This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to raising a puppy or kitten into healthy dogs and cats, I find that it all starts with their diets. Like many pet parents, I seek out the foods and treats that they not only enjoy but that they also benefit from with the various nutrients and vitamins that are suited for their growing bodies. I also seek out the products that offer healthy choices that fit into the busy lives of growing puppies and kittens. And like many who want the best for their fur babies, I turn to the brand that has proven to us on how their foods can make a difference by choosing foods from the line up at Petcurean!
See a couple years ago when we first made the change to Petcurean with our very overweight, senior dog Chloe, we saw the difference within the first month. Chloe began to loose weight, she gained a little more pep in her step, her health has greatly improved and over the last couple of years, those changes have continued to keep Chloe healthy and happy as she enjoys her life as a senior dog. So much that when we introduced a new member to the family back in the spring, Chloe was able to be excited about a new puppy and has enjoyed playing with Nakoma over the past few months. We also found that by starting Nakoma out right with the pet foods and treats from the Petcurean line up, that she is growing into a very healthy and happy puppy who is very active and enjoys playing with her Chloe when we go out for walks. So when we given information on how we can help to keep our pets happy and healthy by first focusing on their weight from the experts at Petcurean, I was excited to read over the info as well as share with my readers! You can read the information provided by the experts at Petcurean below:
Did you know that 22-44% of pets weigh more than their ideal body weight? Obesity can contribute to major health problems for your pet including diabetes in cats and decreasing the lifespan of your dog. The negative side effects of being overweight can start to appear within just a few weeks of the onset of obesity. As pet parents, it’s our job to keep our furry kids happy and healthy, especially if that means helping Fido shed a few pounds. Here are some helpful tips from Petcurean on how to manage your pet’s weight.
- Evaluate your pet’s current weight: Weigh your pet at the vet’s office or with your home bathroom scale and check it against this Body Score chart to help you determine the current status of your pet’s weight.
- Diet: An important rule you should keep in mind when managing your pet’s weight is restricting treats and resisting the urge to give them table scraps. These items make it hard for you to regulate what your pet is eating. For dogs, you can feed them a weight loss recipe with reduced calories. This option allows your pup to eat the same volume of food they’re used to eating, but with less calories. Petcurean’s GO! Fit + Free makes a great diet feeding option with a protein-rich, lower carb recipe. Alternatively, you can simply cut back on the amount of food you’re currently feeding. To ensure your dog still feels full after these smaller meals, you can add canned pumpkin or green beans as a fiber-rich and healthy topper. Cats do the best on low carb canned recipes since the wet food not only promotes weight reduction, but also helps cats feel fuller. GO! Fit + Free also offers canned recipes for cats.
- Physical activity: Decreased food intake should be accompanied by increased physical activity. Track your pet’s weight through weekly weigh ins. A rapid decline in weight can be harmful to your pet. As you monitor their progress, continue to check them against the body score chart. That will tell you when your pet’s weight goals have been reached!
Managing your pet’s weight is an essential part of loving your furry friends. If you’d like help in developing a weight loss plan for your pet, I’d also be happy to coordinate an interview with Petcurean’s pet health specialist Dr. Jennifer Adolphe or Michele Dixon to speak on this health issue further.