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Weight Loss Tips for Dogs

According to recent research some of the breeds most likely to be on a diet are Labradors, Border Collies, Spaniels, Beagles, Boxers, Jack Russell Terriers and Bulldogs.

The same research, released by Butchers Lean & Tasty, to launch its Fittest Dog in the UK Competition, claimed 1 in 5 dog owners have adapted their own human diets to something appropriate for the animal, looking to Weight Watchers and Slimming World for tips on how to create a healthy meal plan for their canine friend.

So what do you do if your dog is over weight?

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On behalf of the competition Clare Scallon offered this advice to the UK’s dog owners:

“Everyone agrees it is unhealthy for a pet dog to be overweight it is really important to make sure they have a healthy well balanced diet, and get plenty of exercise.

“So while it’s good to hear that people are paying attention to the food their dog is eating, they very definitely should not be using human diets as a way of helping them to lose weight.

“Human diets are tailored to human needs, and owners need to be very careful their pet is still receiving the right amount of nutrients needed for their dog.

“Simply by cutting out treats & swapping the usual meaty food for Butcher’s Lean & Tasty, dog owners already will have started a healthier & less calorific feeding pattern. You know your dog better than anyone else, but if in doubt talk to your vet or other pet expert for advice on achieving a healthy diet.”

The study found 34% of owners have even introduced a ‘flex’ day where their dog can have a day off the diet, and is treated for being so good the rest of the time.

Six in 10 people practice ‘portion control’ with their pet, reducing the size of their meals so they are not over-eating.

And while 33% of owners are guilty of trying to feed their pooch seemingly healthy human food, 24% are smart enough to cut out biscuits and chocolate.

When it comes to exercise, Brits seem to have the right idea as in addition to regular walks, they are letting the dog into the garden more frequently for a run around, and investing in lots of dog toys to encourage active play.

The research also revealed that 1 in 6 owners decided to put their dog on a diet after realising it was getting tired during walks, while a further fifth said their dog started getting obsessed with food.

Clare continued, “Instead we should be making sure they get plenty of exercise and a healthy nutritionally balanced diet such as Butcher’s Lean & Tasty which has less fat and fewer calories.”

My name is Jasmine Kleine. I am a qualified vet nurse and a passionate animal advocate. I write professionally about pets and animal health.

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