Is your dog putting on too much weight?
We all love to spoil our dogs –
but do we really want to kill them with love?
Please Don’t let your lovely pet end up like this!
is this love or cruelty?
HOW TO CHECK YOUR DOG’S SHAPE
- Stand behind your dog. Place both of your thumbs on either side of its backbone. Spread both hands across its rib cage. The ribs should be easy to feel under the coat without excessive fat covering– like pens in a soft pencil case.
- Look at your dog from the side and from above – can you see the waist?
- Feel your dog’s belly – run your hand underneath from the end of the chest along the belly – it should follow an upwards curve and not droop downwards. This is known as the abdominal tuck.
- If your dog is too thin or too heavy, ask your local vet for advice. The vet will look for any underlying health problems as to why your pet may be too thin or too heavy. If there are no underlying health issues, a change of diet and lifestyle suitable for your individual dog may be suggested.
- Many vet practices run free weight management consultations led by the veterinary nurse who can check whether your pet is overweight or not. Give your local practice a call to see what services they provide. An increasing number of pet shops are also offering free weight checks.
- Once your pet is in ideal condition, continue to monitor its weight and body shape. If you think weight is creeping back on, take steps to ensure your pet is getting enough exercise, and you or anyone else in the family is not over feeding it.
- It can be a challenge for your pet to stay in peak physical condition, particularly if there are lifestyle changes – humans often over indulge at Christmas or on holiday – the same will often apply to your pet. Be mindful of these lifestyle changes and try to keep your pet’s routine as consistent as possible
NK9D provides a nutritious, healthy and hypo allergenic diet for your dogs.
If we are what we eat then so are our dogs!
We have found that the most effective way of reducing our dogs’ weight is to
- Make sure you are supplying food to the desired weight – not the obese weight so if your dog weighs 18 kg – and the desired weight is 15 kg – feed appropriate to 15kg.
- Weigh out the kibble allowance for the day – (overfeeding is easy when we guesstimate).
- Use kibble from the daily allowance for treats – nothing else – especially no table scraps!
- Bulk out meals with grated carrot – like us dogs always feel better after a good feed!
- Plenty of exercise!!
Note! It is not appropriate to simply reduce the volume of their current food. This will cause malnourishment over time.” Just like in people, once your dog has reached the desired weight it is important to continue with your new healthy habits to keep their trim shape and healthy condition.
We formulate our food to ensure that you know exactly what you are feeding and to give you the peace of mind that you are providing the best possible diet for your dogs.
Alongside following the guidelines you may wish to try our Chippendales senior/light formulation – this has a lower calorific value because of the reduced oil content – only 7%.
As your dog grows older, and/or if he is overweight, his metabolism slows, his joints start showing signs of wear and tear, and he may need a little more help to maintain his health and vitality. Although his appetite may be the same, his digestion needs to work harder, and putting on weight is a common problem many older dogs face.
We’ve formulated a delicious range especially for the more mature dog, packing it full of flavour while ensuring your pet doesn’t feel like they’re put on a diet. Including all the essential fatty acids needed for supple joints and healthy skin we truly believe our range gives your dog the best chance of staying younger and in peak condition for longer.
Higher in fibre but lower in fat, our senior dog food will help your dog to lose weight reducing the pressure on joints and internal organs.
If your dog is seriously overweight you should speak to your vet before putting your dog on any weight loss programme then come back and give your dog the treat of our meaty, gluten free meals.
Rice, Fish Meal, Barley, Oats, Poultry Fat, Beet Pulp, Peas, Brewers Yeast, Minerals, Vitamins, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane, Chondroitin Sulphate
Crude Protein 20%, Crude Oils and Fats 7%, Crude Fibres 5%, Crude Ash 7%