You probably recognize this martial arts extraordinaire as one of the fitness gurus who regularly motivates the cast of NBC’s The Biggest Loser as they work toward a healthier lifestyle. Now Jillian Michaels is focusing her efforts on a whole new crowd. Inspired by her own chubby Chihuahua named Baxter, Michaels is joining Hill’s® 2006 National PetFit™ Challenge to help fight the nation-wide problem of overweight pets.
“Baxter and I are excited to lead the pets of our nation by example in Hill’s® 2006 National Pet Fit Challenge,” Michaels said. “We might think it’s cute to have a fat cat or a fat dog [but] our pets suffer from the same obesity-related medical conditions that we do. Additionally, by keeping your pets fit and trim, you can potentially increase their life span by up to five-to-eight years.”
According to a study published by Veterinary Economics magazine in August 2005, over 40 percent – or 48 million American cats and dogs are overweight, some even reaching obesity. Hill’s® Pet Nutrition is not only setting out to raise awareness of the health risks – such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes – to which overweight pets are susceptible, but also is proposing a healthy challenge to padded pets across the entire nation. Hill’s® 2006 National Pet Fit Challenge could even turn your pudgy pet into a slimmed-down superstar!
It is important that you first contact your veterinarian about a change in your cat or dog’s dieting and exercise routines. Once you know the safest way to help your pet shed those pounds like they’re his winter coat. Your once-corpulent canine or kitty could be among the twelve regional winners to receive a year’s supply of Hill’s® Prescription Diet® or Science Diet® pet food, $500 worth of pet supplies and an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for the final awards ceremony in October 2006. The national winners, one cat and one dog, will also be treated to two round-trip airline tickets as well as a three-night stay at a pet-friendly hotel where they can lounge in the lap of luxury.
But every pet who joins Hill’s® 2006 National PetFit™ Challenge ends up a winner, and so do their owners. Making the effort to help dogs and cats lose that unhealthy weight means your pets will live healthier lives and, in turn, they’ll be able to bring happiness to your life even longer. For more information visit: www.PetFit.com.