Dog food for weight loss

dog food fatFirst of all, read this:

“Researchers have begun pulling food samples off the shelves and testing them for all types of molds. One facility, Alltech, has analyzed 965 samples to date. The samples included grains, protein sources, by-products and animal feeds, including dog food.Here are some of the things they found: 98% of the samples were contaminated with one or more mycotoxins. 93% of the samples contained two or more mycotoxins. 39% of the samples contained more than five mycotoxins.Is anyone going to do something about this? Will the FDA step in?”

Have you noticed your pooch has been gaining extra weight? You know dogs are not immune to getting overweight or obese. They are just like humans.

This excess weight may not be visible in the same ways as on humans. There is a simple technique in determining whether your dog is gaining some extra weight or not. You merely feel around your dog’s ribs and spine. In all dogs, they have a thin layer of fat that separates the skin from bone.When you cannot feel your dog’s ribcage, he or she is deemed overweight.  After this determination, you may seek a second opinion from your veterinarian and a check-up. It is always important to keep track of your dog, because you want him or her around for a long time. Your dog should be considered part of your family. Your veterinarian can also weigh your dog.

My husband and I work out with Crossfit equipment like this in order to stay in shape, and while Bear, our labrador can’t do squats, it is still important to us that he stays fit and at an optimatl weight.

It is crucial to figure out what is your dog’s optimal weight. This typically varies from each breed. You should wait until your dog reaches the level of maturity, so puppy owners may need to wait a few months. The optimal weight is essential to know and remember.

A dog is considered overweight if he or she is zero to 15% above the optimal weight. Any dog above that 15% is considered to be obese.  You should not feel ashamed if your dog is over his or her optimal weight.  Many studies have proven that over half of all dogs are actually overweight.

Most veterinarians have come up with several factors that can affect a dog’s weight.

Most noticeably, the breed of your dog can have something to do with how much he or she weighs. Some particular breeds are actually prone to being overweight. They can range from smaller breeds to giant breeds. Just to name a few, they are beagles, labs, Scottish terriers, Rottweilers and Saint Bernards.

However, some breeds are usually fit and trim and those include the Greyhound, German Shepherds and Yorkshire Terriers.

Whatever dog you have, you should watch your dog carefully especially if he or she is a breed that tends to be more overweight.  That leads to the next factor that affects your dog’s weight.

You, the dog owner, may have some blame in this equation. Using the belief of treating your dog as a member of the family, you may overindulge your dog by giving him or her more treats for a good behavior. You should may want to stick to a regime of only treating your dog to one treat a week.

Another thing to remember is to give your dog the correct serving portions recommended by your veterinarian. Commercial dog food companies also provide information about the correct portion on their labels as well as on their websites.

When as owners of dogs, you are required to take care of them medically, feed them and make sure they are healthy.   Feeding them correctly is only one third of that responsibility. Having them be more active goes hand-in-hand with feeding them. You should go for a walk with them and this activity may help you, the owner, lose some extra weight.