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Hastings Veterinary Clinic Fall Newsletter Weight Control

Rescue Me All Breed Dog Rescue Rescue Me All Breed Dog Rescue has been finding what they call “forever homes” for homeless dogs for two years. Although they are a fairly new rescue they are already proving themselves to be a very loving and caring organization that is determined to do what’s right for dogs in need. The adoption process is somewhat different at Rescue Me. Instead of simply sending a new dog home with a family they have developed a program called “Foster First.” In this situation a hopeful family takes a dog home for one to two weeks to see if they are a good fit for their home. This takes pressure of those adopting to ensure it is a good fit for the family and the pet. Adoption fees range from one hundred to two hundred and twenty-five dollars. Each dog is fully vetted before being placed in its new home. The most touching feature they provide is the “Seniors for Seniors” program. This is a way for older, forgotten dogs to find a loving home with a fellow retiree instead of living out the rest of their lives in a shelter. This program is for those over 50 years of age who are looking for a loyal companion. The cost is fifty dollars for the first senior adoption and free for any senior adopted in the future. As a nonprofit foster based rescue, Rescue Me is always looking for volunteers to help them with short term fostering or donations. These can come in the form of food, toys, website updating, monetary donations for veterinary services, or fundraiser planning. A little help goes a long way! For any questions or to set up a time to visit contact Judy or Jeff at (715)262-2190 or (651)308-6242.

It is not easy having the discussion with your veterinarian that your pet needs to lose weight. It can be hard to hear. Plus, with busy schedules and that adorable look they give you when they want a treat, how is it possible to help your pet lose weight? The first thing you have to recognize is that you control what your pet eats. Though they enjoy the occasional piece of turkey from the dinner table, a little bit can add up to a lot based on the size of your pet. In fact, according to the Hill’s Treat Translator, one hotdog to a twenty pound dog is equivalent to two hamburgers to an average human. In cats, one cup of milk is equivalent to four and a half hamburgers to an average human. That’s a staggering amount. Moreover, the idea that cats need milk in their diet is a common misconception. Any cat that is fed a nutritious diet does not need milk in their diet. In fact, most cats are lactose intolerant, which can cause diarrhea, cramping and gas. There are several health risks involved with obesity in pets. An overweight animal has a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, intervertebral disc disease, torn anterior cruciate ligament among other serious diseases. In some cases this can be prevented simply by keeping your pet’s weight under control. If your pet is use to having a bowl of food out at all times or if you feed twice to three times daily, use a measuring cup to keep track of how much you are feeding him or her. To maintain their ideal weight, a large dog should be fed one measuring cup or one thirteen ounce can of dog food per day per twentyfive pounds of body weight. Small dogs should be given one cup or one can per twenty pounds of body weight. Cats should be fed one cup or one five and a half ounce can per twenty pounds of body weight. Use this as a guide to feed your pet the correct amount for their ideal body condition. A reduced calorie diet may be necessary in some cases.

Treats can also be a factor that increases a pet’s weight. We don’t realize how many calories are in a small dog treat. Just like our treats- cookies and cake among others, if they taste good they can’t be good for you! If a dog is use to getting a treat each time he or she goes outside or into its kennel, replace it a piece of their dog food or a frozen green bean. Green vegetables such as green beans, peas, celery, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower are all great replacements for treats. You’ll be surprised how much they love them. These vegetables can be raw or cooked and should be served without butter or other sauces. Carrots can also be used in moderation as they contain more calories. The image below was released by Nestle Purina as a guide for pet owners. Read through the descriptions and look at the pictures to find out where your pet is on the chart. If they don’t fall into the “ideal” range it may be time to change their diet. Ask your veterinarian what your pet’s ideal weight would be and how much they should be eating each day. Also, if you’re having a hard time reducing your pet’s weight, contact your veterinarian as there may be underlying health issues preventing his or her weightloss.

Hastings Veterinary Clinic 3150 Redwing Blvd Hastings, Mn 55033 www.hastingsveterinaryclinic.com


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