Bingo's Bounty Vegetables for Dogs

Farm Fresh Goodness for Your Furry Friends

Apr 2011

Fatty Fidos

More than half of all dogs are obese and it’s not their fault. Dogs don’t choose their own food, nor the amount that they eat, their people do. Over the last decade, obesity in humans and dogs has become an epidemic as owners make the same poor choices for their pets as they do for themselves.

The Risks of Being Overweight

Dogs, just like people can suffer a wide variety of health problems associated with being overweight. Congestive heart failure, stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, breathing difficulties, as well as spinal, hip and other arthritic issues are just a sampling of the problems overweight dogs may have to deal with. A dog’s lifespan, already too short for most people, are often cut even shorter when they are overweight.

Is My Dog a Fatty?

A dog is considered overweight if they are carrying more than 10% of their ideal weight. They are considered obese if they are carrying 20% or more. But, you may ask, what is his ideal weight? While the AKC has breed standards for purebred dogs that list ideal weight, there are many purebreds that are either much shorter or taller than the “ideal” height listed. The AKC list also does not include dogs of mixed breeding. Rather than rely on some vague comparison, there is a much simpler way to tell whether your dog is overweight or not - by using your own eyes and hands!

Below is a very simple chart that will help you determine whether your dog’s weight is appropriate.


The Road to a Healthier Weight

Before you begin any sort of diet and exercise program, take your dog in for a check up with your veterinarian. Be sure to have a blood test done to check thyroid levels as imbalanced thyroid hormones can cause a dog to gain weight and this problem will need to be addressed with medication along with a diet change.

We strongly recommend switching your dog to a home cooked diet. This will allow you to closely monitor what your dog is eating and make finite adjustments as necessary. With kibble diets, you just do not have the same level of control.

Lean meat, such as chicken breasts, along with a variety of vegetables appropriate for dogs, will not only supply the protein your dog needs, but the vegetables will help your dog to feel full, without adding a lot of calories. Vegetables also supply plenty of fiber to ensure colon health. Avoid starchy carbohydrates, such as rice and potatoes.

If you don’t feel comfortable with switching to a home cooked diet, you can substitute a portion of the kibble amount you normally feed your dog with vegetables. We recommend Bingo’s Bounty Diabetes Formula as it contains vegetables that are low in sugar.

Avoid the “weight control” brands of kibble, as many not do not work very well in reducing your dog’s weight. Those brands that do accomplish weight loss do so because they are filled with undigestible fillers and poor quality ingredients. While the main point of a weight loss diet is to help your dog lose weight, you do not want to feed him a poor quality food that may compromise his health.

Avoid processed treats. Most commercial dog treats are filled with either sugar, sucrose, dextrose, fructose or high fructose corn syrup. If you are handy in the kitchen, you can make your own dog treats. There are several great books out filled with yummy recipes. If your dog likes crunchy foods, apples and carrot chunks make great tasty treats. Do not allow your dog to clean up any “leftovers” from your own meals.


Exercise - A Crucial Key

There is not a diet out there, for humans or canines, that will work all by itself to reduce weight. Exercise is a crucial part to any weight loss program, including your dogs. Try to take your dog out at least once a day for a nice long walk, at least 1/2 hour in length. Try to keep him moving for the entire 30 minutes with only brief stops for potty. If your dog is into games like tag, chase me or fetch, add these into your daily routine in addition to the walks. Remember to not overdo it! Out of shape dogs are no different then people, and it may take awhile before their heart, lungs and muscles can withstand extended periods of exercise. You want to keep them active, but not make them sore! Gradually increase the activity level or frequency as your dog gets into better shape. The best part of exercising with your dog is that you do it together, and you will find your own unwanted pounds disappearing as well.
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