What to Do When Your Dog Loses 100 Pounds?
The following are some of the things that may happen when your dog becomes obese:
1) You will have difficulty feeding him or her.
(You may not even want to feed it at all.)
2) You may become very tired of feeding your pet.
3) You may feel like you need to put down your pet because it’s too much trouble to take care of it anymore.
4) You may start to think about euthanizing your pet.
If any one of these situations happens to you, then you must be aware that it’s time to get rid of your pet. However, if none of them occur, then there is no reason why you should give up on your beloved furry friend.
Here are some tips on how to deal with your pet becoming obese:
How To Deal With Obesity Of Your Pet?
1) Feeding Your Pet More Often And At Higher Ration.
If you’re having problems feeding your pet, try feeding it once every two hours instead of twice as often. Also increase the amount of food that you give your pet. You want to make sure that you are feeding your pet enough that it can maintain its energy throughout the day.
2) Start An Exercise Regime With Your Pet.
If you can, take your dog for short walks a few times a day. Once again, this depends on the size of your dog. The larger it is, the shorter the walks will have to be.
If you really can’t walk it due to its weight, try carrying it around for a bit instead.
3) Teach It To Stay Off The Couch.
If you have a couch in your home that you’d prefer your pet didn’t jump on, try teaching it to stay off of it. If you have any problems with this, then there are always anti-slip covers for furniture that can be purchased from pet stores and supermarkets.
4) Give Your Pet Toys To Chew On And Sleep On.
Try to buy your pet things that are softer than the furniture. This way, it can chew on those instead. If you really want to, you could try buying it a dog bed so that it has somewhere to sleep other than your couch or your bed.
5) Weigh Your Pet Weekly.
Depending on how your pet’s diet is going, you may have to weigh it more often than once a week. Once a week is generally fine for most dogs, though. It should be okay as long as its weight is slowly going down.
6) Get A Veterinarian’s Advice.
If you’re having problems dieting your pet yourself, it would be a good idea to get a veterinarian’s advice on what you can do. They may have tips that you haven’t heard of or they could even recommend a special diet that is easy to prepare.
You may want to consider getting your pet to exercise more as well. This will help it to lose the pounds that it has gained. Exercising also has many other benefits for your furry friend.
It can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, allow it to socialize more, and much, much more.
It’s also important for you to take care of yourself as you deal with your pet’s weight issues. You could consider joining a gym or going for a run, walk, or bike ride. Doing this on a regular basis will allow you to take a break from exercising your pet and you’ll feel better about yourself as well.
If none of these steps work out for you, there is always one option that some people choose to go with: having their pet put down. This is obviously a last resort type of situation and only you will be able to decide if this is the best course of action for you and your pet.
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