Spring is finally here and we are gettin’ lots more outside time. We love bein’ able to run and play. My Lady calls it exercisin’, but we just think we’re havin’ fun! We packed on some pounds layin’ up in the house over the winter and she says for pet weight loss, we need lots of that stuff called exercise, nutritious food and a plan to help us get back in shape. It’s all good to me! I like runnin’, wrestlin’ and playin’ and ain’t turnin’ down no good food either! She also says consistency is the key. Say what? I don’t know what that big word means, so I better get her to tell ya ’bout it.
Miss Molly is getting her workout in and sticking with her plan!
Here’s my Lady to tell ya ’bout Pet Weight Loss and why Consistency is the Key
Did you know that more than 50% of pets are overweight? Wow! That means half the pets out there are overweight! Us pet parents know that it is important that our pets are at a healthy weight because much like humans, a healthy weight adds to their quality of life and life expectancy. But, how to get the weight off becomes the question. You have to keep in mind that pet weight loss is a marathon not a sprint! Remember, it took your dog or cat quite a long time to get all that girth, so it’s not going to just fall off of them. Consistency, patience, and a good dog food for weight loss like Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight is what you need in the process of getting your dog or cat back to their perfect weight.
All the pups enjoy daily, or even twice daily, runs! It’s the Shepherds favorite activity!
You may have read my post about Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight. I think it is great because 70% of cats and dogs who used the Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks! It has a breakthrough blend of natural ingredients and prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion. It is also 100% precisely balanced nutrition. And, since small and toy breeds make up 40% of the dog population, they have introduced small and toy breed specific formulas to help smaller dogs achieve a healthy weight and improve their quality of life.
Ozzy and Maggie love to walk and explore among the pecan trees! Secretly, they are hunting squirrels!
Pet Weight Loss – Slow and Steady Wins the Race
We also have to remember that packing on the pounds is much easier than getting them off for us AND for our pets. It’s important to remember that while you’re impatiently waiting for the weight to melt off your pet. That’s just not going to happen. You need a plan, a goal, and an approach that will guarantee success. Exercise is important and so is what, when and how much you feed them.
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight dog and Adult Perfect Weight cat foods are perfect for overweight pets. Combined along with the Hill’s 10 Week Turnaround calendar, they can help you achieve your pet weight loss goals. Their food is specially designed to promote a slow, steady weight reduction in dogs and cats, and their calendar helps you track the food intake and weight loss progress of your dog and cat.
Ozzy and Brandi burns calories while helping with the yard work!
Consistency is Key
When it comes to dog weight loss or cat weight loss, either one, consistency is key! You need to establish a routine for everything from the time of day you feed to the amount you feed. Your dog or cat needs to know exactly what to expect to limit that panic that some of them get when you start reducing their food.
Pet Weight Loss Tips and Tricks:
- Download the 10 Week Turnaround Calendar to keep track of feed and pet weight loss.
- Start out by feeding your pet the recommended amount on the bag, adjusting as needed. Remember, all dogs have different caloric requirements and activity levels.
- Feed your pet a specific amount at a specific time. If you can’t be there, have a friend of relative do it for you.
- Use measuring cups. 1 cup means an actual measured cup, not an eyeballed amount. I used to be guilty of this.
- Be consistent in everything you do, from feeding to going potty.
- If you’re training your dog, or if it has been trained to get treats for performing certain actions, substitute green beans or bell peppers for dog treats. They have almost no calories, and most dogs love them. If you do use traditional treats, remember to subtract the calories from their daily intake.
- Always remember, pet weight loss is a marathon. It WILL take time.
Pet weight loss can be both daunting and frustrating if you don’t approach it with the proper tools and the proper mindset. Hills Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight dog food and cat foods from Hill’s Pet, along with their 10 Week Turnaround calendar are great tools to help you get your dog or cat back to the weight the used to be.
Even itty bitty Little Bit enjoys her daily walk to help keep her fit and trim!
Where to Purchase the Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Pet Food
The Perfect Weight pet food is available at your favorite pet retailer and at Pet360 with an additional discount on Autoship. It’s a great resource!
Saturday 2nd of June 2018
Ty for this post!! My dog is over weight and I learned a lot.
Monday 30th of May 2016
This is a good article, my cat is chubby and I always wondered what I could do about it
Friday 23rd of October 2015
I am trying to have Coco lose weight. She has gained a few extra pounds. Been taking her for lots of walks and trying to get her to run around more. She is very lazy. But we are working on it!
Saturday 17th of October 2015
My sister's dog is definitely overweight - she will eat anything and everything, thanks for these tips to make her healthier!
Sunday 21st of June 2015
Nutrition and exercise are so important for our pets' health. This is a good article!