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Nutrition Service Establishes Weight Loss Clinic

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The Nutrition Service has established the Healthy Nutrition & Wellness Clinic to help overweight pets reach optimal weight.

June 26, 2015 - To help with the growing number of overweight pets, the UC Davis veterinary hospital's Nutrition Service has established the Healthy Nutrition & Wellness Clinic to provide the tools necessary for veterinarians and owners to work together to help ensure optimum health and longevity for pets. Just as staying trim and healthy is vital for humans, it’s equally important for pets. The maintenance of a lean body condition is the only intervention that has been proven to improve quality of life and promote longevity in companion animals.

As with people, obesity in pets is becoming more common and is one of the most common health problems seen in dogs and cats. Studies have shown that more than half of the dogs and cats in some populations are overweight. In both dogs and cats, obesity may contribute to the development or worsening of diabetes, heart and lung disease, exercise or heat intolerance, can increase surgical and anesthetic risk, and can cause or worsen bone and joint disease.

The Healthy Nutrition & Wellness Clinic veterinarians will work with clients to develop a nutritional management plan specific to their pet’s needs. This customized and successful weight loss program will take into account any health problems that may be present. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 530-752-7892.

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the #1 world ranked School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 48,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

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Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer