Can I restrict my dog’s regular dog food, instead of feeding a diet food?

This may be an option if your dog is slightly overweight. (I.e. Body Condition Score of no greater than 6 out of 9). If treats and extras are restricted, weight loss can be achieved by tweaking the quantity of your dog’s mainstay dog food. However, if your dog needs to lose greater than 10% of their starting weight, we strongly advise changing your dog onto a diet formula. This is to avoid nutrient deficiencies.

Commercial dog foods contain their nutrients in ratio to their calorie component. So, by cutting back on quantity and therefore the calorie content of your dog’s regular food, you will also be cutting back on vital nutrients (i.e. vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements.) Dog diet food is nutrient enriched to ensure adequate nutrient intakes despite the lowered calorie content.

Significant reductions to your dog’s current food portion may also cause issues with increased hunger levels which may reduce compliance with your dog’s weight loss program. If your dog needs to lose greater than 10% of their starting weight, we highly recommend feeding a calorie restricted diet dog food for the duration of your dog’s weight loss.

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