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Is it necessary to keep my dog at the breed's ideal weight to avoid the possibility of arthritis?

Asked a year ago

I have a gentle giant of a golden retriever. My family enjoys giving him treats, and he is not ashamed to eat some of our dinner table scraps. He's been gaining weight recently, and he's approaching obesity for his breed. I'm concerned that this will have an impact on his health and cause him to develop arthritis.

Toby Frye

Friday, March 03, 2023

It is definitely necessary to keep your baby at an ideal weight! I would recommend bringing him to your veterinarian to get a better idea of how overweight he is so that you can begin his weight loss journey and keep him at an ideal weight. Once the veterinarian recommends what weight he needs to be, then you can control how much calorie intake he is receiving. Feeding table scraps is okay from time to time, but if you would like to feed him human food, green beans, carrots, bananas, and some other dog safe foods are okay to feed within the recommended calorie intake. Also make sure he is eating food, specific to his breed and age group (this will help keep his weight at an ideal range). Also you can give him glucosamine (joint supplements) to help decrease his chances of arthritis.

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