According to a recent survey conducted by the Association For Pet Obesity Prevention found that 53% U.S. dogs and 58% of cats are overweight or obese.
Much like humans, pets require daily exercise and the right amount of high quality, nutritious food to maintain an optimal state of health.
Fortunately, we as pet parents can have a direct impact on the health, well-being, and longevity of our pets through proper nutrition and weight management strategies.
The Risks Of Obesity
Obesity may be one of the biggest threats faced by our nation’s pets. A pet only needs to be as little as 15% overweight to suffer negative impacts on his or her health. Overweight pets are at risk for many of the same ailments as overweight humans, such as: Continue…
Many of us procrastinate when it comes to scheduling our annual health exam, even though we all know the importance of preventive care. Like us, our pets also benefit from those annual (or biannual) wellness visits.
Wellness care is the foundation for a better, healthier life, and can even add a few extra years spent with your best fur friend.
The Importance of Preventive Pet Care
Pets are adept at masking signs of pain and illness. Even simple aging can impact your pet’s quality of life, and important signs go undetected when certain screenings and diagnostics are neglected. Cats are particularly skilled at hiding symptoms, which is why BeeVet Animal Hospital encourages twice yearly exams for felines (especially for those over the age of 6).
A wellness exam evaluates your whole pet from head to tail and establishes a baseline for your pet’s health. The focus on prevention is key. Your veterinarian will use a variety of diagnostic tools, such as a blood chemistry panel or urinalysis, to screen for a myriad of issues that would otherwise go undetected. Continue…