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Healthy Weight for Life

Staying on track:  How do you help your pet maintain a healthy weight?  We’re here to answer your questions and help you succeed.

Can I still give treats if my pet is on a diet?

  • Low-calorie commercial biscuits, such as Purina® Lite Snackers® and Purina® Gentle Snackers® can be used as treats during a weight loss program. The amount of calories from treats should not exceed 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake. Low-calorie treats are the preferred option for your pet.

Is it important to accurately measure my pet’s food?

  • Yes, portion control is critical for successful weight loss. Your veterinarian can tell you the appropriate portion size for your pet and provide an accurate measuring cup to take guesswork out of the equation.

How often should I follow up with my veterinarian to check my pet’s weight?

  • Pets enrolled in a weight loss program should be weighed at least once a month at their veterinarian’s office. Frequent weigh-ins allow your veterinarian to monitor body condition and adjust the plan based on your pet’s progress.

How can my veterinarian help?

  • Veterinarians and the clinic staff can help educate you about the importance of ideal body condition and weight, and how to help your pet attain them. Your veterinarian can also make pet food recommendations that will help your pet achieve weight loss goals. Make sure to ask your veterinarian which weight management formula is right for your pet.
  • Calorie intake and portion size must be managed when trying to maintain or achieve a healthy weight. Treats can be a big contributor to weight gain. One way to accomplish healthy weight loss for your pet is with feeding a reduced-calorie diet formulated specifically for weight loss and weight maintenance, such as Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management® Formula.

Why is it important to provide activity for my pet every day?

  • First, check with your veterinarian for advice on what level of exercise is best for your pet. Daily activity is very important to your pet’s weight loss achievements because it will help burn calories and enhance your pet’s overall well-being. Exercise can help strengthen your pet’s muscles, joints and bones, and increase energy level. And most important, it helps your pet live a happy and healthy life. Below are a few suggested activities you can do with your pet. There’s no better way to show love.

How do I manage the challenge of a multiple-pet household?

There are a few options to help you manage multiple pets in a household where one pet is on a weight management plan.

  • Consider feeding pets in separate locations.  For example, elevate the feeding location for your cats not on a weight management diet to help prevent the overweight pet from eating the other pets’ food.
  • Supervise all pets’ meals.
  • Pick up food bowls when your pets are finished eating.

How can I control the number of treats my pet receives when every family member likes to give treats?

  • Create a treat bag. Fill a small resealable bag with your pet’s daily treat allotment and have family members use it to treat your pet. Make sure everyone understands that once the bag is empty, no more treats can be given that day.

I travel often and my pet is cared for by others. How can I make sure they keep my pet on the weight management plan?

  • Explain to your pet caregiver that the pet is on a weight loss plan. Provide clear feeding instructions, prepackage enough food for each meal into separate bags and create daily treat bags for the length of the stay. Encourage your friend or boarding facility staff to walk your dog every day. For a cat, provide toys to facilitate play.