Obesity is a common problem in dogs and there are many risk factors that can contribute. For example, some dog breeds gain weight more easily just because of their genes. Sterilisation can also have an impact, as can age and gender.
On top of this, pet owners can easily overfeed their dogs - perhaps by giving them delicious but unhealthy table scraps. Similarly, some owners don't have enough time to exercise their dog properly. Our first recommendation for helping your dog lose weight is to give them a bit more exercise so they can burn off excess fat in a healthy way.
We also recommend you only feed your pet what they really need to stay healthy. Our feeding guidelines will help you figure out the perfect daily calorie intake. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Of course, you can still reward your dog with a treat once in a while, although we recommend treat-based calories do not exceed 10% of your dog's daily recommended calorie allowance*.
At Edgard & Cooper, we don't provide 'light' recipes in our product range. However, you can easily help your dog lose weight by adjusting their daily needs. For the average obese dog**, any of our foods can be used for slimming by just restricting how much is given. Our team will be happy to help you calculate the right amount for your pet.
One thing to bear in mind... It's much easier to overfeed your dog with wet food than dry. Therefore, we always recommend kibbles if your dog is on a diet. As a bonus, a bowlful of kibble is more likely to make your dog feel up.
* If your pet is struggling with obesity, we're here to help. Just contact us via the chat button on our website with the following information about your furry friend. We'll suggest the most suitable diet, and calculate the perfect daily portion size.
- Other things you feed your dog during the day
**If a dog is really very obese, then sometimes it may be better to switch to a diet with very low fat content (<8% DM), high fibre content (>5% DM) and low energy content (<13.8 Mj/kg). Unfortunately, you won't find these requirements in our range.