Like most Americans, Aaron Maguire has a passion for his pets. That’s why when he found out his dog, Bailey, was overweight, he started searching for answers.
“Bailey is the most food-driven dog you’ve ever met,” Maguire said. “Around half the dogs out there are overweight. We should give them the right portion every time, but make it easy.”
Maguire created this Portion Paw. You use the paw, which can clip right to your dog food bag, to scoop up food. It then measures how much food you’re feeding your pet.
“It has a one cup, a half, and a third cup, so no matter what size dog or cat your have, the Portion Paw can help you,” Maguire said.
Veterinarian Joe Spoo agrees portion control is a real problem for America’s pets.
“We see a lot of health issues related to that, whether it be orthopedic injuries or just mobility issues in general,” Spoo said.
Spoo says not only do many people over-feed their dogs, but this time of year they don’t exercise them enough.
“The other thing we see is kind of the opposite of fat-shaming on the human side. People with normal-weight dogs will often bring them in because they get tired of family or friends telling them that their dog is too skinny. Actually it’s probably the only normal dog in the family or neighborhood,” Spoo said.
If you’re exercising your dog and watching portion sizes and still not noticing a difference, it might be time to try a prescription diet plan.
“Treat it like a drug. I’m not saying to put these dogs on a prescription diet for the rest of their lives. Let’s get the weight off, and then reevaluate how we feed them those over-the-counter, normal maintenance diets,” Spoo said.
Meanwhile, Maguire is glad his dog Bailey was able to lose weight simply by watching portion sizes.
“He gets around so much better than before. At one point he could hardly walk,” Maguire said.
For more information, visit the Portion Paw website.