Dr. Donna Spector (my superb co-host on THE EXPERT VET on the Radio Pet Lady Network) has been steering the ship in guiding the weight loss plan for Fritz – our first lucky pup on the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge – which we talk about on our show and Dr. Donna has been blogging about online.
Fritz’s Mom, Holly, has added lots of vegetables like steamed zucchini to Fritz’s Halo and has had to use all her self-control to keep his calories restricted to Dr. Donna’s firm but gentle prescription for weight loss. Holly has been reporting the slow but steady loss of 1% to 2% loss of overall weight weekly, which is the optimal way to get the job done.
Since Fritz went on Halo Health Weight Management food, Holly’s family has gotten a whole “new and improved” dog! They knew that choosing Halo as the best dog food to lose weight was working because the success was clear every week on the scale at the vet’s office. And in just a few weeks, Fritz has slimmed down and gets more winks from the girl dogs he encounters when he is away from home. But there’s been a surprise bonus!
Little did they know that losing pounds would also mean an entire personality change for their darling dog! Fritz is a Southern rescue pooch, who was getting a bit fat and lazy with Holly’s family, who showed him a bit too much love with added calories. Ever since we chose him for the Halo Healthy Weight challenge they have watched the pounds melt off, but the exciting bonus is how losing weight has literally transformed Fritz into a whole new man, with a new outlook on life!
Holly reports that as the weeks have gone by and Fritz has gotten slimmer on the Halo Healthy Weight Management food (with vegetables between meals for snacks) her doggy has become more engaged in what is going on, more outgoing and affectionate, has more opinions (which he expresses in a variety of barking howling vocalizations), and he’s playing more with his fellow rescued pooch, Max.
She has seen that along with his weight loss, Fritz has become more active – and has achieved more weight loss from the increase in activity. “When he was heavier, Fritz didn’t really want to play with Max and now they are going at it big time, with Fritz now taking turns being in charge of the play. I think he felt like a fat slob before and now feels a whole lot better about himself, thanks to Halo.”
We all know that carrying excess weight is unhealthy for any of us, which is why Halo created the Healthy Weight Management food so that we can get our dog’s weight down to his two-year-old level and maintain it there. We know that those extra pounds put strain on the joints and can cause problems with organs and overall health – but we’d love this additional Take Home Message for everyone: you may discover amazing added benefits to the weight loss, including surprising energy and upcharged personality. So what are you waiting for?!
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.