A new option to help overweight dogs.
The number of overweight and obese dogs has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A 2015 survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found 54 percent of U.S. dogs are estimated to be overweight or obese, making excessive weight a leading health issue of dogs.
“Dogs that are overweight or obese are at greater risk for diabetes, arthritis, hip dysplasia, heart disease, kidney disease, pancreatitis and even a shortened life span,”1 says Dr. Alex Bradley, DVM, of Hamby Road Animal Hospital. “Those are chronic health issues that significantly decrease a pet’s quality of life and can be financially costly for owners to manage.”
Like people, dogs become overweight when they consistently eat more calories than their body uses. Limited activity and high-fat foods also contribute to canine obesity. The unfortunate reality is dogs are often overfed — after all, many pet parents show their affection by giving plenty of food and treats. So while food is at the heart of an overweight dog’s problem, it also must be part of the solution.
Diamond CARE: A new specialized diet designed with dogs and price in mind
As part of a weight management program, your veterinarian may recommend feeding a diet specifically formulated to help your dog reach a healthy weight. That’s because weight management diets are designed to provide all of the nutrients a dog needs while reducing the amount of calories consumed. If you’re concerned about your dog’s weight, you should discuss it, along with the type and amount of food you’re currently feeding, with your veterinarian.
Diamond CARE is a new line of specialized diets that are high in quality and palatability, but without the high price. All Diamond CARE formulas provide complete nutrition, so you can feed your dog the special diet he needs for as long as he needs it.
Diamond CARE Weight Management Formula for Adult Dogs can help address your canine companion’s weight issues. This new food contains increased fiber to help dogs feel full, less fat for fewer calories and L-Carnitine to help metabolize fat. Added glucosamine and chondroitin help support joints that may be working harder under the extra weight. To ensure dogs receive all the nutrients they need, the formula includes omega fatty acids, guaranteed levels of antioxidants and canine-specific probiotics to support digestive health. You can learn more about Diamond CARE Weight Management Formula for Adult Dogs by visiting the product information section.
A feeding guide to use as a starting point for how much to feed your dog for weight loss versus weight management can be found right on the bag. You’ll also want to consult with your veterinarian about how much food you should be feeding your dog. Then, using a measuring cup, give only and exactly that amount of food daily. Measuring your dog’s food is critical to helping your dog lose weight because dogs can maintain and even gain weight on a weight management food if they eat too much of it.
There’s no good reason why so many U.S. dogs should be overweight or obese. The correct amount of an appropriate, specialized diet as part of a weight management program can help overweight and obese dogs return to a more normal weight.
Stay tuned for more information and tips on how to help your dog achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
1. Laflamme DP. Understanding and managing obesity in dogs and cats. Vet Clin Small Anim 2006;36: 1283–1295.