Premeasuring Helps Overweight Dogs

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: A have a suggestion to help owners solve their dogs’ weight problems. People tend to overfeed their dogs because their “cup” tends to just be grabbed out of a dog food bag. So their 1/2 cup, etc. tends to be more like 3/4 cup or so. I took a soft-drink carton holding 24 cups. I sit down every two weeks and premeasure the amount I want to feed my dogs. This way I can just grab a cup at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and know it’s the right amount. And it is so easy this way! My dogs used to be overweight until I started this system. — Dwayne O., via email

DEAR DAN: Great idea! While some breeds are a bit stocky and others are prone to obesity, owners can exert control over the amount of calories their dogs consume and the amount of exercise they get. Keep in mind that the size of your dog — small, medium, or large frame, for example — is a consideration in exactly how much it should eat and how often. Talk to your veterinarian about the amount of food it should get, and stick to that diet. Be careful how often treats are given out, and of course, don’t feed your dog under the table or give it leftovers. Exercise is another important component of weight loss — one that benefits both you and your dog. This can take the form of twice-daily walks, as well as play time and training time. Schedule at least an hour each day to turn off the TV and turn your attention 100 percent to your dog. You’ll both love it! Send your questions or tips to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com.
© 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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