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Winter Pet Activities: Creative Ideas to Keep Your Pet Moving

Hefner_iStock_000018596044_LargeEven though the weather has been pleasant and the first signs of spring are on the horizon, February seems to keep us in a winter slump. It’s still dark outside in the early hours, making it a bit more difficult to motivate ourselves for that brisk morning dog walk, and the early sunsets don’t help much, either; especially when it comes to hitting the dog park after work.

However, despite the season and its apparent limitations, our pets do require daily exercise all year long. That being said, since it is much easier to feel that get-up-and-go during the spring and summer months, we thought it would be a great idea to offer up some creative ideas for winter pet activities. Continue…

Pet Weight Loss : A New Year for Your Pet

ID-100303488New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

After the first of the year many things will change. There will be an increase in gym memberships followed by cancelations one month later. We will all struggle with remembering to write 2015 and not 2014 and we will attempt to lay out a New Year’s resolution that won’t end in failure. Has anyone ever thought about including a new year pet resolution?

Pet Weight Loss

It may seem cliché, but weight loss seems to be a reoccurring theme for many when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and chances are Fido can stand to lose an inch or so.

Obesity is a major problem in the U.S. that so many seem to have the answer for. But, what works for one may not for another. The same can be said for your pet. While pet weight loss options may vary, the basic ideals of weight loss we use for ourselves may also pertain to our furry friends as well. Controlling calorie intake as well as ample exercise can help your pet live a long and healthy life.

Resources for Pet Weight Loss

Numerous pet food companies offer diets that are supposed to help our pets lose weight with ease, however, pet food labels can be tricky. There are prescription weight loss diets that are offered by several companies, like Science Diet and Royal Canin. These diets are formulated to control calories as well as introduce more fiber into the pet’s diet, aiding in digestion and weight loss. Some diets even work on a metabolic level with accompanied online weight loss programs. To help you keep track of how much is lost and how much your pet should really be consuming each day to help your pet be in the best shape they can be.

These are all great options, but what about what is available in the grocery store?

Labels Should Read:

  • Light or lite
  • Calorie count of less than 3,100 for dogs and 3,250 for cats

Lots of foods labeled with “weight management” aren’t really going to do much for your pet because the calorie count is just is too high. If ever you have questions about a pet food label, bring it by the hospital and we can go over all the details with you so you know exactly what your pet will be consuming. There are so many options and that can be overwhelming, but with the right food and planning, your pet can reach their goal weight!

Planning 2015

A healthy pet is a happy pet! Not only can your pet benefit from exercise, but so can you! Daily walks can be a bonding experience for you and your dog and I bet your feline friends would love to chase some string around the house with you. We want to be able to keep our pets around as long as we can and maintaining a healthy weight throughout life will only extend the time we have to shower our pets with the love they deserve. Don’t forget your pets this year when writing your New Year’s resolutions, who knows the possibilities!