity of food in each meal and spreading out the portions throughout the day will help your pet stomach their hunger while also eating less!
  3. Limit processed foods. Processed foods in the form of canned food is an easy way for your pet to put on some extra pounds, and have even been found to be nutrient deficient and made by low-quality ingredients by many studies. Switching to more organic and natural foods in exchange of processed foods would not only help your dog lose weight, but will benefit their entire body.

 

About the author

Reena Bakir

Reena Bakir is a passionate student, writer and animal lover who is a regular contributor to Chelsea Dogs.

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