“But Chubby is Cute!” The Truth About Pet Obesit

Pet Obesity can cause serious problems fro your pet. Schedule an exam to get your pet started on a weight loss plan today.

By: Tamara Kees

We’ve all seen them—the obese cats and dogs that live in our community. They look pretty jolly lounging on couch arms in your aunt’s living room, their folds draped over each side, or jiggling down the street with their mouths agape and tongues lolling. However, obese pets are really suffering under all that extra weight with—they just can’t tell us how uncomfortable they really feel. Also, like me, they have no self control when it comes to tasty food. We are our pet’s only protection from obesity because we can completely control their diets. Maintaining healthy weight in our dogs and cats keeps them happier, healthier, and living longer lives! However, many of our pets suffer the chronic negative effects of excessive body fat here in the U.S. Obesity is not just a human epidemic here; it affects over 50% of our dogs and cats too!

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Pet Obesity in Cats and Dogs

Pet obesity can lead to serious problems for your pets. Call our office to get your pet started on a weight loss plan today!!

By: Tamara Kees

Just like us, pet obesity in cats and dogs is often caused by taking in more calories than one is burning in their daily activity. Pet obesity can be a serious problem for your pets.  And, just like us, obesity in dogs and cats is extremely common and leads to many health issues and diseases that can drastically reduce quality of life and shorten the lifespan. Some things that can be negatively affected by excess fat and weight on a pet are the bones and joints, the lungs and airway, the liver, the heart and blood vessels, and the thermoregulation system (the pet’s ability to cool themselves down when they’re hot). Some diseases that can result from obesity include diabetes, heart disease, low immune system function, increased risk for cancer, and lameness from osteoarthritis. Continue…

Pet Nutrition: The Basics

By Tamara Kees

pet-nutrition     Just like us, pets need a healthy diet to maximize their lifespan, stamina, and well being. The right food plan can also keep pets at an optimal body fat ratio, which protects the joints, liver, and prevents many ailments that can be caused by excess fat accumulation. Back when many of us were kids, we would just feed kibble, maybe a few table scraps and the occasional bone—but now we can educate ourselves to feed for the best balance of nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and quality ingredients that are safe for our pets. We can also find out what foods to stay away from. Continue…

Pet Obesity

By: Dr. Jessica Groeneweg, DVM

pet-obesityWeight in our animals is very important. Many people don’t realize what an actual healthy weight for their pet should be. Every pet is different. Just like humans, weight isn’t going to be the same across the board, so it is important to look at your pet in terms of body fat percentage instead of pounds. Your veterinarian is going to assess your pet in terms of their “body condition score”, which looks at how much fat sits over their ribs and how much of a waist they have. Continue…

Caring for Your Senior Dog

Pet parents struggle with the realization that their dog is getting older. It is important to recognize the signs of aging to ensure your dog’s quality of life does not change. Here are 5 things that you can do.

1.  Feed Your Dog a Nutritious Diet

Good nutrition is important at any age and becomes even more so during your dogs senior years. Talk to your vet about the type of diet that your dog should be eating. We can make recommendations for special and/or prescription diet foods that will help your senior dog thrive.

2.  Help Your Dog Get Enough Exercise

Your dog may slow down in their old age, but that does not mean that he should be spending his days curled up on the couch. Exercise is critical to keeping your dog healthy. You may not be able to go on long hikes with your dog now that he is older, but shorter less strenuous walks will keep him feeling good.

3.  Keep Your Dog at a Healthy Weight

Extra pounds on an older dog means more stress on their body, including joints and internal organs. If you feel that your pet needs to lose a few pounds, talk to us about a weight loss and exercise plan.

5.  Schedule Regular Check-Ups

ALOT can happen between vet visits. It is recommended that senior dogs see the vet every six months. Many diseases if caught early enough, can be treated. Your vet will look for issues like kidney problems, diabetes and/or severe arthritis. These visits are also a great time to talk to your vet about a good diet and exercise routine for your senior pet.

6.  Don’t Forget the Importance of Dental Health

Regular dental care is important throughout your dogs life but especially for senior dogs. Poor dental health can lead to various other health problems for your dog. Make sure to request that your vet preform a dental exam at their next exam. A great way to contribute to your senior dogs health is to keep his teeth and gums in good shape with regular at-home brushing and yearly dental cleanings.

As your senior dog ages and heads into senior years they will need even more care and attention. It is important to monitor their health and keep them healthy and happy for their senior years. If you have questions about your senior dogs  health or would like to schedule a senior exam, please give us a call today.

Weight Management in Dogs

Did you know that obesity affects more than 50% of America’s dog population? If your pooch is overweight, he can develop all kinds of health problems, such as painful arthritis, heart disease, breathing difficulty, diabetes and even bladder cancer. For your dog, the excess weight and the resulting health problems can mean less play time and depression. Weight management for your dog is very important.

What causes weight gain?

Weight gain is the result of an increase in body fat. This is usually caused by eating too much, especially when combined with a lack of exercise. But there can be other contributing factors too.

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