Summer is fast approaching here. We’re already in the mid-90s some days, and the heat has Tiki and Irie slowing down except during early morning and late evening walks. This weekend we gave Tiki her summer haircut (the first of several haircuts) to try to keep her cooler when we’re outdoors.
But besides excessive fur, we all know that extra weight is especially uncomfortable during the summer months. That extra weight drags us down and makes moving around in the heat that hotter on us…and the same goes for overweight dogs.
While it’s easy to admit that our dogs and cats need to remain at a healthy weight, it’s hard to admit the reason that they’re overweight: we overfeed them. In our efforts to show our dogs and cats our love, we hand out treats. We sneak them bits of extra food. We give them meals in larger sizes than they really need. It all adds up to extra weight.
Removing that extra weight, just like losing weight ourselves, means increasing activity and decreasing caloric intake. But cutting back on those calories in our dog’s meals can often feel like we’re depriving them, right? We all know what it’s like to feed our dogs then get “the look” when they’re asking you for more food.
Feeding our pets without overfeeding can be done, though; we’ve been trying Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution with our cat Coco to help her reach her optimum weight. You can follow our progress over on CatTipper; we’re already seeing Coco become a bit more playful. (Just this week we heard what we thought was our kitten Lucky playing with one of his toys in the night, but it turned out to be Coco, who never plays with toys!)
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