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Does Your Dog Need a Diet?

Here are a few tips to help by Linda Martuch.

Overweight dogs suffer from medical problems including early problems with hips and joints. Keep excess weight off your dog with consistent exercise or reducing calorie consumption. Increase exercise slowly for overweight dogs; getting them moving in small ways can make a big difference over time. Take them to the mailbox when you go, or next door to talk to the neighbor. Walk them to the bus stop to meet the kids or even for a ride in the car. Anything that gets your dog up off the floor and moving will help, and keeping each exercise brief in the beginning will help very overweight dogs adjust to being more active.  

In addition to added exercise, reduce the amount of kibble or canned food and replace that volume with proteins like eggs, sardines, or canned fish and natural fillers like baked squash. The protein will keep the hunger pangs away for longer and moderate the sugar swings. The bulky fibers like squash help dogs feel full at mealtime. Avoid feeds that include corn; potatoes are more nutritious and take longer to digest. Corn is like sugar in the body, it's quickly digested and your dog will soon be hungry again.

Research from this article was provided by an independent, wholistic pet food specialist. Always consult your veterinarian when making decisions that affect your dog's health.

Linda Martuch runs Genuine Dog Gear, a toy and training aid manufacturing company, and Sylvan & Sons, which makes collars and leashes.  She also owns and trains several dogs in agility.  Linda can be reached at or through her website at


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