Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Joy of a Healthy Routine to Maintain Your Pet's #PerfectWeight

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As a proactive pet parent, Mommy is constantly working to keep me at my #PerfectWeight. She's not alone. I know many of you are trying to do the same for your pets. But how do you know what the #PerfectWeight is for your pet, especially when more than 50% of pets are overweight? And if your pet is in need of shedding a few pounds, how can you make it happen? 
First thing you should do is talk to your vet. I can tell you from experience, a lot of factors go into what my perfect weight is, and each pet is different. The vet factored in my health, body structure, my breed, and activity level, and came up with my #perfect weight of 11.5-12 lbs.
If you and your veterinarian find that your pet needs to lose weight, my friends at Hills Pet have a great weight loss pet food called Hill's® Science Diet® Perfect Weight dog and cat food. Their 10 Week Turnaround Challenge will help get your pet on the path to their #perfectweight. They understand that pet weight loss is a struggle that can be hard to do on your own, so Hills Pet wants to help! But whether your pet needs to lose weight or just maintain their #PerfectWeight, there are some great tools available to help make it a success. 






Back when I needed to lose a couple of pounds, the very first thing we started with was a healthy daily routine that Mommy and I follow each day. We use a daily calendar and each of my feeding times are scheduled out to the hour. 
Instead of getting one huge meal a day, Mommy breaks my meals up into four little meals, which is better for my metabolism and keeps my energy up throughout the day. She just divides my total food for the day by four and I get fed all through the day. I love it! I can even tell time and I start reminding Mommy at a quarter til when it's time to eat.

Hills Pet has a great 10 Week Challenge calendar that you can download and use. Here's a few ideas to get started with the calendar:
1. Track progress of weight loss
2. plan your weekly outings with your pet - list the location & set a time each week to go
3. List your feeding schedule like the one I have below.
4. Post photos of your pet & how he/she is doing before, during and after the 10 week challenge. 
5. Celebrate victories! Document that new trick they learned or the extra pound they lost. 

Remember:  Having a healthy routine and sticking to it is critical to the success of your pet. 
A Typical Day for Pixel = A Typical Week
*NOTE: Times are approximate

7:30am - Wake up snuggles and cuddles with Mommy, then play tug of war or wrestle
8:30am - Breakfast together
9:00am - Work with Mommy
11:30am - First Lunch for Pixel
12:30pm - Exercise Break of a walk or playing fetch in the hallway
2:30pm - Second Lunch for Pixel
5:30pm - Mommy's off work - SERIOUS PLAYTIME (includes running for Pixel)! 
6:30pm - Dinner for Pixel & Mommy
Evening is free to go out together, play, groom, watch TV, cuddle, be together.


Exercise and physical activity is very important as part of your pet's routine. Every day Mommy and I take time together to make sure I exercise and play. It doesn't matter whether you are inside or outside, there are lots of fun activities, games, and activities you can do with your pet to stay active and help them keep fit. The Hills Pet site has a wonderful list of fun activities and interesting ways to make exercise more exciting and adventurous for both you and your pet. Some of them Mommy and I already do, like chasing each other around the house, and playing hide and seek and dog tag, but you'll love some of their other unique ideas too! I bet some of them you've not heard of before.

Pixel's Favorite Doggie Activities:
1. Playing "Chase" with Mommy - either she chases me around the house while I'm holding a toy or I chase her while she's holding one of my favorite toys.
2. Going for a walk. 
3. Go Fetch! Mommy can throw any toy down the hallway or across the back deck and I go running after it to bring it back to her.
4. Practicing and Learning Tricks - I love practicing my tried and true favorites, but I've just started learning two new ones, "Jump" and "Under" where I walk under Mommy's legs or a stick.

