Friday, March 21, 2014

Beagle pudgy? A Diet for Dogs -- #HillsPet Metabolic Giveaway

Lulu and I get a lot of comments about her figure. It's something I'm pretty proud of. I constantly worry about her weight.

A beagle in good shape should have a bit of a slope from the chest up to her tail area. You should be able to JUST make out the ribs when you pet her. You should also have a decent body line when they lay down -- the body should not be so noticeably thicker than the head.

Photo courtesy of Dale via Flickr Creative Commons.
Beagles, however, have a tendency to get heavy. They don't really have a mechanism that tells them they are no longer hungry. Left to their own devices, a beagle will eat until they burst. Couple that with a craftiness and big begging eyes that melt the heart of most humans, and beagles and food can be a dangerous combination.

With Lulu, I monitor her food, limit treats (or replace them with fruits or veggies when possible), keep her away from scraps (no easy task), and make sure she get exercise. (Best viewed on a computer)

Looking for help in slimming your beagle down? Keep reading for a chance to win a Hill's Pet Weight Loss and Management Starter Pack.

Weight issues are a big problem for both dogs and cats in the United States. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2012 53 percent of dogs and 55 percent of cats could be classified as overweight at the very least.

Plus... your pet may be fat and you don't even realize it! About 22 percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners think their pet is fine, when they aren't.

Check out this video. Does your pet look like this? (Best viewed on a computer)


So do you have an overweight dog? What about an overweight cat?

Hill's pet food has come out with a new line -- Hill's Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution.

This is a special veterinarian-prescribed food to promote weight loss for cats or dogs.

Hill's Metabolic is a complete product line, with dry and canned food plus treats.

The food is designed to turn up the metabolism and help give cats and dogs more energy. The pets are supposed to feel full and satisfied, but still lose weight.

In a study of 314 pet parents who fed their cats and dogs the food at home, 88 percent lost weight in two months. That's not bad.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Life With Beagle only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


So if you are looking for a good diet for dogs, here's your chance to try Hill's Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free!

Hill's is letting us give away 10 Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits for dogs or cats.
First and foremost -- we must make this clear -- you must, must, MUST get your veterinarian's approval to get this kit. You will have to prove you have their approval. This is a $70 value!

The dog kit includes:
  • Canine Metabolic Starter Kit
  • 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
  • 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
  • 1 6lb bag of Metabolic dry dog food
  • 2 (13oz) Metabolic cans
  • 1 (16oz) Metabolic treats
  • (2) $25 coupons
 Dog food product details can be found here

 The cat kit includes:
  • Feline Metabolic Starter Kit
  • 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
  • 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
  • 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
  • 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic cans
  • 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic treats
  • (2) $25 coupons
 Cat food product details can be found here.

 So to enter, comment below with the following:
  •  Your pet's name -- a dog or a cat?
  • Your pet's age
  • Your pet's current weight
  • You name
  • Your email address 
 We'll be using a randomizer this time, instead of Rafflecopter, so you MUST include all the information in order to be included.
You have until April 5 to enter.

The fine print from Hill's:
Before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted. Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food.
This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only. Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner.


  1. I really need this for my dog, Kyoko. She was emaciated when I adopted her - just 30 pounds, when she should have weighed 55-60 pounds. She gained the weight she needed, but still wants to eat like she's starving and got up to 79 pounds. I was able to get her to 75 pounds, but really could use help getting her to a healthier weight. Her health is good otherwise.

    Dog - Kyoko - 4-5 years old - currently 75+ pounds

    Linda Szymoniak -

  2. I volunteer at a local animal shelter called Wanderer's Rest Humane Association in Canastota NY. They had a hoarding case come in with 19 dogs and most of them are extremely over weight. One of them is an older Beagle named Otto he is around 10 yrs old and weighs around 50+ lbs. They could use any help they can get. I have been looking forward to foster him once he is ready. Kelly Vollmer

  3. Pets name: Our dog's name is Loki
    Loki's age: 1yr 3months
    Loki's current weight: 65lbs
    Name: Stephanie Grant
    Email address:

  4. I've read your post. Thanks for sharing worthy information!

  5. Pet's name is Kyla and she is a dog
    Pet's age: 2 years
    Pet's current weight: approx 60 lbs.
    Name: Terry Stevens
    birdiebee52 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Dog's name: Kahlua (beagle). 7 yrs old, 32-33 lbs (she's a bench leg beagle so she should weigh 25-27). Human's name: Karen Fegley,

  7. My cat Tweek is 11 years old and about 25-27 lbs.

    Michelle Cavanaugh


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