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New Year’s Petsolution: Portion Control

Just because your pet eats it, doesn't mean he's hungry! Many vets will recommend feeding a cat or dog at least twice a day and checking with the label on the packaging for portion guidelines based on your pet's weight. Although my pup scarfs down all his food in seconds, my vet did mention that I should remove any unfinished portions after 20 minutes to prevent him from overeating from the trough.

Now, you usually have a clue if you have an overweight pet (rounded belly, bulging in the back, etc.), but you may not know what to do about it. Check with your vet about weight-loss and fitness regimes to get a healthy start to our final 2008 petsolution. An easy first step is to limit those treats! Consider it like the difference between you eating a slice of pizza . . . and a whole pizza. If the doggie treat is large, break it up to make several different rewards instead of feeding all at once. Or, when training a pet, considering rewarding with a piece of pet food instead. Coupled with a fitness routine and your vet's recommendations, you can have a slim, trim pet by '09!

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