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Observe Pet Obesity Awareness Day in October

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  
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PHOENIX – September 30, 2015 – Pet obesity can lead to some of the same adverse health issues affecting overweight humans.  The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA) encourages pet owners to assess their pets’ weight and lifestyle in observance of Pet Obesity Awareness Day on October 7.  

     The observance marks an annual nationwide survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), which includes results from participating veterinarians.  According to the APOP, more than half of the dogs and cats in this country are overweight.

      Your veterinarian is a key resource in determining your pet’s ideal weight using a standardized reference called the body condition score (BCS).   “The cause of obesity in our pets is typically from excess calories and limited exercise. However, there may be an underlying endocrine or metabolic abnormality that can often be detected through laboratory testing,” says Dr. Adriana Stinnett, DVM, of Cave Creek.  Successful weight-loss plans require pet owners to be realistic, consistent and committed.

     Call the AzVMA at 602-242-7936 for more information.  The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is a membership organization representing over 2,000 veterinary professionals in the state of Arizona.


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