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Obesity Is Killing Pets – Here’s How to Stop It

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The weight of humans is publicised across the media but the weight of your pets seems to be almost disregarded. If you, as a person are concerned and conscious about your weight then you should put the effort in for your pets as well. There has been a recent up rise of pet obesity across the UK and USA and it is extremely damaging to their health and could potentially end in fatality.
In the past year, researchers have found that the rate of pets being overweight has remained the same yet the rate of obese pets has rapidly increased. It has been said that 53 per cent of adult dogs and 55 per cent of cats are now classed as being overweight and almost half of that percentage are obese.
These horrifying statistics show that pet owners are not caring for their pets properly and they over-feed them and have a lack of exercise. It is almost as important that pets are healthy as it is humans and they need caring for correctly in order to survive and be happy. A lot of owners admit to over-feeding their pets with food and treats but many of them do not … Read the rest

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Heart Disease in Dogs, Cats and Horses – In Fact All Animals and Birds

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If you are an animal or bird owner, you will probably agree that your pet holds a special place in your heart. But you must remember that keeping your pets heart healthy is one of your responsibilities.
“When it comes to heart related problems, regular visits to your veterinarian could mean the difference between life and premature death. Animal owners may not realize that their pets are susceptible to many forms of heart disease. In most cases, heart disease can be successfully managed with early detection and treatment.
What is Heart Disease in Animals?
Heart problems in animals, as in people, can be either present at birth or acquired, often developing during middle age. Acquired heart disease is more common, affecting many older pets.
Are there different types of heart disease in pets?
Yes, there are two common types of heart disease in our pets:
•In one type, your pet’s heart valves lose their ability to close properly, causing abnormal blood flow.
•In the other type, the muscular walls of a pet’s heart become thinned and weakened.
Both types develop gradually over time and result in the same serious condition called heart failure.
Heart Failure.
A major threat to our … Read the rest

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Healthier Living in Today’s World

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Those of us who are old enough to remember the 40’s and 50’s can remember a time when preservatives were not the norm. The meats and vegetables were purchased on a weekly basis and sometimes daily. We knew what was in our food because we saw it being prepared. Personally, I never used a ‘mix’ to bake a cake or a pie until I was well into my teens. In most cases, it only takes a few extra minutes to bake using the ‘old fashioned’ method. In addition, I can’t remember any of my classmates with allergies or asthma… today everyone is worried about health problems… could there be a connection?
Today, most of our food comes pre-packaged and filled with preservatives to keep it ‘fresh’. For some of us this is not acceptable and we have started preparing and serving healthier meals and restricting our intake of ‘junk food’. However, this is not always the case for pet food… in most cases, our pets are receiving prepared foods… ‘treats’, ‘kibble’ and ‘special diets’ which may (or may not) contain all the nutrients our pets need for a long and healthy life.
With all the advances in veterinary medicine, we … Read the rest

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Feeding Your Pet a Healthy Diet Saves Money

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I admit it I cringe at the pet store when people pick up a bag of death (most name brand foods) My husband refuses to stand by me or gives me the look. Everyone has their own ideas about feeding their pets. I am one of those people who has strong beliefs that the amount of health issues our pets have is directly proportionate to the food we give them.
I used to be part of the roaming herd of clueless. I bought into the cutsey commercials with the loving cat or dog and the happy life they lived. I fed my animals foods that was more than the normal cost with names that I inferred meant they were healthy. I figured if it cost more than it was good – I mean the bag and commercials told me so.
It all came crumbling down six years ago when my cat Slakk Michael was diagnosed with Feline Diabetes. He had been flooding his litter box and so I brought him in to the vet. Over the years he had been healthy for the most part. The usual dry skin, fleas etc. The vet did a blood test and sat me … Read the rest

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The Most Dangerous Time Of The Year

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Ah, Christmas. Decorations, feasts, family and friends gathering around, and lots of presents. Sometimes it seems like there can’t be anything bad about the holiday season. Amidst all the busyness and joy and festivities, keep in mind your pets might need a little special attention during December.
Any Christmas-celebrating cat-owner knows cats like Christmas just as much as we do. When you bring a tree into the house, just for them, they can only assume they’re on the nice list. Unfortunately, not too many people appreciate their cats climbing up the tree, knocking down ornaments, tearing up lights and causing a mess, so the poor kitties are yelled at and they don’t understand why they can’t climb the inside tree. While not having a Christmas tree just isn’t an option for the non-Scrooges, there are other things you can do to make the experience a little less stressful for everyone. Keep the tree water covered so animals don’t drink it, don’t place long or sparkly ornaments right at the bottom where the cat will be encouraged to play with them (we used to put bell ornaments at the bottom so we’d hear when the cats were near the tree), and … Read the rest