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Nutritional Weight Loss:


Did you know? More than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.*

But, most owners don't realize their pet has a weight problem. Fortunately, weight is a treatable condition.

* Source: Pet Obesity Prevention Association

 

1.    According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53% of adult dogs and 55% of cats in the US are obese or overweight.

2.    22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners said their pet's weight was normal when it was actually overweight or obese.

3.    The "fat pet gap" is the normalization of obesity by pet owners.

4.    Cats who are 10 to 20% over their ideal body weight are considered overweight. Cats 20% over their ideal weight are considered obese.

5.    If your pet is overweight or obese, it can cause arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, certain cancers, heart and respiratory disease, and other problems.

6.    According to the Purina Lifespan Study, obesity takes almost two years off a dog's life.

7.    To check if your pet is obese or overweight, you should be able to easily feel your pet's ribs without pressing on the pet and your pet’s stomach should be tucked in.

8.    Veterinarians determine if a pet is overweight or obese by its body condition score (BCS). Veterinarians assess the amount of stored fat and assign a number to score if a pet is underweight, overweight, or just right.

A video to check if your pet is overweight can be viewed on this link:

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/12/how-do-i-know-if-my-pet-is-overweight/

 

If you think your pet is overweight please call for an appointment with our nutrition councilor Kelly.  Kelly will work with you and your family to come up with a weight loss plan that is customized for your pet.  An individualized weight loss plan with careful monitoring can help your pet become slimmer, happier and healthier.

Based on your pet’s individual plan, there will be monthly weight checks, where we will revisit your pet’s weight loss plan, reassess body condition and review your pet’s progress. At this time we can also address any changes needed to make this plan work for you and your pet.

A weight loss at a rate of 1% of body weight per week is recommended to reduce rebound weight gain and avoid muscle loss. The average weight loss plan takes four to five months to safely achieve ideal body weight, though this depends on how much weight your pet needs to lose and any other medical conditions.

At any time during this journey if there are any concerns or questions you can contact our nutrition councilor for guidance or encouragement.

 



 
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60 Beaver Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 757-3346
Fax: (860) 757-3525

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