Is Your Dog a Little, uh, Fluffy?
Have you noticed that your pooch may have put on a few pounds recently? You are not alone. Wikipedia estimates that 23-41% of dogs in the US are overweight to some degree. If you cannot easily see and feel the ribs on your dog, your dog may be packing extra pounds. Two extra pounds may not sound like much but on a 10-pound dog, two pounds adds 20% more weight to wear!
Oftentimes, too much food and a lack of activities are the reasons behind weight gain. In addition, some dog breeds have a tendency to gain weight, which is not healthy. If you suspect there may be a health issue with your pet, you should check with your veterinarian.
How can you help your pet maintain a healthy weight?
- A few treats a day is fine, but realize that they add to your dog’s overall calorie intake! If you want to feed a few more treats, use a small treat like Little-Jacs, or break the treats you are feeding into several pieces.
- Eliminate feeding table scraps or keep them to a minimum. They add extra calories.
- Adding an additional game of fetch, or taking a walk for 10-15 minutes a day can help burn those calories and give you some extra time together.
- Follow the feeding guidelines on the bag of food you feed. These guidelines are a good starting point, but you may need to adjust the amount of food you feed your dog up or down, based on their activity level. Changing to a reduced fat food can also help.
Switching to a lower fat food like Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Formula can also be a big help. Our Reduced Fat Formula can help your dog lose excess weight or maintain proper weight while maintaining a beautiful coat and muscle tone. But giving up fat does not necessarily mean giving up taste. Dogs LOVE the taste of Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Formula. That’s really saying something because dogs generally don’t like the taste of a reduced fat food.
Bil-Jac starts with much more Real Fresh Chicken ingredients in all of our formulas, making our food taste great. Our Reduced Fat Formula has 30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select, to help control the fat and overall calories in your dog’s diet. It’s a winning combination of less fat and great taste.
Take the Bil-Jac Two Bowl Challenge between our Reduced Fat Formula and any other brands’ reduced fat variety. Let your dog show you they prefer the real fresh chicken taste of Bil-Jac.