If you’re worried about your dog’s health, there’s no better time than the New Year to commit to a food and exercise regimen for your pup. Over 50 percent of dogs are obese in the US, according to a 2015 survey for the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Why not make your New Year’s resolution to get Fido in his best shape?
Visit the Vet
Your veterinarian will be able to tell you if your dog is suffering from any health issues, such as hyperthyroidism. A vet will also be able to share specific suggestions on how to help your pet.
Lowdown on Leftovers
It’s tempting to slide your dog that extra piece of bacon at breakfast, but hold off. Those extra calories add up—and you’ll want to make sure the whole household knows no more sneaky treats.
Walk the Block
The great thing about dogs, is that it’s fun to exercise with them. Explore your neighborhood, play fetch in the park, or purchase an interactive toy for them to enjoy.
Watch Puppy Pounds
Follow the minimum feeding guidelines found on dog food when you’re feeding your puppy. A puppy that starts out overweight is more likely to grow into a husky hound with health issues.
Cut Back Carbs
Just like when humans go on a diet, cutting back on carbs can help melt away the pounds on pups. Feed your dog a balanced diet that is at least 25 percent protein, according to Whole Dog Journal.
Measure It Out
PetMD suggests reducing your dog’s daily ration of food and treats by one-third if you’re trying to help them lose weight. Don’t forget to consult your vet before starting!
Choose Healthy Treats
Your dog is watching his calorie intake, so choose a treat that does double duty. VetIQ’s Maximum Strength Hip & Joint are delicious treats that support joint cartilage, lubricate joints, and help maintain muscle.
Make a resolution to help your dog be his best self in 2017. But always remember—talking to your vet should be the first step of any diet plan!