Weight Guard Vet™: Helping Maintain Your Pet’s Healthy Weight … Naturally!
Are you trying to help your pet stay within a healthy weight range? Has your veterinarian discussed your pet’s ideal weight with you? In 2014, veterinarians stated that 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% of cats exceeded their ideal weight ranges. These are high numbers! By comparison, in 2014 68.5% of adult Americans were reported to be above their ideal weight . We love to eat and we want to share what we love with our pets.
We also have blinders on when it comes to how our pets look. According to veterinarians, there is a 45% chance that you don’t even know your pet is overweight.
Extra weight has physical effects on the canine and feline body such as:
- Excessive weight bearing on joints
- Upper airway constriction and difficulty breathing
- Inability to groom hindquarters
- Increased insulation, causing reduced heat loss
- More difficulty maintaining healthy blood glucose levels
- Hormonal function changes due to excessive fat deposits
Some breeds are predisposed to excess weight gain. Examples are: Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Cairn Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Basset Hound, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dachshund, Beagle, and Cocker Spaniel.
Aging also plays a huge role in the ability of your animal to maintain a healthy weight. As adult animals age, total daily energy needs decline. If food intake does not decrease in proportion to reduced activity and reduced metabolic rate, weight gain occurs.
Chronic medications that your veterinarian has prescribed such as phenobarbital (treatment for seizures) and systemic steroids, while important, may cause overeating (polyphagia).
Overeating in pet owners is an escalating problem, and pets often share human food snacks. This is a major obstacle in weight management. Overweight dogs are twice as likely to have overweight owners. Owners in high income brackets are more likely to have overweight pets. Pets of elderly owners often have nutritional challenges, possibly because of poor human nutrition and less exercise.
Salty/sweet/fatty/crunchy foods that are designed to be addictive (and trigger overeating in humans) are both inexpensive and plentiful. Over 70% of pets are viewed by their owners as family members; thus, snack time is a family affair.
Neutering may cause a net reduction in reproductive hormones, which may slow metabolism, predisposing the animal to weight gain.
What can we do to help our pets?
The best way to help your dog or cat stay in a healthy weight range, in order to maintain vitality and stamina, is to make sure a sensible weight maintenance plan is followed, which includes an appropriate amount of calories and regular daily exercise. Everyone wants to ensure that their pet stays as healthy and active as possible. Proper weight management is essential to optimize both quality and duration of life. Overweight pets have a decreased life expectancy, of up to 2.5 years! Some obvious benefits to maintaining a proper weight for your pet include:
- Increased stamina and energy
- Reduced strain on vital organs such as the heart, kidney,
- lungs, and digestive tract
- Improved nutrition by replacing excess fats and carbohydrates with healthier fruit and vegetable fiber and
- Lean protein choices
- Improved sleep and digestive patterns
Weight Guard Vet™ is a novel, lifetime natural supplement formulated by veterinary specialists, nutraceutical experts, and a compounding pharmacist to assist you in helping your pet achieve and maintain their healthy weight.
How can Weight Guard Vet™ help?
Weight Guard Vet™ contains 10 naturally occurring herbs, antioxidants, and amino acids that have been shown to help maintain normal blood sugar ranges, reduce the urge to overeat, increase metabolic rates, and help block the absorption of excess carbohydrates and fats. Carefully chosen for their safety and effectiveness, these natural ingredients work synergistically to help maintain a healthy goal weight.
Bromelain: This proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme, found in pineapple, aids proper digestion.
Chromium Picolinate: Helps maintain normal blood glucose to reduce sugar cravings.
Chitosan: Derived from the exoskeleton of certain crustaceans, this molecule adheres to the fat in foods and helps prevent its absorption in the small intestine, acting as a “fat sponge”.
Cinnamon Extract: Helps regulate blood glucose levels and reduce sugar cravings.
Citrus aurantium Fruit Extract: Also known as bitter orange, this ingredient is known for its ability to suppress appetite and increase metabolism.
Garcinia Cambogia Extract (Fruit rind): May help reduce the urge to overeat and the accumulation of abdominal fat. May also help support immune system function and serotonin levels.
Grape Seed Extract: Grape seed extract (GSE) can help delay the absorption of food, resulting in reduced hunger sensation and a reduction of caloric intake. In addition, the polyphenols in GSE have been found to assist in the breakdown of fats. (Note: Grape seed extract is safe for dogs; dogs should not be given grapes or raisins because the skin of grapes and raisins can be toxic and damage kidney function.)
Green Tea Extract (EGCG): A potent antioxidant that may help increase metabolic rate and energy expenditure as well as assist in fat oxidation.
Acetyl L-Carnitine L-Tartrate: This amino acid combination may assist in fatty acid metabolism and help to reduce the urge to overeat. By increasing muscle carnitine content, it may also support muscle recovery from high-intensity exercise.
White Kidney Bean Extract (Phaseolamin 2250®): An amylase inhibitor that helps interfere with the digestion of dietary carbohydrates in their conversion to glucose.
It is important to remember that supplementation with Weight Guard Vet™ does not take the place of proper diet and exercise, but is a complementary adjunct in helping to maintain your pet’s ideal weight.
Our goal as pet owners should be to help pets live longer, healthier lives by maintaining a healthy weight, and providing both proper nutrition and proper physical activity. The most important decision a pet owner makes each day is what they choose to feed their pet. Choose wisely. Your pet’s life depends on it.