Dog diet for excess weight
Put a stop to canine obesity
According to the latest studies, roughly 45 % of all dogs in Germany suffer from obesity and all of the resulting ailments. Although all dog owners only want the best for their pet, they often find it difficult to make a realistic assessment of whether a dog is overweight. With the right dog diet plan and special diet dog food, you can help your pet lose weight the healthy way without resorting to starvation. Find out more about the causes and consequences of overweight in dogs and use our expert tips and the dog diet plan to help your dog lose weight the healthy way.
Recognising excess weight
As long as you can see the last pair of ribs or feel them without pressing, you can assume that your dog is the ideal weight. However, if you need to apply pressure in order to feel the ribs, your dog is suffering from excess weight. A dog is defined as being overweight if its weight deviates by more than 10% from the normal weight for its breed. If it deviates by more than 20% from the normal weight for the breed, a dog is deemed to be obese. You should always ask yourself: How much food is my dog really getting between meals? The energy content of in-between snacks is often underestimated. Those who realistically gauge rations will be more successful in managing a dog's diet. Be realistic when estimating daily activity levels: For example, daily activities of 2 hours in total are the norm for a medium-sized dog. Simply by increasing the daily activity level, you are already taking the first step in the right direction.
Cause of excess weight
If the dog consumes more energy (calories) than it burns up over an extended period, this excess energy is converted into body fat, resulting in excess weight. The causes are:
- insufficient exercise
- too many dog biscuits
- excessive portion sizes at mealtimes
- in-between snacks too substantial
- dog food too substantial
In addition, neutered males and older dogs are particularly susceptible to excess weight, which can be attributed to changes in hormone levels and reduced levels of activity.
Consequences of excess weight
Overweight dogs have frequent ailments and suffer from serious illnesses in the truest sense of the word:
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory problems
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Premature joint wear
- Lower quality of life
- Shorter life expectancy
First aid for excess weight
Eliminating pre-existing illnesses
Contact your vet for assistance in eliminating pre-existing illnesses
- Learn how to say no
This could be the biggest test of your love for your dog if it demands too much dog food or too many dog biscuits
- Cutting down on nutrition
The daily energy input should be realistically checked and significantly reduced
- Taking care with snacks
An in-between snack often provides more than a dog's daily requirements, so pay particular attention in this regard
- Increase activity levels
Every step reduces weight. Increase the daily exercise level gradually but significantly
- Special diet dog food
High-quality diet dog foods such as those supplied by Meradog are rich in fibre and help dogs reduced weight without going hungry
- Feeding through searching games
This can encourage your dog to become more active. Scatter the dry food around the garden lawn or hide the biscuits throughout the apartment. Your dog will gain exercise while hunting and will also train its nose. Your dog may have so much fun that you can allow it to forage for all its food as part of search or retrieving games
Before the dog diet
Even if pre-existing illnesses are eliminated, the dog diet should be supervised by a vet particularly in the case of obesity. This ensures that optimum results are achieved and that any medications are adjusted for weight loss.
Starting the dog diet
It is possible to start a dog diet without having to make the dog go hungry. Calorie-reduced diet dog food provides your dog with balanced and calorie-conscious nutrition, with a long-lasting feeling of satiation.
Selecting the diet dog food
The comprehensive Meradog pure and Meradog care product range offers first-class dog food for the special needs of overweight dogs or dogs with a tendency for excess weight. All of the nutrients in this dog food are gauged to prevent any deficiencies, even in the long term. We recommend wheat-free Meradog care light diet food. As a gluten-free alternative, we recommend Meradog pure salmon & rice. This can be supplemented by our calorie-reduced dog biscuits, with which you can reward your dog with a clear conscience.
Special features of diet products
Meradog care light diet dog food
This wheat-free dry dog food is specially formulated for weight reduction. The fat content (8 %) is reduced to cut back on energy, the protein content (25 %) on the other hand is high to build up or maintain the muscular system. That is because muscles burn fat and the more muscles your dog has, the higher its general metabolic rate is. Furthermore, large amounts of fibre are digested that provide a feeling of satiation without releasing additional energy. Your dog will lose weight without having to go hungry. The L-carnitine contained also encourages fat burning.
Meradog pure diet dog food salmon & rice &
For overweight dogs that suffer from nutritional problems or allergies, Meradog pure salmon & rice is the ideal alternative to Meradog care light. This gluten-free dry dog food is particularly low in fact and therefore in calories (6.5 % fat & 18.5 % protein). It contains salmon as the sole source of protein and rice as the sole source of carbohydrate. This allows even food-sensitive dogs to lose weight with delicious meals. You can counter the low protein content by slightly increasing the food ration (see recommendation below).
Diet dog biscuits
Meradog pure goody snacks are the ideal dog biscuits to supplement a diet for dogs. These gluten-free or grain-free dog biscuits are calorie-reduced, so you can reward your dog with dog biscuits with a clear conscience even while your dog is dieting. Bear in mind however that snacks should only account for a maximum of 10 % of daily requirements and must be deducted from the primary food.
Below, we provide a detailed recommendation for the ideal dog diet plan:
Weight reduction with wheat-free Meradog care light diet food:
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Weight retention with wheat-free Meradog care light diet food:
You can continue to feed Meradog care light dog food for as long as you wish because all nutrients in this food are gauged to prevent any deficiencies, even over the long term. Once the dog has reached its ideal weight, you can increase its food ration slightly as follows:
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Weight reduction with gluten-free Meradog pure salmon & rice:
A healthy rate of weight reduction is approximately 1-2 % of body weight per week. Replace your previous dog food to the calorie-reduced pure salmon & rice dog food within a week. Since this dog food has a very low protein and fat content, we recommend using the following food quantities as a guide in order to counter muscle loss:
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Weight retention with gluten-free Meradog pure salmon & rice
You can continue to feed Meradog pure salmon & rice dog food for as long as you wish because all nutrients in this food are gauged to prevent any deficiencies, even over the long term. Once the dog has reached the ideal weight, you can increase the food ration again as follows:
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Take the test – how successful is the dog diet?
- Weight your dog regularly and record its change in weight weekly
- You can also take measurements to record the change in abdominal girth. Remember: Muscles are heavier than fat!
- Under certain circumstances, a blood test will be taken before the dog diet commences. Ask your vet if the blood values have improved