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					Local Veterinary Hospital Holds Pet Weight Loss Contest

Renowned local veterinary hospital Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care is taking on the
challenge of the national pet obesity epidemic by holding a “Biggest Loser” pet weight loss contest
to help encourage owners to get their pets in shape and lose weight.

San Ramon, CA, February 01, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care is
partnering with Hill's Pet Nutrition to hold a “Biggest Loser” Pet Weight Loss contest to help pets get
healthy and in shape for the New Year. The hospital wanted to find a creative and fun way to address the
national pet obesity epidemic and was inspired by the traditional New Year's resolution to lose weight.
The goal is to promote preventive health care through weight loss and a healthy pet lifestyle.

According to a 2010 study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54% of
cats and dogs in the United States are overweight and obese. That is about 94 million cats and dogs.
Nestle Purina performed a controlled study over the life of forty eight Labrador Retrievers and showed
that by maintaining a lean body weight alone, dogs live 15% longer. For the Labradors in the study this
was equal to about 2 years. In addition to shorter lives, obese dogs and cats are at an increased risk of
arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and skin disease.

The contest officially starts on February 1st and will last for 3 months. People interested in signing up
there pets should email info@webvets.com by Friday, February 8th. Participating pets must have had an
exam with a veterinarian at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care within the last 60 days in
order to be eligible. Before and after photos will be shared on the hospital's Facebook, Twitter, and
Google+ social media sites. Pets must weigh in every two weeks at the hospital and the pet's weight loss
will be monitored by a veterinarian. The winners will be based on the greatest percentage of weight lost
in the given time period. There will be three categories: dogs 1 to 5 years, dogs over 5 years, and cats.
Prizes include a 3 month supply of Hill's Prescription Diet pet food, a $25 gift certificate to the Pet Care
Depot, a free pet spa day at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, and a $40 gift certificate to
local pet store Molly's Pup-Purr-ee.

Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care is one of the few human-equivalent veterinary hospitals
in the Tri- Valley area. With 15 doctors on staff, the hospital provides primary care, emergency and
urgent care, specialty and surgical services, acupuncture and boarding for dogs, cats, and exotic pets. It is
the largest such medical and surgical facility for pets in San Ramon and the greater Bay Area.

Established in 2000, Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care is accredited by the American
Animal Hospital Association and also works to support local animal rescue groups by donating tens of
thousands of dollars in veterinary care every year. They are the winner of Diablo Magazine's Best in the
Bay Veterinary Hospital as well as the San Ramon and Danville Express Reader's Choice Award for Best
Veterinary Hospital multiple years in a row. The hospital is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am
until 10pm, and weekends from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm.

For more information about Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care call 925-866-8387 or go to

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www.webvets.com. The hospital is located at 2000 Bishop Drive in San Ramon, California.




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Contact Information:
Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care
Erin Selby
925-327-0790
Contact via Email
www.webvets.com


Online Version of Press Release:
You can read the online version of this press release at: http://www.pr.com/press-release/470136


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