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Dog Nutritional Facts and Get-Fit Tips List

By Hundidocom @hundidopuppy
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Here’s a list of nutritional facts and get-fit tips for your beloved dog.

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Calorie Intake: A 10-pound dog, on average, needs between 400 to 500 calories of food a day to maintain a healthy weight. A 20-pound dog needs 700 to 800 calories, and a 75-pound dog needs between 1,750 and 2,000 calories per day.

Watch out for hidden calories. One teaspoon of vegetable oil added to dry food equals 50 calories. For a little dog who needs only 300 calories per day, that one teaspoon can make a big difference in gaining or losing weight.

If your dog has suddenly lost or gained weight, book an appointment with your vet to have your dog examined for any possible medical conditions.

Feed your dog two or three small meals per day, not one large one.

Measure your dog’s food; don’t guess the amount. The extra amounts add up to added pounds.

Weigh your dog weekly and note any gains. Keep in mind that five extra pounds on a dog who should weigh 17 pounds equates to 50 extra pounds on a person who should weigh 170 pounds.

Dog Nutritional Facts and Get-Fit Tips List

Keep a dog diary and write down everything you feed your dog in a week. You may be surprised by the amount and types of foods you feed him.

Switch from table scraps to healthier snacks such as raw carrots, raw cauliflower, air-popped popcron, and ice cubes. Or set aside one-third of your dog’s daily kibble and offer the food as treats for good behavior throughout the day. Store this kibble in your dog’s treat jar.

Work with your veterinarian to cut back the calories gradually and steadily. A dog who is 30% overweight should take six months to reach her ideal weight through reduced portions.

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Avoid drastic weight-loss plans. Yo-yo dieting can cause loss of muscle mass besides fat loss.

Decrease the amount of food offered as your dog ages. Older dogs tend to burn two to four times fewer calories than young dogs do.

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