A good pet diet is crucial to your animals health and happiness. Many dogs, cats and other domestic animals in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And just like people, obesity in pets comes with health risks that include diabetes, arthritis, cancer and other health issues.
Overfeeding is one of the leading causes of obesity. Keeping your pets trim can add years to their lives and we can help you with better food, diet and exercise tips.
Because pets need far fewer calories than most of us think—as little as 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog; just 240-350 calories daily for a 10-pound cat—talk to our vets and techs at Grand Avenue Animal Clinic, who can make feeding suggestions based on your pet’s age, weight, and lifestyle.
Why spay or neuter pets? Eight million to 10 million pets end up in shelters all over the nation every year. Some are lost, some have been abandoned, and some are homeless.
The best and easy way to avoid adding to that number is to spay and neuter your cats and dogs.
Spaying and neutering doesn’t just cut down on the number of unwanted pets, it also has other substantial benefits for your pet. Studies show it also lowers the risk of certain cancers and reduces a pet’s risk of getting lost by decreasing the tendency to roam.
Just like you, your pet can get heart problems, develop arthritis, other diseases or have a toothache. The best way to prevent such problems or catch them early is to schedule regular animal check ups every year.
Regular exams are the single most important way to keep pets healthy and living a fun life. Our full service means we look at a wide variety of signs to ensure an animal is healthy or has an issue.
Our annual vet check ups touch on nutrition and weight control as well as cover recommended vaccinations, parasite control, dental exam, and health screenings.
It is almost tick and heart worm season (spread by mosquitoes this time of year). Remember to start medications.
Lawn products and animals don’t mix very well. As we start work on our lawn and gardens later in the Spring, remember lawn and garden products are in the top 10 poisonings for pets. Keep these products away from your pets and call immediately if you suspect your pet has been exposed to any of these products.
Here is an outstanding quote from a fellow vet.
“Every man should have a dog to adore him and a cat to ignore him (or bring him back to reality)!”
—Dr. Steve Ettinger