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.

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Whole Paws, Adult Maintenance Dog Food Formula, Chicken & Brown Rice, 15 lb Whole Paws, Adult Maintenance Dog Food Formula, Chicken & Brown Rice, 15 lb
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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...

Whole Paws, Healthy Weight Dog Food Formula, Chicken & Brown Rice, 6 lb Whole Paws, Healthy Weight Dog Food Formula, Chicken & Brown Rice, 6 lb
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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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Whole Paws, Adult Maintenance Dog Food Formula, Salmon & Sweet Potato (Grain Free), 6 lb Whole Paws, Adult Maintenance Dog Food Formula, Salmon & Sweet Potato (Grain Free), 6 lb
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Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin Chicken Meal & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30 lb bag Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin Chicken Meal & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30 lb bag
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Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Dog Food, Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe, 28 lb Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Dog Food, Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe, 28 lb
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Rachael Ray Nutrish Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, which is always the number one ingredient, combined with wholesome vegetables and added vitamins & minerals.

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