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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FOR DOGS

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KEEPING YOUR DOG AT AN IDEAL WEIGHT WILL IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH

In most cases, weight management for a dog is decidedly easier than it is for people. I've yet to see a dog order a pizza. Helping our canine friend loose a few pounds, is very simple.

Gaining weight however, can be a little more challenging.

In this article I cover both weight gain and weight loss. I'll give you tips on both, as well as what I do in my kennel that works.

HERE IS HOW TO HELP YOUR DOG LOSE WEIGHT

Really, helping our pet to lose weight is not rocket science, nor is it near as difficult for them to lose weight as it is for people to lose weight. To loose weight yourself, you have to fight cravings. You have to avoid the urge to double size at McDonald's, order large Pizzas, stop by the Dairy Queen, and the late night snacks before bed time. Believe me, your dog has no such urge! So stop believing that he does, just because you do.

It is simply a matter of picking out a nutritious food formulated for your dog's age group, and then, this is the key; measuring or weighing out the portions. Do this, and you will have your canine friend at the appropriate weight in no time.


FEED ONCE A DAY!

I, like most experts feed all my dogs (puppies excluded) once a day. Just because you need to eat three or four times a day does not mean your dog needs to. Feeding once a day is actually better for him or her.

Pick a time to feed when a half hour later you can walk and exercise him or her. A dog's digestive system is very short in comparison to a human's. Thirty minutes after eating, with a little exercise they are ready to go relieve themselves. Feeding before bedtime is a huge mistake. Feed once a day and then exercise them after eating and they will lose weight.
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WEIGH OUT THE PORTIONS

My experience is; most dogs that need to be on a weight loss routine are older dogs. They needs to lose weight because the owner continues to feed the same food in the same portion, as when they were young and more active. In the older years, they becomes less active, burn less calories and starts putting on the pounds. To help them lose weight, change to a food appropriate to his or her age and cut back on the portions slightly. Buy a Gram Scale and weigh out the portions. INEXPENSIVE GRAM SCALE



TREAT YOUR DOG FOR JOINT PAIN

Oftentimes, a dog is less active, not because of age, but because of a easily treated health condition, that goes untreated. I cannot believe how many dogs I have seen that limp around with arthritis or other joint problems that can be easily fixed with the right vitamins and supplements. I've noted this with my own dogs.

I've had dogs quit all their former exercise activities that they used to love and just stand and watch as the other dogs have all the fun. Then I introduce them to the right supplement and in some cases, in just a matter of a few days or weeks, they or chasing down the ball like Derek Jeter again.
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BEST DOG FOOD FOR A PITBULL

I BELIEVE THESE ARE THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS FOOD FORMULAS

I have spent a considerable amount of time analyzing the best food that would help my dogs with weight loss. Frankly, although there is literally over a thousand different dog foods you can purchase, there is very few quality weight loss formulas for dogs.

First and foremost, I will not feed any of my dogs a food with grain (see my page on BEST DOG FOOD). So finding a quality weight loss formula that does not have grain, sadly, was not easy.


THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FOOD FOR LOSING WEIGHT

My first choice is: Wellness CORE Grain Free Reduced Fat Turkey & Chicken The Wellness Line of Grain Free food is one of my favorites and the reduced fat recipe does not disappoint, and is perfect for those who need to lose weight. The Grain-Free Reduced Fat recipe is specially formulated for those who are less active and therefore in need a good weight loss formula. It contains 25% less fat then the other Wellness Core products, and it also contains more fiber to help them feel fuller longer.

The quality of course, is excellent as with all Wellness Core Grain-Free products. Too, I like the fact that it also contains a good Pro-biotic and therefore dogs trying to lose weight on this formula, usually have very good stools.


READ MY PAGES ON DOG FOOD

If for some reason, Wellness Core did not agree with my dog, then I would choose one of the foods I recommend on my BEST DOG FOOD PAGE.

If you are not used to feeding a quality dog food and are feeding terrible quality food such as Science Diet, you may think that Wellness is expensive. The reality is, that with all the fillers that are in the cheaper priced foods, it really does not cost more to feed Wellness Core.
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Do not be fooled into thinking you need to go with some vegetarian formula for your dog to lose weight, that some promote. Dogs are Carnivores, they are not vegetable eaters. Anyone that tries to tell you that dogs need vegetables to lose weight has absolutely no clue!


