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Help your pet lose weight

Posted December 12, 2012 in Advice Column, Norwalk, West Des Moines

Help your dog or cat live 2.5 years longer quality life thorough weight loss. Ask to enroll in our free weight loss program. Additionally, we will pay you for returning for weigh-ins. Arthritis, diabetes, knee ligament tears, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease and cancers are all common results of increased weight in pets, making these often-avoidable costs one of the most important medical issues seen in veterinary hospitals now.

• In order for your pet to lose weight, it isn’t just about decreasing calories. We must down-regulate the “obesity” genes and up-regulate the “lean” genes.

• Unfortunately, over-the-counter “light” pet foods will not do the job as they have only a 10 to 15 percent calorie reduction.

• Exercise is an important component of any weight loss program, but starting too soon will hurt the joints. Let us help you design a program specific for your pet.

• Slentrol is a drug that can be used to jump-start weight loss in dogs. This drug encourages satiety and teaches your dog an appropriate amount to eat without being hungry.

Use the QR code or our website: www.familypet-vet.com to read many more ways to work on weight loss. Email us at familypetvet@gmail.com to learn more.

Information provided by Dr. Jen Emerson-Mathis, Family Pet Veterinary Center, 224-9750, familypetvet@gmail.com or familypet-vet.com.





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