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Pet Obesity: A Growing Health Issue

People love their pets and they love to make them happy. For many people showing love includes offering tasty treats and plenty of yummy food to keep bellies full and tails wagging. But, many people don’t realize that pet obesity can cause long-term health problems and chronic pain. The veterinary staff at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital can help you understand and manage your pet’s nutritional needs so they can live a long and happy life. 

How Obesity Affects Pets

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of dogs and cats in the United States were considered obese in 2018. Obesity in pets leads to several long-term health concerns, including difficulty breathing, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, liver failure, decreased immune function, heat intolerance, and more.

Managing Your Pet’s Weight

Following a balanced diet and exercise plan for your pet is the best way to help them live a happy and healthy life. Every animal is different, and many people don’t fully understand their nutritional needs. We know people mean well; they just need a little guidance. That’s why at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, a knowledgeable veterinarian will work with you to come up with a plan that suits your pet’s unique needs.

Is My Pet Overweight?

If you have questions about your pet’s weight, our friendly team would be pleased to answer all of your concerns. At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, we want every animal to get the care they need. We are dedicated to spreading awareness about pet obesity and giving people the tools they need to provide the best care for their pets. Please call us today to schedule an appointment. We are open six days a week to accommodate all our furry patients and their owners.


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West Des Moines Office

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 - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
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Closed