I hear cries of “he’s not fat, he’s fluffy! “. In fact I have used it myself. Overweight dogs and obesity in our beloved companions is one of the most heartbreaking things because only we are to blame.
Truly I can’t pretend to answer this in one post but I can start the thinking going. We live in a world surrounded by fat, fat is delicious. We are programmed to seek it out because in nature fat is a rarity. Ever seen a fat bunny? Well if you did that bunny would be breakfast.
Modern industrial farming though is all about fat, fat is flavour, and it is relatively cheap, certainly cheaper than protein. One of the sneakiest ways that fat ends up in our dogs system is via the bones we provide. There can be massive amounts of fat on a bone. So first and foremost – check the bone and remove any and all visible fat. And if you can, buy bones that have less fat to start with. Long leg bones for instance. Brisket is drenched in fat. Chicken wings have most of the fat in the skin, so take the skin off. Whenever and wherever you can, remove the fat.
Some fat is good, necessary even and provides energy, keeps us warm; gram for gram fat provides 2 times the calories of protein or carbohydrate. Saturated fats, the fat from animals are the ones that are bad for us, and bad for our dogs. Replace bad fats with good fats and watch your dog thrive.
The Wellbeing Mix has the good fats, Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3 & 6. These are called ‘essential’ because the body can’t make them itself so it needs to obtain them from dietary sources. Omega 3 EFA’s are essential fats for feeding the brain, the skin and coat condition. Omega 3 is also an anti-inflammatory, and having an abundance of it balances out the more pro inflammatory fats.
I trust this insight helps you to have a healthier happier and thinner companion.