Diet Food For Dogs

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Is it time to visit the diet food for dogs aisle of the pet store? Time to ask the vet for help? Your dog, then, is in the near majority of American pets. He (or she) is overweight. You know this because it is hard to feel his ribs, there's no trim to his belly when he stands in profile, and when you look down at his back you can't see his waist. If he (or she) is fat, it has a lot to do with how you have structured your dog's diet and lifestyle. It's time to undo. Exercise will help you and your dog lose the excess weight, but the right food--along with smaller amounts--will make it easier.

Why Do We Want Diet Food for Dogs?

If your dog is fat, his health is at risk. The risk of not making the change to diet food for dogs are simple and grave. In no particular order, the risks of being overweight include diabetes, skin problems, joint or movement difficulties, heart and respiratory disease, and gastrointestinal disorders.

One thing diet food for dogs does not include is more fruits and vegetables. What it should include is meat high in essential fatty acids, specifically Omega 3 fatty acids. Carbohydrates should be no more than 50 percent of a dog's diet, probably less.

An appropriate diet will mean cutting back on quantity, yes. An appropriate diet, however, does not mean eliminating meals. It doesn't even necessarily mean reducing calories. And it certainly does not mean reducing the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that your dog, as a carnivore with a carnivore's digestive system, needs.

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