The weight of a dog is not limited to an aesthetic criterion. Too high a number on the scale comes with health concerns and a shorter lifespan. As with humans, not all animals are created equal.
Dogs who eat too fast
When some dogs are able to eat their food all day long, others jump in and swallow it all in seconds. This is particularly the case with dogs that have learned to eat with other puppies during the first few weeks. Going slow would have meant leaving your food to others and they are now repeating this behavior in your home.
The best thing to do is to have two separate hardware. The first is a good accessory that distributes the kibble at fixed times while respecting the optimal portions for your animal. Then, the bowl used can be “anti-glutton”. Spikes then prevent the dog from putting everything in his mouth at once, which lengthens the duration of his diet.
Dogs need exercise
How do you expect a dog who spends his days lying around doing nothing to not gain weight? Get your dog to exercise. This aspect of his life is often dependent on his master. If you live in a small apartment and the outings consist of walking for two minutes at a slow pace, the dog may not have real physical activity.
Play with him at your home by throwing him a toy and above all, take him to exercise in nature. Untie it and run it for long distances. If possible, try to take her at least once a week to a park or garden.
Spayed or sick dogs
One of the disadvantages of castration is weight gain. Male or female dogs gain weight more easily after the operation. It is also recommended to buy light kibbles for sterilized dogs in order to limit or even avoid any enlargement.
Older or sick dogs can also have a more difficult weight to manage. For example, a dog that has osteoarthritis and moves very little will have a lot of problems keeping the line.
Breeds more sensitive to weight gain
It is quite rare to see a small chihuahua with a big belly. On the other hand, a breed like pugs often has the annoying tendency to get fat. We even come to believe that it is a physical characteristic of the breed. However, no dog is made to have excess fat.
Worse, we often see that animals that have weight problems are breeds that combine this with heart problems. This is the case with pugs, but also with King Charles cavaliers. If you have such a breed, redouble your efforts to help the dog stay at its healthy weight consistently. A drift could end in premature death.
If all your efforts aren’t enough, talk to your vet. He can help you on good practices, but also see if the weight gain is not related to a medical problem.