Pet Obesity is a Year Round Concern for Pets

Dr. Gary Hoover is a veterinarian at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital.

October may be over, but concern for pet obesity isn’t over! Many pets are overweight or obese, which can cause some significant problems if not addressed.

How do I know if my pet is obese?

Typically, your veterinarian will look for three main physical characteristics to determine your pet’s body condition score (BCS). BCS is graded on a scale of 1-9, with 1 being severely underweight, 4-5 being ideal, and 8-9 being obese. The first thing to consider is fat deposits along the chest. When you feel along your pet’s chest, your fingers should bump along the ribs underneath the skin and a thin layer of fat. If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, they likely are overweight. The next two characteristics go together, and they form your pet’s waist. Looking at your pet from above, the chest should be the widest point, and the body should narrow in front of the hips/hind legs. Similarly, from the side, your pet’s chest should be the deepest point, and the abdomen should tuck up in front of the hips. Continue…

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Pets

 

By: Jessica Groeneweg, DVM

   Kidney Disease is a concern in our pets, both dogs and cats. However, cats are more likely to have kidney disease at some point. Over 30% of cats will have kidney disease at any age in their lives. When cats get older, almost half of the cat population acquires some form or stage of kidney disease. This causes sickness and death in many cats. Continue…

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World’s Largest Dog

Did You Know?

The World’s Largest Dog was 150 pounds

Zeus - Largest Dog in the WorldThe world’s largest dog was a Great Dane named Zeus. Zeus lived to be five years old. Zeus stood 3 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. Standing on his hind legs, Zeus was 7 feet 4 inches tall.

At 3 years old, Zeus ate 12 cups of dog food per day. Giant dog breeds, which include Great Danes tend to grow rapidly, but overall they take longer to reach maturity than any other type of dog.

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Introducing NexGard!!

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is now carrying NexGard!

NexGard is a new product by Merial, the makers of Frontline. It is the first chew that offers protection against both fleas and the American dog tick. It contains an active ingredient afoxolaner, in a palatable beef flavored chew, which kills fleas by over stimulating the nervous system. It is not unusual for fleas to become more visible on a pet after administering NexGard due to this overstimulation. NexGard provides 100% flea kill within 24 hours of administration and continues to work for a full 30 days.

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Fleas and Ticks

puppy ticksWhen it comes to fleas and ticks an ounce of prevention is worth tons of cure. You probably have lots of questions about fleas and flea infestations, like how to protect your family from a harmful attack, what type of disease fleas spread an so on.

We have some answers for some of the more important questions that pet parents ask about fleas:

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Ticks

Ticks- Not meant to be a additional guest on your outdoor activities

Planning on summer outings such as camping or hiking with your beloved friend?  Did you know ticks are waiting to crawl up bushes, trees and grass blades to attach to your pet. They most commonly attach to the head, neck, and ears of their host, usually where the skin is thinner.

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Fleas

What are fleas?

Fleas are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing the skin and sucking the blood of its host. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off blood of mammals and birds. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches, making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size), second only to the froghopper. Fleas go through 4 life cycles, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Adult fleas must feed on blood before they can become capable of reproduction. A fleas total life span can be as short as one year, but may be several years in ideal conditions which includes the right temperature, food supply and humidity. A female flea can lay 5000 or more eggs over her life. Optimum temperatures for the fleas life cycle is 70 F – 85 F and optimum humidity is 70%.

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