A human that eats a lot but has less to no activity will surely gain weight. That is also applicable to dogs. Most pet owners don’t care as much if their dog starts to gain weight due to inactivity. Little do they know that the weight gain could lead to health issues in the near future.
If you notice your dog has less activity and has gained weight because of it, you have to reach out to your vet. First, you need to find out the reason behind the decrease in physical activity. There could be a lot of reasons why your dog has less activity.
As dogs grow old, they really reduce activity. They hold back on the activities, as they get tired a lot faster than when they were younger.
If your dog has an injury or illness, he will definitely cut down on activity. The injury or illness could be causing him pain, thus the reduced activity. Also illnesses sometimes makes dogs lessens the energy level of dogs – less energy means less activity.
When dogs gain weight, it becomes a little too hard for them to move around. Their weight could stress out their joints and bones.
Let your vet help you determine the cause, then you could work from there.
For aging dogs and dogs with injury or illness, your vet will help you fix that. However, weight gain is something you have to work in consistently.
There are a lot of thing you can try to get your dog active again and lose the extra pounds.
Reduce the treats and calories. You can give him treats but always check the label, make sure to keep an eye on your dog’s calorie intake. There are also food that’s packed with high calorie ingredients, avoid those as well. Your dog has less activity which means he’s not burning the excess calories.
Cut down on his regular food. But don’t go overboard with it. Follow the feeding guidelines.
Extend your walks with him and have more play time with him. It doesn’t have to be a rigid exercise, just take him on a longer walk, or if you walked him in the morning, take him for another walk in the afternoon. Remember that play time is also a form of exercise for dogs, so go play with him more – he’ll enjoy it and it’s keeping him active.
Think about switching his diet to a less calorie diet. There are meals you could prepare for your dog that won’t have as much calorie but will still fill up his tummy.
Get him to work for his food. There are toys that’s designed so you can put treats inside them. Get one of those. Your dog will love that. They love treats, and he’ll do everything to get that treat out of the toy and in his mouth. If you don’t have such toy yet, you can get one at any pet store or online. Just make sure you’re getting a good quality and non-toxic toy for him.
You see, the problem with dogs gaining weight is not just on the food: It also lies on the activities that he has.