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

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.