BUT we all like giving our dogs their favourite treat
There are ways we can work treats into your pet’s diet. This often requires a consultation with your veterinarian to discuss your pet’s current food and treats and how we can change this to suit your pet’s lifestyle.
If your dog’s favourite treat is a full slice of toast, we are likely going to want to change that. Many dogs find vegetables are a suitable replacement – many dogs love carrots or peas, and these are great low calorie options. If you have a dog that loves to chew on dental chews or other chew toys, they may also enjoy chewing on broccoli stems. Be sure to always monitor your dog while chewing to be sure they aren’t trying to eat large pieces too quickly which could make them choke.
Your veterinarian may also recommend cutting down your dog’s regular amount of food. Sometimes this proves difficult when your dog is used to their heaping scoop of food twice a day. In these cases, you can try decreasing the total amount they get in a day, but feeding it in more meals. This way your dog may be getting less at breakfast, but now they have a surprise lunch meal that keeps them full until their smaller supper.
It’s time to start playing with their food
Many dogs lead sedentary lifestyles. This can lead them to eat more because they are bored. Using treat dispensing toys can be helpful in keeping your dog busy for longer, encouraging them to use their brain to work out how to get their food and tiring them out all with some time with a tricky treat ball or a kong wobbler.
Be sure to always monitor your pets with food dispensing toys, and make sure they aren’t chewing on them or tearing pieces that could be dangerous from the toys. Most food dispensing toys are very durable, but some dogs are very determined!
Fresh air is good for the whole family
Dogs love to go outside, sniff the pee mail, and stroll through their neighbourhood. Make an effort to get your dog out for a walk on a daily basis. Of course our Canadian weather can prove challenging, but by doing it daily you will make it part of your routine and will help your dog’s cardio with daily activity.
If your dog isn’t used to walking regularly, start with short walks and increase by 5 minutes weekly until you are at a 30-40 minute walk daily.
Many dogs develop arthritis which makes exercise a bit more difficult to get started, but just as important. Talk to your veterinarian about how we can help get your dog more comfortable and more active.
There are also many dogs with other health problems including food allergies or easily upset stomachs that make diets challenging. There are many diets available so talk to your veterinarian about an appropriate diet for your dog.
Let’s start the new year with a new routine and a healthier body for your dog!
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