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    Are You Overfeeding Your Cat?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Did you know that more than half of the cats seen by veterinarians are either overweight or obese? Your cat is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure she leads a long, healthy life. Maintaining a proper weight is an important part of feline health, and you can help your cat do just that. Many cat owners don’t realize that they’re overfeeding their furry friends, but doing so can lead to health problems that you never intended to happen. Keep reading to learn if you might be overfeeding your cat.

    Cat Food Type

    The first step in understanding whether you are overfeeding your cat is to take a look at what type of food you’re giving her. Your cat should be eating a food that is designed just for cats, and should be appropriate for the stage of life that she’s in. For example, kittens should eat food made for kittens and their developmental needs, while senior cats should be fed a food that takes their unique nutritional needs into account. The cat food should be balanced and complete. If you are unsure of which food is best to feed your cat, ask your veterinarian for recommendations.

    Amount of Food

    Once you feel confident that you are feeding your cat a healthy, nutritious food, it’s time to look at how much of it you’re giving her. Free feeding may be more convenient for you, but it can create weight problems in cats who have a tendency to overeat. Instead of leaving food out for your cat at all times, try switching to two or three smaller meals per day.

    Energy Levels

    Just like humans, cats tend to have different energy levels. Some are more prone to being playful and active, while others prefer napping on the couch. If you have concerns about how much you’re feeding your cat, observe her normal behaviors. A cat who is more active may need more food, while one who is more sedentary might not need to eat as much.

    If you’re worried that your cat is overweight or that you’re feeding her too much, call Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322. We offer comprehensive care for your four-legged friend throughout all stages of her life. You can rest assured that we’ll treat your pet as if she were our own. 

    Your Guide to Feeding Your Pet Well [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your pet is your best friend and steadfast companion, and it’s up to you to make sure he leads a long, healthy life. That means giving him lots of love, playtime, and regular trips to your Lake Mary veterinarian, and making sure he eats a high-quality pet food. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need animal protein in their diets for vital amino acids. They need roughly twice the relative amount of protein as dogs or humans. A dog’s diet should consist of about 18% protein, and large breeds could need as many as 2,000 calories per day. Choosing a pet food can feel overwhelming, so know how to read the labels to make sure your four-legged friend is getting the proper nutrition. Check out this Infographic to learn more about pet nutrition, and please share this info with your friends and fellow pet owners!

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    Symptoms of Bladder Stones

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your pet’s health is important, which is why you should pay close attention to his habits. Watch this video to learn about the symptoms of bladder stones, which can affect your pet much in the same way that they affect humans.

    Bladder stones can be painful for pets and humans alike. They can cause moderate to severe discomfort, and can lead to other problems if they are not treated. If you notice that your pet is urinating more often or having trouble urinating, this could be a sign of bladder stones. Another symptom to watch for is the presence of blood in your animal’s urine. Bladder stones that go untreated can lead to infections, and more stones can end up forming.

    If you’re worried that your pet might have bladder stones, contact Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322. We offer comprehensive veterinary care for the non-human members of your family. Visit our website for a complete look at our services.

    Health Benefits of Grooming Your Dog

    Last updated 2 months ago

    There’s a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friends. Dogs are loyal, steadfast companions, and are always there for you whether you need a laugh or a pal to be by your side. Since your dog takes such good care of you, you owe it to him to do the same. In addition to routine visits to the veterinarian, you should make sure your dog is well-groomed. Grooming is not just about aesthetics for dogs (though it can definitely make your buddy look and feel better). Keep reading to learn about the health benefits of grooming your dog.

    Parasite Prevention

    Dogs are naturally curious creatures, and can get into a lot when you’re not looking. Though some of their playfulness may be harmless, they can also get into trouble if they’re in areas where they’re exposed to fleas, ticks, and other critters. When your dog gets groomed, the groomer will check over his entire body to make sure there aren’t any unwelcome guests taking up residence. If your dog has any fleas or ticks, the groomer will remove them. Any medications your dog may need to get rid of other parasites will be handled by your veterinarian.

    Ear Issues

    Your dog relies on his ears to know when you’re home, when you’re putting food into his dish, and of course, to alert you when the mail carrier arrives. Because of the shape of dog ears, they can tend to have problems including ear mites and ear infections. Your groomer will be able to spot any such issues, and may recommend an over-the-counter treatment to help clear up the problem. If your dog scratches or rubs his ears a lot, talk to your veterinarian.

    Skin Conditions

    Different breeds of dogs are more susceptible to certain skin conditions than others. As your dog is groomed, he’ll be washed with a high-quality shampoo that may help soothe skin irritations.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital is proud to offer grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats at our Lake Mary area veterinary clinic. Call (407) 792-3322 to make an appointment for your four-legged friend to be bathed, trimmed, and pampered at our grooming facility.

    What Is Von Willebrand's Disease?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Your dog relies on you to keep him healthy for his whole life. Bringing him to the veterinarian on a routine basis can help detect any potential health problems before they become too serious. Von Willebrand’s disease is a disorder in dogs that is similar to hemophilia in humans. Certain breeds of dogs including German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, standard poodles, and golden retrievers tend to have this disease more than others. Many dogs that have this disease may not show any symptoms of it until a small injury or minor surgery results in loss of blood. Symptoms include spontaneous bleeding from the nose or gums, or skin that bruises easily. If you have a dog that is at high risk for von Willebrand’s disease because of his breed, you can have him tested. Even if your dog does have the disease, he can still usually live a full and happy life with appropriate veterinary care.

    Call Lake Emma Animal Hospital at (407) 792-3322 to have your dog examined and tested for von Willebrand’s disease. Our friendly and experienced veterinarians provide compassionate care for your pets and your whole family. Inquire about our full range of veterinary services for your furry friends.

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