Just like us, dogs are prone to put on weight if they are eating the wrong types and amounts of food. It is important that your dog is getting the right size portion of food for their size and breed and that their food contains all the micronutrients required to keep them healthy. Most commercial dog foods give instructions regarding the right type of food for your dog and ideal portion size, but if in any doubt your vet will be able to advise you.
When you are giving your dog treats or snacks its best to give them healthy options. You could for instance give your dog a bit of banana or even a strawberry. When giving morsels to your dog always check that it is safe. Some food items such as chocolate or grapes are actually toxic for your dog. Strawberries, however are safe- but moderation is the key otherwise it may upset you dogs stomach.
If you have a giant breed puppy you still need to watch that you are feeding the right amount. It can be tempting to give oversize portions in order to promote maximum growth, but actually this can be bad news for your dog. Dogs that are overweight can end up with lots of health problems. For instance being overweight puts stress not just on bone, muscle and ligament structure but can also cause stress to your dog’s heart. Whilst a cute roly-poly puppy can look sweet and endearing, you could be giving your puppy a stack of health problems to cope with in later life. Over feeding a dog whatever its age can lead to it having long term health problems such as diabetes or heart disease.
Large dogs can be very greedy, if food is on offer then they will eat it whether they are hungry or not. You need to watch whatever snacks and training treats you give your dog as this can contribute to him piling on the pounds. When feeding your dog you also need to take into account how active he is. High energy dog foods are for working dogs, if you try to give it to a more sedate pet it can lead to excess weight gain.