Many pets are overweight

pet obesity

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We know obesity affects quality of life. Veterinarian prescribed weight loss programs often fail for many reasons. Owner compliance is an obvious factor, e.g. giving in to begging, treating, excessive portion sizes. Choice of food can also be a factor. Traditional weight loss foods are formulated with reduced fat and calories, and increased fibre and protein. They require strict calorie counting, portion control, monitoring, adjustment of amount and increased physical activity for success. 

The good news is that there is a food that provides an advanced weight management solution. Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic was developed using the science of Nutrigenomics: the study of how nutrients influence gene expression. 

Through extensive research, Hill’s identified differences in gene expression between obese and lean pets, leading to:

  •  Inefficient fat metabolism
  •  Impaired glucose metabolism
  •  Poor appetite regulation 

Hill’s then identified the ingredients and nutrients that help change the unhealthy metabolism of the obese pet to work more like the healthy metabolism of lean animals by changing their gene expression. 

Metabolic is specially formulated with a synergistic blend of ingredients and nutrients to help pets lose weight and keep the lost weight off naturally by activating their unique metabolism. This food stimulates dogs’ natural ability to burn fat and keep them playful and active. Its unique blend of fibre helps keep dogs feeling full and reduces food hunger between meals, reducing begging. 

Metabolic is clinically proven to reduce body weight by 13% in dogs and 11% in cats in 60 days. In an in-home feeding study 88% of pets experienced weight loss within 2 months without owners even knowing their pets were on weight loss foods. Metabolic is designed to work the way people feed their pets! 

Because pets have varying needs, Metabolic is available in dry, wet and treats (dogs). This also increases compliance. 

Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic + j/d combines the nutrition of Metabolic with the nutrition of Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d to support weight management and joint health. In addition to the benefits of Metabolic, Metabolic + j/d contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, especially EPA, to help reduce inflammation and interrupt the degradation of joint cartilage. Metabolic + j/d also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, the building blocks for cartilage repair. 

The nutrition of Metabolic is also included in Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare + Metabolic for dogs and c/d Multicare Stress + Metabolic for cats; specially formulated for overweight pets with concurrent lower urinary tract disease.

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1. Floerchinger AM, Jackson MI, Jewell DE et al. Effect of feeding a weight loss food beyond a caloric restriction period on body composition and resistance to weight gain in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2015;247:375–384.

2. Floerchinger AM, Jackson MI, Jewell DE et al. Effect of feeding a weight loss food beyond a caloric restriction period on body composition and resistance to weight gain in cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2015;247:365–374.

3. Towell T, Forrester SD, Cross S et al. Evaluation of a weight management food designed to increase basal metabolism in a home setting. Intern J Appl Res Vet Med 2015;13(1):14-22.

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