Help Your Dog Lose weight
Food is Your Dog's Best Friend � Besides You of Course
A healthy dog is a thin dog. Food is a primary motivator for most dogs and the more the better. But more food isn't good for your dog. Canines are carnivores. Most carnivores eat until there isn't anything left to eat. That works if you're a wolf and you've just brought down a deer. It could be several days or a week before you get anything much else to eat. So stuffing yourself with as much as you can hold makes sense. Article continues below.
That same instinct is what drives domesticated dogs to overeat. They don't know how much is good for them so they keep eating until there isn't anything left. There are even dogs who have had to be taken to the emergency clinic because they've eaten an entire sheet cake and their stomachs are literally ready to burst.
Check with your vet for the right amount of food for your dog based on his weight (the dog's not the vet's) age and activity levels. The amounts suggested on dog food packages may or may not be accurate. Measure the food by a cup, don't just dump it in the bowl figuring it's close enough. After several weeks check your dog to see if he's gaining or losing weight by feeling his ribs or weighing him.
Make sure any snacks or treats are included in what you feed the dog. Just like humans dogs can gain weight because they snack too much.
Keep your dog healthy and at the right weight.