Help Your Dog Regain Her Fashionable Figure

Your Labrador retriever Sunny never intended to become a pudgy pooch. This eight-year-old canine housemate has always valued her appearance, maintaining a fit figure with a vet-approved diet and consistent exercise. When Sunny turned seven, however, she reduced her activities but kept her hearty eating habits. Now, she has gained several pounds, and her stylish canine fashions don’t fit. You’d like your companion to avoid joint pain, diabetes, liver problems, and other ailments. Tomorrow, your Walnut veterinarian will give her a physical exam and weight management guidance.

Informal Weight Gauges

Give your canine housemate an unofficial weight test. If she’s within normal parameters, you’ll easily be able to palpate her ribs and feel her backbone. If you can’t feel her ribs without burrowing into her chest, she has likely accumulated surplus poundage.

Try another test with a different perspective. Stand above Sunny, and look directly downward at your happy dog. If she’s a normal weight, you’ll see a “waist” between the back of her rib cage and her hips. If this no longer describes her, it’s time for nutritional counseling.

Weight Gain Trigger

If Sunny dines on a specific number of daily calories, and burns them up with vigorous exercise, she’ll probably remain at a healthy weight. However, your hungry dog gobbles up her food, the cat’s meal, and any scraps from your kitchen.

After gorging herself, she collapses on her bed for an extended nap. Since her body doesn’t need those extra calories when she’s snoozing, they’re stored as potentially harmful fat. Even worse, Labs and their smaller pug cousins are especially prone to weight gain. Older dogs are also more likely to pack on unwanted pounds.

Well-Rounded Weight Management Plan

Provide your vet with details on your pooch’s eating and exercise habits. Note each bite Sunny consumes for a certain time period. Record every walk, hike, dog park trip, or fetch game.

Your Walnut veterinarian will consider your dog’s age, nutritional requirements, and regular activities. He’ll create a targeted weight management plan for your companion. Feed her only from her bowl, and adhere to the vet’s advice on treats.

Get your lazy dog into a vet-approved exercise routine. Over time, she’ll reduce her appetite, burn up more calories, and increase her resting metabolic rate. If your companion needs to drop some weight, contact us for expert advice.

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