January 21, 2016

Bella’s New Year’s Resolutions: Everything you need to know about pet diets 

My tail can’t stop wagging – I’m so happy to be back to the blog! It’s a little ruff getting back into shape after the holidays? I might have indulged in a few too many treats and stolen a table scrap here or there – hey, it was Christmas! The parties have come and gone, and now my collar is feeling a little snug. I keep hearing everyone barking about “resolutions,” and it’s time for me to join the pack.

In 2016, I’m going to take more trips to the dog park, pick up the pace on my morning walks with Mom (I hope she doesn’t mind!) and – most importantly – start eating the healthy pet food we bought at ShopRite! If your pet wants to get in top shape too, check out my tips below.

Pet Dieting 101:

  1. Snack Smart: If your dog is anything like me, he or she will turn on the charm to beg for an extra treat or two! Too much snacking between meals can lead to weight gain. There’s no need to nix treats altogether, simply set aside a set amount treats per day. Or, if you’re really looking to slim down, choose small pieces of carrots or rice cakes.
  2. Get the Whole Pack On Board: Sometimes I like to beg Dad for a treat – he doesn’t know Mom just gave me the same biscuit! Make sure everyone in the family knows how many treats are allowed each day. Try not to give into the begging (I know, it’s hard when I give you that look…), we’ll get used to it.
  3. Work it Out: I can’t follow you to yoga class, but I still need to get in my Downward Dogs! Exercise is important for pets, I love my daily walks! And word at the park is that doggy day care centers are great places to run and play with other pups.
  4. Portion Control: Stroll down ShopRite’s Pet Aisle and take a look at the labels on your pup’s favorite foods. Most labels will tell you how much to give your pets, based on their size & weight. It’s easy to over-feed, so double-check with your vet to make sure the portion sizes are right for your pet.
  5. Above All, Get the DVM “Lick” of Approval: Be sure to check with your family Veterinarian for guidance and advice. Pet weight gain can be a sign of a medical issue.

I hope these tips help your four legged friend get a little healthier in 2016 – we all want to be there for our families for a very long time. Make sure you share your pet pictures with me on social media with the hashtag #ShopRiteBella – I love making new friends! Stay tuned for next week’s post, when I’ll be sharing some of my favorite healthy dog food brands – all available at your neighborhood ShopRite.