When your dog was a puppy, the focus was often on making sure your dog was getting enough nutrition. But as your dog gets older, maintaining a healthy weight is critical to their long term health.
Many pet owners struggle with this, either by offering their dog too much food, switching dog food brands, or failing to notice when their dog is receiving more than their exercise level allows. It can be easy to accidentally feed your pet a little too much. The key though is to make sure that you are watching for any signs that they may be overeating, and are prepared to make the changes necessary to keep your furry friends healthy and happy for the rest of their days.
Even though they do so intentionally, many owners can get into a bad habit of feeding their pets too much. Knowing exactly how much food they need, how many treats they should be allowed, and how both can affect their calorie consumption each day can be difficult.
However your pet's health and nutritional needs are incredibly important, and you need to be aware of the signs that your dog is overeating in order to adjust accordingly. The most likely sign is weight gain. With most dog breeds, you are supposed to be able to easily feel their ribs, but not necessarily see them. If you notice that they are putting on extra weight, and their ribs are becoming less visible or more difficult to touch, that is already a sign that they may be eating too much food. You can also look into other symptoms of overeating that include:
The majority of pet food comes with suggested daily feeding amounts, but these suggestions aren't always accurate. Every dog has their unique eating habits, as well as individual digestion and health issues. All of these must be kept in mind when we are putting together a pet's meal plan. While there are also tools available online to help determine how much your furry friend may generally eat, it is also good to ask their veterinarian for a personalized plan for the expected calorie needs of your pet.