I'm helping Hill's Science Diet® spread the word about a common problem for dogs; being overweight or obese. Many people don't notice or care when their dog begins to gain weight. Sometimes they even think it's cute "Oh, look at that cute pudgy dog!". But overweight pets aren't funny or cute. In fact being overweight can lead to serious health problems in pets. Once your dog begins gaining too much weight it may become difficult for her to exercise, which will make her not want to go for walks or do some of the other active things she used to enjoy, leading to even more weight gain.
|Angel is clearly overweight and had a hard time just going for a short walk|
If you're wondering whether or not your dog might be carrying too much weight, have a conversation with your Veterinarian. Your Veterinarian can tell you what your dog's ideal weight should be and begin monitoring her weight. Visit your Veterinarian at least once a year, every six months if your dog is very young or if she is an older dog so you can monitor her weight as she grows and changes. This will help avoid serious health problems associated with dogs being overweight.
If your dog needs to shed some pounds, try Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food. To help your dog slim down for a healthier life, Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight contains:
> A breakthrough blend of natural ingredients
> Prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion
> 100% precisely balanced nutrition
Here's an informative video from PetMd that discusses why it's important for your dog to maintain an ideal weight. Learn about PetMd's Healthy Weight Calculator which can help you determine your dog's body condition.
My dogs' health and wellness are always a priority for me. My dogs get weighed at the Vet twice a year and fortunately, they have both always gotten high marks for being at their ideal weight. If only I could get to my ideal weight, I'd be a happy Pet Mama! Losing weight is never easy, for people or pets. Diet and exercise are key components to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. It's up to us to ensure our dogs eat healthy food, get plenty of exercise, and have their weight monitored by their Veterinarian to ensure they maintain a healthy weight.
|Look Ma! I'm at my ideal healthy weight of 50 lbs|
To help avoid over feeding your dog:
** Measure your dog's food each time you feed them
** Choose an age and size appropriate diet. Puppies need more energy and fat for their growing bodies, small and toy breeds need more nutrition packed into a much smaller meal. Senior spayed and neutered animals need less calories and fat
|Long walks and hiking are two of my dogs' favorite activities!|
** Play some fun games inside the house like Find the Toy or Fetch
** Go just a little further in your regular walks each day
Many of my readers have said that one of their New Year's resolutions was for their dog to slim down and take off some extra pounds. Now is the perfect time to start a new diet and exercise routine, if you haven't already. Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight can help you achieve your pet weight loss goals! Take the Science Diet Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround Challenge to help your dog slim down. A healthy weight adds to your dog's quality of life and life expectancy!
Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight pet weight loss food is available in your Veterinarian's office or at your favorite pet specialty store. It's also available online from Pet360 with an additional discount on Autoship!
In the next couple of months, I'll be sharing more information on creating a routine and being consistent with your dog's healthy diet and exercise routine. I'll also share the results of a dog whose owner has decided to take the Science Diet Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround Challenge!