Cat Weight Loss Specialist Martinsburg WV

Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis.

Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown
(240) 329-2854
26 East Baltimore Street
Funkstown, MD
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Campbell's Canine Camp
(304) 274-9191
1874 Koontztown Rd
Falling Waters, WV
Services
Dog Boarding, Dog Training, Kennel, Pet Training
Hours
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jefferson Animal Hospital
(304) 725-0428
231 N Samuel St
Charles Town, WV

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Park Circle Animal Hospital
(301) 791-2180
362 Virginia Ave
Hagerstown, MD

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Schneider, John David, Dvm - Midatlantic Vet Hospital
(301) 797-1800
1125 Professional Ct
Hagerstown, MD

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Inwood Animal Ctr
(304) 229-7387
7611 Winchester Ave
Inwood, WV

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Hillside Veterinary Hospital
(304) 728-2203
191 Augustine Ave
Charles Town, WV

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Garcia, Sandra, Dvm - Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital
(301) 432-7120
6734 Old National Pike
Boonsboro, MD

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Antietam Valley Animal Hosp
(301) 582-3833
15610 National Pike
Hagerstown, MD

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Barlup, Tracy A, DVM - Long Meadow Animal Hospital
(301) 733-8400
19764 Longmeadow Rd
Hagerstown, MD

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Time to Put Kitty on a Diet?

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By Nora Simmons

We laugh about our fat cats, but it’s no joke that 45 percent of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and that the incidence of feline diabetes has increased fivefold in the last 30 years. Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis. Help your flabby feline lose weight and keep it off with this diet plan from Regina Schwabe, DVM, of Pamplin Animal Wellness Services in Pamplin, Virginia.

1. Before putting your puss on a diet, have your vet test his kidney, liver, and thyroid functions.

2. Ditch the dry food, which is too high in carbs for cats, and think the “Catkins” diet: 40 percent to 45 percent protein, 40 percent to 45 percent fat, and only 3 percent to 5 percent carbs. A high-quality canned or raw food is best, but make the change slowly because if Garfield goes on a hunger strike, he can quickly develop feline fatty-liver syndrome, which can be deadly.

3. Feed him about 2 percent of his body weight in three to four small daily meals, and provide plenty of fresh water.

4. Get him off his rump as much as possible. “One strategy,” says Schwabe, “is to place the food in several small dishes scattered about the house to encourage searching behavior.”

Author: Nora Simmons

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