3 things your vet would say to your chunky/fluffy/big-boned dog

Husky, fluffy, big-boned: We've invented a lot of nice ways of saying our dog's carrying extra weight. But the truth is, an estimated 54% of US pups are overweight or obese; and pet obesity can decrease a pet's life expectancy by up to 2.5 years! If you want to keep your pup as healthy as can be, Kristina Guerrero and Ryan Tronier from Cuteness.com have 3 tips you can follow to keep your dog trim, which means keeping it happy its whole life long.

1. Pups Need Portion Control Too

It's important to read food labels to find out how much food your pet might actually need. Caloric intakes are different between small, medium, and large dogs so you've got to make sure you give them the right amount of food - and calories - for their size.

And don't forget to portion their food based on daily activity. If your dog used to do a lot of running around and ate 1 cup of food per day, but now its older and does more sleeping than moving, adjust the amount of food you give them, based on how much moving they'll do.

2. Work That Mutt's Butt!

Speaking of moving, just like people, dogs need a certain amount of exercise to burn off extra calories and ward off extra pounds. Smaller dogs need about 30 minutes of exercise and larger dogs need around an hour.

Walks are perfect ways to get your pup some exercise, and you can always adjust your walks depending on your pup's ability. If you aren't big on walking (or live in a super hot climate), playing fetch in the house and trick training sessions can also help your pup burn off energy, and it helps provide them with mental stimulation.

3. Slow Down on the Treats

Treats are easy ways to appease our furry friends, but too many treats can be bad for their weight. Treats should only account for 10% of your pup's daily diet, and one serving of some of your pups favorite treats might be more than that: A piece of cheese is about 30% of your dog's daily dietary intake. If you keep feeding your pup treats afterwards, they'll be getting way more treats than their diet needs.

Along with pulling back on giving out naughty treats, try giving your dogs fruits and vegetables as snacks to make them think they're getting special treats when they're actually getting healthy nutrition! Bananas, apples, carrots, are just some of the healthy treats that your dog will wag its tail for. Check here to see what other fruits and veggies your dog can and can't have as tasty treats.

Big thanks to the awesome website Cuteness!

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