The holiday season is about over – it is a busy time of year for festivities, family and of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your appetizers, it would be the same as if a person ate three and a half hamburgers or four chocolate bars? Gaining those holiday pounds is not just a problem for humans, but also for our four-legged friends. Maintaining our pet’s weight is an important part of their health and wellness.
Research shows that pets are more likely to gain unwanted pounds during the holiday period than any other time of year. What pet can resist a potato chip, onion dip or chocolate? (Wait, you know better than to feed them that!)
Obesity is the leading medical problem in pets. When a pet is too chubby, not only may they have little energy to walk or play, but studies have shown that pets who are overweight may have a shortened lifespan.
How can you tell if your pet is at the right weight?
It can be hard to know because for many pets; they don’t get a big round belly. Instead, the extra fat is well hidden inside your pet’s body, tucked between their vital organs. The staff at Guthrie Pet Hospital are here to help you with this problem. Our team has a trained eye to best assess your pet’s weight. Bring your pet in so we can weight them on our easy walk-on scale. We will look at their body condition and nutritional needs. If we determine that your pet needs to lose a few pounds, don’t worry. We will develop a plan to help your pet get to a perfect weight, so you and your pet will have health and wellness in 2017.
Guthrie Pet Hospital is committed to helping you maintain your pet’s health and wellness.
Come by during the month of January for us to assess your pet’s body condition and receive a complimentary sample of weight loss food while supplies last.