Pet Weight Loss Resolutions
by Dr. Chris
1/11/2010 The new year brings lots of weight loss resolutions for us, but what about our pets? By some people's estimates, over 40% of America's pets are overweight or obese. The main reasons are obvious, too many calories consumed and not enough exercise. Why not resolve in 2010 to help make your pets even healthier. To help get them going here are 5 tips.
1. Walk More
When you get home from work you are exhausted, but even a short walk can make a big difference in your pet's weight. Start by just doing 5 minutes a day and then slowly try to walk for a little bit longer each day with your pet.2. Play More
If you don't have time to walk your pet try to give them more to play with. New toys are great. Also there are many electrical toys on the market today like the Mouse in the House
that don't require you to do anything to keep your cat entertained.3. Change Diet
If you have an inactive dog or cat, consider feeding a light formula. Many companies now offer reduced calorie dog and cat foods. I feed my cat's Purina Healthy Weight Management to keep the lean.4. Get Outside More
Although its winter now, once spring comes around allow your pets to play outside more. You can do this with an outdoor cat house
or dog agility equipment
. 5. See Your Veterinarian
It always best to start off with a change in your pet's lifestyle with an examination by the veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy. You could even save some money at the vet clinic by taking the time to compare pet insurance prices
as they often change to make sure you are still getting the best deal.
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