Pet Obesity: Healthy Hug Check

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Pet Obesity – Did you know?

Pet Obesity Prevention Association conducted a recent study that shows that more than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.  Again that’s HALF!!

So lets change these statistics and the first thing you need to do is give your dog a HEALTHY HUG check!!  This is a perfect reason to stop what you are doing and hug your dog to find out if your pet might be overweight or obese.  Purina Pet Obesity


Did your dog pass or fail?

So I preformed this test on my dog and she FAILED.   At our next vet visit I spoke with my veterinarian who suggested that we try Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management® Canine Formulas.  We have been feeding her this food for about 6 months and she has gone from over 100 pds to weighing in at her last visit of 92 pds!!!  The vet says we are just a few pounds away from being at her ideal weight.  I am very proud to see that she is getting a defined waist behind her ribs.  We are well on our way to putting pet obesity behind us.

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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.  Lets make pet obesity a thing of the past!

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.

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.

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.

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

Eating Healthy
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.

With the help of Purina they have offered one of my readers a coupon for a bag of dog or cat food up to $60 of one of the  Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diet formulas.  The giveaway is for US residents only, please enter with the form below:

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