Maintaining Healthy Weight for Pets

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Maintaining Healthy Weight for Pets

"Studies also show that female dogs gain weight faster than males do."

As pet parents, we only want what's best for our fur-babies. It is not enough that we only provide them with their basic needs - food, water, shelter.

It is also important that in line with their basic needs, we also help them maintain a healthy weight.

A healthy weight for your fur-baby helps reduce the risks of your dog developing diseases that are linked with being underweight or obese like nutrients deficiency, obesity, and even cancer.

Whether your fur-baby is prone to suddenly (and easily) losing weight, gaining weight or you're making sure that he maintains his current weight, we've come up with everything you need to know in maintaining a healthy weight for your pets, for a happier life.

Because if you want your dog to stay healthy, it is very important that you begin good practices in your home.

WHAT'S THE HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR YOUR FUR-BABY?

Every dog is different and every dog each has its own healthy weight. The best way to know that is to visit your vet (as if we don't know that already). Your vet will be able to tell you the most suitable weight for your fur-baby based on his breed, age, gender, and health condition.

Some dog breeds gain weight faster than others. These breeds include Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, Saint Bernards, Beagles and a lot more. Studies also show that female dogs gain weight faster than males do.

IS MY DOG'S WEIGHT HEALTHY?

As mentioned above, your veterinarian can be the only person that can assess if your pet's weight needs gaining or losing. Your vet can teach you some ways in identifying if your dog's weight is healthy. Some of these ways include observing the shape of your dog's body and feeling some body parts especially his ribs. To do this, try pressing your dog's sides and feeling her ribs. Because as you see, your fur-baby's weight is not just about that weighing scale, it's more of a healthy and balanced body structure and composition.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO

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Develop good feeding habits. Superb eating practices for your fur-baby greatly relies on you.

Remember to feed him in the same place, using the same bowl, at the same time every day so his body will adjust to that mealtime.

Never give in. Yes, we feel you. Those cute puppy eyes are just too cute but resist the temptation! Never give in when your fur-baby is literally begging for food and treats.

This way you can control what they're eating.

Always keep in touch with your vet. Your veterinarian is your helping hand in maintaining a healthy weight for pets. Be honest and tell him your dog's medical history, diseases, habits, allergies, etc. By doing so, your vet will be able to assess your pet's ideal weight and provide you with a proper diet and healthier lifestyle for your fur-baby.

Commit. Make a commitment (include your family members, too) to follow the prescribed diet and lifestyle for your fur-baby. Remind them the do's and don'ts if he's gaining, losing or maintaining his current weight. Remind your family members that there are many other beautiful ways (other than food) to show and communicate their affection for your dog, like cuddles, playtimes, and belly rubs!

Offer only nutritious and healthy foods. Eliminate table scraps and high-calorie treats. Instead, give your dog smaller but more frequent feedings of whole foods, proteins, fiber, and jam-packed nutrient foods. Also, you can give your fur-baby Pet Parents® Multivitamins that can be given all year round. Quality multivitamins from Pet Parents® can help provide the extra support for healthy bodily functions and development of your fur-baby for a fun-filled, active life.

Also, consider Pet Parents® Probiotic Supplement for dogs that will provide your fur-baby with valuable nutrients that can help support his immune & digestive health and help promote intestinal well-being. It also plays a great role in assisting in the digestion & absorption of essential nutrients.

Maintaining healthy weight for pets gives your fur-baby the best chance of living a healthier, happier life.

"Eliminate table scraps and high-calorie treats. Instead, give your dog smaller but more frequent feedings of whole foods, proteins, fiber, and jam-packed nutrient foods."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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