Last updated 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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.
Last updated 4 months ago
The way you feed your puppy sets the tone for how he or she will eat for the rest of his or her life. Developing good habits now will save you and your puppy lots of time and aggravation in the future.
This video is filled with great advice for feeding your puppy. You’ll find out how you can get your puppy comfortable with hands being near his or her face during feeding times. You’ll also learn the benefits of toys that make puppies work to get the food. These toys are especially helpful if your puppy has separation anxiety.
For help choosing a puppy food and setting a feeding schedule, talk to your vet at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. To make an appointment at our veterinarian clinic, please call (407) 792-3322.
Last updated 4 months ago
Just as Americans are facing an obesity epidemic, so are American pets. Cats are particularly susceptible to becoming overweight. A mere two or three extra pounds on a cat are the equivalent of 40 extra pounds on a person. Carrying excess weight puts cats at greater risk for diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and heart problems. If your cat needs to shed some weight, start by talking to your vet about adjusting foods and portion sizes. Here are some hints for helping your cat get back to a healthy weight.
Any time you make an adjustment to how your cat eats, it is important to move slowly. Talk to your vet about how to make the transition to a new kind of food. Usually, it take a few weeks of mixing the new and old food in differing ratios, until you are feeding 100 percent new food, to get a cat to adjust. If you simply ditch the old food and move straight to the new, your cat may refuse to eat, or he or she may develop gastrointestinal problems.
Reconsider Wet Foods
Many wet cat foods are high in calories and contain ingredients that cats don’t need, such as sugar. Wet cat foods can be particularly problematic for cats with diabetes. If your cat is accustomed to a wet food diet, weaning him or her off of it and switching to dry food may be a good option, but it can be a difficult task. Remember that cats will starve themselves instead of eating food they don’t want. Your vet can help you make this transition easier.
Be Careful with Treats
Treat time may be your cat’s favorite part of the day, but treats are high in empty calories. If your cat is overweight, you may need to cut out treats entirely until your cat is at an ideal weight, or talk to your vet about treat alternatives that won’t ruin your cat’s diet.
Obesity is a serious health problem in pets, but at Lake Emma Animal Hospital, our vets can help your furry family member get healthy again. In addition to our nutritional services, we provide vaccinations, boarding, and a full range of veterinary care. To find out more about our services, call (407) 792-3322.