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Did you know that more than 50% of pets are overweight? Yes, just as humans often have issues with weight, so do our pets. If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, be sure to discuss the matter with your veterinarian who can help you determine your pet’s ideal weight. Meanwhile, there are also simple steps you can take to encourage pet weight loss or to help your pet maintain a healthy weight. Here are a few tips:
Exercise is important for pets, not just to help keep them at the perfect weight, but also to keep them happy and entertained. Take your dogs for regular walks and have frequent active play sessions with your cat. Make playtime and exercise part of the daily routine. I like to encourage my dogs to explore new things and to be active outdoors.
You can also try new activities. For example, I like to take my dogs to agility and nose work classes, which helps to keep them active and moving. Another great activity, at least for dogs, is swimming. Swimming provides low impact exercise that is easier on the joints, especially for overweight dogs. My corgi Eve recently has been swimming at facility designed specifically for dogs.
Measure Your Pet’s Food
Allowing pets to self feed often leads to overweight pets. Instead of leaving food out, measure your pet’s meals to assure that they are not taking in too much. Also, don’t forget to consider the calories that your pets consume from treats each day.
Choose an Appropriate Food
Use a diet that is appropriate both for your pet’s age and size. For example, a puppy’s nutritional needs are different than an adult dog or a senior dog, who need less calories and fat than younger animals. The same goes for cats. The size of your dog can also be a factor. Small and toy breeds need less food, yet still require full nutrition. One option is Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight.
Science Diet Perfect Weight is 100% precisely balanced nutrition, with a breakthrough blend of natural ingredients and prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion. There are also small and toy breed specific formulas to help smaller dogs achieve a healthy weight and improve quality of life.
70% of cats and dogs who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks. So, if you are interesting in helping your pet to lose weight, the Hill’s 10 Week Turnaround just might be for you.
Perfect Weight is available at your favorite pet retailer and at Pet360, where you can get an additional discount using autoship.
You can get even more tips, read success stories, and find some useful tools, such as a weight check tool and treat translator, at the Hill’s weight management page. It is full of great information!