Preventing holiday weight gain in pets:
Oh, the holidays – Once they roll around we are inundated with sweets, treats, and goodies galore. Top that off with the big meals that we’ve convinced ourselves are calorie free! A little holiday weight gain is expected. I mean, hey, isn’t that what New Year’s resolutions are all about? It doesn’t need to be that way for your pet. Most pet owners are guilty of slipping their pet a piece of turkey here or a lick of mashed potatoes there – followed by a big holiday nap. The difference is, we control our diet and exercise whereas our pets are at our whim to do the right thing.
Not to worry! You can still spoil your sweetie during the pawlidays, there just needs to be a little balance. Here are a few things to keep in the back of your noggin to avoid holiday weight gain.
is just as important for pets as it is for people. Remember size does matter when it comes to a delicious treat. Your pet is stoked for something new and tasty and will happily eat any size portion you give them. Be mindful. You don’t need to give them the whole turkey leg to show them your love.
A little fetch in the backyard, a nice jaunt around the neighborhood, even playing keep away in the living room are all great ways to keep your pet’s body moving and keep some weight off.
Consider something different.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to feed your pet people food during the holidays to make them feel included. You could buy them a special new treat, like Turkey Liver Pro-Treats, to give them a taste of something new and delicious sans the excess fat and calories.
Do you have a special way of spoiling your pets during the festivities? We’d love to see (or hear) more on Facebook!