I shared a post back in January about how my binge eating disorder has made Chuy an overweight dog. It’s hard enough struggling with my own weight issues, so when the vet officially declared Chuy as overweight, I was devastated. I knew he was looking a little chunky but actually hearing this from a professional made it sting. It made me feel like I wasn’t a good enough pet parent and that I allowed my bad habits to become part of my pet’s lifestyle. I haven’t checked in on this specific topic in awhile so I wanted to share what I am doing to get Chuy back on track to a healthy lifestyle.

How Chuy Chihuahua is Losing Weight with #HillsPet

Admitting is the First Step

Admitting there is a problem is always the hardest thing to do. Am I right? It isn’t easy to admit that your pet is overweight and that you are partly to blame for that. However, admitting there is a problem and then creating a plan of attack is half the battle!  After I started doing some research, I realized that Chuy and I are not alone in the battle of the bulge! Here are a few of the statistics I found:

  • In the US, 53% of dogs and 55% of cats are now overweight or obese.
  • Over the last five years the incidence of overweight or obese dogs has increased by almost 40% in the US.
  • Over the same time period the number of overweight or obese cats has increased by an astonishing 90%.

So how did we get here? Chuy is the king of giving you “the look” when we are eating dinner. I, like many other pet parents was raised with the “food is love” mentality so I naturally passed that on to Chuy. It’s so hard to not give him an extra treat or a piece of human food when he gives you those irresistible puppy dog eyes! Now that I’m educated about overweight dogs, I can put together a plan to get Chuy back into a healthy lifestyle.

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A New Feeding Plan with Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution

After much thought and discussion with our vet about Chuy’s weight, she recommended that we put him on Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn fat and regulate appetite. If you are on the fence about whether or not this food will work for your pet, I recommend checking out the video, One Big Kitty.

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Chuy’s Weight Loss Plan

The vet printed out a chart from Hill’s that shows us Chuy’s starting weight and his goal weight. He weighed in at 11.5 lbs and the vet wants him down to 8.5 lbs. It doesn’t seem like much but when you’re a Chihuahua every ounce counts! They also gave us a sheet with how much to feed Chuy.  I’ve been feeding him 1/3 cup in the morning and 1/3 at dinner. In the past, we had an issue with Chuy not eating his food when we would give it to him. Since we started the Metabolic diet, he eats every last piece when he gets his food!

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Stay Tuned and Watch Our Progress!

Chuy and I both are on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. I just wish I had someone that portioned out my food every day and didn’t let me near the fridge! A girl can dream, right?! According to Hill’s, 88% of pets lost weight in two months at home with no major changes other than eating the food.

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However, Chuy and I are going to step it up a bit and try to get in daily walks outside now that it’s actually warming up! Each month we will share our weight loss progress with you. Even though we haven’t officially weighed Chuy since he started his diet, I can tell he’s lost weight. His neck appears thinner and his waist line is coming back!

Enter My Giveaway

Giveaway!

For your pet’s opportunity to try Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free we’re giving away 10 Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits with your veterinarian’s authorization. It’s a $70 value! You can choose from the canine or feline kit which includes:

• 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
• 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
• 1 6lb bag of Metabolic dry dog food OR 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
• 2 (13oz) Metabolic cans OR 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic feline cans
• 1 (16oz) Metabolic treats OR 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic feline treats
• (2) $25 coupons

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How to Enter the Giveaway

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:

  • What is your pet: dog or cat
  • Pet’s age
  • Pet’s current weight or close guess
  • Your name
  • Your email address

Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted. Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food. This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only. Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner. The giveaways ends on April 27th, 2014. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Irresistible Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Chuy and I would like to wish you a Happy Easter! Be sure to check out our favorite posts to make your Easter irresistible!

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Chuy Chihuahua Easter Egg Collage

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua

Happy Easter 2014 from Chuy Chihuahua




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DIY Easter Basket for Dogs by IrresistiblePets.com

I just love all of the different holidays and finding ways to include Chuy in the celebration. The kids get Easter baskets so why not the fur kids too?! It’s so easy to make your pet an Easter basket and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money! Be sure to also check out our roundup of DIY Easter Ideas for Pets!

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1. Grab an Easter Basket and Fill It Up!

I picked up some plastic Easter baskets at the Dollar Tree. You can also find them at any drug store, Target, or Wal-mart for a few bucks. The good thing is that I use the same one for Chuy every Easter!

2. Easter Eggs + Treats

We do an Easter Egg Hunt with Chuy every year by filling up a few plastic eggs with his favorite treats. Fill up a few eggs and hide them around the house or the yard. Your dog will have a blast looking for the eggs and eating the treats inside!

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3. A New Toy

I usually get Chuy a new toy for his Easter basket and few new tennis balls. Chuy is obsessed with stuffed monkeys, so we had to get him this Monkey in a bunny suit!

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4. Homemade Treats

Homemade dog treats are a great addition to any Easter basket! I love making treats at home like these Irresistible Bunny Bones because I can control the ingredients and know exactly what Chuy is eating.

5. Get Creative with Your Pet’s Easter Basket!

You can add anything you want to your pet’s Easter basket. If they need a new collar or accessory this is the perfect time to give it to them! If you don’t feel like making a basket, you can always do one of these Bunny Jars instead for a different look and it makes for a great gift!

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Chuy Chihuahua Easter Basket IrresistiblePets.com

Are you making your pet an Easter basket this year? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it or hop on over to Facebook and share a pic with us!

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Easter is less than a week away! Do you want to find a way to include your pets in the Easter festivities? I’ve got a roundup of DIY pet crafts, recipes, free printables, and more that you can do with your pet for Easter. For more pet DIY ideas be sure to check out our gallery!

DIY Easter Ideas for Pets by IrresistiblePets.com

1. DIY Bunny Jars for Pet Treats by Irresistible Pets

2. Irresistible Bunny Bones Dog Treats by Irresistible Pets

3. Spring Bucket List for Pet Parents Printable by Irresistible Pets

4. DIY Easter Photo Props by Kol’s Notes

5. DIY Easter Basket for Dogs by Whoa Nellie!

6. Five Minute No Sew Bowtie for Your Pet by Ammo the Dachshund

7. Carrot Mini Muffins for Dogs by Doggy Dessert Chef

8. Carrot Cake Cookies for Your Dog by Dog Tipper

9. Homemade Easter Egg Cookie Dog Treats by Pet Coupon Savings

10. Chihuahua Easter Egg Hunt by Irresistible Pets

11. DIY Easter Cookies by Pretty Fluffy

12. DIY Doggie Easter Eggs by Pretty Fluffy

13. DIY Doggie Easter Egg Hunt by Pretty Fluffy

14. Frozen Doggie Easter Eggs by My Dogs Breakfast

15. 10 Spring Fling Easter Activities for Dogs by Fidose of Reality

16. DIY Bunny Ears by Sew Doggystyle

17. Bunny Costumes for the Dogs by Martha Stewart

18. DIY Easter Basket for Dogs by Irresistible Pets

19. Dog Bone Easter Basket by Pizzazzerie

Be sure to hop on over to our Facebook page to share your Easter ideas with us! Happy Easter!


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My husband and my Dad love to fish, so Chuy and I tagged along this past weekend. We worked on our tans while they worked on catching some fish!

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