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Fat Dogs - How To Get Overweight Dogs to Diet and Slim Down Without Whining


Obesity in dogs is a growing problem, which can cause many problems including heart disease, joint problems, and diabetes. Almost half of dogs in America are fat, especially beagles, dachshunds, basset hounds, and Labrador retrievers. Before your dog reaches the point where they need insulin shots, you can slim them down. It will take almost a year, but it's worth it.

Even puppies shouldn't be overweight - all dogs need to be slim, not fat, to be healthy. A dog is at the right weight if you can feel the ribs without excess fat covering. From the side, the dog's belly should be tucked up, and from above, there should be a noticeable waist in front of the hips. When you feel his ribs, they should be shallow indents which you can count, although you shouldn't be able to count them just by looking.

A major cause of overweight dogs is feeding them table scraps. While it is fun to feed your dog leftover food, there are serious consequences. One is, of course, that the dog will become unsure of who is the alpha in the family. The alpha is the one who eats first, and if the dog is being fed before or during the meal, the hierarchy of the family becomes unclear. Also, table scraps may not provide the right nutrition for a dog. For example, many dogs fed table scraps can get vitamin A toxicity, and excess protein and phosphorus. If a dog is fed exclusively table scraps, they usually won't get enough calcium and can get over-activity of the parathyroid glands.

To reduce the weight of fat dogs, one option is to just keep to the same feeding schedule, but feed the dog less, starting by feeding the dog only ¾ as much as you do now. This option, however, can produce a dog that whines a lot, so many owners can add bulky vegetables to the food. You can also get special low-calorie foods, which are high in bulk so the dog feels better fed. Dogs don't usually like low-calorie foods, but they will eventually eat it and get used to it.

Another option, which can keep the whining down, is to change the feeding schedule to twice a day instead of once a day. Never leave food out all day long. Treats need to stop being given, but instead of a treat, overweight dogs can be fed one of the two small meals. If you really want to give your dog a treat, use a carrot or an apple.

A balanced dog food is at least a quarter protein and 1600 kilocalories of energy per pound, but if the dog is not active, overweight dogs will need less food. For canned dog food, the calorie intake is measured at 500 calories per pound, although if the dog food is all meat, it's 600 calories a pound. For dry food, 1500 calories per pound, and semi-soft or moist food is 1350 per pound. So if a dog weighs less than 11 pounds, feed them about 4 ounces of dry food a day. Up to 22 pounds, feed 5 ounces, 22-50 pounds gets 11 ounces, 55-75 pounds gets 17 ounces, and 75 pounds or more get 35-30 ounces of dry food.

All these calculations don't necessarily work, though, as each dog metabolizes food differently and has different activity levels. Remember, a dog doesn't have to eat every day, and can go up to five days without eating. Also, spaying or neutering the dog does not cause obesity.

If your dog only nibbles at the food, don't be fooled. Nibblers tend to eat more in the long run than gobblers, and thus gain weight quicker. And if the obese dog is picky, the dog will eventually become accustomed to the healthy food, it may just take a while.

Once your dog is on a diet, keep track of the dog's weight. If the obese dog has lost even a little weight over two weeks, you're on the right track.

Walks should be given regularly (a couple times a day), but don't overdo it at first if the dog is really fat. Moderation in everything is the key to seriously overweight dogs. The goal should be double the amount of the walks your dog is getting now. Once your dog is trim, though, it's good to walk your dog a lot - most dogs don't get enough exercise.

What Type of Little Dog is Best For Me? HTML is http://littledogonline.com and the site provides advice and tips for selecting the best type of small dog, rating barkiness, intelligence, health, and even cuteness level.


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PET TALK: Have a paw-sitive transition after quarantine  Chron.com

Life-like robotic pets help Alabama seniors during coronavirus pandemic - AL.com
Life-like robotic pets help Alabama seniors during coronavirus pandemic  AL.com

Pets of the week - The Bethel Citizen
Pets of the week  The Bethel Citizen

A Paws for Pets: Who saved who? - York News-Times
A Paws for Pets: Who saved who?  York News-Times

Pets of the Week: Melvin, Titus, Lillian and April are ready for adoption - Long Beach Press Telegram
Pets of the Week: Melvin, Titus, Lillian and April are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

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Invasive cane toads poisonous to pets - Caloosa Belle  Caloosa Belle

