American Cocker Spaniels and Obesity: Strategies for Maintaining Adequate Weight

Dog owner question:

"Dear Expert! My American Cocker Spaniel, Benji, is prone to obesity and I can see that this is not good for his health. How can I best manage his weight and provide him with the best diet and exercise?"

Answer from a dog psychologist:

"I understand your concern. American Cocker Spaniels are prone to obesity, which can impair their health and shorten their lifespan.

Here are some strategies you can use to control Benji's weight:

  1. Anutrition plan: ask your vet for help in developing an appropriate nutrition plan that takes into account Benji’s age, weight, activity level and health. This can help ensure that Benji gets the nutrients he needs without gaining weight.
  2. Moderate feeding: make sure Benji is not overfed. Overfeeding can quickly lead to weight gain, especially if Benji doesn’t get enough exercise. Adjust the amount of food to his energy needs.
  3. Regular exercise. Try to take him for walks at least twice a day, and if possible, play games that help him burn calories, such as ball games or Frisbee.
  4. Healthy rewards: avoid high-calorie reward snacks. Chooselow-calorie, healthy reward snacks instead, and use them in moderation.
  5. Check regularly: weigh Benji regularly to monitor his progress. This can help you spot immediately if he starts to gain excess weight and help you adjust his diet and exercise programme!

Obesity prevention is key to keeping Benji healthy. With persistent work and following the advice above, Benji can maintain a healthy weight."

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