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Commit to Being Fit: Trim Down Tips

 green-check Swap for fruits and veggies. Use pet-safe fruits and veggies as treats and to supplement your pet’s smaller-portioned meals.2 Not only do they provide nutrition, they can also help your pet feel fuller without all of the calories
 green-check Portion control starts with calorie counting. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s caloric needs and measure portions of food for your pet instead of free pouring or “eye-balling” it. Be sure that everyone in the family who feeds your pet uses the same measuring scoop!
 green-check Cut back on snacking between meals. Treats should not replace normal meals, but can be part of a balanced diet.The calories in common treats for pets can really add up; they should only make up about 10% of your pet’s caloric intake. Cut up small pieces of fruits and veggies, such as apples, carrots, or bananas for yummy treats with fewer calories.
 green-check Get into a routine. If you feed your pet at the same time every day, they will learn to expect food at that time and be less likely to beg for food throughout the day.
 green-check Don’t make quick, drastic changes. Gradually transition your pet to their diet food over one or two weeks by combining it with their current food.
 green-check Just because it’s diet food, doesn’t mean it can’t taste good. Try warming up food, adding oregano, mashed pumpkin or sweet potato, or a splash of a fish oil supplement, chicken broth, or salmon juice to make diet food more enticing.
 green-check Control cravings with distractions. When your pet begs for food, divert their attention to something else they enjoy, like taking a walk, playing with a ball or toy, or simply enjoying some good old-fashioned TLC from their favorite person — you!
 green-check Don’t eat where you sleep. Place your pet’s food bowl far away from their favorite spot to lounge so they have to get up and move during the day.
 green-check Make them work for their food. There are several different toys that you can fill with kibble that make your pet put in a little effort for their meal. These toys keep them busy and prevent them from gobbling up their dinner in record time.

– Special thanks to Trupanion Pet Insurance Inc. for their helpful trim down tips for overweight pets!

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