Pets of the Week: Aug. 14, 2020 | Pets | tbnweekly.com - Tampa Bay Newspapers
Pets of the Week: Aug. 14, 2020 | Pets | tbnweekly.com  Tampa Bay Newspapers

Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com - Antelope Valley Press
Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com  Antelope Valley Press

Tempe-based animal shelter prepares for influx of pets due to pandemic - KTAR.com
Tempe-based animal shelter prepares for influx of pets due to pandemic  KTAR.com

Hurricane Planning and Pets - NBC 6 South Florida
Hurricane Planning and Pets  NBC 6 South Florida

Sonoma pets at low risk for coronavirus - Sonoma Index-Tribune
Sonoma pets at low risk for coronavirus  Sonoma Index-Tribune

Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness - CNN
Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness  CNN

With 60 pets adopted, more than 140 pets remain at Heritage Humane Society during Clear the Shelters campaign - Daily Press
With 60 pets adopted, more than 140 pets remain at Heritage Humane Society during Clear the Shelters campaign  Daily Press

Writer upset about neighbor's roaming pets | Eufaula Tribune - Dothan Eagle
Writer upset about neighbor's roaming pets | Eufaula Tribune  Dothan Eagle

Pets of the Week: Mikey, Champ, Emery and Cowboy are ready for adoption - The Daily Breeze
Pets of the Week: Mikey, Champ, Emery and Cowboy are ready for adoption  The Daily Breeze

We need your pets for Pet Pride! - WBOY.com
We need your pets for Pet Pride!  WBOY.com

Tips for keeping your pets safe during extremely hot weather | FOX 28 Spokane - FOX 28 Spokane
Tips for keeping your pets safe during extremely hot weather | FOX 28 Spokane  FOX 28 Spokane

UCAPS Feature Pets of the Week: Meet Keeva and Timmy T - KTVE - myarklamiss.com
UCAPS Feature Pets of the Week: Meet Keeva and Timmy T  KTVE - myarklamiss.com

Good Day Pets – Meet Callie! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Callie!  KCAU 9

Former record-breaking coach now winning the hearts of shelter pets - WVVA TV
Former record-breaking coach now winning the hearts of shelter pets  WVVA TV

Wait until you see these 15 adoptable pets: August 15-16 - SILive.com
Wait until you see these 15 adoptable pets: August 15-16  SILive.com

Saturday is "Check the Chip Day" - What pet parents need to know - KOMO News
Saturday is "Check the Chip Day" - What pet parents need to know  KOMO News

Cars for Canines event to provide vaccinations for pets - WVLT
Cars for Canines event to provide vaccinations for pets  WVLT

Pets for adoption | Entertainment | tucson.com - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption | Entertainment | tucson.com  Arizona Daily Star

Getting our pets into the comfort zone | Off The Leash | timesargus.com - Barre Montpelier Times Argus
Getting our pets into the comfort zone | Off The Leash | timesargus.com  Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Progressive partners with Pets Best to help employers offer pet insurance coverage - WKYC.com
Progressive partners with Pets Best to help employers offer pet insurance coverage  WKYC.com

Pets are a doggone good distraction from coronavirus stress - San Luis Obispo Tribune
Pets are a doggone good distraction from coronavirus stress  San Luis Obispo Tribune

Absorbine Pet Care launches new SaniPet sanitizing spray for pets, eliminating 99.9% of germs on contact to help manage healthier households - PRNewswire
Absorbine Pet Care launches new SaniPet sanitizing spray for pets, eliminating 99.9% of germs on contact to help manage healthier households  PRNewswire

Progressive teams with PetsBest for new pet insurance benefit - Employee Benefit News
Progressive teams with PetsBest for new pet insurance benefit  Employee Benefit News

Pets visit caregivers at UT Health - KLTV
Pets visit caregivers at UT Health  KLTV

Readers relate to our dog's blindness - Bucks County Courier Times
Readers relate to our dog's blindness  Bucks County Courier Times

Pets of the week: Spend those summer nights with Calista and Jeff - Bucks County Courier Times
Pets of the week: Spend those summer nights with Calista and Jeff  Bucks County Courier Times

(SPONSORED) Promote your Pet to Teacher's Assistant - Decaturish.com
(SPONSORED) Promote your Pet to Teacher's Assistant  Decaturish.com

Pet owners beware, skunk tests positive for rabies in Pueblo - KKTV
Pet owners beware, skunk tests positive for rabies in Pueblo  KKTV

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Martin - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Martin  KCBD

Selma home burns to ground with several pets inside - WRAL.com
Selma home burns to ground with several pets inside  WRAL.com

