Lifestyle Pets 'My Big Fat Pet Makeover' Is Here to Help Your Pet Get a Summer Bod This Winter See Gracie the Chihuahua's new, amazing slimmed-down look and learn how you can help your pet shed extra weight By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 28, 2017 12:31 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Pet obesity is a big problem. Well-meaning owners across the country often show their love for their pets through food, leaving countless animals overweight with numerous health risks. Animal Planet’s My Big Fat Pet Makeover is here to help. The new show, which premieres Sept. 30, helps obese pets slim down and helps owners banish the bad habits that have led to their pets’ extra pudge. Travis Brorsen is the man guiding these fat dogs and cats towards a healthier weight. And while he can’t visit every overweight pet in America, he does have some general tips for all owners on how they can fight pet obesity. Brorsen advises creating a feeding plan with a measured amount of food for your pet and sticking to it, no matter how much they beg for more. It’s important that these measurements are set for your pet’s goal weight, not the weight they currently are. This means table scraps need to be cut out. If you want to feed your pet a snack while you are eating, try a healthy, pet-safe option like sweet potatoes or green beans. With some dedication and a little tough love you can help your pet shed pounds just like Gracie in the clip above.