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Being a Senior Isn’t All Bad
Time can be either for us or against us. Glass is half full or half empty. Experienced or amateurs. Our pets age and change the same way we do and we need to help them do it with grace.
As pets grow older their energy and nutrient requirement change. They don’t require the high energy foods of a puppy or the nutrient value of adult formulas. Their metabolism slows and their nutrient requirements vary to help ease the work load of certain organ systems. Once cats are 10 years of age they are better served a senior type of dry and canned food. For dogs that change varies depending on their size. For small breed dogs it occurs at 10 years, medium breed dogs at 9 years, large breed dogs at 8 years, and giant breed dogs at 7 years.
Pet Obesity- an epidemic!
In honor of National Pi Day on Monday, March 14; I thought we might have a “weighty” discussion. It is estimated that over 70% of American pets are overweight and/or obese. Obesity leads to issues involving joint health and mobility, heart disease, liver disease, and diabetes. Most of these can be prevented or made less severe by weight loss and a healthy diet.
Did you know that feeding one 6.7oz (small) rawhide to your dog is like you eating 10 donuts? Yes, 10 donuts. Giving your cat 1oz (a small cube) of cheese is like you eating 8 donuts, yes 8 donuts. Another example… one pig ear to a dog is equivalent to three donuts. Your extra milk in the cereal bowl… for every 3oz of milk you just fed them roughly three donuts. It adds up very quickly. Every special treat, every day equals many extra calories they don’t need.
February is Dental Month
February marks National Dental Month for humans and animals alike. It’s this time of year that you are bombarded with toothpaste commercials, whiting claims, and oral health and its finest. We are going to do the same.
Humans have 32 adult teeth, cats have 30 adult teeth and dogs have a whopping 42 adult teeth in their mouths. Sadly, by the age of 2 years over 75% of pets have some form of dental disease. If left to progress, dental disease can cause severe infection and abscesses, difficult eating due to a painful mouth, tooth loss, and bone loss to the jaw. The infection from the calculus (the hard built-up tartar on the teeth; usually with a greenish-gray color) is swallowed every time an animal eats, drinks, or chews. These bacteria can then be transferred into the blood stream to cause serious effects on the heart or swallowed into the stomach and intestines. Over 70% of a body’s immunity comes from the intestines, healthy intestines helps create healthy animals. When the body is constantly fighting off bacteria it can weaken the protective barrier of the intestines by causing inflammation and irritation therefore letting infections take root.
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