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Make a Resolution to Manage Your Dog's Weight

Make a Resolution to Manage Your Dog's Weight
Who: You may wonder if you should switch your dog to a Reduced Fat food. How do you know if your dog really needs it? It’s possible to assess if your dog is overweight — by simply using these quick tools to assess your dog’s weight and look.

Have your best friend stand up, and from the side, look from his chest to his stomach to his back legs. Is his stomach as large as his chest? Not sure? Grab a measuring tape to wrap around his chest and then his waist to compare numbers if it’s a close call.

If the answer is YES, his stomach is as big as his chest (or bigger), weight reduction would help support his health. Consider gradually increasing your dog’s activity level each day via playing and/or walking. You should also consider a Reduced Fat food such as Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Formula, which has 30% less fat than our traditional Adult dry dog food.

What: What is Reduced Fat Dog Food?

If your dog is prone to gain weight, or has a few extra pounds on his frame right now, Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Dog Food can help you manage your dog's weight while maintaining a beautiful coat and muscle tone. Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Dog Food delivers great taste and 30% less fat than Adult Select, helping your best friend to enjoy his food while managing his weight! To determine the amount of food to feed your dog, find his desired weight on the feeding chart and feed that amount. Adjust as needed based on your best friend’s activity level and monitoring your dog’s weight.

If you’re feeding your dog human food, now is the time to minimize or eliminate that from his diet. Human food often brings in a lot of unneeded calories and can throw off his balanced diet.

When: You can feed your dog once a day, or divide his feeding schedule into two times a day — as far as weight management goes, it doesn’t make a difference. If you choose to feed twice a day, be certain to divide the total amount of food in half!

Where: If you have more than one best friend, feeding time can be a little hectic, for sure. What’s a “Fur Mom” to do? Consider feeding your family dogs one at a time, putting the dogs in separate rooms to eat, undisturbed, especially if you have one dog that tends to be the chow hound. When there are multiple dogs in the household, “competitive eating” may drive eating behaviors that cause one or more of the dogs to gain unnecessary weight.

Alternatively, consider taking the dogs that are not eating out to play. In this way, each can eat his allotment of food (and only his!) in peace. Don’t leave food out for the other dogs to finish off. Keeping track of the amount of food fed in a 24 hour period is much easier to do when you have a good sense of how much each dog is eating. If one of your dog’s is a slow eater, you may want to consider separately feeding as described above, giving them some extra time or another chance at eating what they didn’t finish at mealtime.

Why: The love you have for your best friend is best shown in your relationship and in your heart — not on his/her waistline. Knowing how much you care for your best friend, you naturally want him to live a long, healthy and happy life. At Bil-Jac, our family shares in that desire. Keeping his weight in check, human food out of his diet, and his meals under control is one of the best ways to ensure this goal.

Let's embrace this challenge to keep our pets healthy together! Have questions? Give us a call at
1-800-321-1002 and we can talk with you more about your dog’s weight and feeding habits.

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