An estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Those are some hefty statistics.
A healthy weight lowers the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, kidney disease, and some forms of cancer. It can also reduce the risks of injury to bones, joints, and muscles that are associated with excess weight. If your pet has arthritis, it is very important to maintain a healthy weight, as it is much easier to manage the discomfort associated with joint pain. Because excess weight can reduce life expectancy by more than two years, keeping your pet trim offers the best chance for a longer, healthier, and pain-free life.
Veterinarians can help pet owners learn how to observe and assess their body shape, provide guidance about the right diet and best-suited food, proper eating amounts, and feeding frequency. Exercise needs to be in the mix, as it helps to balance those extra calories, only making your pet feel enriched and full of energy.
Help your pet maintain healthy habits Weight loss involves reducing caloric intake and increasing activity levels to burn more calories. Limit your pet’s treats and do not feed them table scraps. Make a commitment and be patient. In most cases, it takes longer to lose weight than it did for the pet to gain it. It can be done safely and effectively with assistance from your veterinary healthcare team.
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Not only are these parasites extremely irritating, but they also spread diseases.
Although very different creatures, fleas and ticks are parasitic pests that feed off the blood of their hosts. A tick can draw more blood in one feeding than a flea, but serious anemia can result from a high number of flea infestations. Even if you can manage to remove a flea or tick from your pet, these parasites may have already done their damage. If not prevented or treated, they can cause a variety of potential health issues including: Skin irritation and infection, rashes and red, inflamed skin, transmission of disease and illness to dogs and humans, and even psychological issues from frequent scratching.
Fleas and ticks can transmit diseases to humans through petting and sharing living space with a host dog. It is critical that pet owners are aware of the health dangers, so measures can be taken to reduce the risk of infestation. With the right plan and products, invasion of fleas and ticks are easily preventable. Our veterinarians are here to help develop a safe and effective flea and tick prevention program best suited to your needs.
Tennessee is one of the TOP FIVE states where heartworm disease is diagnosed.
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Mosquitoes are the guilty culprits for spreading heartworm disease, but this can be avoided with simple preventive measures. Protection begins as early as 6-8 weeks of age in puppies and kittens. Dogs should be tested annually to determine if infection occurred from the previous season. Like many diseases, the earlier heartworms can be detected, the chances become much higher that your pet will recover.
MYTH VS. FACT Myth: Heartworms are only transmitted in the summer. Fact: Mosquitoes that transmit heartworms can thrive before and after summer — or possibly hang around all year.
Myth: My cat and dog always stay indoors. They don’t need heartworm prevention. Fact: Mosquitoes can enter into the house through open doors and windows and it only takes one bite to infect your pet. 1 in 4 cats diagnosed with heartworms is strictly an indoor-only cat.
Myth: Heartworm prevention isn’t worth it. Fact: For dogs, the cost is around $10 a month. Decide to skip preventive care? Expect to pay $1,000+ for treatment!
Myth: My dog is on preventive medication, so he doesn’t need to be tested. Fact: Medications can be spit out, rubbed off or forgotten, inviting plenty of opportunity for infection. Although heartworm medications are highly effective, a few cases of resistance have been documented. As a result, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) recommends year-round administration of preventive medication along with annual testing.
If heartworm disease in a dog goes undetected and untreated, the worms can cause progressive and potentially fatal damage to arteries, heart and lungs. Like dogs, cats can get heartworm disease too. While cats are not as easily infected, just one or two heartworms can make a cat very sick.
Spring, summer, fall or winter, your pets need year-round prevention to keep them free of deadly heartworms and other parasites.