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    How to help your dog lose weight?

    Articledog health and wellbeingMonday 25 July 2011
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    Obesity is not only a human problem as many dog are also overweight or obese. Overweight dogs usually are seen to be more cute and so their owners keep on spoiling them with treats, extra food and cookies. However, the overweight dogs are prone to illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and canine diabetes, constant fatigue, and other debilitating and problems that shorten their lives. If it is time to put your pooch on a diet, read this article and follow the suggestions below.

    As humans, it is easy to spot the overweight or obese dog. A dog weighing as a young woman is simply a fat dog and diet is necessary. You can follow the rib test in order to say weather your dog is overweight or not: Run your hands down the side of your dog and feel for them. If they are not easily found your dog should be put on a diet. You can also check your dog’s profile from above: if your puppy’s tummy sags and its back are broad and flat it is obese. Try to weigh your dog at home – here you have a guides of dog breeds where you can find useful information and ideal weight of your dogs.

    Obesity in dogs is nutrition–related problem and is caused by over-feeding the canines by their owners. You can contact your vet in order to discuss the options for dieting and get your dog’s metabolism on a good track again. The vet will help you evaluate your dog's weight, and give you an idea of how much your dog needs to lose. Knowing how much your dog needs to take off is the most important thing to find out.  

    During the diet you should monitor the results and it is recommended that you keep a daily record of what your dog is eating and weather it is exercising every day. A regular exercise program is crucial and your dogs need regular exercise to prevent weight problems. It will also help to improve your dog's muscle tone, metabolism, and weight. Click here if you want to learn how to play with your dog.

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