Nutritional Advice

Feeding Your Neutered Dog Properly

How do you feed your neutered dog properly?

Neutering a Dog: Watch Out for Weight Gain

Neutering gives rise to a large number of hormonal changes which increase the risk of weight gain. The risk of being overweight in a neutered dog is twice as high compared to an unneutered dog. Indeed, following neutering, energy needs reduce by about 30% and appetite is increased by an average of 60%. If you do not give the dog food suitable for its new needs, your dog can put on an additional 10% in weight in the three weeks after neutering. But don't worry: weight gain after neutering is not a foregone conclusion! To avoid this, it is necessary to adjust its food.

The New Food Needs of Your Neutered Dog

To adjust to your neutered dog's needs, its new food must be lower in energy and the calorie content of the new food must come first and foremost from protein. Protein is essential to help maintain muscle mass instead of fat mass. They also promote satiety, in combination with food fibre, which is particularly important after sterilisation, when your dog's appetite is increasing. Conversely, starch and sugars must be limited because they represent a source of energy which is less useful for dogs and can be stored as fat if they are present in quantities which are too high.


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VETERINAY HPM® Neutered: Specially Designed for your Neutered Dog

Veterinary HPM® Neutered foods have been designed to avoid weight gain following neutering, while avoiding your dog becoming hungry. Thanks to a 20% lower energy formulation, which is just as rich in protein compared to our dog foods for non-neutered dogs, calorific intake is reduced while covering protein needs, fostering your dog's satiety. 

Veterinary HPM® Neutered foods incorporate L-Carnitine, which enables limited fat storage: everything you need to avoid your dog putting on weight after neutering. Foods are available in several pack sizes suitable for your dog's size and age. 

 * Ref. : 1. I. Jeusette, et al. Effect of ovariectomy and ad libitum feeding on body composition, thyroid status, ghreling and leptin plasma concentrations in female dogs. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 90 (2006)

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