Weight Maintenance for Dogs
About one in three dogs are either overweight or obese. Dog obesity has become a serious and widespread issue because of the health conditions it can lead to—respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease to name a few. Find out how proper nutrition can make a positive impact on your pet's weight management.
How the Right Food Can Promote Weight Loss
Just a pound or two can make a difference in your pet's health, and nutrition is equally important as exercise in making that difference.
Start your dog on a complete weight reduction program that includes check-ups with the veterinarian and regular exercise. A PetSmart associate can help you find a high-quality food with less calories and fat.
Premium pet foods with restricted calories will have the proper amounts of:
Vitamins & minerals
Fiber to feel fuller longer
Together, these nutrients help prevent deficiencies and keep your dog healthy while he is losing weight.
What You Need to Know About Portion Sizes
Cutting the portion sizes of your dog's current food rarely results in successful weight loss. Their current food may not only contain more calories and fat, but also cutting the portions can cause your pet to feel hungry more often.
Reducing portions will also lead to a loss of essential vitamins and minerals. Unlike regular dog food, weight control foods have been balanced to provide adequate vitamins and minerals, while allowing for weight loss through calorie reduction.
Different Types of Weight Maintenance Dog Food
Not all weight maintenance formulas are created equally—each food may be uniquely formulated for the specific weight needs of dogs.
Reduced calorie and reduced fat foods are recommended for weight loss while light and lean foods are usually recommended for weight management or if your dog has a tendency to gain weight but is not yet overweight.
|AAFC REGULATED WEIGHT MAINTENANCE LABELS
|"LIGHT" (ALSO "LITE")
||"LESS CALORIES" OR
|"LESS FAT" OR
|Dry foods: 3,100 kcal per kg food
Wet foods: 900 kcal per kg food
|Dry foods: No more than 9% fat
Wet foods: No more than 4% fat
| The label must include the percentage of reduction and the product of comparison along with other information
|| Labels must include the percentage of reduction, product of comparison and maximum crude fat guarantee after the minimum crude fat guarantee in the Guaranteed Analysis