Most of pet parents like to think that they are providing happy and healthy lives for their dogs. They might probably feed their puppies top quality food, give them love, and play with them whenever they have the time. These are all pretty things to do for a dog, but they are just not enough. There is a lot more to do when raising a healthy pup.
We are all attached to our busy life routines which make us forget simple measures that will help extend the lifespan of our beloved pets.
However, it is never too late to bump up the care level that we put into raising our canine friends. Starting with the simplest and easiest things. Here are some of the ways that can inadvertently shorten our puppies’ life; read through these crucial pieces of advise listed by some of the most experienced vets.
Letting your puppy pile on the pounds
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has estimated 53% of overweight dogs died last year. Moreover, 95% of dog owners incorrectly identified their pups’ weight as being normal. Not only putting weight on reduces their life span, but also reduces the quality of their life.
Many people do not know that dogs do not break down food like humans do. For dogs, the calories in one ounce of cheddar cheese, equal to 3 chocolate bars or 1.5 hamburgers to a human. If you know that every dog treat equals a candy bar, would you give your dog 8 candy bars in one day? Of course not.
The recommended solution is to be sure that you correctly monitor your dog’s intake of kibble, besides, limit the amount of people food given to it. Moreover, you should focus on increasing your puppy’s exercise routine, even if this requires you to become creative. If you cannot exercise much or it is cold outside, you can put a leash on your pup and take it for a tour around the backyard or inside the house; anything that gets your pup moving.
If your pet’s weight does not drop off, you can consult your vet for a dietary program. Your veterinarian can also identify any underlying disorders that contribute to weight gain; like hypothyroidism or hyperadrenocorticism.