Use Prescription Diet for Obese Dog
After your dog loses the weight, a less-expensive weight control diet will keep him there.
Jon Geller, DVM
Q. I have a 4-year-old obese Beagle. What should I feed Harley to help him lose weight? My 11-year-old and 3-year-old Mixed Breeds are bigger dogs, but of normal weight.
A. Most dog owners are aware of the obesity problem that is epidemic in dogs, and many of the medical consequences, such as diabetes, arthritis, and other medical conditions.
In order to get Harley to lose weight, you should start him on a weight loss prescription diet. These diets, made by pet food manufacturers such as Hills and Purina, are specifically formulated to create weight loss by adding fiber to the diet. It is important to feed the exact amounts specified by the food manufacturer based on your dog’s weight or those recommended by your dog’s veterinarian. You will need a prescription from your veterinarian for this diet.
There are plenty of non-prescription weight loss diets available at supermarkets and pet supply stores, but these usually only prevent further weight gain.
Once you start Harley on a prescription diet, weigh him monthly. Hopefully after six to eight months on the diet, he will be close to his ideal weight. You can then switch him back to a less expensive weight management diet.
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