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A Natural Diet Plan For Over-Weight Dogs

Updated on March 22, 2012

Would you like for your beloved dog to live longer? Have they rounded out a little more? Creating a natural diet plan and adding exercise can add years on your dogs life. Did you know that 45% of all dogs in the U.S. are obese? That's right, your adorable Camille or Bentley can suffer just like a human being. Lung disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis among other illnesses can cut their lives short. Is this what you wish for your pet?

Changing the Diet

Feed your dog healthy dog foods, not the foods that contain multiple by-products. Avoid grain-based dog foods. Grain-based dog foods can cause kidney, urinary tract and dental disease. It can also cause obesity in your dog. They will eat more because they are not getting the proper nutrients and defecation is stronger; because they are not receiving the proper nutrients in their diet.

We purchase Castor & Pollux' Natural Ultra mix' or Rachel Ray's 'Nutrist.' Neither are grain-based nor do they contain multiple-by- products. Both are a little expensive; but they eat less and their bowels movements are better.

When switching dog foods, blend the old with the new dog food. Your dogs digestive system needs time to adjust to the change of the food. Eliminate all treats from your pets diet, which also include table scraps. Scraping your plate and giving it to them is unhealthy causing obesity in your pet along with other illnesses that was already described.


A dog needs exercise just like humans. Laying around is not only unhealthy it can be deadly to your pet. You can cut-off the life span of your pet by 2 years when they are overweight. Have you ever felt what it was like to lose a pet? It is devastating. Get Camille or Bentley off of the couch and get exercising. If you live in an apartment, flat or condo grab the leash and get walking. Not only is it great for your dog, it is good for the owner to. Dog parks are popular and popping-up all over the Country, check one out in your area. If you reside in a home, spend at least an hour a day playing catch or frisbee with them. Soon you will see the fat around their bellies turn into muscle on the body.

Feeding Your Dog

We feed our dogs twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. We do not let the food sit in a bowl all day so they can eat at their convenience. Based on your dogs weight place the exact amount of food in their bowl and give them an hour to eat. If the food is in the bowl when you come back, pick it up and use it for the evening feeding. Believe it or not; they know when they are hungry. Begin to control their diet and don't let them control you.

Don't let your dog eat more and exercise less. Consuming more calories and lounging around will kill your pet. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the ideal weight for your pet. If you cannot afford a veterinarian, research the ideal weight for your dog on-line and plant them on your scale. Sit, stay, weigh!

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention will provide a weight range for specific breeds. Need to know exactly how many cups per day you should feed your dog? The Dog Food Advisor Calculator will assist you with calculations.

Natural Recipe For Your Dog

Instead of feeding our dogs processed treats, I create an all natural stew for them to eat. I do not add any seasonings to the pot. All the flavoring comes from the ingredients that are used for the stew. It is also good for human consumption so if someone eats a bowl it will not harm them.

Chicken Stew

1lb of boneless chicken

1 cup of fresh green beans

1 cup of fresh baby carrots

4 potatoes of any kind

Rinse all ingredients. Cut chicken into pieces and chop vegetables. Place all ingredients into a large pot. Add water and boil for 1-1 1/2 hours. Once cooked. Let cool. Instead of giving your pet a full cup of dry dog food, add only half. Add 1/2 cup of stew and blend. Not only is it healthy for your dog it is natural.

Natural Dog Treat

This one is really simple. Never feed your dogs chicken bones or pork bones. It can tear their stomach lining. Go to the supermarket and look for beef soup bones. There are a few stores that will give them to you for free; but others will charge a few dollars. You can normally find these in the meat isle. Whatever you do not use, you can freeze and give to them at another time.

Beef Soup Bone Recipe

1-4 Beef soup bones

In a large pot place 1-4 beef soup bones in water. Do not add seasoning. Simmer for an hour. Remove from heat and cool. Not only is the bone marrow healthy; but they will be able to keep their teeth clean too.

Putting your overweight dog on a natural diet plan will add years to their life and they will be around to love even longer.



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    • AEvans profile image

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Brandon Martin: Thank you so much. Proper diet is the key to a healthy dog. :)

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      Brandon Martin 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Great info.!

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      PegCole17: We love our dogs so much, they tend to play s don't they? lolo! The stew is yummy and natural. Enjoy! :)

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Good information on pet diet here AE. Our dogs tend to be a tad bit overweight and they know just how to play us to get extra Milkbone treats. I like the recipe for making a stew and adding it to a reduced portion of their kibble. Good ideas.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      BlossomSB: They are so important. Our Ccokers suffered from allergies and my vet recommended Children's Benadryl. They take those at bedtime and it works. So glad you were able to find a good vet for your baby. :)

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      mary: Schnauzer's are adorable! My mom had one and she was the sweetest little thing. Chicken and rice is very good for them too. I like cooking for my dogs, even though we have four. lolo! Thank you so much for liking our additional kids. :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for a very interesting article. My little dog is getting older, but she's never had a weight problem either, as we go for walks twice a day. However, she does have an allergy problem and sometimes the itch really upsets her, but I've just found a new Vet who has some great ideas to help. Our four-legged friends are so important, aren't they?

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I cook chicken and rice for my miniature schnauzer and have never had a weight problem with her. She takes me for long walks and she plays ball with me every day! Your dogs are adorable. Great info here.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      holmesjenn: Thank you so much for the information about the beef soup bones. I cook them because my cockers have gotten ill from eating them raw. They have sensitive little tummies. I agree people should contact there local veterinarian on advice regarding the soup bone. :)

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      holmesjenn 5 years ago from Colorado

      As a Veterinary technician this is great information and I love the food recipe. There has never been one I liked.

      The beef soup bones I do not cook and the reason for that is to keep them hard so they can not splinter them. Once you cook them they will be soft and break easily. Of course each dog is different and consult a veterinarian if you have questions.

      Great job here.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      kat11: They are easy recipes and the dogs love it. I would taste the bones, lolo! But the stew can also be humanely consumed. Glad you enjoyed and have fun with the recipes. :)

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Deborah Brooks: They do. I have a couple of friends who just allow there dog to lay around and do nothing. They are overweight and unhealthy. Why would you do that to a pet that you love so much? Ours they exercise and yes we spend a little more for food, but they are worth it. :)

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      kat11 5 years ago from Illinois

      I would definitely try the dog treats. i'm always looking for a good recipe. Thanks for the information and recipes

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is an excellent hub.. great advice.. they do need to exercise,, just like us. and eat right..

      voted up


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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Johnjfernando: I am glad to hear you exercise your pooch. Don't let him pig out to much and change his dog food. He will eat less and be happier.

      I don't know about wiener dogs getting older and being more immobile. A friend of mine had a wiener dog years ago and he seemed to age pretty well. :)

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      jkchandra 5 years ago

      I know what you mean! I get mine to go for cardio along with me to get him in shape. The little guy just can't help pigging out. I guess thats what winter does. I also heard that its unfortunate for weiner dogs because of there body on being long with short stubby legs, that as they get older, they tend to sit and more immobile.