Create a routine so your Overweight pets can be a #PerfectWeight.

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With over 50% of pets being overweight, it’s time to get off the couch and get into action.  Overweight pets need a routine schedule to get to their perfect weight.  Dr. Anna Coffin has some tips and tools that can help you and your pet get those extra pounds off.

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 Turnaround, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feels is relevant to her readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Did you know that 5 extra pounds on a small breed dog or cat is equivalent to 30 pounds on a person?  Just a few extra pounds can drastically affect your overweight pet’s well being and longevity.  Overweight pets need to have a routine schedule for feeding, exercise, training and even love. [Tweet “5 extra pounds on a small breed dog or cat is equivalent to 30 pounds on a person? “] overweight petsAn important part of weight loss is choosing the proper diet.  Overweight pets on Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight have had great success, with 70% of cats and dogs losing weight within 10 weeks.  Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight is available for dogs and cats.  Since small and toy breed dogs make up 40% of the dog population, Hills Science Diet has even formulated a diet specifically for small and toy breeds. 

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The Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Formulas are available at your local veterinary clinic, favorite pet specialty store or onlineRead How to get your pet to the #PerfectWeight in 10 weeks for more information on how to tell if your pet is overweight and tips on how to help overweight pets.

Hill’s is so dedicated to helping overweight pets, that they have provided a calendar to help you keep track of your pet’s weight loss. 

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Experts say that individuals who write down their plans and goals are more likely to succeed at those goals.  Here are some tips from Dr. Anna Coffin on how to use this calendar to create a routine for your overweight pets:

  1. Download the calendar.
  2. Talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s perfect weight and write it on this calendar. 
  3. Weigh your pet the same day every week and keep track of it on the weekly weight tracker.
  4. Write the date that you begin your weight loss journey
  5. Pick 2 days out of the week and write down an activity that you will do with your pet.  Need some ideas for dog or cat exercise?
  6. Pick 2 days out of the week and write down obedience training that you will work on with your pet
  7. Pick 1 day out of the week and write down a special activity that shows your overweight pets that you love them.
  8. Repeat steps 4-6 for all 10 weeks and start your pet on it’s journey to a perfect weight!overweight pets

This isn’t a fad diet or a race, so remember to take it slow. Refer to your 10 Week Turnaround Calendar in order to remind yourself where you are in the process and that each step is an important one.   Join the 10 Week Turnaround Challenge so your overweight pets can be a perfect weight!

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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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