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How to avoid obesity in a dog

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Obesity in dogs is a common health problem that can have serious health consequences. This is because obese dogs have an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, joint and respiratory problems. Therefore, it is important for dog owners to take steps to prevent obesity in their pets.

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There are some measures you can apply to avoid obesity in a dog. In this post we tell you about some of them. Remember that obesity in dogs can lead to a number of health problems, so it is essential to prevent it. A balanced approach that combines a healthy diet with exercise and regular veterinary care can help keep your dog at a healthy weight throughout his life.

Avoiding obesity

Avoiding obesity in a dog is essential to maintain its health and well-being throughout its life. Here are some guidelines to prevent obesity in your dog:

  • Balanced diet: Provide your dog with a balanced, high quality diet that is suitable for its age, size, activity level and specific nutritional needs. Consult your veterinarian to determine the right amount and type of food for your pet.
  • Controlled feeding: Avoid leaving food available all day. Establish regular feeding schedules and measure portions according to the manufacturer’s recommendations or your veterinarian’s directions. Do not give in to the temptation to give excessive treats.

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  • Healthy treats: If you want to give your dog treats, choose healthy, low-calorie options. Carrots, apple chunks or specific low calorie dog treats are better choices than treats high in fat and sugar.
  • Avoid feeding human food: Do not feed your dog food intended for humans, as many human foods are inappropriate and can contribute to weight gain.
  • Regular exercise: Provide sufficient exercise for your dog according to its energy level and age. Exercise is essential to burn calories and maintain a healthy weight. Daily walks, play sessions and physical activity are essential.
  • Control portions: Measure food portions according to the manufacturer’s instructions and adjust the amount according to your dog’s needs. Consult your veterinarian if you have doubts about the right amount of food.
  • Monitor weight: Regularly check your dog’s weight and pay attention to any unusual weight gain. If you notice unwanted weight gain, adjust your dog’s diet and activity level.

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  • Keep treats under control: Limit the amount of treats you give your dog and make sure they are included in the total daily amount of calories.
  • Keep a record: Keep track of the amount of food and treats you feed your dog, as well as his weight and activity level. This will help you detect and correct any weight gain.
  • Consult a veterinarian: Talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s specific dietary needs and follow his recommendations to avoid obesity.

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