What is “PETS REDUCING FOR RESCUES”?
Annually we hold one of the longest running, largest and most successful annual ideal weight contests in the country for pets, “Pets Reducing for Rescues”. It is a fundraiser with a 7 year history that benefited 100’s of pets (69 last year and and 72 in 2015) resulting in over $9,600 in donations to local rescues over the past 7 years. Ideal Weight pets feel better & live longer and …when pets lose rescues win!!
2016 Final results
- $ 3 ,1 5 9 donated to rescues! ($1800 to DCHS and 1,359 to DCFOF)
- 6 0 lbs lost!
- 2 0 Heyrex & Sureflap users
- Record attendance at weigh ins
- $ 5, 0 0 0 in pet food & door prizes
- Up to 2% weight loss per week … safely!!
Facts About Ideal Weight in Dogs
We know how hard it is to deal with those pleading eyes as our staff have dogs too!
Certain breeds of dogs are prone to being overweight (Golden & Labrador Retrievers, Pugs, Beagles, Bichons & Yorkies top our list historically)
Careful feeding and a well crafted exercise program are the keys to success.
The most exciting new technologies are Fitbit(r) like devices that monitor activity and are starting to carry calorie counts on most foods. BabelBark, FitBark & HeyRex lead the pack right now
Come to one of our Weigh-ins Sat March 4th at noon, March 29th at 5:30 or April 29th at 12:30 to learn from the experience of previous contestants and our clinic staff!
Being the pet’s advocate and striving towards ideal weight and its many benefits is work we truly love.
Facts About Ideal Weight in Cats
Over 58% of cats are above their ideal weight.
Protein level in foods is very important for safe weight loss in cats. At least 40% at a bare minimum. Studies have shown 58% protein is their normal outdoor diet.
It is very important to not free-feed most cats as they will overeat.
Wet food can satiate better than dry and can be very convenient to achieve portion control
Feeding multiple cats in household is challenging especially when we consider that 3 to 5 small feedings per day and the use of food puzzles are the ideal way to feed all cats.
We are continuously trying new devices in Bug’s gym to see what works the best!
Come to Cat’s Night Out March 2nd, March 30th or April 29th at 5:30 to learn more from cat owners who are getting the job done!
8th ANNUAL PETS REDUCING FOR RESCUES
Ideal Weight Contest will kickoff MARCH 4th, 2017
(Special Cat Only Weigh-in Thurs March 2nd)
- Cat & Dog “Biggest 4 pawed loser” divisions (more than 20% over IBW)
- “Iron Dogs” & “Iron Cats” (cats and dogs 5 to 20% over IBW)
- Cat Prides & Dog Packs (3 contestants working together to IBW!)
- $10 Donated for each pound lost (dogs) to local rescue of your choice
- $20 Donated for each pound lost (cats) to local rescue of your choice
- $4000 in prizes ($1000 in pet food as prizes & $3,000 in door prizes)
Pets will feel better, live longer, and have less health problems if they achieve and maintain ideal weight! Pets, pet owners & rescues all win when pets lose!
We are using 4 NEW health & weight management technologies that you might have interest in:
We can help make it happen. We are passionate about Ideal Weight for all pets (our client’s pets and any pets of friends, neighbors, and co-workers pets too!)
Our 8th Annual “Pets Reducing for Rescues” Contest will kickoff March 4th, 2017. It is 100% free and open to the public with all proceeds going to our local rescues.
Our 2016 contest had 69 entrants and raised $3159 for rescues and our 2015 Contest had 72 contestants and raised $1500, our 2014 contest had 42 entrants and raised $1150. Over $9,600 has been raised over the contest’s history!
Come join us with your “over conditioned” “Biggest 4 Pawed loser” or “almost ideal” (“Iron dog or cat”) or recruit a friend and their pet for great door prizes, cutting edge information and a chance to help our great rescues!
Once we have established your pet’s ideal weight (be prepared it will be lower than you think!) we can make the right calorie limits for food and treats to get them to their ideal weight quickly & safely and keep them in the peak of health!
Dr Kathryn Michels DVM DACVN feels that too many high calorie treats is often the major cause of pets being overweight and many board certified veterinary nutritionists agree with her!
We hope you find this useful for your pet’s continued good health!
Drs. Ken Lambrecht, Tina Karls, Rachel Stading and the patient care team at WTVC