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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.
A Grateful Gift…
This week in January marks the very first annual Veterinary Staff Appreciation Week! This acknowledgment is such a wonderful thing for a dedicated extended family. Where would we be without them? I shudder to think about it. Veterinary staff includes the patient and caring receptionists, the loving and efficient assistants, the oft over-looked but hard working kennel staff, and the behind the scenes crews that make sure all medications and diets are in stock, paperwork is up to date, and social media is making an impact outside the walls.
We are incredibly blessed to have staff that have contributed to this veterinary family for over 25 years as well as staff that have jumped right into our family in the past year. Several of the staff have grown up with the clients, laughed and cried with them as babies came, spouses passed, family moved, and pets aged. Our clients really have become like family to us because of our staff, it is an incredible to gift to be invited into and included in so many families. But, really, it is just a testament to the amazing ladies that come to care here (it’s not work for them) every day.
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