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The Importance of Pet Weight Mangagement

Keeping your pet at their optimal weight for a healthier life in West Des Moines

As recently as 2018, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were classified as overweight or obese. Obesity continues to be one of the most common preventable diseases that affect pets in Iowa. Even a small amount of extra weight, up to 20%, can greatly increase the risk of your pet developing severe health conditions. Pet obesity has been linked to many other conditions, including:

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Renal Dysfunction
  • Joint Problems, including osteoarthritis

How can you check your pet for obesity? Your West Des Moines veterinarian will be able to tell your pet’s ideal weight, but between visits you can gage your pet’s health yourself. Simply run your hand along your pet’s side – if their ribs are difficult or not possible to feel, they are likely overweight.

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Important Pet Weight Management Information

Watch the video below to learn more about the importance of weight management in our pets.

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