Natural Weight Control Dog Food

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In general, it is fair to state that obesity results from excessive food intake and emaciation results from not eating enough. However, there are other factors that can impinge on body weight.
Natural Weight Control Dog Food
Obese animals are not seen in the wild. Emaciated or very thin animals are likewise not common, except in cases of disease or famine. This implies that both fat and thin animals die quickly, are killed by predators, or do not exist. The normal wild animal is adequately nourished, with well- developed musculature.

The reasonable conclusion is that a "wild" lifestyle and diet are conducive to healthy bodies. Conversely, domestication brings with it the possibility of unsuitable diets and incorrect exercise patterns, leading to unhealthy body conditions.

Controlling Weight Naturally:

Experience has shown that dogs fed a healthy, fresh diet, based on the natural wild diet, will usually maintain their body weight and condition almost automatically. In the domestic situation, varying the quantity of food offered can moderate the dog's weight.
  Unsuitable diets can lead to obesity through an excess of certain components at the expense of others. Furthermore, cravings can be induced by certain ingredients of manufactured diets, leading to overeating. There is also the human element, in which owners feel the need to feed their dogs several meals a day and offer them tidbits and scraps, thus exceeding a healthy intake each day.
  It is recommended that an obese dog (in the absence of specific thyroid-gland problems that can lead to excess weight) should be fed a natural, fresh diet, and advice should be sought from a holistic vet for a suitable feeding regimen. In particular, it is wise to remove carbohydrate foods from the diet altogether, until a correct weight has been reached. Dogs with thyroid problems, possibly induced by immune disturbance, should be taken to a vet for advice and care.
  Excessively thin dogs should be checked by a vet for worms, thyroid excess, pancreatic insufficiency (again, often an immune-related problem), malabsorption, or other metabolic or endocrine problems. In the absence of treatable disease, they should be fed a natural and fresh diet, with advice from a holistic vet on both regimen and quantity. If the individual dog can tolerate animal fat in quantity, pieces of hard lamb or beef fat can be fed, to assist weight gain.


In addition, the exercise regimen enjoyed by the dog can affect his body weight and should be adjusted according to need. It is important to remember that, should the dog sustain an injury thereby restricting his exercise capability or if the dog walker cannot perform the usual walking routine, food must be reduced accordingly to prevent obesity from becoming an issue.
  Some conditions can lead to an impression of excess weight in a dog when there may be a medical reason that requires intervention. Conditions such as heart disease (leading to fluid accumulation in the abdomen), cancer (with a swelling in the abdomen), pregnancy, and Cushing's syndrome can all make a dog look overweight. Veterinary help should be sought to ensure the correct diagnosis.

Remember ...

It is clearly undesirable to have an underweight dog and, in recent years, obesity in dogs has also been very much in the news. In either case, it is recommended that the advice of a vet should be sought. Good nutrition and exercise programs are also vital to health.