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This weeks Build My Bully submission we highlight Paola's female bully. She contact us with the following question:  My bully is overweight- currently 76 lbs. I have spoken with her vet and have adjusted the amount of food I am feeding her. 3 cups per day. I currently feed her Zignature Dog Food- Turkey Formula.  We run a mile almost every day- 5x a week. I am looking into buying her a weight sled as well. We also do sprints occasionally.

Reply from Rita:

As far as exercise goes, running and sprints are great for weight loss. You can add a light weight vest to any of those activities to add some resistance in turn building more muscle. Flirt poles and spring poles are good tools for creating drive and building muscle. Swimming is a great exercise that adds resistance without stressing the joints. Switch up your routine often, to work different muscle groups.

Any of these activities need to be done 3-5 days a week for 20-30 minutes. You can increase that as your dog begins to loose weight and build endurance. You can add them to your current routine. Zignature is a really good kibble. If you want to take weight off, decreasing the intake is a good decision.

If your dog is overweight at 3 cups per day, you may want to cut back by a half cup a day. You can add fruits and vegetables as fillers. Sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, strawberries and blueberries are great. Strawberries are real good because they are high in vitamin C, which is needed to make energy for muscle cells. Also, adding coconut or salmon oil can help boost metabolism by providing healthy fats.

Recommendations:

Muscle Bully Gains - Given daily, this will help add the essential fats your dog needs to build healthy functional muscle. Adding fats into an active dog's diet is key in weight management. Healthy coat, energy levels, brain and organ functions all depend on essential fats. Lipids also play a huge role in fueling muscle fibers so they can perform longer and work harder.

Don't be afraid of the name the added fats will help your dogs metabolism to help maintain the healthy weight you're looking for. The gains may be exactly what is needed! Muscle Bully Muscle Building Supplement - Given before and after exercise, this will help with muscle recovery and muscle repair after exercise. By removing the lactic acid from the muscles, DMG assists with repairing the muscle fibers that are broken down during workouts. This will help build muscle.

DMG has been studied for decades and found not only to have muscle building properties but also a multitude of other health benefits. DMG also aids in keeping muscles oxygenated which helps build endurance for longer periods of exercise. Vitabully- Given daily. This is a fabulous multivitamin. No diet is perfect canine or human, a multivitamin is always recommended to give your dog what may be missing in their diet.

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