Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is common in human weight loss pills, so it is worth a mention. It contains Epigallocatechin gallate (a type of catechin) that has been shown to help obesity in mice by decreasing energy absorption and increasing fat consumption (0xidation). I don’t think green tea extract does any harm but beware of human weight loss pills as many contain caffeine, which dogs do not tolerate as well as we do!
Though sometimes used as a diabetes drug in cats, chromium does not work so well in dogs. It has not received much attention for 5+ years.
Chitisan is a fiber supplement made from shellfish. It is supposed to work by biding fats and decreasing their absorption in the bloodstream. Nobody has ever proven this to be the case, although nobody has had too many problems with it either. Safe but questionable and again has not received much attention for 5+ years.
Putting it All Together
You will find the above ingredients in some dog weight loss foods and dog supplements. I have deliberately not mentioned any brands because they come and go, and it is far more important to know what is in these foods rather than the brand name! So look at the ingredients and make your mind up for yourself.
Just remember there is no magic bullet for weight loss and dog arthritis treatment – but taken together, the above suggestions can make quite a difference.
Weight Loss for Dog Arthritis Treatment – The Biggest Losers
Weight control is THE BIGGEST single thing you can do to improve dog arthritis treatment dramatically – I have made this point clear time and time again. Yet weight loss is also one of the hardest treatments to achieve.
Many dog owners are amazingly diligent – giving prescription medications, providing physical therapy and massage, trying all sorts of herbal supplements or glucosamine for dogs, and even putting their dog through surgery. This high level of diligence and care is worth applauding, but many of these treatments are not needed if their weight is well controlled. I’ll say it again weight loss is the single most important thing you can do for dog arthritis treatment. But life gets in the way, and we can give any number of reasons why our pets have become fat! There are three important areas that the biggest losers have in common.
- Weight loss behaviors & attitudes
The modern dog has an abundance of high quality, highly concentrated, and very tasty food. There is no doubt that dog nutrition has come a long way – we have cured fatal heart problems, eye conditions, skin itches, and much more. Yet nutritional issues are more common now than ever before, and guess what is number one on the list these days? Obesity.
There is no perfect diet for dogs to control obesity, just as there is no diet for people. Dogs are all different but here is some food for thought (excuse the pun)
- Small meals frequently can help so long as the total amount of food for the day is the same – portion control!
- High protein diets seem to make dogs feel ‘full’. High fiber diets can work likewise. Unfortunately, most weight loss foods are one or the other, but newer foods are starting to combine the two. Studies on these more contemporary foods are showing encouraging results.
- The weight-loss diets are well designed and provide good nutrition with reduced calories. This is my suggested starting point but will likely need fine-tuning.