Animal Planet’s “My Big Fat Pet Makeover” Helps Pets Shed The Fl

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Did the dog days of summer leave your pets a little extra fluffy this year? A new show on Animal Planet has some great tips for helping keep your pet light on her feet….just in time for the holiday season!

My Big Fat Makeover has helped thousands of people slim down to trimmer, healthier versions of themselves, and Animal Planet’s new My Big Fat Pet Makeover promises to do the same thing for hefty pets, while sharing tips with viewers on how to keep extra weight off their pets at home too!

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Animal Planet’s Pet Expert and founder of Greatest American Dog Trainers Travis Brorsen has taken on the challenge of slimming down cats and dogs to their healthiest weights. In each episode, you’ll see pets and their owners learn about healthy eating habits (mainly, measured feeding plans that pet owners stick to!) as well as tips for exercise and ways to diet your pet without feeling like you are starving them.

Brorsen says that it takes tough love, but helping your heavy pet shed pounds really is a great act of love in that it keeps them slim and active and lowers their risk of diseases that could take them from you before their time. Brorsen says that you can often extend a pet’s lifespan by two years if it is at a healthy weight vs. obese, and that’s priceless.

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And while he employs some pretty cool technology with his clients (hello, FitBark!), he says that educating owners is what takes the most training. People think feeding their pets shows love, and that’s not always the case. He also helps families develop systems that match their family lifestyle, and allow the family pet to be his or her healthiest. Most importantly, he says, families need to be diligent and consistent in their commitment to their pet’s best health.

Check out the trailer for the debut episode, featuring an adorable (but overweight) beagle named Fletcher!

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