Thursday, December 15, 2016

Green Vegetables Can Help Your Dog Maintain a Healthy Weight

Has your pup put on a few pounds? Winter is a common time for pets (as well as their owners) to gain weight. It may be caused from overindulgence or weather-related inactivity. Obesity in pets can be a serious problem leading to many health conditions including pancreatitis, diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems, and lean dogs tend to live longer (and healthier) lives.  To keep your pet's weight down,  feed a high-protein diet and add veggies.   Most weight reduction diets contain fiber fillers that at best contain controversial benefits and can be problematic to your pet's digestion.  "Healthy weight" diets are usually very high in carbohydrates, making the dog feel even hungrier faster as insulin levels spike.  To control appetite, use a REDUCED amount of a high protein food and add green vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, zucchinni which contain valuable vitamins and minerals and help your pet feel full without consuming too many calories.  You can even use 1 part pet food to 2 parts vegetables for a large breed dog that is really hungry.  Also, special bowls are available that help slow down the dog's eating.