Pet Obesity and It’s Challenges
How Much Is (REALLY) In Our Dog’s Food Bowl?
How does a puppy, kitten, adult dog or cat go from “normal” weight, to slightly overweight, to chubby, then obese?
The first step when it comes to our pet’s health is to eliminate any and all medical conditions. Have your dog/cat/pet examined by a veterinarian to rule out any underlying conditions. Once our pets are given the all clear, then we need to take a good look at just how much we are putting in to our pet’s food bowl. This applies to all pets, but for this post, I will refer to dogs.
How Much Does Your Dog Eat?
If asked the question, “how much does your dog eat ”, could you honestly and confidently answer the question?
Knowing just how much our dogs eat has many benefits. It not only helps our dogs maintain a proper and healthy weight, but can be an indication of a possible health concern should our dog start eating less, they seem unsatisfied, or begin to demand more food.
“Properly” measuring the amount of food that goes in to our dog’s bowl is the only way of knowing just how much they are receiving. When I say “properly”, I am referring to the way a dog’s food is measured out. And the only true way to know the amount of food we are giving our dogs is to weigh it on a scale.
Without properly measuring out our dog’s meals, the likelihood of them being underfed, I believe, is very slim. In fact, the opposite is more likely and our dogs will be overfeed.
How Do You Measure Your Dog’s Food?
Are you a scooper – scooping out your dog’s food with a measuring cup, mug, or random dish from the cupboard?
Is your dog free fed – filling your dog’s bowl as it becomes empty?
Do you guesstimate the amount of food that goes in your dog’s dish?
Do you weigh out your dogs’ food on a scale?
Benefits To Weighing Our Dog’s Food
In the above photo, 41 grams is the amount of dry kibble my dog Edie gets fed twice daily.
In the photo below, as little as 10 additional pieces of kibble, which really doesn’t look like much at all, could easily be added to my dog’s bowl if it wasn’t weighed out on a scale.
One Extra Meal Per Week
52 Extra Meals Per Year!
Those 10 addition pieces of food is equivalent to 6 grams of dog food per day. Doesn’t sound like much does it?
Let’s look at it this way.
An additional 10 kibble, or 6 grams of food is equal a full extra meal per week for my dog.
Still doesn’t sound like much?
How does this sound?
That one extra meal per week is equivalent to 52 extra meals per year!
At that rate, the additional food would show up on another scale – my dog’s weigh-in scales at the vet!
Could You Honestly Answer –
How Much Does Your Dog Eat?
If you were asked, “How Much Does Your Dog Eat”, could you honestly and without hesitation answer?
Test yourself – measure out your dog’s food as you usually would. Then place that food on a scale. You just might have an eye opener and find you are feeding much more than you originally thought, and much more than is recommended for your dog.
How do you measure your dog’s food?
I do not pretend to know all the answers. I do not have a medical background. I’m not a nutritionist, and I am not a vet. I’m a pet owner that had an obese dog. I share my story and journey, what worked, what didn’t work and how it made a difference in my dog’s health. The topic of pet nutrition and the side effects of pet obesity is a topic I thrive to learn more about. I do not suggest what worked for me will work for you or your dog, I am not here to debate ingredients in foods or what type of diet is best for your pet, but if I can encourage, answer questions or possibly be an inspiration to other pet owners, then I’ve achieved my goal.