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When we adopted Theo one and half years ago, he was more than chubby. He was obese by the vet’s standards. Although I thought he was adorable, I knew it wasn’t in his best interest to let him stay fat. Just like for humans, being overweight can cause health problems for animals. The thought of losing Theo due health problems caused by obesity was just too sad, so we made the promise to him to help him lose weight! Thanks to Hill’s® Science Diet®, it is pretty easy to help dogs lose weight!
Last year we turned to Hill’s Science Diet since our vet recommended them and we were able to help Theo lose weight successfully.
The secret to Theo’s success is actually a combination of lifestyle changes for him.
1. His previous family fed him table scraps, we eliminated those completely.
2. We switched him to a food that helped him to reduce his caloric intake that also kept him from acting like he was starving. We measure his food each and every meal, no more guesstimating how much he is getting.
3. We started using puzzle toys to help make his meals more stimulating and to slow down his eating process. Instead of practically inhaling his food, Theo has to work for it. He enjoys our DIY treat dispenser (we use kibble in it) as well as some other puzzle toys.
4. Exercise/play time is part of Theo’s daily routine.
I’m happy to say we’ve been able to help him maintain a healthy weight. By changing what and how we fed him, Theo is healthier and we’ve decreased many of his health risks. I hope that Theo’s success will help inspire other people to help their pets reach a healthy weight.
Recently I found out that more than 50 % of pets are considered overweight. If you aren’t sure if your dog is overweight, ask your vet or consult Hill’s Weight Check tool. 40% of the dog population is comprised of small and toy breeds, so Hills has introduced a food specifically made for them: Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight Adult Perfect Weight Small and Toy Breed. 70% of cats and dogs who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks. This is a new formula that is 100 % precisely balanced nutrition and contains prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion. (From Hill’s website)
Hills Science Diet is available from your vet as well as Pet 360. There is also a Perfect Weight Formula for cats.
If your pet is overweight, I hope you’ll do your best to help him or her get healthier!
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