It’s the day before New Year’s Eve (NYE Eve?) and I guess I will make my annual resolution to lose weight.
Many years I actually do lose weight; somehow it always seems to find me again.
Obesity is a serious problem for people, and it’s also a serious problem for our beloved pets. Dogs and cats suffer from the same health problems we do with excess weight: arthritis, diabetes, heart problems and of course, a shorter life span.
The Vinton Veterinary Hospital is sponsoring a Biggest Loser competition for dogs and cats starting on Monday. Registered pets will be scheduled a time to weigh-in, have a “before” photo taken, and get an individualized diet-and-exercise plan. There is no cost to enter.
Pets return every two weeks to be weighed and to chart progress. The pet that loses the most weight by percentage by April 1 will win a slew of great prizes, including a year’s worth of Science Diet food, Frontline and Heartguard.
All pets that participate get a smaller prize pack and of course, the health benefit of losing those extra pounds.
Call the clinic (342-7821) for more detail and to schedule a weigh-in time. If any Happy Wag readers plan to participate, post a comment and let me know. I am writing a feature story about the program for my Happy Wag newspaper column for mid-January and I would love to meet you and your pet.
Have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration, folks.