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5 tips to help you manage your pet’s weight this New Year

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2015 is here and we’re all watching our weight, signing up to the gym and getting that summer body back. As pet parents, why should it be any different for our furry friends? Don’t know where to start? We have given you 5 tips to help you on your way to managing your pets weight, or weight loss.

  1. Be observant. Now is the time to keep an eye on what your pet is eating. Sneaky feeds from the family can help your pet pile on the pounds. Apart from letting your family (especially the kids) know what human foods are dangerous to your pet, like chocolate, raisins and onions. Giving them a heads up on the weight your pet can easily gain if overfed during the course of the day, will help them curb the habit.
  2. Get them moving. The festive season was all about staying in and enjoying family time. The New Year is all about getting out with the family, which includes your pet. Don’t let the cold scare you back inside, having longer walks, or playing in the park for a couple more minutes helps you both burn off a few extra calories!
  3. Watch those numbers. It isn’t as tedious as it sounds. If your furry friend is eating a full daily calorie allowance in kibbles, plus getting another round of calories in treats, snacks and goodies, it ends up being too much food. By simply adjusting amounts as needed, can be one of the simple fixes you use to help manage your pet’s weight loss.
  4. Measure those portions. When it comes to food, try to measure the correct amount of daily kibbles according to the package instructions, size, age and lifestyle. If they are a bit on the chubby side, just measure out slightly less. Instead of feeding it all at once, break it up into breakfast, dinner and post play treats or treats here and there. They won’t even notice your managing their food portion.
  5. Attention doesn’t mean feed them. Just because they look like they’re begging for your food, doesn’t mean they want it. Most of the time, your pet just really wants your tender loving care and attention. So instead of giving your pet some of your dinner- especially if they have just been fed- try a pat on the belly, or scratch behind the ear. Even a little indoor play time wouldn’t hurt.

You can read more about weight management tips, in our pet care section split by cat and dog, as well as their age.

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