Keep Your Dog Lean

Diet dog food can be a great way to help your dog loose weight. Because of this, more and more companies are coming out with diet dog food products and they are easier to find on store shelves too.

The reason for the increase in number of reduced calorie pet products is because up to 40% of the pets in the United States are obese. Pets that are overweight are prone to more diseases like heart problems, liver problems, and respiratory problems.

So if you're worried about your dog's weight, here are some diet dog food tips to help you.

1. Look for a product that is made by the same manufacturer as your current dog food. Most pet food manufacturers also make a reduced calorie dog food as well. By sticking with the same company, the new diet should have a very similar taste and your dog should not have been any problem eating the new food.

2. If you're wondering how much of the new food to feed, read the instructions on the side of the bag. Most people feed way too much food which ends up making their pets obese. Precisely measure how much food your dogs are eating every day with a measuring cup.

3. Just like you should see a doctor before you go on a diet your dog should also see their veterinarian. Weight loss that is too rapid can be harmful to your dog's health. Aim for a weight loss rate that is slow and steady.

4. Diet combined with exercise is the best way to lose weight not only for people, but for pets as well. By increasing your pet's metabolism and lean muscle mass you can help them to loose weight even faster.

5. Although it is always tempting to give your dog table scraps you should not do it when they are on a diet. Table scraps are the worst types of food that you could be feeding you dog because they're usually high in calories.

If you put your dog on a diet dog food and follow these five tips, then you should be well on your way to having a lean and athletic dog.

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison and Venison Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison and Venison
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BLUE Life Protection Formula Adult Chicken and Brown Rice  Dry Dog Food 30-lb BLUE Life Protection Formula Adult Chicken and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food 30-lb
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Formulated for the health and well-being of dogs, BLUE Life Protection Formula is made with the finest natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals. It contains the ingredients you’ll love feeding as much as they’ll love eating...

BLUE Wilderness Adult Grain Free Chicken Dry Dog Food 24-lb BLUE Wilderness Adult Grain Free Chicken Dry Dog Food 24-lb
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BLUE Wilderness Chicken Recipe is made with more of the meat they love to satisfy the spirit of the wolf in every dog. This grain-free recipe features a precise balance of carbohydrates and calories to support your dog’s daily dietary needs...

BLUE Life Protection Formula Senior Chicken and Brown Rice  Dry Dog Food 30-lb BLUE Life Protection Formula Senior Chicken and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food 30-lb
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Because the nutritional requirements for senior dogs are different from other life stages, BLUE Life Protection for Senior Dogs features the ingredients to support their overall health and well-being. It contains the ingredients you’ll love feeding as much as they’ll love eating...

Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food, 25 lb. Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food, 25 lb.
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The Best Dog Ever deserves the Best Food Ever. That’s why Merrick’s grain-free recipes provide only the best to your best friend in quality, nutrition and taste. Merrick Grain-Free recipes start with real deboned meat, fish or poultry as the #1 ingredient for a high protein, nutritious grain-free meal, along with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, blueberries, peas and more.

Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food, 35 lb. Bag Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food, 35 lb. Bag
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Get your dog excited about mealtime when you serve him Purina Pro Plan SAVOR Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula adult dry dog food. Real chicken as the first ingredient and rice, which is an excellent source of carbohydrates for energy, create a wholesome meal with great flavor, and the hard kibble and tender shredded pieces provide a texture sure to keep him engaged with every bite...

Purina ONE SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food Purina ONE SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food
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In our Lamb & Rice Formula Dog Food, real lamb is our first ingredient. Why? Because it's tastefully rich in protein. And just like puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together, lamb blends with grains and other ingredients to create a complete protein profile...

Hill's Science Diet Adult Large Breed Chicken & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food, 35 lb bag Hill's Science Diet Adult Large Breed Chicken & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food, 35 lb bag
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Large breed dogs are, well, big! And when it comes to nutrition, they have bigger and different needs compared to smaller breeds. Make sure your big dog is getting precisely balanced nutrition designed with size in mind – Hill’s Science Diet Large Breed Chicken & Barley Recipe dry dog food...

Hill's Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin Dog Food Hill's Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin Dog Food
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Your dog’s nutrition is crucial to his health and wellbeing. The wrong dog food can cause an occasional bout of upset stomach or loose stools, or dermatological problems like flaky or itchy skin and a dry and dull coat...

Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food, Original Turkey & Chicken, 26-Pound Bag Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food, Original Turkey & Chicken, 26-Pound Bag
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Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food Original Turkey & Chicken Recipe is healthy, 100% natural grain free dog food for adult dogs made with turkey, chicken, salmon oil and fruits and vegetables to help support your dog's optimal health and fortified with antioxidents, probiotics, vitamins and minerals, including fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat...

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