These days, most people are aware that obesity takes a severe toll on human health. But according to a recent report from Tufts University, many individuals fail to extend this awareness to their pets. The truth is that pet obesity is a serious health threat that carries many of the same risk factors as human obesity. Overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes, heart problems, joint problems and breathing issues, as well as reduced life expectancy. Therefore, in order to ensure a long and happy life for your pet, it is important to keep track of your animal’s weight, prevent excessive weight gain, and visit a local veterinary hospital for preventative health care and weight-loss management advice.
By Lidja Gillmeister, DVM Last month, we introduced new pet owners through the joys and adventures of bringing home a puppy — and this month, we turn our attention to the proud owners of baby kittens. First, congratulations, and welcome to the journey. Properly caring for new kittens establishes the building blocks for your pet’s [...]
The big day has arrived. After careful deliberation you finally decided to get a puppy. Congratulations, and welcome to a fun, exciting, educational and rewarding journey. Caring for new puppies is a big responsibility: but with help from experts, including your veterinarian, anyone can learn the right steps to help their new puppy thrive throughout the first few months of life – and for many years to come.
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten to your family is an exciting time. In order to prepare for a long, healthy and happy life together by providing the highest quality care, we at La Jolla Veterinary Hospital have put together some tips for new pet owners to help guide them through an animal’s critical first six months of life.
There is a recent and emotionally charged debate over the increasing number of individuals unsupervised by a veterinarian offering less expensive – and also illegal – anesthesia-free pet teeth cleanings throughout San Diego and other parts of the state. According to San Diego 10 News, advocates of anesthesia-free cleanings argue that anesthesia poses high risk to some animals, and comes with a much greater financial cost. Critics, on the other hand, point out the limited training and grave health and safety issues frequently involved in so-called “cosmetic” cleanings.
Spring in San Diego makes for a beautiful season; but for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the blooming landscape can loose a little of its charm. Unfortunately, people aren’t the only ones susceptible to allergens: if you see your pet scratching away at a persistent itch, there’s a good chance that he or she is dealing with a similar problem. Caring for pets with allergies begins with a visit to the veterinarian, where your pet can be assessed and diagnosed accurately. From there, treatments ranging from dietary changes to topical solutions and medication can help manage pet allergies and make your furry friends much more comfortable.
Humane and compassionate animal care is essential to successful veterinary work; but as community healthcare providers, it behooves veterinarians to implement environmentally friendly practices into their hospitals as well. A veterinary hospital is first and foremost a hub for pet owner education, disease prevention and expert medical treatment. However, as stewards of better health and well being, veterinarians can set an example that extends beyond the basics – and inspire safer, greener and more sustainable communities through the use of eco-friendly business strategies.
As hard as it can be to imagine when we first meet our treasured family pets as kittens and puppies, animals age much like humans do; and just like us, they eventually require more frequent and specialized geriatric pet health care to meet their changing needs. The definition of “old age” for pets depends on the type and breed of the animal. But no matter what, all aging pets will benefit from certain changes in their diet, dental care, veterinary visits and evaluations in order to remain fit, happy and comfortable into their advanced years.
With the start of a new year, many people make New Year’s resolutions – oftentimes to improve their own health and that of their families, and to instate better habits for the year ahead. Pets can also benefit from this way of thinking; and for those people who count a furry or feathered friend amongst their family members, preventative veterinary health care is a simple and effective way to include pets in the wellness resolution trend.
For better or worse, for richer or poorer, most Americans remain dedicated pet owners when it comes to providing veterinary care for their furry, fuzzy, scaly and feathered friends. According to the Los Angeles Times, a recent poll indicates that the nation’s pet owners frequently prioritize veterinary care despite the cost in order to ensure the health and safety of their extended family members – be they canine, feline, equine or otherwise. When it comes to veterinary dental care, these numbers are especially encouraging: according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, at least 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three, making routine visits for a professional veterinary evaluation and cleaning all the more critical to the health and well-being of America’s much-loved pets.