Last updated 5 days ago
Are you a cat person? These critters make for great companions, which is why so many people consider their cats to be members of their families! Visiting the veterinarian is important for keeping your cat healthy and making sure she maintains an appropriate weight. Look for these signs to find out if you need to schedule a trip to the vet:
You Can’t Feel Her Ribs or Backbone
If you can see your cat’s ribs or backbone, it may be a sign that she is actually underweight. These bones should not be visible, but you should be able to feel them when you pet your cat. Pet your cat to see if you can easily feel these bones. If you cannot, your cat may be overweight.
She Doesn’t Have an Hourglass Shape
Cats that fall within the normal weight range tend to have hourglass shape figures. Pet owners can see these figures when they stand over their cats and look down at them. Stand over your cat to get a good look at her shape. If your cat’s stomach bulges out instead of creating the right shape, she may need to lose weight for her health.
Her Stomach is Close to the Ground
Looking at your cat’s stomach is one of the easiest ways to determine if she is overweight. Many cats lose a bit of muscle after spaying or neutering, which can result in a saggy-looking stomach. But if your cat’s stomach reaches the ground, it may be a sign that she is overweight and needs a lifestyle change.
Your Veterinarian Expresses Concerns
Cats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which is why it is difficult for many pet owners to determine if their cats are overweight or fall within the normal range. If you think your cat has a weight problem, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. This professional knows the signs to look for to determine whether or not cats have weight problems.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you keep your cat in great shape. Give us a call at (407) 792-3322 to learn about our animal hospital and get more information about your cat’s health.
Last updated 15 days ago
Nothing is better than spending time with your dog! These furry family members bring joy and excitement to the house, which is why we love them well into their senior years. If your dog is currently entering his senior years, it is important to know what type of care and support he will need.
As you will see in this video, senior dogs are at risk for developing a number of health issues. This list includes dental disease, cancer, thyroid problems, diabetes, liver problems, and much more. Scheduling regular visits with your veterinarian is essential for keeping your senior dog as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
Make sure your dog gets the care he needs by working with the experts at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Contact us at (407) 792-3322 for information about our animal hospital treatments and pet boarding services.
Last updated 20 days ago
A new year is on its way, which means it is time to make some changes! You can make sure next year is better than the last by focusing on your health. Owning a pet is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health and lead a more enjoyable life. Here is a look at how you can improve your health by owning a pet:
Getting More Exercise
Working out regularly is much easier said than done for a lot of people. But regular exercise is essential for maintaining an appropriate weight and staying healthy. Owning a pet can help you become an exercise person, even if you never through you were one! Animals love playing and running. As a pet owner, you will have plenty of opportunities to run, jump, and exercise with your furry friend. This can make working out enjoyable, which will make it easier to stay committed.
Reducing Stress Levels
It is easy to feel stressed out when dealing with work, school, or home concerns. This type of stress can take its toll on your body and your mind; making you look and feel tired and making it easier for you to get sick. There are many ways to reduce stress levels, but becoming a pet owner is one of the most enjoyable! Having an animal companion can help you stay relaxed and avoid anxiety, letting you lead a happier and more positive life.
Keeping Your Spirits Up
Staying healthy isn’t just about the body—it is also about the mind! Pet owners tend to have more positive outlooks than non-pet owners, resulting in happier and more laidback attitudes. Owning a pet wards off feelings such as loneliness and depression and also provides people with a new sense of purpose. A new pet can be just what you need to boost your spirits.
Once you get a pet, you can keep an eye on his health by visiting the veterinarians here at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Check out some of our animal hospital services on our website or call us at (407) 792-3322 for more information.
Last updated 1 month ago
When your dog develops aggressive behavior, it can be unsettling, particularly to the kids in your family. It is important to move quickly to control aggressive behavior before it gets out of hand. Getting rid of aggressive behavior is a process, but with the help of your vet, you can get it under control.
At the first sign of aggression in your dog, talk to your vet. He or she can help you develop techniques for discouraging the behavior. It is also important to let your vet rule out any medical problems that could explain the aggression. Try to note patterns in your dog’s aggressive behavior to determine the triggers, and avoid them when you can. If you scold your dog for aggressive behavior like growling instead of responding to what your dog is trying to tell you with the behavior, his or her aggression could actually escalate.
At Lake Emma Animal Hospital, we will work with you to overcome your dog’s undesired behavior. Contact our animal hospital at the first signs of any changes in your dog’s behavior. You can make an appointment by calling (407) 792-3322.
Last updated 1 month ago
When it comes to cats, it is not just their personalities that make them different than dogs. While you may find yourself fighting to keep a dog from eating everything in sight, cats are much more finicky eaters. They also have much more delicate systems than dogs, so feeding your cat like a dog could lead to a trip to the animal hospital. What exactly should be in your cat’s bowl? Here are some tips for finding the right foods for your cat.
Cats are meat eaters in a big way. In fact, their diets should consist primarily of proteins and fats. Although you may be able to convince your cat to nibble on some carbs, feline digestive systems are not designed to handle them. For instance, if you feed your cat your dog’s food, it would prove fatal in the long-run because of the carb content and because it wouldn’t give your cat the nutrients he or she needs to survive.
Your vet is the best source of information about the kind of food you should give your cat. Ask your vet if he recommends wet food or dry food. From there, experiment with different brands. You will know you have the right one when your cat eats the food and doesn’t have any gastrointestinal problems afterwards. Be aware that you can’t have a battle of wills with your cat over food. If your cat doesn’t like something, you must try a different food. Cats will starve themselves before they will eat something they don’t like.
In most cases, it is a safe bet to follow the manufacturer’s recommended serving size for your cat’s age and weight. If your cat is over or underweight, talk to your vet about tweaking the serving size.
Let the vets at Lake Emma Animal Hospital help you find the perfect food for your picky kitty. At our animal hospital, we also offer feline-only appointment times, pet boarding, and vaccinations. Make an appointment now by calling (407) 792-3322.