More than 50% of cats and dogs are overweight. If you aren’t sure if your pet is in the 50% population of overweight dogs, use this weight checker guide from Hill’s. One of the keys to successful weight loss is a plan and healthy routine to help reach the perfect weight.
Start with good nutrition and portion control. There are a lot of dog foods on the market. And while I’m not a dog nutritionist, the people at Hill’s are and they say Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Perfect Weight dry dog food provides breakthrough nutrition formulated to help your dog achieve a healthy weight. Since nearly 40 % of dogs are toy and small breeds, Hills has introduced Hills Science Diet Perfect Weight Small & Toy Breed formulated just for small and toy breed dogs to help them reach a healthy weight and improve quality of life.
- 70% of cats and dogs who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks.
- Breakthrough blend of natural ingredients (chicken is #1 ingredient)
- Healthy weight adds to quality of life and life expectancy
- Prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion (derived from beets)
- 100% precisely balanced nutrition
You can purchase Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight from your vet, favorite specialty store or Pet 360 with a discount for auto-ship.
To help you make a plan, download the free printable calendar 10 Week Turnaround Calendar from Hills.
I like this idea because it gives you a visual (you can track your dog’s weight on the right) as well as a way to hold yourself accountable. If you actively plan to manage your dog’s weight (through food and exercise) you are more likely to have success. Pay attention to your dog and take your cues from him. Is he feeling more energetic? You can increase his activity. Losing weight takes some time and it is hard to see the changes on a daily basis, but if you take photos and track your pet’s weight, you’ll be able to see the progress.
Our daily routine varies but this winter it is as follows.
Wake-up, outside for 5-15 minutes (varies with weather.)
Back inside: Nelly and Theo play chase, Sophie watches, sometimes jumps around and plays on her own.
About an hour after waking up it is breakfast time: I measure their food so I don’t over feed them. We use toys and puzzles to help make mealtime last a little longer for them as well as give them some mental stimulation.
After breakfast: Neighborhood watch time: they watch the neighborhood, I do my stuff. Between 10 and 11, Theo will start trying to convince me to give him his dental treat. They go in their crates for that and stay there for a short time.
Back outside for a few minutes and then we are back inside for about 2 hours. Since it has been so cold, we aren’t outside for very long at all. Although our yard has a big fenced in section, I rarely leave them out there alone.
Exercise is an important part of being healthy. In the non snowy months, my dogs and I enjoy going for walks. But I’m too afraid of falling and breaking something to venture out in the snow and ice with my dogs in tow.
We’ve found some other ways to help stay active in the winter.
Tug of war is Theo’s favorite game. He brings a toy to me throughout day and he usually wins, runs away and chews happily on his prize.
Occasionally I win, but then I throw the toy. He plays fetch too, but tug is favorite. I have tried to incorporate a few of these great suggestions from Puppy Leaks to mix things up. When the kids come home from school, Theo goes a little crazy with happiness and does his Puggle wiggle. They play with him and make his day.
The dogs go back outside after the kids get home from school. After that, Theo claims his spot with the kids while Nelly and Sophie hang out with me.
We feed them dinner around 5-6, (just before we eat.) We let them out after dinner and two more times before I go to bed.
As soon as the snow melts, I’m getting back into the walk after dinner routine.
Because being healthy is more than just being a healthy weight, you can keep track of other things with this calendar, like play dates, set aside time to groom your pets, preventative treatments (for fleas, ticks and heartworms) as well as training sessions. If you give your dogs high caloric treats, be mindful of that when figuring how much food to feed them.
In just ten weeks, you can turn your dog’s health around. This could be the second best thing you do for your pets (the first is sharing your life with them.) It isn’t a gimmick, fad or a race. Follow the steps outlined (proper nutrition, exercise and tracking weight) and make a difference in your dog’s health!