Obesity Rates On the Rise Again for U.S. Pets

Article by Dr. Ken Tudor | Featured on PetMD

A recent article in the New York Times reported that adult obesity had risen to 38% of Americans in 2013 and 2014, compared to 35% in 2011 and 2012. Quoted in the article is Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University:

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Feeding Dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is the scourge of our “low rider” canine friends, especially Dachshunds. Those long backs and short legs are caused by chondrodystrophy (atypical cartilage development), a condition that also affects the discs of cartilage that lie between the spine’s vertebrae. Stress causes these abnormal discs to bulge or rupture, which puts . . . → Read More: Feeding Dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease

Is your pet overweight?

Has your pet put on a few extra pounds recently? Winter weight gain is not uncommon, especially in parts of the country where colder temperatures and inclement weather cut down on outdoor exercise and play time.

An estimated 25 percent of all pets are obese and being overweight is more than just a matter of . . . → Read More: Is your pet overweight?

National Pet Diabetes Month

November is National Pet Diabetes Month and we encourage pet owners to learn about diabetes and become aware of the signs and symptoms.

Diabetes mellitus, the medical name for diabetes, is a disease caused by a lack of insulin that affects the level of glucose, or sugar, in your dog or cat’s . . . → Read More: National Pet Diabetes Month

Overweight Dogs

Obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, can be detrimental to the health of a dog. The overweight pet has many added stresses upon his body and is at an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain.

Obesity develops when energy intake exceeds energy requirements. The excess energy . . . → Read More: Overweight Dogs

Pet health crisis: Americans skimp on preventive care

We came across this article regarding American’s skipping out on preventive health care for their beloved pets. Routine preventive visits are very important in keeping your pets healthy. Please make sure you are not missing out on these important visits.

While smothering pets with love, many neglect to take them to the vet

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Is your Pooch getting enough exercise?

Dogs are born to work for a living. They’ve worked alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a particular purpose, like hunting, herding livestock or providing protection. Dogs’ wild relatives spend most of their waking hours scavenging and hunting for food, caring for offspring, defending territory and playing with each . . . → Read More: Is your Pooch getting enough exercise?

Arthritis in Your Cat – The Best Treatment is Not (Always) Medicine

You may be surprised to learn that cats have a much higher incidence of arthritis than we ever knew. A recent study showed that up to 60-90 percent of all cats (young and old) exhibited radiographic changes consistent with osteoarthritis. The most telling signs of arthritis in cats are behavioral changes.

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Dog-Lovers Beware: Obese Dogs At Risk Of Health Condition Experienced By Humans

From Medical News Today

Article Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 0:00 PDT

 

Veterinary scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that, like humans, obese dogs can experience metabolic syndrome, a condition that describes multiple health issues that occur in the body at the same time.

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