Weight Loss Challenge

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

An estimated 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are overweight or obese. That is over half of all pets!

Extra weight is not just a cosmetic concern for our pets. As little as two pounds of extra weight on a 10 pound dog or cat, causes them to carry 20% more weight on their joints. Over time, extra stress on the joints can cause osteoarthritis. Other effects of excess weight include:

Chronic inflammation
Skin disorders
Certain types of cancers
Orthopedic issues
Decreased kidney function
Respiratory disorders
Heart disease and high blood pressure
Reduced life expectancy

Weight loss can be difficult, and it can take time. But, we’re here to help! We have teamed up with Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets to offer some great incentives to get you and your pet started. At your next veterinary visit, if our veterinarian thinks a weight management plan is a good idea, we will take measurements of your pet and create feeding recommendations tailored to your pet’s needs. You can purchase Pro Plan OM (Overweight Management) food in our clinic or through the Purina Vet Direct home delivery program.

The veterinarian will also recommend an exercise regimen. For those pets who have difficulty exercising at home or for whom exercise may not be safe, we are offering 10% off our 10 session package of the underwater treadmill at our Maryland Heights location in September and October 2019. The underwater treadmill is great for weight loss because it reduces the amount of stress on joints, while providing a workout that helps burn calories and build muscle.

We will schedule your pet for weight checks 3-4 weeks later, then again at 6-8 weeks. At the 3-4 week visit, you’ll receive a free bag of Purina Pro Plan low calorie treats. Then after your 6-8 week visit, you will be entered into a drawing to win a iRobot Roomba!

If you are ready to start your pet’s weight loss journey, schedule your appointment today!  

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.