Help Your Boston Terrier Lose Weight
Posted by Lu
Most of America is overweight and it comes as no surprise that our Boston Terriers are becoming that way also. Fat dogs suffer from many of same ailments that we humans have – diabetes, arthritis, and cardiac disease. It is important that you help your Boston Terrier lose weight to prevent these problems.
Obese dogs are more at risk for complications in surgery and for injury. Their lungs, liver, heart, kidneys, and joints are also more stressed. Obesity in pets can also cause stroke, respiratory problems in the heat and during exercise, lead to diabetes, and in general shorten and lessen the quality of a dog’s life.
You can conquer canine obesity using some of the information below. However, before any changes in diet or lifestyle, you should consult with your veterinarian.
Food: Feed your dog two to three times a day. Ask your vet for advice on amount but, in general, a dog needs 35 calories per pound per day to stay at her ideal weight. Avoid weight management foods as they tend to be high in carbs and low in protein. Remember that treat calories are included in that daily calorie intake. Try small pieces of microwaved chicken, carrots, celery, a dab of peanut butter or a small piece of low-fat cheese.
Activity Level: On average, a dog needs between 30 minutes and an hour of exercise a day. This doesn’t mean you have to run five miles with him. In addition to walks, dog parks provide good exercise, as does throwing a ball in the backyard. Remember to start slowly and build up gradually.
Health: Your vet can determine if an illness is causing or contributing to your dog’s obesity. He can also prescribe a medication that suppresses a dog’s appetite and blocks fat absorption if appropriate.
For a great low calorie snack that my Boston Terriers love – freeze baby carrots and give them 1-2 a day. They are chewy and sweet to the dog who never gets any sugar. Help your Boston Terrier lose weight and you will both be happier.