Help Your Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight for a Long Life

Pet Nutrition & Weight Management Advice From ZimmVet

One of today’s most common veterinary medical problems in household pets is obesity. A survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 53% of adult dogs and 55% of cats were classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarians. What was even more disturbing was that many pet owners were unaware of their furred family member’s weight problem.

Much like in humans, obesity has been found responsible for a host of pet health conditions, including osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney and heart disease, and shortened life expectancy. Studies have shown that obesity can shorten a pet’s life span by as much as two years and it is also responsible for the onset of arthritis two years sooner than a normal weight pet. Overweight pets are also at greater risk during surgery and are more prone to painful and expensive injuries. Senior pets are particularly susceptible to excessive weight gain due to the natural slowing of their metabolism. Obesity can also worsen already painful conditions such as arthritis and degenerative joint conditions, causing a vicious cycle of inactivity due to pain, which leads to more weight gain.

Obesity Is Preventable

Proper nutrition and regular exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy weight for your pet. At ZimmVet, our approach begins by determining your pet’s body condition score. Based on that score and each patient’s individual needs, a weight management program is developed that may include a prescription diet, exercise recommendations, and instruction on the roll that snacks and treats play in a pet’s dietary requirements.

How to tell if your dog is overweight: To help you determine if your canine comrade needs to lose a few pounds, read the informative article Understanding Your Dog’s Body Condition from Purina.

How to tell if your cat is overweight: To help you determine if your feline friend needs to lose a few pounds, read Understanding Your Cat’s Body Condition from Purina’s website.

Client Testimonials

Last Saturday was our first time there and our experience was a 5! Everyone was very informative and welcoming! Thank you!

— Carole Lefebvre

Bringing both of our dogs to be cared for, we are extremely pleased with the care they are receiving. Sadie, Willow and I thank you all.

— Sue Lenz

I really appreciated the way the doctors at the clinic cared for Diamond. Over fifteen years of love with my wonderful dog and the quality of regular care she received at the clinic made it possible. I was especially touched by the sympathy card I receive after sadly having to put her to sleep, it shows they really care.

— Darryl Anton

After recently moving to Minnesota we researched many veterinarian options and we chose the Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic. The staff was honest, thorough and genuinely caring. Their follow-up on our pets care was outstanding. Itís worth the trip for your petís care.

— The Connorsí Family - Rich & Amy Maximus, Petie, Buster, Bandit, Shadow, Kodibear & Sammy

We have taken our pets to the Zimmerman Vet Clinic for 20 years. Even when our visit was a sad one, we were treated with kindness and courtesy. The staff has always been professional and friendly. We highly recommend Zimmerman Vet Clinic to anyone who loves their pet.

— Bratsch

The staff at Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic has taken care of my dogs since 1979. I am especially pleased with the care of my last companion/friend, Ruby Mae. She received the best care I could have expected. The staff gave her loving care and attention during her whole lifetime. I canít thank them enough for being there for support. I will continue to use them with my new friend, Baily Sue.

— Sincerely, Dale Cannon

We love Zimmerman Vet! They give the best care & have a wonderful staff!

— Laurie Gansen Cramer

Thank you all for being such amazing people & taking such great care of my little man Bentlee! You will never know how much I appreciate all your information, fast actions & the care you put forth to all animals that come to your office! Thanks Again!

— Dani George

Iíve had dogs all my life and this is by far the best place to take your pet for their veterinary needs!!! Great service from the entire staff, they really care about the wellness of your pet, and my Gauge gets a little extra TLC (he is a senior now).

— Bonni Placek Cook