When Natural Balance contacted me about their new Fat Dogs dog food, they couldn’t have approached me at a better time. These past few months I’ve been focusing on pet health and fitness, with our new FitDog Friday blog hop, the upcoming K9Kamp starting tomorrow, and my forthcoming new book, The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance, full of tips and fun activities for taking off the weight and keeping fit, for people and dogs!

I had a fat dog, our yellow lab Hudson, so I know how challenging it can be to keep a dog in shape. And when Kelly started to gain weight, right along with me, I knew I had to take steps to get us both fit and healthy. One of the steps I took was to take a close look at the food I offered and the ingredients to make sure they were nutritious, healthy, and low in fat. Natural Balance pet foods has a new line you might like to consider. Recently Natural Balance ran a Lovable Fat Dogs and Fat Cat contest and selected two winners and six runners up to help with the process of losing weight. They also feature Fat to Fit videos on their website.

Fat Dogs and Fat Cats:
    is Natural Balance’s lowest calorie formula yet
    provides a balanced diet of protein and fiber
    helps pets lose weight while maintaining lean body muscle
    contains added fiber to help keep pets feel full
    can be fed for both weight loss and weight maintenance

Natural Balance sent us a sample bag to try, a measuring tape, bone-shaped pedometer, a voucher for a free bag, and one to give away. They provided this strategy for weight loss:

Step 1: Determine whether your pet is at a Healthy Weight.
Check! At 32 lbs, Kelly is at a healthy weight for her (mixed) breed. I’ll feed her for maintenance to keep the weight off.

I measured her waistline and it’s 21 inches. Good girl Kelly! She’s at a good size right now.

Step 2: Weigh your pet regularly

Step 3: Check Feeding Table on the back of your dog food bag for serving size.
**I consult with my veterinarian and consider activity level and other factors to determine feeding amount. For Kelly, it’s 3/4 cup twice a day.

Step 4: When introducing new food, transition it into existing food slowly.
We tried the sample bag, and Kelly loves the taste of Natural Balance Fat Dog!

Step 5: Incorporate Exercise. Walk, run, and play with your dog. Also, K9 Kamp is a fun way to exercise too!

Would your dog or cat like to try Fat Dog or Fat Cat? Enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a free 10 lb bag!

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About Natural Balance: Natural Balance is a family-owned pet food company and we make super premium, holistic, natural pet food with high quality ingredients for cats and dogs. And because we’re also pet parents ourselves, safety is our number one priority.

*Full Disclosure: We were provided with a Nautral Balance Fat Dog kit including dog food, measuring tape and pedometer and one dog or cat food voucher to give away. This in no way influenced my review. The opinions
expressed here are 100% my own. 

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