Pet Nutrition Fair and 4th Annual "Pets Reducing for Rescues" Contest

Westside Family Pet Clinic (WFPC) will kick off their 4th annual “Pets Reducing for Rescues” Ideal Weight Contest at their Pet Nutrition Fair which will be held on Mar 24, 2012 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.
By: Westside Family Pet Clinic
Feb. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- The Pet Nutrition Fair will focus on the health benefits of ideal weight and preventative nutrition.  WFPC staff will perform free weight assessments for pets who attend, veterinarians will be available to answer questions, and pet food and supplement vendors will provide free samples and coupons.   From 1:00 to 1:30 Dr Ken Lambrecht will present   “How to read pet food & supplement labels…what do they REALLY tell us?”

The ideal weight contest will have 3 divisions:  “Biggest 4-Pawed Losers,” “Iron Dogs,” and “Biggest Feline Losers.”   All contestants will choose their favorite local pet rescue organization and WFPC/4 Paws Swim & Gym will donate $1 for each pound lost. Friends, coworkers and family members are encouraged to match pledges and contestants are urged to find other contestants to form dog packs for the “Dog Pack Challenge” all to increase funds for rescues.  

The nutrition fair, seminar and contest are all FREE and open to the public.


Ideal weight dogs live an average of 15% longer. Gail, Kealy et al 2002 .  Additional benefits include fewer health problems and associated lower healthcare costs.   Obesity now affects over 40% of dogs and 50% of cats according to a recent study Courcier EA et al.

“Ideal weight is perhaps the single most important preventable wellness parameter second only to pet dentistry” says Ken Lambrecht, DVM Medical Director of Westside Family Pet Clinic.

“In addition there is a huge body of emerging evidence about the value of using fish oils, joint supplements and Probiotics in pets.  Assessing quality, accurate dosing, and choosing the right products is challenging and evidence is needed to make sure benefits are acheived”

The fair will have details on how to read pet food & supplement  labels, how to determine ideal weight, and vendors and staff from Westside Family Pet Clinic to answer nutritional questions and help pet owners learn more about the foods that are available for pets.


Free contest sign up and initial weigh-ins will begin during the Pet Nutrition Fair on Saturday, March 24th from 12:30-2 PM.  If contestants cannot make it to the fair, they can weigh in at Westside Family Pet Clinic through Saturday, March 31st at 12 pm.

The contest will run for 8 weeks with a mid-point weigh in on Wednesday, April 25th at 6pm and a Grand Finale on Saturday, May 19th from 12-1 pm.
$1500 in Prizes will be given at the Grand Finale

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Last year there were 72 contestants and he following rescues participated and/or received donations at our 2011 contest: Friends of Ferals, Grey Muzzle,   Capital K-9's, Dane County Humane Society, GRRoW, Madison Area Dachshunds, WAGS, Adopt-a-Husky, Wisconsin Westie Rescue and Angel's Wish.  Over $600 in donations were raised.

Westside Family Pet Clinic (WFPC) was founded in 1984 and has been an AAHA accredited veterinary clinic since 1996.  Dr Lambrecht has 30 years experience as a preventive care veterinarian and is the medical director and founding owner. He is active with numerous WVMA & AAHA committees and task forces as well as other advisory boards. He was one of the authors of the recently published AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines.

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We are an AAHA certified veterinary practice and have veterinary supervised grooming, fitness, weight management and veterinary rehabilitation. We practice comprehensive dentistry, nutrition and wellness care.
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