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Need a New Year's resolution? How about making sure your pet is healthy by maintaining its ideal weight? It is just as important for your pet to be at an ideal weight as it is for you! Below are some questions you should consider when thinking about your pet's health.

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Is my pet overweight?
Dr. Ken Lambrecht, Medical Director at West Towne Veterinary Center, recommends using the 1 to 9 Purina Body Condition Score (BCS) approach to determine if your pet is overweight. This is accomplished by feeling the pet's ribs and trunk and lumbosacral area (around the hips). By feeling their ribs just behind the foreleg, you should be able to verify if your pet is overweight. It should feel the same as your fingers below your knuckles when you make a fist. If you cannot feel the ribs easily in this area, your pet may be overweight. Muscle condition should be scored at each veterinary visit as well and is especially important in older cats that tend to lose muscle mass.

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With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants to help keep yours pets safe. As you prepare for all the parties and festivities, please keep these tips from WVMA Member, Dr. Ann Sherwood Zieser in mind.

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Freshly carved turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade stuffing and pumpkin pie; the classic Thanksgiving meal. But what sounds perfect for you, may not be what's best for your pet.

This Thanksgiving, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) would like to share tips to help keep your pets happy and healthy.

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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association asks all dog and cat owners to visit their WVMA member veterinarian to have their pets tested and make sure they are protected.

"Heartworms can be life threatening for your pet," says WVMA Member, Dr. K.C. Brooks. "By meeting with your veterinarian and discussing the best preventative options, you can help to ensure they live a long and healthy life."Fotolia 61804072 Subscription Monthly M

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As you navigate the slippery sidewalks outside this winter, members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), want you to be aware of the dangers associated with commonly used sidewalk salt.dog in snow

"Sidewalk salt/deicers can often be a hazard to dogs for several reasons. The most commonly used deicer is rock salt, Sodium Chloride, because it is inexpensive and effective at melting ice on sidewalks," says WVMA Member, Dr. Kevin Landorf. "It is dangerous to dogs because it is irritating to their paws, and toxic if ingested."

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