6 Diet Tricks To Prevent Dog Obesity
Keep your dog slim and trim by taking some easy to follow dieting tips and tricks.
A recent study found that a whopping 54 per cent of America’s pets are overweight or obese. That translates into some pretty scary numbers: 88.4 million cats and dogs need to get healthy — stat.
Even more disconcerting than the numbers themselves, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), is the fact that pet owners don’t recognize these serious weight issues. Fifteen per cent of cat owners and 22 per cent of dog owners said their plump pets were “normal weight.” APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward explained, “In simplest terms, we’ve made fat pets the new normal.”
Despite the findings, the survey also noted that 93 per cent of pet owners said they realize animal obesity is a problem. So what can they do to help?
1. Ban Self-Feeders
Don’t use self-feeders, which Ward describes as candy machines for fat dogs. Instead, feed Spot the old-fashioned way at appropriate mealtimes.
3. Opt For More Small Meals
Feed the dog small meals often, rather than fewer, bigger portions.
4. Go For A Stroll
If the dog is begging for food, take him for a walk as a distraction. He might not be hungry after a nice stroll around the neighbourhood.