A dog’s activity level is greatly impacted by his weight. Sadly, 53 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, making this the number one nutritional disease affecting our dogs today. We also know that three out of four overweight puppies will grow up to be overweight dogs, and experts say that by nine months of age, we can tell whether a puppy will be obese. Wow, that’s heavy stuff (pun intended!).
The good news is that you can help your dog get on the right track and stay there by simply feeding him a high-quality, well-balanced diet from the time he’s a puppy! By doing so, you’ll ensure your pup has the energy he needs to run, play and maintain a healthy weight, and in turn, enjoy a healthy life.
When choosing a food that will give your dog the energy he needs to stay active and healthy, there are a few key ingredients to look for:
- High quality fats from poultry or meat to provide sustained energy
- Healthy grains that provide a good usable source of carbohydrates to help maintain a healthy blood glucose level for exercise and provide short term energy
- Natural fiber and prebiotics to aid in digestion
It’s also important to make the necessary adjustments in your dog’s calorie intake as they mature from puppy to young adult, mature adult and ultimately to a senior.
I feed my dogs IAMS dog food and recommend it to many of my patients because it’s made with ingredients that help keep my dogs healthy throughout life. In addition to the healthy energy it provides, it also helps keep their coat shiny and their digestion regular.
With a high quality food and a healthy eating regimen, your dog will have the energy to play, join you on long walks and hikes and truly be man’s (most fun) best friend!