Diet And Exercise

Wellness, last updated 01st, Dec 2017, Tuneer Garga

Diet And Exercise Is Important For Any Dog

When you own a dog it is your responsibility to look out for the care and health of your dog. An important part of your dog’s health is his exercise and diet. If these are not monitored very closely and he is not given a proper nutritionally balanced diet and exercise, your dog can become hyper and destructive (which can lead to giving up ownership because the dog is no longer manageable) or it can become lazy and obese which is very dangerous to any dog because weight issues compound much faster on a dog than it does for a human. Obesity in dogs can greatly reduce the dogs lifespan and shorten the time you have to spend with your best friend. 

It is our job to control the amount and what he/she eats to be sure that it is a healthy amount of a good, well balanced diet. Some dogs know no limit to the amount to eat and will make themselves extremely sick and obese if we don’t do our part to keep them healthy. Every food is different varying greatly as far as the recommended amount to feed and not all food bag suggestions are accurate for every dog. Your vet would be the best person to consult for more assistance in diet recommendations. Giving your dog table scraps can not only create an ill behaved beggar but can contribute to obesity and other health problems. 

A dog should be kept lean and trim, he should not be all ribs and bony, neither should he be roly poly. When a dog is much heavier than he should be, or obese, he should be given more exercise and less fat intake and fillers and more protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. He should not be allowed to freely graze but rather given a set amount of time to eat what he needs and then the food should be removed until the next meal time. All table scraps should be discontinued as they lack any nutritional value and contribute to weight gain. Your dog should be sent away and kept away from your table when you are eating so that he is discouraged from begging.

You can help him get used to this change by feeding him first in another room. Not all dog foods are healthy. It is necessary to research the food before giving it to him to be sure that it contains a balance of the necessary proteins, grains, vitamins, vegetables fiber and minerals and a strict amount of food should be supplied for him at a set time. Some fats are necessary in a dogs diet, the objective is to pay close attention to which ones you are providing him or her with and the amount you giving him. Human foods and sugary foods can convert to fat in a dog’s digestive system leading to additional weight gain. A senior dog should be kept on a low calorie, high fiber diet. An older dog that refuses to eat or is disinterested in food, may be encouraged to eat by first moistening his food, then if that hasn’t worked, try an all natural gravy supplement or as I’ve found to be tried and true, (only if you are sure that your dog is not lactose intolerant) very small amounts of cheese, scrambled eggs (minus the butter) or peanut butter. 

When a dog is too skinny, he may be given extra food that is nutritionally balanced and by supplementing with an all natural gravy diet supplement, you can help him reach his recommended target weight. Once he reaches this goal, you can return to regular recommended feedings. Maintaining a healthy weight for your dog is a series of constant slight adjustments through his lifetime. When he is too skinny or underweight, feed him a little more and when he is overweight, cut back. By paying close attention to this and making these adjustments you will keep your dog healthy and have your best friend around a whole lot longer. 

Walking or jogging with your dog or playing with him and throwing balls or Frisbees to make him run and chase them are great ways to help your dog burn calories and aid in weight loss. Letting your dog play with other well behaved, vaccinated canine playmates is another great activity that will help him as well.


Hi Tuneer Garga
Thank u for wonderful information and spending time to give this infromation.
I have one problem with my Rottwiler( Female age 1Year). She is not haveing proper food these days, i spoke to my vet regarding this. Vet told me that this is due to summer and precribed a liver food suppliment, ORL water.
My rott use to finish the food with in a minute. BUt now she is not eating at once. When ever i place the food bowl she turns her face towards the water bowl to drink water and she will have some then she will finsh the rest after some time. In simple words she wont finish the food at once her feeding goes on for hours little by little. But from the above infromation u told that a set of time to be given for food and he should not allowed to freely graze. Is thier any problem by doing this.
PLease suggest me what to do in this matter

By: Srikaanth | 16 Mar 2010

@Shrikant: Loss of apetite can be due to worms, so deworming will improve apetite. If she is properly dewormed then u should not allow her to access her food freely all the time. Give food only at particular time, wait for 20-25 mins & then take the bowl away. Give food again only at another meal time. This should increase her interest in food.
Also try giving new things to eat to avoid boredom.

By: Runni | 16 Mar 2010

Hi Thank you Mr Runni
I agree that i hv delayed her deworming this month. Just 2days before i hv done the deworming. I vl follow the timeing what u hv mentioned.

By: Srikaanth | 18 Mar 2010

Deworming should improve the apetite. And its Ms Runni.

By: Runni | 18 Mar 2010

Dr. Pradney
Deworming shall always accompany by Liver Tonics supplement. This helps to prevent stress on liver by the dewormer and dog remains healthy.

Dr. Pradney

By: Dr. Pradney | 19 Mar 2010

I have done the deworming now my rott is haveing the food what ever am giveing to her, but the problem is she is not eating at once as use to eat before she grazing on the food. I tried feeding her as Mr Runni suggested me, to wait for 20-25 Min and take the bowl away. AM doing this from past 3 days and this is not helping me as she is not showing any intrest in food. If i leave the bowl she will finish the quantity with in 4 or 5 hours.She is fine if i take the bowl away from her. She active,playfull and alert no sing of any illeness.
Is their any method that i can make her like before

Warm Regards

I really dont know hw to deal with this problem.

By: Srikaanth | 24 Mar 2010

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