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Pet Weight Loss : A New Year for Your Pet

ID-100303488New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

After the first of the year many things will change. There will be an increase in gym memberships followed by cancelations one month later. We will all struggle with remembering to write 2015 and not 2014 and we will attempt to lay out a New Year’s resolution that won’t end in failure. Has anyone ever thought about including a new year pet resolution?

Pet Weight Loss

It may seem cliché, but weight loss seems to be a reoccurring theme for many when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and chances are Fido can stand to lose an inch or so.

Obesity is a major problem in the U.S. that so many seem to have the answer for. But, what works for one may not for another. The same can be said for your pet. While pet weight loss options may vary, the basic ideals of weight loss we use for ourselves may also pertain to our furry friends as well. Controlling calorie intake as well as ample exercise can help your pet live a long and healthy life.

Resources for Pet Weight Loss

Numerous pet food companies offer diets that are supposed to help our pets lose weight with ease, however, pet food labels can be tricky. There are prescription weight loss diets that are offered by several companies, like Science Diet and Royal Canin. These diets are formulated to control calories as well as introduce more fiber into the pet’s diet, aiding in digestion and weight loss. Some diets even work on a metabolic level with accompanied online weight loss programs. To help you keep track of how much is lost and how much your pet should really be consuming each day to help your pet be in the best shape they can be.

These are all great options, but what about what is available in the grocery store?

Labels Should Read:

  • Light or lite
  • Calorie count of less than 3,100 for dogs and 3,250 for cats

Lots of foods labeled with “weight management” aren’t really going to do much for your pet because the calorie count is just is too high. If ever you have questions about a pet food label, bring it by the hospital and we can go over all the details with you so you know exactly what your pet will be consuming. There are so many options and that can be overwhelming, but with the right food and planning, your pet can reach their goal weight!

Planning 2015

A healthy pet is a happy pet! Not only can your pet benefit from exercise, but so can you! Daily walks can be a bonding experience for you and your dog and I bet your feline friends would love to chase some string around the house with you. We want to be able to keep our pets around as long as we can and maintaining a healthy weight throughout life will only extend the time we have to shower our pets with the love they deserve. Don’t forget your pets this year when writing your New Year’s resolutions, who knows the possibilities!


Dental Care and Your Pet

Who likes Dental Care?
It’s a fair assumption that a great number of people do not enjoy going to the dentist. We all love having a set of pearly whites so it is most definitely a necessary evil. How amazing would it be if we could show up for our appointment, take a nice snooze while under, and wake up with a gleaming smile? While this luxury may not be readily available to us, it is for our pets! It can be comfortable and stress free while getting preventive dental care for your pet at Hefner Road Animal Hospital.

CorgiA Pet’s view
Cowboy the Corgi wakes up as per usual, but this morning there’s a twist. Mom has asked him if he wants to go for a car ride! He’s so excited! They get into the car and drive around but Cowboy isn’t quite sure where they’re going and he doesn’t really care. Eventually they arrive and get out of the car and they go inside. There are so many new smells of other animals and friendly people telling him how cute he is, a dog could get used to this!

They take him away from Mom but that’s okay, they give great belly rubs! Later they take him into a room, and put him on a table. He gets a little anxious but soon he starts to get very sleepy and off he goes to sleep. He wakes up in a warm kennel to the soothing voice of the nice lady with the belly rubs from earlier. Cowboy feels a little weird but after drifting in and out of a few cat naps he feels great! After while, the nice lady takes him back through the building and Mom is there waiting! With the wag of his tail, everyone can see how happy he is! Mom takes him back out to the car and off to home they go!

Preventive Dental Care for Your Pet
A yearly pet dental cleaning is recommended for your pets not only to keep their breath smelling fresh, but also for general body health including kidneys and liver. We love our pets unconditionally, so why not keep them in the best shape they could be while keeping them comfortable at the same time? Preventive veterinary medicine is a huge preventive aspect of animal health that should not be ignored for the benefit of your pet’s well-being.

Daily brushing is ideal but is often times unrealistic. Dental hygiene products like CET chews and water additives can help prolong your pet’s dental cleaning but won’t remove the existing plaque that has accumulated, making yearly pet dental cleaning is the way to go.

How Much does it Cost?
Of course, there is the cost aspect of it all, which is why we are always happy to work with people and offer monthly payment plans that can help spread out the cost over the span of a year. We want everyone’s pets to be healthy AND happy and this starts with dental health.

One day, us humans may start the trend of regular “restful”, anesthetized visits to the dentist, until then, our pets will enjoy the opulence. I mean, who doesn’t love spoiling their pet, after all, they are our fur babies! We look forward to offering the best Pet Dental Cleaning Experience for your fur baby at Hefner Road Animal Hospital. Make an appointment today!

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