It’s that time of year when everyone is making their New Years resolutions, many related to losing weight. In recent years, obesity has been a problem among both humans and pets, which can lead to a myriad of health consequences, including a shorter life span.
To encourage pet weight loss resolutions, the Vinton Veterinary Hospital in Virginia is sponsoring a Biggest Loser competition for dogs and cats . The promotion runs from today through April.
The program is free and all participants must call and schedule a check-in. As a baseline, all pets will get on the scale, have a “before” photo taken, and get an individualized diet and exercise plan. All participating cats and dogs will return every two weeks to get weighed and chart progress. The pet that loses the most weight (by percentage) will win prizes including a year’s worth of Science Diet food, Frontline, and Heartguard.
If you don’t live near Vinton Veterinary Hospital, you can still evaluate your pet. Purina has a helpful chart on their web site  to help determine if a dog is overweight. If you suspect your dog needs to lose a few pounds, consult your veterinarian for advice on how to get to a healthy weight.
Looking to shed pounds together? Check out my blog post from last year about running with your dog to start exercising .