Healthy Weight Challenge–Week 8 results–slow and steady wins this race!

dog lying on floor, looking glum
dog lying on floor, looking glum
Dog’s diet plan might need tweaking to see results

Healthy Weight Challenge—Week 8 results—slow and steady will always win this race!
Guest Blog Post by Dr. Donna Spector

Here we are in week 8 of the 12-week Halo Healthy Weight Challenge. Fritz continues his slow and steady weight loss and successfully weighs in with another 0.6 pounds of weight loss. He is at a slimmer and trimmer 45.5 pounds–way to go Fritz!

While our original goal for Fritz had been to lose ½ to 1 pound each week, Fritz’s body seems to be more comfortable losing at about 0.3 pounds per week. At this rate, his hunger is also more manageable for his owner and everyone seems content.

Although every weight loss plan should start with a target of how much weight to lose per week AND an ultimate final weight goal, adjustments will be required as we go along. It is most important to follow trends instead of the absolute numbers. We feel like we have found Fritz’s slow and steady weight loss rate–at this pace he will most certainly finish and win his weight loss race!

Weekly Weight Loss Tip: If your dog has been on a diet and exercising with no appreciable weight loss in 3 months, changes must be made. If you haven’t been working with your veterinarian, now is the time to get him or her involved in a specific weight loss program. Your vet can make more specific calorie calculations and help fine-tune your weight loss efforts. As each dog’s metabolism is a bit different, a new diet approach may be warranted–your vet may want to consider a high protein, low-calorie diet or perhaps a higher fiber diet to help your dog with weight loss.

Fritz is the first participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK. Fritz is eating Halo’s Healthy Weight Turkey & Duck Recipe and canned Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken as his main diet.

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