The U.S. pet overweight and obesity rate for dogs and cats is more than 50%. In Animal Planet’s new series My Big Fat Pet Makeover, pet expert and trainer Travis Brorsen begins a four-month long weight-loss and behavior modification journey with pet owners and their overweight animals with the aim of helping each pet live a healthier and happier life.
Each story ends with Brorsen returning for a final weigh-in to see just how far the pets and pet owners have come.
Obese animals can experience health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart failure, thus leading to a shorter life. In My Big Fat Pet Makeover, Brorsen creates individual exercise and diet plans in addition to implementing positive reinforcement training methods.
He also uses creative techniques as wake-up calls for owners, using visual experiments that let them experience what their pets are going through. As an example, one individual is forced to wear a weighted vest to experience the extra weight the dog is living with each day.
“My goal for this series is to raise awareness of the pet obesity problem while educating and empowering pet owners to make big changes for their furry family members. I’m thrilled to be sharing health, wellness and training tips to the Animal Planet audiences that will help owners find new ways to love their pets and add years to their life,” said Brorsen.
Can Brorsen help families realize how dire the situations are with their overweight pets? Will the animal owners learn how to properly feed and exercise their pets?
My Big Fat Pet Makeover premieres Saturday, September 30 at 10PM ET/PT.