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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Overweight Dog

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

 

Istockphoto-165910917-612x612Some folks tend to over-feed their pets, especially those that have been rescued from a neglectful background.

 

Generally, adult dogs should be fed twice a day. Under normal circumstances a meat-and-plant based diet is ideal. According to the VCA (Veterinary Centers of America) dogs’ diets need to include the essential vitamins and amino acids found in many high-end dry dog foods. Whether to supplement dry food with meat and/or vegetables is a matter of debate.

 

You can research on-line and find out the ideal weight that matches the breed(s) of your dog. An easy way to do a visual check is to observe Fido while he is standing on all four legs. His body should be more slender in the middle (his ‘waist’) and he should not have a belly that hangs.

 

Ask your veterinarian if she thinks your dog’s weight is within appropriate parameters. An excessive amount of weight gain or loss may be an indication of a health concern.

 

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please call or test 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. There is never a fee for phone or email consultation.

 

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

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