Weight loss is tough for anyone – two- or four-legged! However, losing weight and getting in shape can not only add not years to your dog’s life, but it can also make those extra years more enjoyable.
Theoretically, weight loss seems simple enough: fewer calories in plus more calories out equals weight loss. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as that.
You should never put your dog on a diet without the assistance of your veterinary healthcare team. There may be an underlying medical condition that is causing or contributing to your dog’s excess weight.
There are a number of weight control diets available at pet stores that work well for a dog who only needs to lose a small amount of weight. However, these diets are often not as effective as veterinary weight loss diets if a dog needs to lose a significant amount of weight or if your dog has other medical conditions.
When you are introducing a new diet to your dog, you should allow about a week to make the transition. To minimize digestive upsets, mix the new diet in with the old diet in gradually increasing proportions.
Enter figures in the Nutritional Calculator below to get a tailored Nutrition Report
Individual pet needs can vary by as much as 50% from calculated values however this calculator provides starting points for estimating the amount of food to be provided daily. All weight management plans should be in consultation with your registered vet.