Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. This is an alarming trend that has become a national epidemic. The numbers are especially worrisome when a pet reaches the obese category, defined as 30 percent or greater than the ideal body weight for his or her age, gender, breed, and species.
Just like humans, excess weight can cause a host of health problems in pets. Some of these include heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Being overweight or obese also affects the quality of life of a companion animal. He may have difficulty breathing or walking, suffer from chronic joint pain, and not engage as much with the family due to a lack of energy. While it might seem obvious that a pet weighs too much, more owners than not fail to recognize it.
Spring cleaning and working on your lawn and garden are both time-honored seasonal rites of passage. Many people actually look forward to these chores after months of being cooped up indoors. If you have a dog or cat, it's important to take some extra precautions to ensure that they don't become sick or injured when you clean the house and make the yard beautiful.
Minnesota and Wisconsin have more reported cases of Lyme disease that any other Midwestern states. With the peak season coming up in the late spring and early summer, it’s important to know how to protect your pet as well as recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease. With early recognition and treatment, your dog or cat can recover from this potentially serious tick-borne disease.