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Yes it can be tough to see their big dinner plate eyes staring up at you asking for more. But we have to stay strong and say no to our furry companion! Or do we? Here are a few older dog treats you may be able to institute to keep them on their weight loss journey.
Alternatively you can use the same food you feed your dog as a treat. If they get two cups a day you can give them ¾ of a cup in the morning and the evening and then ½ a cup can be used for treats. This way the calorie count is simple as you are not adding anything additional. Feeding part of their meal in an exercise ball or with a premeasured amount of peanut butter (make sure NO xylitol in your peanut butter) in a kong can add some fun for your senior! We love the Buster food cube found here and Our Pet’s IQ Treat ball found here.
The final option is in store-bought weight loss treats. Often these are higher in fiber and lower in calories, but you still have to be careful about how many you give. If you identify the amount of calories are in a cup of their regular diet (see the back of their food bag), and then how many calories are in each treat, you should be able to break out the old calculator and see how much food you need to withhold to give two treats a day. For instance, if you feed 1 cup a day and the total calories per day are 100, and the treats you want to give are 25 calories, well you just need to give 75 calories of the regular diet (¾ cup) and 1 treat to still hit your calorie goals for the day.
Hopefully some of these have been helpful in tricking your dog into a weight loss program without removing the fun of giving them treats. Let us know what tricks you have found!
Welcome! We are so glad you are here! At SDR, we are firm believers that senior pets are the most inspiring animals in the world. And our mission is to help promote the needs of senior dogs and help pet parents create a life of health and happiness for their oldest canine friend.