Help Pets Lose Holiday Pounds

Seasonal Weight Gain For Pets Is Serious Business

Most of us are familiar with the holiday tendency to add a few extra pounds. But where people have the option to go to the gym, pets do not.

Take These Steps to Get Started

Dog and cat stare at food on table

Consider these other steps you can take to help your pet shed those holiday pounds:

Feed your pet a balanced pet food diet.

Do not give your dog or cat table treats. He might not like it at first, but this is the only way to maintain a healthy weight. This is tough love, and your pet will benefit from a nutritionally balanced diet.

Step up the exercise.

Longer walks or play times will be good exercise for both of you. If you live in a cold climate, there might be an indoor facility that will let you walk your dog.


These steps may help you lose some unwanted holiday pounds, too.

Dog sits on a scale

Try changing to a premium dietary low fat/high fiber pet food.

When switching, it’s important to change the food gradually. Provide your pet’s daily food portion as 75% of the old food and 25% of the new formula on the first day. For day two, try a 50-50 ratio. Then, proceed to a 25-75 split. On day four, go to 100 percent of the new low-fat food. Seek your veterinarian's advice if you are unsure about which brand of pet food to buy.

Instead of treats for praise, try play.

Treats add up fast, so when your pet is good, play or pull out a new toy instead of rewarding with food.

Set a deadline for your pet reaching a certain target weight.

That will keep you motivated and focused, and might help you lose some of your holiday weight, too!