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Weight Management

  • Does your pet need to lose a few pounds? Research shows reducing calories is the most important factor in canine weight loss. Prescription diets can promote weight loss and curb hunger.
  • You should be able to easily feel your dog or cat’s ribs under a thin layer of skin. If you are pushing through a pad of fat, chances are your pet is too heavy.
  • Because weight gain is gradual, it’s easy to overlook a few extra pounds over a year or two. Gaining two to three pounds for a cat or small dog is equivalent to a person gaining 20 to 30 pounds.
  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is observed in October. Over 50% of cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Is your pet one of them? We can help you get your pet to a healthy weight.
  • In the winter as the days are getting shorter; make sure you’re visible on late-afternoon or early-evening walks. Replace batteries in flashlights and invest in reflective vests: one for you and one for your dog.
  • Exercise is just as good for cats and dogs as it is for humans, leading to increased metabolism and burning of fat.
  • Dog owners walk more and longer than non-dog owners. This increase has a beneficial effect on the cost of both human and canine health care.
  • Pets are most likely to become obese over the Christmas holiday season compared to the rest of the year. Don’t give in to begging! Roly -poly pets are at risk for serious medical diseases, including a decreased life span.
  • Dogs need exercise (and so do their owners)! Healthy weight maintenance, joint and muscle flexibility and positive mental stimulus are all good reasons for exercise at any age.
  • If you don’t know how many calories your pet needs each day, you don’t know how much food you should feed. Ask your vet to calculate your pet’s precise caloric needs.
  • Exercise helps your senior pet maintain a healthy body weight, as well as slow the degeneration of joints from arthritis. Walking is excellent exercise for your pet (and you)!
  • Obesity shortens lives! Over 50% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight or obese. If you can’t easily feel your pet’s ribs under a thin layer of fat, he or she is too heavy.
  • After a holiday meal, don’t take a nap! Snap on your dog’s leash and go for a walk. It will be great exercise for you after a large meal and a great treat for your pooch.

 

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