YOUR DOG WILL LOVE THESE HEALTY DIET TREATS

When I give my dogs treats, I want the treats to be healthy. Thankfully, dogs like Liver about as much as I like Apple Pie A La Mode! A treat that my dogs love is these freeze dried treats: Pro-Treat Beef Liver, Freeze Dried Treats These liver freezed dried treats contain tons of protein, very little fat, and even less carbs, and the dogs love them. Now, if you look at the price per pound you are going to be misled. Remember when comparing; meat contains around 80% water by weight. When you buy a steak that is $10 per pound, you are actually paying $80 per pound if all the water were removed. Cooked meat (believe it or not) is around 67% water. Meat that has been Freeze Dried has almost no water content, and therefore the cost per pound is not what it appears (hope that makes sense).


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USE SOUND JUDGEMENT IF DESIRING TO PACK POUNDS ON YOUR DOG

I get several dozen emails everyday; a fair portion of them are from folks seeking advice on how to help their dog gain weight. Frankly, in most of these cases the dog does not need to gain weight. People look at my dogs and get to thinking their dogs are skinny and thus in need of putting on some pounds.

The fact is, my dogs are specially bred to be thicker and heavier and have the skeletal frame capable of carrying the extra weight.

Most do not need to gain weight as they do not have the bone structure or cartilage that can support the weight gain.

CAREFULLY CONSIDER IF YOUR DOG NEEDS TO GAIN WEIGHT

In many cases, weight gain can be damaging. The bone structure simply is not there to support a weight gain of even 10 pounds. Carrying the extra weight, will in these cases cause excessive stress resulting in wear and tear on joints and cartridge, and over the course of time do significant damage. Yet, if you still want your dog to gain weight, continue reading as I outline the food and supplements needed.


THESE FOODS WILL PUT WEIGHT ON A DOG

If you want your dog to gain weight, and I'm talking healthy weight gain; start by going with a grain free dog food. In the end, and there is a good selection now-a-days, I narrowed the selection down to: Wellness Grain-Free Dry Dog Food and Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck Recipe Both are excellent Grain free foods and are well priced. I would by a bag of each and see which one my dog does best on.
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THE PRICE MAY SEEM HIGH BUT IT IS ACTUALLY CHEAPER
Remember, cheaper priced dog food may seem less expensive, but they all are full of useless fillers that are simply added in an effort to deceive an unsuspecting public. These fillers have no nutritional value, and pass through the intestines unabsorbed.

With a high quality food, your dog will eat less and there will be less stool to clean up. Because your dog is not filling up on useless fillers, your dog will eat more of what counts and thus will gain weight.



THESE SUPPLEMENTS WILL HELP YOUR DOG GAIN WEIGHT

Trophy Dyne High Calorie Supplement is an incredible product that those in the know have been using for years to pack pounds on malnourished animals.

Go to any shelter that specializes with the rehabilitation of abused animals and you will likely find it being added to every meal. It has a high calorie content and dogs love the flavor. Even dogs that have lost their appetites chow down any food this is upon. Of course the only way to go, is to get the gallon size.
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WEIGHT GAIN SUPPLEMENTS THAT WORK!

Nutri-Cal is a supplement that has been popular for years with those who want their dog to gain weight. It is very rich and needs to be used sparingly otherwise it can cause your dog to have the runs. But dogs love it, and it will most certainly help your dog gain weight. Meg-A-Cal is a very similar product to Nutri-cal, both are high calorie supplements, but here you can buy it by the gallon. I would buy the one that has the best price.


DON'T FORGET TO EXERCISE TOO

Of course you can let your dog lay on the couch and eat snacks with you and you both will gain weight. But if you want your dog to gain weight while building muscle, you want to combine good exercise with a good quality supplements.

The supplements that I recommend are specially formulated to help your dog gain weight while adding lean muscle. Of course, exercise is needed too.
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MAKE SURE YOUR DOG ACHEIVES THIER OPTIMUM HEALTH
Any idiot can over-feed a dog and make it gain weight. But putting on weight that makes him or her look like Bandit (my dog pictured below) requires that your dog be at his optimum health. Click on the picture below as I share the secrets I use to keep my dogs in top shape!


Don't waste another dime on inferior food for your dog. Click on the link below.