Treats are a great way to train your dog and give him a little extra love. But did you know that it’s possible to “over-treat”? Extra treats or food can result in excess weight – which can cause damage to your dog’s organs, bones, and joints.
It turns out, across the U.S., dogs are more obese than ever – and the trend is not slowing down. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has found that roughly 53 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And what’s more shocking is more than 90 percent of owners do not recognize that their pet is much heavier than they should be!
What harm can extra weight cause?
As dogs get older, even a gain of an extra pound or two of fat can put stress on the body and cause inflammation. The most common conditions that can occur from excess weight are:
- Respiratory issues (breathing difficulty)
- Bladder/Urinary Tract Infections
- Low Thyroid Hormone Production
- Liver Disease
- Increased risk of developing malignant tumors (cancer)
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Heart Disease
How do I know if my dog is overweight?
The best way to determine whether your dog is obese is by using the body condition score. If you google your dog’s breed online, you’ll find pictures of what your dog’s ideal body looks like on a scale from 1 to 10 – your pet should resemble somewhere in the middle numbers.
But you can do an assessment yourself, as well. If you stand over your dog and feel around their midsection, the ribs and spine should be easy to feel, and there should be a slight hourglass shape to the waist. If you can’t easily feel your dog’s spine or ribs, and the shape of your dog’s waist is tube-shaped, you may need to put your dog on a slim down plan.
How can I help my dog slim down?
The amount of food and exercise your dog needs is not a one-size-fits-all approach. If you look at most food labels, portions are distributed by weight and usually do not take into account the breed of your dog. A 10-month-old Terrier puppy will have different food and exercise needs than a five-year-old Labrador. Some dogs need short bursts of sprints everyday while other dogs can suffice with a thirty-minute stroll.
The Wagz Smart Collar allows you to set up a profile for your dog on the Wagz App. Here, you enter in your dog’s information, like breed, weight, age, and more. With this information loaded, you can determine the best type and amount of food to feed your dog, and the smartest activity plan.
Wagz Smart Collar allows you to track activity and fitness levels, so you can ensure your dog hits his/her goal every day. With the Wagz community, you can share walks, runs, hikes, and meet up with other Wagz users for a play date. Everything is tracked together, making it easy to monitor your dog’s fitness, activity, and food levels, and help maintain a healthy weight.
Wagz Smart Collar will be available for purchase in November 2017. To pre-order the collar, and be the first to use it on your dog to monitor and track activity, location, barking, temperature, and more, visit http://wagz.wpengine.com/pre-order today!