Although summer is approaching and we may be thinking about how we are going to get swimsuit-ready in a hurry, it's not about appearances for overweight cats and overweight dogs. It can be a matter of life and death. So as we're contemplating how to minimize our winter layers, let's discuss cat weight loss and dog weight loss, as well.
Even just a couple of extra pounds on a cat or small dog can cause serious health concerns. And if the pet packs on even more than that, the problems compound tremendously. It can be difficult to deprive our pets of the food and treats. For some, meal time and treat time are the highlights of their day. I can remember how my father used to call our dogs after the human dinner: "leeeeeeeft-OVERS!" He'd actually make them a plate of whatever food we hadn't consumed. I cringe when I think about it, now. I'm certain that the joy he felt when he saw those wagging tails was even greater than that of the furry diners. He was making them happy, which made him happy. He didn't think about the cost to their health.
I know. We love them no matter what. Absolutely! But shouldn't we love them into health?
I wish Hills® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution had been around then. I'm not certain it would have curbed my father's habits, but I'm sure it would have helped manage our pets' weight. Though our pets were quite active and only slightly pudgy, some animals get caught in a cycle of inactivity and overeating that becomes more serious. Their lifestyle suffers as they continue to eat the amount and types of food and treats they are accustomed to, gain weight, have difficulty moving, and then become increasingly sedentary. They just don't feel good, and it's no fun to run and play when you're feeling weighed down. This can affect the interactions we have with our pets, and it can effect their longevity. Our pets deserve an active life filled with love and fun. No one wants to lose a friend at all, much less prematurely.
I was touched to tears when I heard about Bear, a dog who got stuck in this cycle. When things really seemed hopeless and his family was running out of options, their vet recommended Hills® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. And (SPOILER ALERT) it saved his life. Check out Bear's Story:
One of the main reasons this diet was so successful for Bear is that he wasn't deprived. He got to eat a healthy portion of food and even received treats. So how does it work? Hill's® explains "while eating Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, an overweight animal's metabolism changes to act more like that of a lean animal." And that efficient energy metabolism profile is maintained even after the "excess" weight is lost. Hill's® adds that this program "provides clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn calories and regulate appetite." Truly amazing. I'm so happy for Bear and his family.
And he's not the only one! Check out Gracie!
If she's not bikini-ready, I don't know who is!
Like any successful diet, it's not about deprivation. It's about health. And we all could use a treat now and then.
A diet with treats? Sign me up! Oh, whoops...it's not for me...sign your pet up!
Hills® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution has been formulated for both cats and dogs. Please check out the following links for additional information.
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