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Q: Q: My dog is overweight, what can I do to help him lose weight?

 

A: Gradual weight loss should be aimed for, either by using Arden Grange Light cat or dog food (and/or the Partners canned food range for dogs), or by keeping your pet on his normal Arden Grange food and reducing the amount given per meal.

Reduce any extras, and make sure only low calorie treats are given, and that the main diet reduced accordingly to allow for these additional calories. Three smaller meals per day are often better for dieting cats and dogs than one or two larger ones as this helps promote more stable blood sugar and better serotonin levels (the hormone responsible for dietary satisfaction).

Gentle exercise should be a part of your dog’s daily routine until he is fit enough to enjoy longer walks again. Although it may seem hard to deny your pet extra food, an over-weight pet will suffer from additional strain on the joints and internal organs, and this could predispose him to arthritis, heart conditions and diabetes. Pets should only be put on diets under their vet’s supervision, so do seek professional advice too.

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