Weight Loss for Dogs

fat overweight dog: weight loss for dogs DC

If your dog is obese or overweight, you're not alone. An estimated 45% of US dogs are overweight or obese.1 This equates to over 35 million dogs in the US.2 The effect of this obesity epidemic has devastating consequences for our dogs; research in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that dogs who maintain their ideal body weight live a full two years longer than their fat dog counter parts3. That's approximately 14 human years! Your dog will live longer and be healthier and happier simply by maintaining a normal body weight.

 

Some of the primary risks of excess weight in pets include:

• Osteoarthritis
• Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
• High Blood Pressure
• Heart and Respiratory Disease
• Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
• Kidney Disease
• Many Forms of Cancer

There is no secret to dog weight loss: dogs who burn more calories than they consume lose weight.

Pant & Wag Fitness Adventures are exercises programs which will help your dog burn calories and achieve his or her ideal weight.

Pant & Wag uses cross-training methods of interval exercises customized to your dogs breed, age, health, and goals. Your dog's snout size, chest size, gait, weight, and temperament will all be factored into his personalized workout plan. Pant & Wag exercises are far more extensive than just walking and running and most importantly, dogs love it!

In addition to providing your dog with a vigorous calorie burning exercise program, we will review with you nutritional choices that will help your dog consume less calories and feel full, while still maintaining his nutritional requirements.

Best of all, using our convenient pick-up and drop-off service, which is free for households in many zip codes within Washington, DC, your dogs weight loss won't take up much of your time. We will pick the dog up while your at work, exercise him according to the workout plan, and drop him off before you get home. You'll come home to a happy, healthy, and relaxed dog. After all, your dog should enhance your life, not dominate your time.

Next Steps: To learn more about how Pant & Wag can help your dog achieve the appropriate weight, sign-up for a consultation (or join the wait-list) today.

1, 2: All figures from the 2009 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention: view the 2009 Pet Obesity Study.
3: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 220 No. 9, May 1, 2002

 

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