Help Your Pet Lose Weight

Just as many Americans struggle with weight loss, so do our pets. It affects pets the same as it affects their owners. Unlike people though, our pets cannot choose what they want to eat every day. We are the only ones who can decide what and how much our pets eat. Here are some helpful tips to enable your pet to shed some extra pounds:

  • Feed your pet only a high-quality pet food
  • Feed your pet TWICE a day using a measuring cup
  • Feed the least amount of recommended food according to the instructions on the bag
  • Do not feed any table scraps—feed your pet their dinner in a separate room while you eat and keep them confined in that room until you are done eating so no one is tempted to feed your pet table scraps
  • Do not feed any extra treats or snacks
  • Reward your pet with extra attention like a walk outside, a belly scratch, or play time
  • If your pet craves a food reward use green beans or broccoli ONLY (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • Try rewarding your pet with ice cubes
  • Take your pet on walks but do NOT over exercise an obese dog or cat though as you could injure them
  • Make sure the entire family is on the same page—you might not be feeding your pet extra food but someone else in the household might be


If these tips do not work then try the following for dogs only:

  • Pour all the dog food you normally feed in 24 hours in a bowl
  • Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the food
  • Use this new amount as your dog’s daily intake and divide into two meals


For cats:

  • Feed one kind of food only—wet or dry but not both
  • Put out only a small amount of food at a time
  • Do not allow 24/7 access to food
  • Encourage your cat to exercise


Helping your overweight pets lose weight will be much better for their health and can save you money by helping prevent health issues caused by obesity.   You can bring your pet to your veterinarian on a monthly basis for weight checks—just remember to call first.

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