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If you have an overweight pet, there’s a new online tool to help you develop a comprehensive weight-loss program that focuses on proper nutrition and exercise.

As a first step, celebrity personal trainer and dog owner Gunnar Peterson recommends scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian to determine the best way to proceed. You should also set up regular checkups to monitor progress.

Next, log onto www.PetFit.com, which allows you to track results and stay motivated. Sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the site’s tools include:

  • A weight check that estimates a dog’s or cat’s ideal weight based on breed, size, age, current weight and a calculated body conditioning score
  • A weight tracker
  • A personalized calendar that charts progress and provides feedback to set and maintain goals
  • A calorie burn chart, which shows how calories are burned during common activities like walking, swimming or strenuous play

The site also offers nutrition and exercise tips, including dog and cat workouts and feeding do’s and don’ts.

“The bottom line is to stop lovingly overfeeding, get out and exercise with your pets, and ensure their food has the right mix of nutrients,” says Peterson, author of The Workout: Core Secrets from Hollywood’s #1 Trainer.

Tune in tomorrow for a source list for organic pet food, treats and supplies.