With frigid temperatures and icy streets, it can be tempting to just let your pup out for a hot minute while they do their business, then scurry them back inside. But just like with humans, dogs need the chance to burn calories - to quite literally get their energy out - so they can balance their intake and their output.
To prevent dog obesity, play a game of fetch, get them going up and down the stairs, try a laser pointer - get creative! And of course, be sure to bundle the both of you up and get them out for some fresh air when the weather allows it.
Watch the Food
If you have concerns about your dog's weight, it's important to contact your veterinarian. Dogs have very different diets than we do, so their nutritional needs are not necessarily intuitive to us. You may think you're feeding them the right types of food, but we strongly encourage you to speak with your vet to be sure you are satisfying your dog's body, and not just his tongue!
Dog's don't have a convenient pseudo-scale like we do - our favorite pair of jeans or a perfectly-fitted blouse - and it can be hard to tell if your dog has put on a few pounds. This is why a critical step to prevent dog obesity is to weigh your pet. For the most accurate snapshot, be sure it's on the same scale and at the same time for day. If you begin to notice a difference, contact your vet for further advice and instruction.
Visit Petland Overland Park
For dog foods catering to all types of dietary needs, as well as fun toys to keep your pup active and lean, visit Petland Overland Park today or call us at (913) 498-9814.