Dog Diet Advice

An important issue to consider is diet. There are a wide variety of diets available and they are split into either dry, or wet diets. Dry diets tend to be better for dogs teeth. If you get a puppy, you may decide to keep it on the same diet that it was given by the breeder, which may be fine but it is important to ensure this is a complete puppy diet.

Most commercially available diets are complete. If what your dog is fed is not complete, choose a new diet and slowly introduce the new diet, mixed in with the old one over a number of days. This will help avoid any digestive upsets.

Once you have chosen a diet, stick with it, as constantly changing the diet is likely to make your dog fussy. These diets are designed to be complete, therefore your dog requires no additional feeding. If you are training your dog and wish to use treats, use low calorie biscuits, or some of your dogs dried food. A number of treats are available on the market, but it is important to remember many of these are very high in calories.

Dog Obesity

Obesity in dogs is a rising epidemic, and is a factor in a number of canine diseases including osteoarthritis, diabetes mellitus and some types of cancer. It is much easier to prevent your dog from becoming obese, than to investigate a weight loss program.

A number of simple measures can be employed to prevent your puppy from becoming overweight or obese. Firstly, do not overfeed your dog, give only the amount recommended by the manufacturer for the animals age and weight. Do not give your dog leftovers from the dinner table, or other high calorie treats, and ensure your dog receives regular exercise.

If you are worried that your dog may be overweight, please contact the practice to arrange a FREE weight clinic with one of our nurses, to help set achievable goals and get your dog into shape.