Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Consistency Is Key To Your Dog's #PerfectWeight and Healthier Lifestyle

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turn Around, but DOGS LUV US and WE LUV THEM only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Over the last several weeks I've talked about overweight pets, and that being overweight can lead to significant health issues for your dog.  More than 50% of dogs are overweight!  A weight gain of just 5 lbs. on a small dog can have a big impact on your dog's health. 5 lbs. on a small dog is the equivalent of a human gaining more than 30 lbs.!  It's important to address a dog's weight problem before it leads to a more serious health issues.

I know I'm at a healthy weight, are you?
Being at a healthy weight can improve your dog's quality of life and life expectancy!  Creating a routine for weight loss and exercise, and maintaining consistency are the key to your dog's success.  Consistent feeding and exercise are an important part of pet weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

If your dog needs to lose a few pounds Hill's® Science Diet® Perfect Weight, a dog food for weight loss, can help. The unique Science Diet Perfect Weight formula contains:

> A breakthrough blend of natural ingredients
 
> Prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion

> 100% precisely balanced nutrition

> Real Chicken as the #1 ingredient

Hill's Pet Nutrition, inspired by a Guide Dog, has been a trusted brand for over 70 years.
Want to WIN 10 Weeks of Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food for weight loss?  Keep reading...!


Hill's cares about your dog's health and wellness.  As an added incentive to start your pooch on a dog weight loss plan, Hill’s Science Diet is running a sweepstakes!  Enter the Science Diet Perfect Weight sweepstakes for a chance to WIN 10 Weeks Worth of Perfect Weight dog food!  CLICK HERE to enter! 

70% of dogs lost weight within 10 weeks of being fed Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food
Watch the Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight video, then take the 10 Week Turnaround Challenge.  Download the 10 Week Turnaround calendar and use it to help you create a routine for health and maintain consistency.  


The Hill's Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround Calendar

CONSISTENCY IN BOTH DIET AND EXERCISE IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS!

** Feed your dog at the same time each day if possible.  Carefully measure out your dog's food at each meal using a measuring cup.  Avoid randomly scooping out food, measure out the proper amount.

Mom always measures our food to ensure we each get the right amount.  My sister is a lot bigger than me so she gets more food than I do.  I'm not so sure I'm OK with that, but I guess Mom knows what's best for us!
When I can't be there to feed my dogs myself, such as when we have to board them, I pre-measure the food for both my dogs and put it into zip lock bags, labeling the bags with each dog's name.  That way I know they'll get the proper amount of food regardless of who feeds them each day.

If you're not sure what the proper amount is to feed your dog, use the Feeding Guidelines on the bag of food.  Ask your Veterinarian if you need further guidance or advice on feeding amounts. It's important to feed your dog the proper amount of food each day!

Use the Science Diet Perfect Weight Daily Feeding Guide provided on the back of each bag of food.  This Daily Feeding guide is from the back of a Toy/Small Breed bag of food.
** Transitioning from your dog's current food to Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food is easy.  Just follow the Helpful Tips guideline on the back of the bag of food to slowly transition your dog to Science Diet Perfect Weight food.

Over the course of a week, transition your dog from her current food to Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food for weight loss.
** Consistency in your dog's exercise routine is important for your dog's weight loss and overall health too. Make exercise a fun activity for your dog and the rest of the family. 

Walks are a big part of our daily exercise routine.  We walk together as a family, which helps us all stay healthier and provides great bonding time with the dogs!

A couple of days a week we get more vigorous exercise by hiking in the mountains near home.
** When you can't get outside to exercise your dog don't let exercise lapse, change it up a bit by playing fun games indoors or taking an indoor class such as agility.  Mentally stimulating games can burn energy and count as exercise too.  When we have to stay indoors, I play Hide The Treat (or Toy) with my dogs. That has them running around searching for treats or toys!  If you use treats be conscious of how many you give them and reduce their food accordingly, or use healthy treats that don't add calories like carrots or apples.

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Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food is available in Adult sizes, and a new breakthrough nutrition formula for Small and Toy breed dogs to help smaller dogs achieve a healthy weight and improve quality of life.

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!

Not sure if your dog might be overweight?  See my post, Wondering If Your Dog Is Overweight? and watch PetMd's video with a Healthy Weight Calculator to help you determine if your dog needs to lose a few pounds.

To learn how to create an effective routine for weight loss and exercise for your dog check out this post 10 Weeks to Your Dog's Perfect Weight.

Does your dog need to lose some weight?  How do you maintain consistency in your dog's diet and exercise routine?  Leave us a comment, we always want to hear from you!
 

18 comments:

  1. Both my pups put a little weight on after the coldest winter in history . . . . . both are at the top end of ok. Now that spring is here, we are exercising more. We are doing 3 km walks in the morning now and Hailey and I are doing another 2 a couple evenings a week. They are feed at the same time of day every day, food is carefully measured, and treats are balanced. They are healthier than me!

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    1. Excellent, you have a great routine going. I'm sure they'll shed that extra weight in no time! My pups are healthier than me too LOL! Thanks for stopping by today!

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  2. You have such a beautiful area to walk. I am a huge fan of Hill's and have been for years. I am proud to say that Bentley is at the ideal weight for the first time in his adult life! Consistency is definitely the key.

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    1. YAY, Bentley! I'm glad you've helped him achieve his ideal weight, consistency really is the key. Thanks for stopping by to visit us today, MK! Kisses to Bentley xoxo

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  3. You always have the best walking photos! Such a beautiful area!!
    We don't generally go a day without walking either, but since reading your posts lately about weight loss, and my one girl Mika being a tad overweight, I have really been looking into Hills, and love what I read here from you about them!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. LOL! I'm glad you like my walking areas! I'm glad you think Hills Perfect Weight may help Mika get back her girlish figure! Thanks for stopping by Jenna!

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  4. What a beautiful place to walk! It looks like you have a great system for making sure that your dogs' diets are consistent. They look great!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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    1. Thanks Robin, we are fortunate to have some great areas to walk and hike close to home. I try to be very consistent with the dogs food & exercise - if only I could be as diligent w/ my own diet & exercise LOL! Thanks for stopping by today

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  5. Having a schedule and sticking to it is our plan.

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    1. Excellent Emma! having a good schedule and consistency is the key to success! Thanks for stopping by today Emma.

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  6. You are doing great! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks! Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

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  7. Hills helped us get Theo to a healthy weight, and staying consistent with his portions and exercise and has helped him maintain it.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that - way to go Theo! Hills has been around a long time and is one of the most trusted brands in the pet industry. I've fed many of my pets Hills Science Diet for years, and have always had healthy pets that lived a long time. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing Theo's success w/ Hills!

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  8. You guys look great, and this is very good advice! So many of my pals at the park gained weight over the winter, its sad! Mom is afraid to say anything but she wishes they would enter to win the food! Rhette, my kitty brofur, is on the feeding trial, and he loves the food! And, mom is keeping him on schedule and measuring his food carefully.

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    1. Thanks Dolly, I'm glad you think our advice is helpful! You could just mention the Hill's Sweepstakes to win a free bag of food w/out mentioning that they themselves need to lose weight. #sneaky ! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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    1. Thanks Carol, I'm glad you think so! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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