How to Help Pets Lose Weight

Fat British Shorthair, 2.5 years old, sitting and looking with suspicion in front of white backgroundIs your pet carrying around a few extra pounds?

If so, he or she is not alone. With over 50% of the pets in the United States considered to be overweight or obese, it is becoming clear that the obesity epidemic that has been affecting humans is spreading to our pets as well. And simply put, this is not good.

Pets who are overweight are at increased risk for many diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and diabetes, and often live shorter lives than their ideal-weight counterparts.

If you suspect that your pet is overweight, you should take the time to talk with your veterinarian about what a healthy goal weight for your pet is, and how to achieve that number.

Here are a few tips on how to help pets lose weight… Continue…

Not Even Once: The Confession of a Would-Be Crazy Cat Lady

Woman Holding 4 KittensLike many of my generation, I grew up with the echoes of Bob Barker’s refrain echoing in my mind: “Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered.” Unfortunately, there was an experience in my childhood that trumped that wisdom nugget. And that was the sheer joy of being a four-year-old and experiencing a litter of freshly born kittens.

It was that idyllic experience tucked away in the back of my mind that led me to override Mr. Barker’s plea, and allow my son that experience for himself.

You see, we adopted a kitty from a friend. It’s likely she was at the prime age to be spayed… I still had some time before her first heat, but not much. I deliberated. Really, I did. And in the end, I decided that one litter couldn’t hurt. Right?

Wrong. Continue…