Action Tips: Reduce and Prevent Pet Obesity

Pet Obesity
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Over half of America's pets are overweight. (Yikes.) Take action against pet obesity—follow these tips to keep the animals you know and love healthy.

Watch what you feed them

  • Be sure to feed a pet the label's recommended amount at mealtime.
  • Don't feed your pet too many treats—they contain calories too.
  • If your dogs whine or beg between meals, give them attention, not food. Pet them for a while or take them outside.

Exercise them

  • Taking an inside cat out for a walk isn't the best idea, but all dogs need exercise daily. The amount yours needs depends on its breed.

Take them to the vet

  • Take your pet to the vet at least once a year. The vet might recommend more visits based on the pet's health.

Consulted by: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Toi P. Pedrick, in association with Hill's Science Diet

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