Like people, many dogs do not get enough exercise over the winter months, and it’s not unusual for them to put on a few extra pounds. Veterinarians now say that more than half of all dogs in the U.S. are, in fact, overweight. If you’ve looked at your best friend recently and wondered where all those folds came from, there are things you can do to help him or her slim down.
A good article on dogster.com offers six great tips, from getting more exercise to changing foods to portion control:
Keep the treats you plan to give your dog in a handy snack bag, and allocate the day’s treats. When the bag is empty, treats are done. Make it rewarding for the dog. Try stuffing a Kong toy with green bean pieces, low-fat snacks, and other items like Zuke’s salmon treats, which are only three calories a piece and a natural healthy alternative. Watch for sugars added as filler to many store-bought treats. Always check with your vet for the amount to feed, as well as guidelines in feeding.