As feeding dogs kibble has come more prevalent, the number of overweight dogs has increased. Now, more than half of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Although correlation doesn’t equal causation, the likelihood in this case is that the two are related. Kibble is often half or more grains, has artificial flavors and additives, and is full of carbohydrates. This will provide your dog with calories to make them feel full, but not with the nutrients they need. As a result, these calories will turn into fat rather than feeding the body with what it needs.
On top of this issue, many dog owners fail to acknowledge that their dog is overweight or see it as a serious health problem. An overweight dog can easily become obese as well as a list of other health issues. With this guide, we hope to help you help your dog lose the weight they need to reach optimal health!
Why You Need to Be Concerned
Obesity in dogs is just as dangerous as obesity in humans. It can reduce the lifespan of your dog and decrease their quality of life. Overweight and obese dogs suffer from a large number of health conditions, including:
- Orthopedic disease
- Ligament rupture
- Urinary disorders
- Heart disease
- Joint problems
- Cardiorespiratory diseases
- Certain types cancers
- Skin problems
How a Raw Diet Can Help
A raw diet is biologically appropriate for your dog. It provides your dog with the type of food their body is adapted for. It is free from chemical additives and high amounts of carbohydrates. Unlike “light” kibble, it is designed to help your dog achieve, and remain at, their ideal healthy weight without cutting vital nutrients from their diet. In fact, dogs on a raw diet receive more proteins, vitamins, and minerals than those eating a processed kibble diet.
Dogs use fat as a source of energy. If they are receiving more fat and and not expending energy, their body will store the fat. Protein gives your dogs metabolism energy, providing the body with the appropriate nutrition while also repairing muscle and resulting in a lean body.
Whereas a raw diet is the best option for overweight dogs (and for all other dogs, for that matter), it won’t work miracles. You’ll need to feed your dog the right amount for their size and activity level. Plus, you’ll need to pick the right raw diet — good-quality raw food contains all the nutrients your dog needs and is low in calories. Remember to be patient, weight loss can take time to be noticed depending on the size of your dog.
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