Dogs are like people: too many calories in and not enough calories out can cause your pooch to be overweight. How can you help your dog lose weight? Knowing the steps to achieve weight loss for your dog can be overwhelming. Below are a few tips that you can use when starting a weight loss program for your dog.
This page looks at how to formulate a program for dog weight loss.
There is truth to the vet tech explanation. Dogs need a certain amount of nutrients and the AAFCO tables etc assume a certain calorie consumption a day. If a dog requires far below this or is on a weight loss program it is possible to not take in enough nutrients.
How to create a doggie diet for weight loss and good nutrition.
Weight loss, and less hunger issues, can be achieved on a high protein, lower carb diet. The dog retains more muscle mass on this type of diet two.
For successful weight loss, choose a quality dog food with…
Although there are a number of foods marketed for weight loss in dogs, they are not all created equally. Foods described as "diet", "lite" or "reduced-calorie" are not necessarily the best weight loss choices as many of these diets contain high levels of carbohydrates and non-digestible fiber fillers to create low-calorie "bulky" foods that help your dog to feel full for only a short time. I find that these diets often lead to dogs who are constantly hungry and often end up gaining weight because it is difficult for an owner to stay compliant in the face of constant begging. Following are guidelines that will help dog owners select foods with nutrient levels that can aid in successful, healthy weight loss.Assume that we have a normally active 52 lb. dog that is about 10 lbs. overweight. This dog is very overweight, almost 20% overweight, although not yet obese. This dog would burn about 1,150 calories each day at 52 lbs. At its target weight of 42 lbs., the dog would burn about 1,000 calories per day. To feed a dog for weight loss, a common guideline is to feed about 75% of the calories that the dog would burn at its target weight until the dog reaches its goal. In our example, that means feeding the dog 75% of 1,000 or 750 calories per day. This works out to be an initial calorie deficit of about 425 calories on the first day of the new ‘diet’. As the dog loses weight over time, the calorie deficit will slowly shrink as the dog is losing weight and their daily calorie needs are slowly shrinking as well.One of the challenges with feeding a dog to lose weight is that it requires time, a lot of time, to implement a safe weight loss regimen. Simply cutting back on the dog’s kibble for a week or two will suffice. How much time will it take for an overweight dog to reach their target weight? A numerical example can help to illustrate.You will notice a few things from this chart. First of all, it will take 106 days for this dog to lose 10 lbs., even on a diet that is rather calorie restrictive. Second, the speed of weight loss is not consistent, even in a theoretical world. The rate of weight loss will change (slow) over time as evidenced by the fact that the line is not straight but slightly curved. In reality, the rate of weight loss is even more non-linear due to a multiple of factors (including owner’s compliance or lack thereof, to the diet program). The graph below shows a more realistic scenario, where the weight loss, while steady over the 106 days, is variable day to day. Those of us who have tried to lose weight ourselves can appreciate this.