Frequently asked questions about Dogs with Weight Issues

If you have identified your dog as overweight, there are a number of ways you can help them.

  • Check with your Vet there are no underlying health issues.
  • Weigh your dog regularly and look at their overall body shape. Ideally you should be able to feel their ribs with light finger pressure.
  • Raw feeding is an excellent way to help lose weight as you weigh out the daily food portions, making it easier to manage food intake and monitor calories.

    To reduce calorie intake, reduce the raw food by 0.5% of bodyweight to help aid weight loss (please note the lowest percentage to feed would be 1%, as below this you will start to compromise on nutritional balance).

    You can reduce this by a further 0.5% if required (we recommend that you do not reduce your dog’s daily intake by more than 40 percent in one go).
  • Keep them moving, ensure each day is an active day with walks and increase exercise through play, including more activities such as swimming and running after toys will all help to burn up calories.
  • Only occasionally provide treats and remember to adjust meals accordingly to help control calorie intake.

If you have identified your dog as underweight, there are a number of ways you can help them.

  1. Check with your Vet there are no underlying health issues.
  2. Weigh your dog regularly and look at their overall body shape, ideally their ribs should be easily felt rather than seen
  3. Raw feeding is an excellent way to help your dog gain weight, as you weigh out the daily food portions, enabling you to manage & measure their daily food and calories. Switch to a raw food diet and feed 2.5% of your dog’s bodyweight and monitor their weight as above.If required increase calorie intake, by 0.5% of bodyweight to help aid weight gain.
  4. Feed small meals more regularly so they are eating more often.
  5. Minimise stress by ensuring your dog has daily quiet time away from other dogs and children.
  6. Reduce exercise, some dogs are naturally highly-active and it is can be difficult with such to keep weight on them, as they are burning off calories as fast as we can supply them.

To reduce calorie intake, reduce raw food by 0.5% of bodyweight to help aid weight loss. You can reduce this by a further another 0.5% if required. We recommend that you do not reduce your dog’s daily intake by more than 40% in one go. Also, please note that the lowest percentage to feed would be 1%, as below this you will start to compromise on nutritional balance.

Your dog’s metabolism is the complex process of converting food into usable energy. Muscles are the main driver of your dog’s metabolism — healthy, strong muscles are necessary to keep up a healthy metabolic rate. Proper nutrition (and not excess treats or human food snacks) combined with regular exercise is important to establishing a healthy metabolism in your dog.

Ensuring you are feeding a natural healthy raw diet that is rich in protein and ensuring your dog is active daily will help maintain a healthy metabolism.

Raw food which is naturally grain free is better for weight loss than a food that has a high level of grains, as these grains add no nutritional value to their diet. Your dog’s body is designed to digest real raw meat, not highly processed foods which often contain grains, meat meals, animal derivatives and sugars.

A balanced raw food diet is the healthiest diet for dogs, All of our Uberpet recipes provide healthy, natural and nutritionally balanced complete meals. Our meals only contain natural, healthy, species-appropriate ingredients ensuring your dog will thrive. Visit the Uberpet shop to see our range of complete meals and buy online today.