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Dobby will be six months old in two weeks. He’s growing so fast. He’s so much fun to watch, because there’s just so much cuteness and so much puppy in him. He loves all of us. And we all love him. We sleep with him, play with him, and cuddle him. When I brought him home in January he weighed a mere four pounds. He now weighs over thirty-five pounds. We feed him several times a day because he’s a growing boy. Plus, he gets dog treats, some for training, some as a reward and some for love. He’s lean and fit now but it’s easy to see where if we continued this regimen indefinitely he’d be very overweight.
Fun fact. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50% of pets in the U.S. are overweight. Ok, fun fact isn’t really the best choice of terms. How about shocking? I was astounded to hear that so many of our pets are overweight. A healthy weight has a direct effect on your pet’s quality of life and life expectancy. A couple of extra pounds may not seem like much, but for our pets it’s actually quite a lot. Hill’s developed a Human-to-Pet Weight Comparison tool that shows how extra weight on pets compares to human weight. Five extra pounds on a 70 pound Golden Retriever is the equivalent of 8.9 extra pounds on a woman. Having once weighed 374 pounds myself, I can only imagine what an overweight dog or cat must feel like!
So what do we do? Starve our pets? Of course not. Cleanse? Don’t be ridiculous. Dog weight loss program? Basically, yes. The Hill’s 10 Week Turnaround Program could be just the ticket.
Every sensible diet starts with good food choices. Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight food offers a breakthrough blend of natural ingredients that helps pets burn calories no matter how active they are. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight dog food and Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight cat food are designed to help pets lose weight without counting calories. If you’ve ever dieted and had to count calories then you probably appreciate what a plus this is.
Another part of a diet is responsible snacking. I learned that with the Treats Translator, which is a fun and educational tool that will tell you what the equivalent of some pet treats are when compared to human food. We don’t give our dog table food. I was shocked to learn that one small “people” cookie is the equivalent of an entire burger!
Hill’s has introduced a 10 Week Turnaround program to help encourage people to feed Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight food to their pets for 10 weeks and share their success along the way. More than 70% of dogs & cats lost weight within 10 weeks when fed Perfect Weight foods. Helping care for pur pets and improve their health is a great reward by itself. But there’s more.
Hills has sweetened the pot by offering a sweepstakes. Entrants receive the chance to win bi-weekly prizes, as well as a grand prize of free Perfect Weight food for a year! Details for the sweepstakes can be found at ScienceDiet.com/PerfectWeight. If you’ve got a pet be sure to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $15,000 in prizes!
Is your pet at his or her perfect weight? How do you help him stay that way?
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