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Help Your Pet Get Fit with Tips from Alison Sweeney

Written on May 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm , by

Alison with Winky

Alison with Winky

As the host of The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney’s life revolves around fitness. So when her vet told her that her pup Winky was overweight, she immediately took action. “My whole family’s health is important to me, so I knew I needed to do something,” Alison said.

According to a recent study, more than half of pet cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight. The main culprits? Lack of exercise and overfeeding. To get Winky back on track, Alison and her son Ben scheduled walks and set up a diet. It only made perfect sense for her to team up with Hill’s Science Diet’s Million Pound Pledge, a national initiative to get pets fitter and lose a combined million pounds.

Here’s what you can do to jumpstart your buddy’s fitness:

  • Make walks or physical activity a priority. Put it on your schedule and find ways to make it fun and challenging so you can get a workout out of it, too.
  • Avoid letting your pet get scraps from your meals. It might only seem like tiny morsels, but your puppy snacking on “a cube of cheese would be the equivalent of us eating about two cheeseburgers,” says Alison.
Alison Sweeney at the Science Diet Million Pound Pledge launch

Photo by Donald Bowers/WireImage for Hill's Pet Nutrition

Do you have fun ways to get fit with your pet? Share ‘em with us!

  • http://twitpic.com/3adhf9 Tom Snyder

    When it was too cold to walk outside, we put our dogs, Kayley Tzu and Miss Muffett on the treadmill. Miss Muffet likes it so much, she jumps onto the treadmill and waits for us to turn it on for her!

  • http://www.greatist.com Claudine

    Any suggestions on how to get my cat to lose weight? I have a 19 year old and it’s harder to keep her weight up. But my 7 year old is fat now. Any ideas?

  • Bunpoh

    Fat is not the culprit. A bit of cheese isn’t what is making our pets overweight. Cats and dogs are carnivores and omnivores, respectively. They naturally would be getting lots of fats in their diet eating other animals. The real culprit is the grain-based foods that our society feeds them. My cat is on a non-grain based raw frozen food diet, with some canned non-grain based food and he is 11 years old, fit, healthy and happy. He still plays like a kitten. Spend the money on natural, organic meat-based foods, and keep your pet healthy.

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  • sfitzherbert

    It’s Funny Dogs Friday. Get ready to howl