This post and FitBit giveaway is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 The Love Of Animals only shares information we feel our readers would enjoy.
More than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are considered to be overweight or obese (according to the Pet Obesity Prevention Association). Many pet owners don’t realize their pet is over weight though, which is why we want to share these tips and the healthy hug with you.
Just like with people, our pets can benefit and maintain a healthy weight with a low calorie, low fat diet fed at the right amount, combined with adopting some healthy habits. Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets has given us some great tips:
Tips for a Healthy Life with Your Dog
You love your dog. And if he’s getting a little pudgy, you may even think it looks cute. But the fact is, Purina research proves how important it is to keep your dog lean. Experts are continuing to learn just how big a difference proper feeding and keeping dogs at ideal body condition can make over a pet’s lifetime.
A groundbreaking 14-year study by Purina researchers showed that feeding dogs to an ideal body condition* throughout their lives can significantly extend a dog’s healthy years – by an average of 1.8 years for dogs in the study. And although the dogs in the study generally developed the same chronic conditions as they aged, the need for treatment of those conditions was delayed by an average of approximately two years for the lean-fed dogs.
The Purina Life Span Study revealed the important role ideal body condition plays in your dog’s health. Now it’s up to you to introduce your dog to a healthier lifestyle. Follow these tips to help extend your dog’s healthy years.
CHECK FOR OBESITY
How do you know if your dog is overweight? Start with a Healthy Hug! A simple rib check is a great way to determine if your dog has a weight issue—and it’s a great excuse to give him an extra hug today. Consult your veterinarian about whether a weight management program is right for your dog.
FOLLOW A NUTRITION PLAN
You and your veterinarian can create a nutrition plan that feeds your dog to his ideal body condition. Refer to the feeding guidelines on your package and adjust feeding amounts as necessary based on your dog’s activity level and body condition change.
MEASURE EACH SERVING
Don’t just fill up your dog’s bowl at each feeding. Follow the feeding guidelines on the back of Purina packages to give your dog the proper-size serving for his ideal body condition.
Shower your dog with love and attention instead of too many high-calorie treats, especially table scraps. Be mindful of the quality and quantity of treats you feed each day—calories add up quickly.
Daily exercise is one of the keys to your dog’s health. Just 20 minutes of walking or playing fetch each day can help keep your dog fit. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s exercise routine
Even if your dog is overweight, there’s still time to implement a safe, effective weight loss program with Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management® Canine Formulas. These specialized formulas contain a high level of protein to help your adult dog lose fat while maintaining lean muscle mass.
Visit www.fightingpetobesity.com for more information.
*Lean or ideal body condition refers to the evaluation of body physique in pets as an indicator of their overall health and well-being, generally falling into three categories: too heavy, ideal and too thin.
The great thing is that these tips can help your cat as well. Of course if you have any questions concerning your pet’s health, always visit your veterinarian.
We want to help you get in shape with your pet by giving one lucky reader a FitBit Flex! I have one and just love it. It’s so nice to be able to track my steps and see where I could be moving more (trust me, as a blogger I need that motivation). It tracks sleep, and much more as well. This giveaway will be open to those in the USA. Please enter via the form below:
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Like the Purina Veterinary Exchange Facebook page for more great tips. You can also follow them on Twitter at @PurinaVet.