How to regulate my dog's diet through regular weigh-ins, i.e. how do I weigh my dog on a bathroom scale.
Easy Weight Control for Dogs
- 4 minutes read - 640 words
In the previous section, we looked at
kibble feeding tables and how to measure the daily portions for your dog, be it
a growing puppy or a thriving adult.
In this section, we will discover how to control your dog’s diet by measuring
her weight on a weekly or monthly basis. A puppy growing up should be weighed
on a weekly basis, whereas an adult with no problems with her weight can be
weighed on a monthly basis.
4 Steps to Weighing Your Dog in Practice
As stated above, measuring your dog’s kibble is a good starting point for
taking control of her nutrition. At the same time you probably also realised
that the quantities provided by dog food manufacturers should be treated as
an upper bound. The next important factor of course is the weight of the dog
itself and an easy way to measure her weight is to use a bathroom scale.
This solution will work as long as you’re able to pick up your dog and step on
the scale with her, but it is not a very practical solution with a grown up
Hovawart for example. It is, however, important that you know how much your dog
weighs, especially if you own a large dog, since extra weight will lead
into health problems later on.
Many veterinarians will let you use their professional scale for free, if you
ask them. If they do, it is a good indicator that they have your pet’s best
interest in mind, rather then their wallet’s.
To weigh your dog with the help of a bathroom scale, you need to do the
Step on the bathroom scale without your dog and note down your weight.
Pick up the dog and step on the scale with her and note down your combined
Subtract your weight from the combined weight.
Mark down the result and date.
We know that doing this every week may seem cumbersome, but this effort will
guarantee that your dog is well-fed and not getting obese over time. Please
note that your dog’s weight may fluctuate somewhat depending at which time of
the day you do the weigh-in. If you have set meal times and you weigh your dog
every week on the same day and time, the results will be more predictable as
well. As stated above, this is not rocket science, but does require a bit of
effort on your part.
Help! My dog’s gaining weight, what should I do?
If you weigh your dog and you discover that your dog is gaining weight, or is
downright obese, you should take corrective action before her weight turns into
a serious health problem.
Having read the earlier section on measuring portions
for your dog’s mealtimes, you know that you will need to do some math to reduce
Also please make sure that all the treats you are potentially giving her do not
add up skewing her diet. Lastly, it is important that your dog has
regular mealtimes as we learned in an earlier section.
These three things will be enough for you to control your dog’s weight and all
it requires is consistency, as does anything that has to do with dog ownership.
In this and the previous two sections we covered the basics of dog nutrition,
which build on the three pillars of:
right portions of quality kibble
and regular weigh-ins.
In the next section we will look at things that are
dangerous for dogs to eat.
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