Can Pets Get The Coronavirus? 1st Dog In US To Test Positive Has Died : Short Wave - NPR
Can Pets Get The Coronavirus? 1st Dog In US To Test Positive Has Died : Short Wave  NPR

FUREVER HOMES: Pets of the Week | News | thecourierexpress.com - The Courier-Express
FUREVER HOMES: Pets of the Week | News | thecourierexpress.com  The Courier-Express

Meet the H & S Feed & Country Store Pets of the Week: Sandy & Archie - KBOE 104.9 FM
Meet the H & S Feed & Country Store Pets of the Week: Sandy & Archie  KBOE 104.9 FM

60 percent of pet owners have planned their summer holiday around their dogs - Travel Daily News International
60 percent of pet owners have planned their summer holiday around their dogs  Travel Daily News International

Robotic pets help reduce loneliness | Local News - Moulton Advertiser
Robotic pets help reduce loneliness | Local News  Moulton Advertiser

Don’t abandon your pet, let the Humane Society can help you keep it - WLOX
Don’t abandon your pet, let the Humane Society can help you keep it  WLOX

How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety - The New York Times
How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety  The New York Times

Here are some of the pets up for adoption in Collin County for ‘Clear the Shelters’ - The Dallas Morning News
Here are some of the pets up for adoption in Collin County for ‘Clear the Shelters’  The Dallas Morning News

Study Makes Link Between People And Pets Who Test Positive For COVID-19 - Talk Radio 1210 WPHT
Study Makes Link Between People And Pets Who Test Positive For COVID-19  Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

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DC Introduces A World Of Evil Super-Pets For Death Metal in November  Bleeding Cool News

Pet owners call for oversight on pet grooming & boarding facilities - ABC NEWS 4
Pet owners call for oversight on pet grooming & boarding facilities  ABC NEWS 4

Employer offers 'pawternity' leave, $300 toward pet-adoption fees to its workers - FOX 5 DC
Employer offers 'pawternity' leave, $300 toward pet-adoption fees to its workers  FOX 5 DC

Claws, Paws & Scales Gallery for August 14, 2020 - Reading Eagle
Claws, Paws & Scales Gallery for August 14, 2020  Reading Eagle

Unity family appeals backyard chicken violation, want birds classified as pets - TribLIVE
Unity family appeals backyard chicken violation, want birds classified as pets  TribLIVE

25 Adoptable Pets from the Overcrowded Cincinnati Animal CARE Shelter Looking for Forever Homes - Cincinnati CityBeat
25 Adoptable Pets from the Overcrowded Cincinnati Animal CARE Shelter Looking for Forever Homes  Cincinnati CityBeat

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Meet our pets of the week: Cats, a horse and a cur mix  STLtoday.com

Alachua County Pets: Nina, Nolan and Calypso - WCJB
Alachua County Pets: Nina, Nolan and Calypso  WCJB

Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets - BBC News
Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets  BBC News

How to protect your pets from COVID-19 - WWLTV.com
How to protect your pets from COVID-19  WWLTV.com

COVID got you stressed? Pets can be a great stress reliever - KRCRTV.COM
COVID got you stressed? Pets can be a great stress reliever  KRCRTV.COM

Many Americans have adopted pets amid Covid-19. But beware the costs - CNBC
Many Americans have adopted pets amid Covid-19. But beware the costs  CNBC

MAS provides assistance to pet owners impacted by COVID-19 - WMC
MAS provides assistance to pet owners impacted by COVID-19  WMC

Pet owners asked to take precautions during hot weather - FOX 11 Los Angeles
Pet owners asked to take precautions during hot weather  FOX 11 Los Angeles

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Therapy Pet? - South Florida Reporter
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Therapy Pet?  South Florida Reporter

Franklin County Dog shelter uses facial recognition to reunite lost pets with owners - NBC4 WCMH-TV
Franklin County Dog shelter uses facial recognition to reunite lost pets with owners  NBC4 WCMH-TV

Maleah Stringer column: Golf event honors friend, helps pets - The Herald Bulletin
Maleah Stringer column: Golf event honors friend, helps pets  The Herald Bulletin

Pets of the week: Oreo is an older pet who wants to complete your family - mlive.com
Pets of the week: Oreo is an older pet who wants to complete your family  mlive.com

Suffrage train rides, pet food drive, live music and more highlight weekend events around Carson City area - Carson Now
Suffrage train rides, pet food drive, live music and more highlight weekend events around Carson City area  Carson Now

