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6 Tips for Getting and Keeping Your Dog in Shape


Feeding your dog, the right food for its age and physical condition along with paying close attention to its other habits can provide you with many years of fun and enjoyment with your furry companion. If your dog gets out of shape and becomes overweight, you’ll find that this can lead to many health problems that must be treated by a professional.

Whether it might suffer from pancreatitis, diabetes or heart disease, your dog’s daily diet and exercise routines definitely impact its health and wellbeing. If your dog is already out of shape, you’ll want to follow some of the tips below and if it’s in tip top physical condition, continue to follow these guidelines to keep your dog healthy and happy.

The first tip to follow is to visit your veterinarian so that they can check out your dog, recommend a daily food allowance, and depending on his breed, some of the special factors that may impact his health.

Next, the experts at the Petpractice recommend that you always measure the amount of food that you give your dog so that you can control its intake and keep its diet consistent. Keep in mind what your vet has recommended and stay as close to that amount as you can.

Always have the same meal time for your dog. If it knows the time each day that food will be available it won’t obsess about food and overeat at meal times. You’ll also want to remember that your dog will need fresh water throughout the day so keep a supply ready for it to enjoy whenever necessary.

Remove snacks from your dog’s diet. Many calories are added to your dog’s diet with the snacks that you may be giving it throughout the day. Also refrain from giving it table scraps since this will add weight and impact the nutritious diet you want it to have each day.

Have a time set aside for both you and your dog to get some exercise. Whether it’s a walk in the park, a jog along the river, or simply playing with its favourite toy, make sure that each day you provide an opportunity for your dog to play and exercise. Ask your vet about how long the exercise sessions should be when you begin so that you won’t overdo it and cause more problems with your dog’s health. You can begin with a ten-minute walk and then expand the time as your dog begins to become accustomed to the routine.

Finally, you should schedule regular check-ups at your vet’s office so that you can be proactive in finding and treating any diseases before they become serious. You can arrange for your dog’s yearly vaccinations and keep a close eye on teeth, vision, and hearing as your dog gets older and less active.

Following these tips will assure you of a healthy and happy dog that enjoys playing and exercising with you each and every day.