The holiday season is about over – it is a busy time of year for festivities, family and of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your appetizers, it would be the same as if a person ate three and a half hamburgers or four chocolate bars? Gaining those holiday pounds is not just a problem for humans, but also for our four-legged friends. Maintaining our pet’s weight is an important part of their health and wellness. Continue…
Let’s face it; pet nutrition is vital to your pet’s health. There are many places to seek information on-line, some of them good and some bad. In fact, a recent survey reported six out of ten pet owners are researching pet health topics online before or after visiting their veterinarian. Dr. Anna Coffin recommends consulting with your veterinarian about your pet’s nutrition and ask them for a reputable on-line place to search these topics. Continue…
There are so many pet food brands available that it can be hard to determine what to feed your pet. The pet food industry is currently being flooded with marketing gimmicks to get you to purchase their food. Don’t be fooled by all the cool words and attractive looking pet foods. Continue…
Dr. Anna Coffin recently toured the Royal Canin® manufacturing plant in Guelph, Canada. This week she would like to share some information about this company. Continue…
I’m sure you have heard the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” The same can be said about feeding your pet proper nutrition. You can feed the best, most expensive pet food on the planet but if your pet doesn’t eat it, it won’t do them any good. Continue…
It’s difficult for pet owners to know what to feed their pets. In 2014, 22 billion dollars was spent on pet food in the United States. With this kind of money to be made there are many pet food companies that are using marketing techniques to sway owner into buying their products. Dr. Anna Coffin talks about some common pet nutrition myths.
Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover you can’t always judge a pet food by it’s ingredients. The basics of pet nutrition are not about the actual ingredients but about the nutrients that are available from each of the ingredients. When an animal eats, the primary ingredients are broken down into these six primary nutrients:
Nutrition for your pet is an important aspect of caring for your pet and can also help keep your pet healthy. Hippocrates said, “Let food be your first medicine.” You can improve your pet’s health by feeding a good quality pet food. Dr. Anna Coffin will review eight questions that are helpful in picking the right pet food.
In 2014, Americans spent 22 billion dollars on pet food alone. Because of this lots of companies want a piece of the action. Are these companies in it for the money or are they concerned about the pet? Continue…
Excess weight can lead to health issues, and a decreased life span. It’s important to address weight issues early before these issues arise. Pet weight loss is possible with a plan that includes a consistent routine.
With more than 50% of the pets being overweight, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of an overweight pet. Recognize the signs and develop a plan for pet weight loss.
- Is it difficult to feel or see your pet’s ribs?
- Is it difficult to see your pet’s waist?
- Is your pet’s abdomen sagging?
- Does your pet’s face look rounder with larger cheeks?
- Is your pet tired or lazy?
This post is sponsored by Hill’s. Dr. Anna is being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turn Around, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feels relevant to her readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.
Keys to be consistent with pet weight loss:
- Avoid feeding people food and too many snacks. A piece of cheese or a hot dog may be a snack to us, but it’s like a whole meal to a pet. Check out the treat translator!
- Determine an amount of food to feed at each meal. Every bag of food has a feeding chart that helps you determine the amount of food to feed/day. This amount is based on your pet’s weight and may need to be adjusted depending on your pet’s lifestyle.
- Use a measuring cup at each feeding to ensure the proper amount is being fed.
- Be consistent and feed at the same time every day. Dr. Anna recommends feeding your pet twice daily, about 12 hours apart.
- If you have more than one pet, feed them separately.
- Feed a diet designed to help your pet lose weight.
- Regular exercise and training to keep your pet’s mind stimulated. Don’t forget to use the 10 Week Turn Around Calendar to help you develop a consistent routine and keep track of your pet weight loss.
The best thing you can do for your pet’s health is feed proper nutrition every day. The Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Formulas® are proven to aid in pet weight loss in just ten weeks. [Tweet “The best thing you can do for your pet’s health is feed proper nutrition every day.”]
Why should you choose Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Formulas for pet weight loss?
Breakthrough blend of natural ingredients
Prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion
100% precisely balanced nutrition
70% of dogs and cats lost weight in 10 weeks
Small and toy breed specific formulas are available
Pet weight loss is not an easy task, but it is possible with Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Formulas and a consistent routine of feeding and exercise. Hill’s diets are available from your vet, favorite pet specialty store or online at Pet360.
If you need some extra motivation, enter Hill’s 10 Week Turnaround Sweepstake and you could win a 10-week supply of Perfect Weight for your dog or cat.
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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and, therefore, treat every four-legged friend as part of the family.
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