Is My Pet Getting Fat?

dog begging for foodObesity is a huge problem in this country, and our pets are no exception to this condition. With over 50% of America’s household pets considered overweight or obese, it is more important than ever to recognize that your pet’s is overweight and address it accordingly.

Pets who are at a healthy weight live longer, healthier lives. Just like us, the extra pounds your pet may packing can affect their heart, overall cardiovascular system, bones, and joints, resulting in serious health problems and a shorter lifespan.

So how can you tell if your pet getting fat? Here are a few clues that your pet may have a few pounds to lose… Continue…

Food-borne Illness and Your Pet

FoodIt is not uncommon to hear a story on the news about E. coli contaminated lettuce or a recall on something containing Salmonella. However, did you know that it is becoming more and more common for pet foods to be recalled due to food-borne illness concerns, too? Bone up on the facts so that you can protect your pets, learn what there is to know about food-borne illness and your pet.

What happens to infected animals?
Most food-borne illness is caused by bacteria. Typically pets suffer similar symptoms to people including lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. Typically, with supportive care, these animals do fine. Some animals may also become what is termed “asymptomatic carriers” meaning they are infected and shedding the bacteria but suffer no symptoms.

Can people be affected?
Sure. People who are immune-compromised and young children are of particular concern. Anyone who is handling contaminated pet food without good hygiene, or that is around pets who are asymptomatic carriers, can also become infected. Continue…