Do Pet Owners Really Need Portion Control Pet Food?
Coming to a pet food super store near you, portion control dog food. Is this the future for overweight canines?
Science Diet pet food has just released Prescription Diet Therapeutic Weight Reduction Program. Per the Science Diet website “The Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Therapeutic Weight Reduction Program is an easy to follow and convenient program that helps ensure owner compliance. Simply feed the recommended amount of food and biscuit packets and you can see a difference in as little as 30 days.”
Science Diet lists the following as key benefits to the Weight Reduction Program food…
* Easy to follow – Pre-measured food and biscuit packets make it easy to follow.
* Effective – Expect to see a difference in as little as 30 days
* Satisfying – Helps pets feel full with clinically proven fiber technology.
* Includes Treats — for those special moments every day
The ingredients for the dog food are: Whole Grain Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Mill Run, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil, Caramel Color, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Calcium Carbonate, Iodized Salt, minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, L-Carnitine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols & Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.
The ingredients for the dog treats are: Whole Grain Corn, Whole Grain Wheat, Soybean Mill Run, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Liver Flavor, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Oil (preserved with BHA, propyl gallate and citric acid), Pork Protein Isolate, Dried Egg Product, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Caramel Color, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Iron Oxide. preserved with Mixed Tocopherols & Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract.
The ‘Starter Kit’ (medium to large breed dogs) contains 66 food packets and 60 biscuit packets. PetFoodDirect.com lists this product for $59.99. For a dog with a ‘target weight range’ between 36 to 40 pounds, it is recommended to feed 2 packets a day (which would cost about $2.00 per day).
So…what do you think? Is portion control pet food a good thing for overweight pets? Will pet owners really follow the ‘packet’ system?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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