Has Your Pet Gained Weight, Too? Include Your Pet in Your New Year’s Resolutions

As a new year begins, many of us take the opportunity to set goals for the months ahead. Perhaps you want to eat better, exercise more or lose a few of those holiday pounds.

Sara Forsberg · December 29, 2020

 Has Your Pet Gained Weight, Too?

Include Your Pet in Your New Year’s Resolutions

As a new year begins, many of us take the opportunity to set goals for the months ahead. Perhaps you want to eat better, exercise more or lose a few of those holiday pounds.

This year however, consider your pets when making New Year’s resolutions! Just like us, they could benefit from improvements to their health, but they can’t make resolutions on their own. 

Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas that can help promote a happier, healthier year for your four-legged friends, and may benefit you as well!

Use a measuring cup or scale to ensure that your pet is receiving the proper amount of food at every meal. The New Year is the perfect time to evaluate what, when and how much your pet is eating. Many owners ‘eyeball’ their pet’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, but that can result in overfeeding and weight gain. 

Make a weight loss plan. You may notice that  your dog or cat seems extra “fluffy” lately, The rise in pet obesity can primarily be attributed to feeding habits; including 

  • Improper diet
  • Overfeeding
  • Unhealthy treats
  • Table scraps

Obesity has detrimental effects on the overall health and life span of pets, including osteoarthritis, diabetes and dermatological problems affecting skin, hair and coat. Most of these diseases can be avoided by maintaining a healthy weight; which is all the more reason to dive into the New Year with a “get healthy” plan for your pet!

Add more walks to your exercise regimen. Not only is walking  great for your health  but it also offers numerous benefits for your dog. Walks provide exercise, but they also provide a benefit through the smells and sounds for your dog’s environment. A walk is a great way to bond with your beloved companion. However, during the winter months, care should be taken.  Use dog booties or certain paw care waxes to avoid extreme cold, or salt that can cause irritation to their paws.

What about your feline friends? Many don’t understand how important play is for our cats.

Interactive play is a great way to bond with cats, give them good physical exercise and reduce behavior problems. Regular daily play sessions decrease demanding behavior, and build confidence in shyer cats.  Daily playtime can also help your beloved feline to shed a few pounds.

Raw Food Tip:

The great thing about the BARF® diet is that your dog is getting the proper balance of nutrients from the SAME diet whether your pet is a puppy, adult or senior. Based on your pet’s nutritional needs during his or her various life stages, only the feeding amounts need to be adjusted, not the actual formula.

- The BARF World Team

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Sara Forsberg

Sara Forsberg

Sara has been part of the BARF team since 2019. She is responsible for some admin duties, helping keep the office running smoothly and support for Rob Jr. and the rest of the team. She has been passionate about animals since a small child growing up with a Siberian Husky and 3 cats, and as an adult having a Labrador Retriever that suffered from a lot of allergy problems. She now has a rescue orphaned kitten, Poppy, and a new addition in another Lab named Jax. She has 7 children that keep her busy in most of her spare time; but enjoys anything on or near the water, spending time with friends and family, music, reading and cooking.

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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!