The Overweight English Foxhound: How to Manage and Prevent Overweight in this Breed?

Dog owner question

"Hi! My English Foxhound, named Tundy, has gained a lot of weight over the past year, despite my keeping him on his usual diet and walks. Is there something I am not taking into consideration that could help him regain a healthy weight?"

Veterinary answer

"Hi! It's great that you recognize Tundy's weight problem and want to help her. American foxhounds are very active, energetic dogs that need lots of exercise and physical activity.

If an American foxhound doesn't get enough exercise or takes in too many calories, he can easily gain weight!

Weight gain can cause a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, joint problems and diabetes.

It is therefore very important that Tundy gets back to a healthy weight.

First, look at his eating habits.

You may need to reduce the amount you feed him or switch to a lower calorie diet. Ask your vet about the most appropriate diet. It is also important to minimise reward food and leftovers from the table, as these are often high in calories.

Secondly, make sure Tundy gets enough exercise.

American fox pups need several hours of exercise a day. If your job doesn't allow you that much time for walks, consider a dog-walking service or provide him with more play opportunities in the house or garden.

Finally, it's important to have regular vet check-ups on Tundy to monitor her weight loss and ensure that there are no health problems that could be contributing to weight gain, such as an underactive thyroid.

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You can help Tundy reach and maintain a healthy weight by following these steps. Good luck!"