Pet Weight Management Tips

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With January nearly over, the ‘New Year’ motivation starts to dwindle and those old habits begin to creep in. Being pet parents ourselves, we know that this can start to spill into the lives of our beloved furry friends. At Hill’s™ Pet Nutrition, we have teamed up with Medivet to provide you with 5 simple tips to help you get back on track to managing your pet’s weight, or weight loss.

  1. Be observant. Now is the time to keep an eye on what your pet is eating. Sneaky feeds from the family can help your pet pile on the pounds. Apart from letting your family (especially the kids) know what human foods are dangerous to your pet, like chocolate, raisins and onions, giving them a heads up on the weight your pet can easily gain if overfed during the course of the day will help them curb the habit.                                                               
  2. Get them moving. 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. Watch those numbers.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. Adjusting food amounts as needed can be one of the simple fixes you use to help manage your pet’s weight loss.        
  4. Measure those portions. 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. Your pet won’t even notice you’re 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.

For more about Hill’s Pet Nutrition and how we can help you manage your pet’s weight visit www.hillspet.co.uk. We also have some more pet care tips to help them live healthier for longer.

Published 30th January 2015, by Hill’s Pet Nutrition UK

A big thanks to Hill’s for this article!

Posted January 30, 2015 by Hill’s Pet Nutrition UK in Pet Care Advice

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