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5 ways to help keep your dog fit and healthy

Obesity has become a widespread problem for dogs in the UK with between 30-60% of dogs being overweight.

That’s bad news for both you and your dog, with weight being linked to shorter lifespans in dogs and lower energy levels for those joyful walks together. Together with Lily’s Kitchen, we’ve got 5 tips to help keep your dog fit and healthy and keep them at their ideal weight.

Why does weight matter? 

It’s important to keep an eye on your dog’s weight as being overweight has been linked with a variety of health problems such as joint disease, heart disease, respiratory problems and metabolic issues like diabetes. Also if your dog is in need of surgery, there is a greater risk of complications with overweight dogs. So with weight contributing to many serious health problems, keeping track can help ensure that your dog is fit and healthy long into their senior years.

1.  Stay active

Dogs of different breeds and ages need different amounts of exercise, so be sure to check what’s appropriate for your dog so they get the right amount of daily exercise.

2.  Play games

Games can be a helpful way to introduce more fun into your dog’s exercise routine, but they can also be brilliant for keeping their brain active which will help them feel more alert and energetic.

3.  Choose healthy and nutritious food

Proper nutritious food with high digestibility can be a great foundation for helping to maintain a healthy weight. Look for complete recipes with natural ingredients and no cheap fillers.

4.  Plan meals

Rather than one big meal, feed two smaller meals a day and avoid table scraps. It can help your dog digest their food better.

5. Measure portions, don’t guess

Check the feeding guidelines for the food you choose and measure out meal portions to avoid over feeding. Remember to adjust portions if your dog likes a treat and be sure to choose healthy treats for them.

Lily’s Kitchen could be the ideal choice for your dog to help keep them fit and healthy. It’s full of proper meat and vibrant vegetables with no nasty stuff. And remember to check with your vet when thinking about changing your dog’s diet and making a plan for them to lose weight. They will help you make the right choice for your dog and ensure that they can reach their target weight in a healthy way that’s appropriate for your dog.

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