A feeding guide dog lovers are using to prolong their best friends lives

 In FEEDING, WELLBEING

Most of the dog owners in developed countries consider their dogs to be underweight. In a study of veterinary clinics, the Association for Pet Obesity found 54% of all dogs in America to be overweight. In reality, most dogs in developed countries are overweight, and most owners are not even aware of it.

As far as animal health is concerned, obesity is the single most threat. Obese pets die prematurely and bring added costs of healthcare to the owner since they’re more prone to diseases. You won’t notice that extra layer of fat under that fluffy coat, but in reality, they are struggling to carry their weight. And the current feeding guide dog owners are using seems to fail miserably.

What the Likely Indicators My Dog is Overweight?

Added weight puts pressure on the joints causing arthritis; also, the ligaments in the knee (anterior cruciate ligament) wear off. Similar to humans, dogs can develop diabetes mellitus caused by the increased glucose in the blood. The glucose from extra food leads to the demand for more insulin; eventually, the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin. Deposits of fat in the blood vessels result in hypertension as the heart works harder to pump blood. The muscles eventually wear off, resulting in heart failure. Overweight dogs also struggle to breathe because of the added weight on the lungs; oxygen is not distributed efficiently like in a healthy pet. Skin infections also develop due to increased skin folds, which are fertile breeding grounds for bacteria. A damaged coat can signal that the dog is overweight.

Is There Any Feeding Guide Dog Owners Should Follow?

Although, commercial feed companies provide a comprehensive feeding guide dog owners ignore (the nutrition label on the package), administering the right amount is often difficult. You must consider the age, gender, breed and the size of the dog. For instance, an older dog would need less food than a younger one. Also, different classes exist for each size; there are giant breeds, large breeds, medium and small dogs. It’s all too confusing.

Fear not! You can still determine and monitor the nutrition requirements of your pet through our feeding guide dog app. You’re only required to visit your veterinary doctor who will evaluate the dog and recommend the fitting weight based on age, breed and activity of the dog. After you know the average weight, you can track the activity of your pet using our app. It enables dog owners to record the daily calorie intake and activity of the dog to know if all the calories have been utilised.

If your dog burns more calories than it consumes the weight will be okay. However, if your canine exceeds the weight recommended by the doctor, consider cutting back on the amount food, and minimise random treats. The feeding guide dog app monitors each activity your dog does and the consumption of calories per activity. It’s the perfect tool to help maintain the right weight without the need of frequent visits to the doctor.

Woofie will measure the optimal amount of food for a pet breed, age, gender and activity level.

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