Good Health Requires Commitment to Good Habits
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In case you missed it, make sure to check out our last post sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet where we discuss the importance of nutrition awareness and understanding how portion and treat choice can impact your dog (especially if he or she is small like Gilligan!).
Did you know that 50% of pets are technically overweight? Yikes!
The objective of the 10 Week Turnaround campaign (#PerfectWeight) is to educate parents about the importance of healthy weight for their pets. Hopefully what we share with you here will help you make a more informed decision about your pet’s health.
Since our last post, Gilligan has enjoyed some serious success in achieving his own ideal weight. At a trip to the vet in mid-March, Gilly weighed in on the scale as he usually does at the beginning of each visit.
This past month, we were thrilled to find that Weens weighed in at 12.9 pounds, down from a weight of 15 pounds just a few short months ago in December (for more about his last visit to the vet, check out our prior post)!
15 pounds was quoted by Gilligan’s vet as “a max” in terms of his weight, so it was clear that some remedy needed to be put in place.
Gilligan’s achievement can be attributed to a combination of healthy nutrition in terms of both food type and portions, as well as a steady routine of exercise, the latter of which we’ll discuss today.
Simply, Gilligan’s goal is to enjoy a walk every day, or its equivalent. For a stretch of time between Gilligan’s last two vet visits, his humans would keep track of days he’d been walked by marking them on a calendar.
In this household, Gilligan’s daily walk goal is flexible in that he may miss a day or two depending on the weather, but we try to make up for a missed day by taking a longer walk the following day. Generally, 20 minutes of walking each day is a good benchmark, and we may extend this time if a day was missed. In the event that the weather is too poor for a walk (and Gilly is fairly sensitive to rain, etc. so this is often), we make sure to play active indoor games including running up and down the hallway, and Sit/Down/Stay training using healthy broccoli for treats.
Hill’s has provided the below calendar designed for tracking purposes, so we would certainly encourage you to click on it to download and use it as part of your pet’s 10 Week Turnaround!
If you’re new to using a calendar tool like the above, here are some simple steps to make the most use of it:
- Identify how much exercise your pet gets on a Daily and Weekly basis right now.
- Decide upon a daily and a weekly goal for your pet’s exercise routine; if helpful, jot these down on your calendar so you can “cross them off” as you go.
- Have a plan for “make-up” exercise in the event you miss something in the schedule. This is OK and happens to any busy person these days! Just be ready to adjust.
- Assess your progress at the end of each week, determining if there were any obstacles to meeting your goal, and whether you should make any adjustments.
Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food now comes in a new variety that’s specially formulated to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and improve quality of life in small and toy breed dogs (which make up 40% of the dog population). It features prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion and 100% balanced nutrition.
70% of dogs and cats who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks!