5 easy tips to get your pet’s weight back on track
Being motivated to stay in shape can be a challenge for humans, let alone our pets. We know that our lack of motivation or even bad habits can easily spill into the lives of our beloved furry friends. That’s why we teamed up with Hill’s Pet Nutritionto give you 5 simple tips to help you get your pet back in shape.
1. Be sharp-eyed. Now is the time to keep an eye on what your pet is eating. Sneaky feeds from the kids can help your pet pile on the pounds without realising it. Not to mention not knowing what human foods can be dangerous. Letting your children know why overfeeding can become a problem for your pet; will help them watch the amount they give during the course of the day.
2. Get them on the move. The festive season was all about staying in and enjoying family time. The New Year is all about getting out with the family, which includes your pet. Don’t let the cold scare you back inside, having longer walks, or playing in the park for a couple more minutes helps you both burn off a few extra calories!
3. Keeping count. It isn’t as tedious as it sounds. If your furry friend is eating a full daily calorie allowance in kibbles, plus getting another round of calories in treats, snacks and goodies, it ends up being too much food.By simply adjusting amounts as needed, can be one of the simple fixes you use to help manage your pet’s weight loss.
4. Portion control. When it comes to food, try to measure the correct amount of daily kibbles according to the package instructions, size, age and lifestyle.If they are a bit on the chubby side, just measure out slightly less. Instead of feeding it all at once, break it up into breakfast, dinner and post play treats or treats here and there. They won’t even notice your managing their food portion.
5. Attention doesn’t mean feed them. Just because they look like they’re begging for your food, doesn’t mean they want it. Most of the time, your pet just really wants your tender loving care and attention. So instead of giving your pet some of your dinner- especially if they have just been fed- try a pat on the belly, or scratch behind the ear. Even a little indoor play time wouldn’t hurt.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s health or are worried that they are severely overweight, always seek veterinary advice before starting a weight loss programme.
For more about Hill’s Pet Nutrition and how they can help you manage your pet’s weight through their food range speak to one of our qualified veterinary nurses and arrange a FREE weight consultation and you can also visit http://www.hillspet.ie for helpful hints to see if your pet is carrying some extra weight
Dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes and there is an ideal body shape and weight for different breeds. This ensures that your pet is at a healthy weight. Vets use a technique called Body Condition Score, to confirm this. It’s something that can be done easily at home, so with the help of Hills we decided to provide you with a step-by-step guide, so you can try it yourself.