How to keep your dog from gaining weight during the holidays
Not only humans, but also their dogs, might gain weight during the holidays due to the delicious snacks that come with them. The chilly weather can make going for walks and getting the regular exercise that dogs require more challenging. Be cautious: a few additional pounds might have a significant impact on your dog's health. To help your dog avoid seasonal weight gain, the American Kennel Club Canine Partners Program recommends the following advice.
– Maintain a healthy weight Weigh your dog before the winter arrives so you can determine his ideal weight and keep track of it throughout the season. If your dog is under or overweight, speak with your veterinarian about the optimal weight range for your pet.
– Calorie tracking Everyone enjoys large holiday dinners, but eating too many of them can swiftly lead to weight gain. Examine how much you feed your dog on a regular basis; consider reducing servings by a quarter cup to help your dog stay in shape. If they're still hungry, substituting canned string beans for the missed food can help. You should be able to resume your normal feeding schedule after around two weeks.
– There are much too many sweets. When you're celebrating or resting at home in the winter, it's tempting to offer your dog a few extra treats here and there, but treats are high in calories, which can lead to weight gain - especially if your dog isn't receiving the same amount of regular exercise. Instead of calorie-dense dog treats, try crunchy veggies like tiny carrots if you still want to offer your dog extra treats during the winter
Visit the AKC Canine Partners website at www.moredogfun.com for more information on how to have fun with your dog.