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AKC Gazette Offers Tips on How to Help Your Dog

Just like in their human counterparts, obesity in dogs seriously affects their health. It is commonly linked to arthritis, diabetes, and heart problems, among others. If you find that your pooch has packed on a few pounds, you can help get him back on track in a healthy way so you both can live a long, happy life together. The February 2011 issue of the American Kennel Club's AKC Gazette offers healthy diet tips. Among them:

  • Take a trip to the vet.

Before getting started on any new regimen, first have your dog examined by your veterinarian to rule out any medical causes for obesity such as endocrine disorders.

  • Change Fido's diet.

Switch your dog's food to a low-calorie, high-protein food.

  • Account for treats.

Feed your dog low-calorie snacks such as carrots, rice, or even ice cubes. Make sure to include treats in the daily allotted calories, and limit the amount of treats to less than 10% of his daily caloric intake.

  • Get active!

As with humans, exercise plays a role in weight loss. Get active with your dog — but make sure the task is tailored to your dog's physical condition. Leash walking and swimming are examples of suitable low-impact activities for severely overweight dogs.


For more information on helping your dog shed extra pounds, check out the February 2011 issue of AKC Gazette.

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