I'll start with the bad:
More than half of dogs living in the US are suffering from a health problem that can impact the length and quality of their life.
Worse, when surveyed, 80% of dogs' owners have no idea that their dog might be experiencing this problem.
What I'm referring to, of course, is excess weight. Around 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight, and about one out of three dogs is clinically obese.
Overweight and obese dogs struggle in so many ways. The strain of extra pounds makes them more likely to develop chronic joint pain. Their hearts have to work harder, leading to high blood pressure. They can even suffer from difficulty walking and breathing. And that's just a few of the many possible negative side effects.
It's no wonder that studies show that the lives of overweight dogs are up to 2 1/2 years shorter than those of healthy weight dogs.
Now for the good news: there's just one small change you can make in your dog's life to help them drop those dangerous extra pounds, and to keep the pounds off of already healthy dogs.
In my experience as a practicing veterinarian, there's one major contributing blind spot that's almost universal among dog owners: high caloric intake, especially when it comes to treats.
Even dog owners feeding expensive boutique foods don't seem to pay much attention to the calorie count in their dog's treats. But excess calories are exactly what leads to excess weight.
For example, an active 20 pound dog should consume up to 400 calories each day, and no more than 10% of those calories should be treats. That means 40 calories for snacking.
A single dog biscuit from a popular brand contains about 40 calories. In other words, just one treat is enough to hit that daily limit! I don't know about you, but I don't know many dog owners who wouldn't feel terrible limiting their dogs to just one treat a day... I sure can't!
If you're already off biscuits and feeding something like a single ingredient meat treat, that's a good start. But even these treats can be a little on the rich side, typically containing 6-8 calories per treat.
So that's around 5 or 6 treats a day for that 20 pound dog. Better, but, let's be honest, you don't want to stop there, and neither does your dog.
As an alternative to commercial treats, you can feed your dogs healthy fruits and vegetables like berries, root vegetables, and leafy greens as healthy snacks.
Or, switch to a healthier and lower calorie treat product. At Canine Sciences, we designed our Nutrient Heaven product specifically with the idea of creating a very low-calorie, healthy and still delicious treat.
Nutrient Heaven freeze-dried dog treats are 90% meat and are less than 2 calories each!
Using the prior example, a 20-pound dog can get over 20 Nutrient Heaven treats a day, compared to just one biscuit, or just 5-6 single-ingredient meat treats, without spoiling their healthy diet!
How did Canine Sciences do it? With nature's help! Because it turns out that the diet of our dogs' ancestors is what's healthiest for them to eat today.
We made Nutrient Heaven out of whole duck, a premium meat that is naturally lean, and included the rich, flavorful organs like heart and kidney that wild canines are first to gobble down after a successful hunt, but excluded the fatty calorie-rich skin.
Then we added low-calorie superfoods based on the foraged foods that wild dogs seek out in nature - sweet, juicy blackberries, refreshing, nutrient-rich kale, and delicious sweet potato.
Finally, we freeze-dried all those great ingredients at their freshest, so your dog gets the big raw taste and nutrition of real, natural food, with no grains or fillers.
It's as simple as that - keeping your dog at a healthy weight requires real, balanced, natural food, made the way that nature intended for your dog to eat.
With a properly formulated treat like Nutrient Heaven in hand, you can keep your dog fit and healthy without compromising the wonderful and rewarding bonding experience that is snacktime.
Wishing you and your dog the best of health,
Dr. Edward Tuk
Canine Sciences designed our Nutrient Heaven treats to be low calorie and healthy for all dogs, by choosing tasty natural ingredients that dogs love, but that aren't packed with empty calories. And every purchase is protected by an industry-leading 90-day satisfaction guarantee - because we know your dog will love them!
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