Here's a video of me and Mommy playing and exercising outside. It's a fun way for me to maintain my #PerfectWeight and spend time with Mommy:



A Healthy Routine is More Than Just Exercise & Food:
Hills Pet agrees that activities like grooming, training, socialization, affection and cuddling your pet are all important for your pet's overall health and well being. For example, Mommy grooms me weekly. She brushes my hair almost every day, she washes my ears when they need it, she washes my paws when they get dirty outside, and every evening she washes my face with a warm soapy washcloth or warm unscented baby wipes because I tend to "wear" my supper on my whiskers and I get distressed because my mouth is dirty. Mommy and I love practicing my tricks together, plus we have cuddle sessions all the time. I'll role on my back pretty much anywhere for a belly rub and kisses! All of these things are a part of our overall routine to help me stay healthy, they are activities that I love and that helps me feel secure and happy. 


Hills Science Diet Perfect Weight Dog and Cat Food is available for adults. And in their latest news, Hills Pet has created breakthrough nutrition formulated to achieve & maintain a healthy weight & improve quality of life in small & toy breed dogs like me: Hill's® Science Diet® Small and Toy Breed Formula. With it's breakthrough blend of natural ingredients and prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion, it is made for the sensitive systems of smaller dogs. And if I know anything about the taste, it'll surely be a hit with your dog! So, if you think your dog is in need of a pet weight loss program, talk with your vet about the Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight 10-Week Turnaround Challenge. 
You can find Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight at your veterinarian's office or order it online at Pet360 with an additional discount if you Autoship


Don't wait until there's a weight issue. You can start creating a Healthy Routine with YOUR pet today. Download the calendar, try some of the ideas I suggested, and have fun! 
Do you have some healthy routine activities that you do with your pet already? I'd love to hear about them!

13 comments:

  1. Healthy = happy in our book Pixel and you sure look happy. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Always Molly! I hope you have a great weekend. Love, Pixel

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  2. Weight loss has now become easier with the development of this new diet. So glad that Hill's is doing so much to help keep pets healthy.

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    1. We are so glad Hill's is working so hard to help pets live healthier lives too Guthrie Pet Hospital. Thank you for your comment & visit! I always like hearing from you.
      Pixel

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  3. Yikes Pixel! 4 times a day? I would love it but many mommies and dads are not home all day for that. We also never heard of the metabolism issue. Dogs digest their food at a different rate then humans. The vet did tell us that after a dog eats he sleeps better so a night time feeding is better then a day. With multiple dogs and visiting dogs all day it would be hard for us to feed that way. I think it sounds great though. I have been staying at 30 pounds on my Metobolic eating plan. Mom wants me under 30 the vet thinks 26 is perfect. Mom says now that it is getting warmer we may get more active. (OH BOy)

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    1. Absolutely Mitzi Jo...4 times a day. And yes, dogs can have both fast and slow metabolisms, just like humans. Everyone of us are individuals, so it just depends. I am SO happy that the Metabolic eating plan is helping you stay at 30 lbs. I'm so proud of you!! Keep at it, keep running around keeping the other dogs in check, and I'm sure you'll get to your target 26 lbs in no time. Hugs to you & Momma!
      Pixel

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  4. Great post Pixel! Routine is a great thing and we all love having one!

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    1. Thank you Emma! Having a steady routine is definitely where it's at. :)

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  5. My dogs love playing fetch game. It is so fun. I love your detailed rountine

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    1. I'm glad you like the detailed routine Dogvills! I guess it gives a good "snapshot" of my typical, give or take a little change here or there. Playing fetch has always been one of my favorite games too!

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  6. Great job on this post! Excellent job on working w/ your Veterinarian to find your #PerfectWeight and sticking to a successful routine!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy! I thought it would be hard getting to my #PerfectWeight at first a few years ago, but a dedicated Mommy helped make it easy. Love is greater than extra treats & she found many other ways to "reward" and spoil me.
      Love & Pixel hugs!

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  7. If you want to have a dog that is very healthy and lives a long time, keep the weight under control. As a dog gets older the metabolism slows down. The level of physical exercise is also going to be cut down. Older dogs do not chase around the yard or fetch toys as much. See more http://dogsaholic.com/care/dog-losing-weight.html

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