Weight gain is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it happens to the best of us – even our pets! The key is becoming aware of it and creating a plan to shed unwanted pounds.

January is National Weight Loss Awareness Month. We’ve all been couped up with the cold weather and maybe your pet ended up eating a few extra treats over the holidays. Let’s start the new year off right by getting rid of the evidence – the extra numbers on the scale!

Here are some tips to get your pet started:

Get moving – Trying to get into a fitness habit? Start with something small and sustainable like a 10-minute walk and grow from there. (Check out our tips for Walking With Your Dog on our social media page)

Measure the amount of food – This sounds like a no-brainer but it’s very common to use an unmarked scoop or cup to measure dog food. Make sure you are feeding your dog the proper amount that is recommended. If you still notice weight gain, feed according to your pet’s needs to get the results you want.

Eat at the same time – Staying consistent with your pet’s mealtimes keeps them scheduled so they know what to expect. This keeps them from wanting to eat at all times of the day and helps you remember how much they have eaten.

Incorporate eating as part of your training – Will work for food! If your dog responds well to treats and food, this is a great time to get their mind working while you manage their food intake.

Check your food ingredients – Your dog’s food is not a one size fits all. Every dog responds differently to specific foods. Get clear on what you are feeding your dog and how their body responds to it.

Talk to your vet – Need more help shedding the unwanted pounds. Our office is just a phone call away! Set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s health needs so they are becoming their best in 2022.

The most important step is the first one – just get started!

Cheers to a healthy and happy 2022!

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