We love pampering our dogs. Sometimes to a fault as we witness the pet who is waddling along, breathless, sometimes even limping. Oh…can we talk?!
Hippocrates, Grecian “Father of Medicine”, is credited with being the first person to believe that diseases were caused naturally, not because of superstition and gods. He was credited by the disciples of Pythagoras of allying philosophy and medicine. He separated the discipline of medicine from religion, believing and arguing that disease was not a punishment inflicted by the gods but rather the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits.
With everything we now know, Wonder Dog Superfoods™ could not agree more. Trying to live healthy in an unhealthy world is our primary focus, and that includes pets. Our pets rely completely upon us for their wellbeing, and we know how challenging can be at times. It starts with a healthy diet that manages your dog’s weight control. We need to be stronger than their pleading eyes (and their salivating tongue!) when they are begging to be tossed a yummy morsel we are snacking on. It pulls at your heart strings, but resist! Be stronger than that little darling who knows how to work you! Unite, all canine parents!
The reality of your dog’s health.
Okay, so let’s get real serious here. According to the American Kennel Club, one-third of the dog population is overweight, while 15% of these dogs are “dangerously obese”. It takes a mere glance to notice whether your dog could fall into either of these categories, right? Is there a sagging abdomen? Are they listless? Is their weight playing havoc on their joints (do they limp or struggle to get up)? Are they diabetic? Are they borderline diabetic? If your dog has a mighty girth, you have the power to make positive changes in their life.
It can take as little as 21 days to form a new habit. If your dog is clearly overweight, here is your challenge:
1) First, if you are unsure, then talk to your vet about the ideal waistline, in inches, for your dog.
2) Using a soft measuring tape, measure your dog’s waistline (beyond the rib cage, before the hind legs).
3) Record the inches on a log and date it. Do this weekly as a guide to track progress.
An easy lifestyle change.
- Based on serving size for your dog’s profile, split the daily recommended calories into two meals per day (one meal a day makes 24 hours a long gap before next mealtime) of quality, human grade, dog food free of growth hormones, pesticides, food colorings, added sweeteners or sodium. Be sure to read product ingredients and nutrient profile. Look for organic superfoods ingredients rich in antioxidants with no listing of any protein “by products”.
- Healthy treat, twice a day (between meals).</li?
- Fresh water available at all times.
- As much physical activity as possible.
- …and of course, Love, Love, Love!
Is their waistline shrinking? Do they have a prance in their walk? Are they happier? We can’t wait to hear from you!