Lose weight safely and steadily
Losing weight healthily takes time and it's important not to crash diet. Speak to your vet or vet nurse about how to safely reduce your pet's daily intake
Choose a food that has been developed for your pet's life stage
The dietary needs of a rapidly developing kitten or puppy are very different from those of a mature cat or dog, so choose a food that has been developed for their age to ensure they get the perfect balance of nutrients to meet their needs.
Weigh the food accurately
It’s easy to overfeed if we just guess how much to give, and a few grams extra per day can soon mount up to a weight problem which carries long term health risks. It can be useful to weigh out the amount at the beginning of the day, to avoid accidental overfeeding. Divide the daily allowance into several small meals for more effective weight loss.
Feed a specially formulated weight loss diet
If cutting back the daily allowance isn't sufficient to achieve the desired weight loss, a specialist weight loss diet will usually be recommended. For example, Hill's Metabolic has an 89% success rate. Pets that are fed Hill's Metabolic have lost 28% body fat in just two months. It keeps pets feeling fuller for longer and enables successful weight loss without going hungry. It's important to feed a weight loss food that still provides all the essential nutrients.
Introduce the new food gradually over a 7-day period by mixing your pet's former food with increasing proportions of the new food, until only the new food is being fed.
It's best to avoid treats
Pets that are fed a balanced diet don’t need anything extra. If you want to use treats to help with training then it’s advisable to use some food from their daily food ration to avoid extra calories.
Avoid human foods. Items that are small snacks for us are packed with calories equal to a large meal for our pets.
Always provide plenty fresh water
Access to sufficient clean water is vital for your pet's health.
Don't worry about variety
Humans need a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients we need. But high quality pet food brands, such as Hill’s Vet Essentials, contain all the nutrients pets need in a single food without the need to supplement with any other food.
Ensure pets get plenty of exercise
Regular daily exercise is important for general health as well as for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.