According to Veterinary Practice News, when dieting your dog or cat down to a healthy weight:
“Don’t feed the oversized pet you see. Instead, portion out meals while visualizing the much-leaner animal deep inside.”
Simple advice to help a chubby pet lose weight:
- When setting a target weight, don’t be afraid to go a bit lower. If your 40 pound dog needs to lose 10 pounds, shoot for 12 or even 15.
- Use smaller feeding bowls to serve the new smaller portions of food. From a psychological perspective, this may prevent you from piling on additional food because the bigger bowl looks ‘too empty.’
- Build exercise time into any pet weight loss program.