Arlington Pet Hospital, PLLC 
and
East Memphis Pet Hospital

          

  

     

   Dr. Davis, Dr. Bean Allen, Dr. Laros-Beard, Dr. Hezel, Dr. Rahm & Dr. Haugh

 Arlington (901) 317-4412    East Memphis (901) 317-4414

              

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OBESITY RECOMMENDATIONS

Your pet has a weight problem!  This may be very detrimental to its health and is responsible for many chronic medical problems. 

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY INCLUDE: 

  • Arthritis, "slipped disc," and torn or strained ligaments.
  • Respiratory problems associated with endurance and exercise.
  • Heart problems from overwork.
  • Liver disease.
  • Dystocia - difficulty in giving birth.
  • Diabetes.
  • Heat Stroke - due to a decreased ability to control heat.
  • Skin problems.
  • Excessive gas and/or constipation.
  • Lowered resistance to disease.
  • Anal gland impaction and infection.
  • Increased risk for anesthesia and surgery.

 OBESITY REDUCES YOUR PET'S LIFE SPAN!!!  (And also its enjoyment of life!) 

CAUSES OF OBESITY: 

OVEREATING!! (90% of all cases)

  • Lack of exercise.
  • Lowered metabolism.
  • Emotional trauma.
  • Hormonal imbalances.

OBESITY TREATMENT:

We are interested in all phases of disease prevention, and will work closely with you to reduce your pet's weight.

SUCCESS DEPENDS ON TOTAL COOPERATION!! 

  • Decrease food intake 40% - this means feed about 1/2 the normal amount fed
  • Spread the total daily ration throughout the day.
  • Several small feedings are recommended instead of one or two larger meals.
  • Snacks MUST NOT BE GIVEN!
  • One daily pet tab vitamin is ALL that is permissible.
  • The pet does NOT really care about the snack, but rather the attention it gets.
  • Keep the pet out of the kitchen/dining area at meal times.
  • Feed only Prescription Diet OM.
  • I have had no success feeding other commercially prepared foods or homemade diets.
  • Commercial Low-Calorie Diets may be used once the weight is removed to prevent regaining weight.
  • Expect your pet to lose 1-2 pounds EACH week maximum.



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