So you’ve carried out a Body Condition Score https://www.gwenschoice.co.uk/canine-body-condition-scoring/ and a Muscle Condition Assessment https://www.gwenschoice.co.uk/muscle-condition-score-in-dogs/ and weighed your dog, if your dog doesn’t fall into the “ideal” category what next?……

If your dog is overweight:

Reduce the amount you are feeding by 10%. 

Review weight, body, and muscle condition regularly. 

When weight loss slows down, reduce food by a further 10%.

Continue to monitor weight, body and muscle condition, review weight loss and reduce food by 10% until your dog’s ideal weight is achieved or you are feeding 10% less than the lower range of the feeding guide on the bag for your dog’s ideal weight.

If you find that you are feeding 10% less than the lower end of the feeding guide for your dog’s ideal weight, then you will need to find a diet that is lower in calories, like Gwen’s Choice Light to ensure your dog is receiving adequate nutrition. https://www.gwenschoice.co.uk/shop/dry-food/gwens-choice-light-salmon-and-trout-with-sweet-potato-and-asparagus/

Any changes in diet should be made gradually to avoid gastric upset.

Keep any treats, chews, or titbits to a minimum.  Extra calories fed in this form should not exceed more than 10% of daily calorific requirement.

If your dog needs to increase weight and improve body condition:

Increase the amount you are feeding by 10%  

Review weight, body, and muscle condition regularly.   

When body condition stops improving, increase food again by 10%

Keep monitoring and reviewing until your dog’s ideal weight is achieved or you are feeding 10% more than the higher range of the feeding guide on the bag for your dog’s ideal weight.

If you find that you are feeding 10% more than the higher end of the feeding guide for your dog’s ideal weight, then you will need to find a diet that is higher in energy like Gwen’s Choice Sporting Beef https://www.gwenschoice.co.uk/shop/dry-food/gwens-choice-grain-free-sporting-beef/

Changes in body condition can be a sign of an underlying health problem so always speak to your vet or vet nurse if you have any concerns.

If you would like to know more about Gwen’s Choice dog food, then please visit our website  https://www.gwenschoice.co.uk/

If you have any queries, you can contact Gwen, she is a Registered Veterinary Nurse with over 25yrs of experience in veterinary practice and could help you to make a real difference to your dog’s health. https://www.gwenschoice.co.uk/contact-gwens-choice/

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