To tell if your dog could shed a few pounds, feel around his ribs and spine. You should be able to locate both with only a thin layer of fat separating the skin from the bones. If you can’t find the ribcage, you have an overweight dog
Promoting weight loss in some dogs can indeed be very challenging. It is achievable though. Keeping them lean is critical for their long-term health and happiness.
Obesity is associated with many health problems that decrease both length and quality of life. Excess fat and body weight predispose to Diabetes, other endocrine and metabolic problems, arthritis, trouble breathing, etc.
Needless to say that any of these diseases can seriously decrease your pup’s quality and length of life.
But why raw?
If you ask any dog owner who has fed raw for more than a few weeks if they would ever go back to kibble, 100% of them would say NEVER!
The health benefits are so noticeable and you’ll honestly feel so good about knowing what goes into your dog that you’ll forget all about your scary first moments feeding the raw diet.
The vast majority of pet food is cooked, with extrusion the predominant method. This extrusion produces a kibble and depends on a food containing 25 to 45 percent starch, which upon heating in the presence of water undergoes dextrinization.
Dextrinized starch is what makes cookies have crumbs and a pet food kibble hard and crunchy. Though digestible, this starch is of low utility nutritionally.
After eating, blood sugar spikes, insulin pours forth, blood sugar plunges.
A raw diet promotes a healthier gut microflora, one more aligned with your dog’s metabolism.
Once the metabolism is on the right track, the weight will start to fall off and your dog will be on its way to a happier and healthier life.