Weight problems are quite common in nearly all dog breeds and Boxers are no exception. Problem with your Boxer being overweight is that the extra fat can cause a lot of health problems for the dog and even possibly shorten his lifespan.
The extra weight can put pressure on their joints and spine. Dogs that carry around too much weight around their waist are also susceptible to back injury. So it’s important to keep your beloved dog at a healthy weight to avoid health risks associated with being overweight.
There are different reasons behind why a Boxer would get overweight. Here are just a few that could contribute to a dogs weight problems:
Luckily for you and your dog, there are a couple of things you can do to help your Boxer with losing the extra acquired weight.
Take him on more walks – he will love the extra time spent outdoors and his health overall will benefit from the activity. Exercise has always been one of the major factors when it comes to weight. Another way to exercise is though active games like fetch.
Use a measuring cup when feeding your Boxer – Measure exactly how much food your dog eats and add/remove food based on his weight loss/gain.
Feed your dog high quality food – For better health you will need better food. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy the more expensive food, since expensive food can be just as bad as the cheap stuff.
Add multivitamins to his diet – Multivitamins will help your Boxer get the vitamins he might be missing in his food. They will also improve his health and mood. Just be sure you talk to your vet about which vitamins you can give your dog.