Perry County Humane Society wins senior pet adoption grant - KFVS
Perry County Humane Society wins senior pet adoption grant  KFVS

While You’re In: Dress your pet, see Shakespeare in the Park, tour the world via radio - The Olympian
While You’re In: Dress your pet, see Shakespeare in the Park, tour the world via radio  The Olympian

Pet rescue, Agency on Aging team up to feed furry friends - The County
Pet rescue, Agency on Aging team up to feed furry friends  The County

Fido and COVID: What the CDC says about pets and the coronavirus - Houston Chronicle
Fido and COVID: What the CDC says about pets and the coronavirus  Houston Chronicle

Veterinarians see an increase in pet visits during the pandemic - KYTV
Veterinarians see an increase in pet visits during the pandemic  KYTV

Pets of the Week, August 13 - VIDEO | Photo & Video - Johnson City Press (subscription)
Pets of the Week, August 13 - VIDEO | Photo & Video  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

Harriette Cole: Dog mom defends ‘over-the-top’ pet funeral - The Mercury News
Harriette Cole: Dog mom defends ‘over-the-top’ pet funeral  The Mercury News

Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.' - National Geographic
Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.'  National Geographic

App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets - Bay News 9
App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets  Bay News 9

Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector - Nature.com
Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector  Nature.com

Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech' - USA TODAY
Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech'  USA TODAY

PET EVENTS for Aug. 14, 2020 - Online Athens
PET EVENTS for Aug. 14, 2020  Online Athens

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bandit - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bandit  KCBD

Canaan donates winnings to APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program - SanJuanIslander.com
Canaan donates winnings to APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program  SanJuanIslander.com

We May Be Doing Our Pets More Harm Than Good - Newser
We May Be Doing Our Pets More Harm Than Good  Newser

Green River Animal Control to Host Pet Adoption Event - SweetwaterNOW.com
Green River Animal Control to Host Pet Adoption Event  SweetwaterNOW.com

Pumpkii robot uses swappable modules to entertain pets - New Atlas
Pumpkii robot uses swappable modules to entertain pets  New Atlas

Austin-based The Zebra becomes first company in US to cover pet adoption fees for employees - KVUE.com
Austin-based The Zebra becomes first company in US to cover pet adoption fees for employees  KVUE.com

New tick and mosquito repellent will help protect humans and pets, CDC says - Fox News
New tick and mosquito repellent will help protect humans and pets, CDC says  Fox News

South Florida pet store owner accused of animal cruelty - KOKI FOX 23
South Florida pet store owner accused of animal cruelty  KOKI FOX 23

Marvin Jones Jr. Takes Private Jet to Purchase First Family Pet - Sports Illustrated
Marvin Jones Jr. Takes Private Jet to Purchase First Family Pet  Sports Illustrated

PE-backed Manno Pro to buy pet brand Doggie Dailies - PE Hub
PE-backed Manno Pro to buy pet brand Doggie Dailies  PE Hub

Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners - NPR
Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners  NPR

Pet of the Week: Miguel - Newnan Times-Herald
Pet of the Week: Miguel  Newnan Times-Herald

CBD Pet Products Continue to Be Big Business - PetProductNews.com
CBD Pet Products Continue to Be Big Business  PetProductNews.com

Lewiston pet vaccine, microchip clinic dates set - The Bethel Citizen
Lewiston pet vaccine, microchip clinic dates set  The Bethel Citizen

Wayside Waifs says pet adoptions down significantly during COVID-19 - KMBC Kansas City
Wayside Waifs says pet adoptions down significantly during COVID-19  KMBC Kansas City

Woman ticketed for releasing lizard; exotic pet still loose in Livingston Parish - WBRZ
Woman ticketed for releasing lizard; exotic pet still loose in Livingston Parish  WBRZ

COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today - AgriLife Today
COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today  AgriLife Today

Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes - ArmyTimes.com
Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes  ArmyTimes.com

The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues - Psychology Today
The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues  Psychology Today

Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones - Science Daily
Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones  Science Daily

Volusia County to offer free pet food, microchipping - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Volusia County to offer free pet food, microchipping  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats - Tampa Bay Times
Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats  Tampa Bay Times

Woman convicted of killing a northeast Salem family's pet rabbit - Statesman Journal
Woman convicted of killing a northeast Salem family's pet rabbit  Statesman Journal

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