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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.
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For dogs, the senior years start between ages seven and 10, and large breeds enter their senior years younger than smaller dogs. The age-related changes you see in your dog are not unlike the age changes you see in humans, and many of the same techniques can be used to make your aging dog comfortable.
As your dog gets older, you may note that he sleeps more and doesn’t hear as well as he used to. His fur may become thinner and gray. Some of the most common health issues in older dogs are diabetes, arthritis, kidney and liver disease, cognitive problems, and cancer. Your dog will be more sensitive to temperature as he gets older, so keep him warm and dry in your home. Ramps and orthopedic beds are good for dogs with arthritis. It is absolutely essential that you take your dog to the vet for annual wellness checks and that you report any unusual symptoms or behavioral changes as soon as possible.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital is here to keep your pet healthy at all stages of life. Call our vet office at (407) 792-3322 to make an appointment today.
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Acepromazine is a very common pet medication. It is prescribed by vets to treat motion sickness and anxiety. It is well tolerated by most animals and can make things like trips to the groomer or veterinarian office easier for pets and their owners. If this medication is prescribed for your pet, here are the facts you need to know.
How Is Acepromazine Used?
As a tranquilizer, Acepromazine is usually administered only in situations in which your pet may become anxious. It should be given about an hour before the event is expected to occur. For instance, you should give your pet a dose of Acepromazine an hour before you take him to be groomed. Acepromazine also helps with motion sickness and can be given before car and plane journeys. The effects usually last about six to eight hours.
What Are the Side Effects of Acepromazine?
Acepromazine can cause changes in respiratory rates and low blood pressure in some pets. The drop in blood pressure can be especially significant in large breed dogs. It can also cause your pet’s third eyelids to become exposed. Other potential side effects include constipation, vomiting, seizures, and shock. Acepromazine occasionally causes aggression in cats. Acepromazine reacts with many other pet medications, including antacids, antidiarrheal drugs, and quinidine, so be sure to discuss all of the medications your pet takes with the vet before starting Acepromazine.
What If I Forget to Give a Dose of Acepromazine?
It’s important to give Acepromazine exactly as directed by your vet. If you forget to give a dose, administer it as soon as possible. Never double-up on doses because you missed one, and never reduce the time between doses. Doing so will increase the risk of complications from the medication.
If your pet suffers from anxiety or motion sickness, discuss his symptoms with the vets at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. You can come to us for all of your pets’ health care needs, including vaccinations and routine check-ups. We also offer on-site pet boarding. Explore all of the services at our animal hospital by calling (407) 792-3322.
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If your pet is lost, a microchip can significantly increase the odds that you will get to bring her home again. Microchips can easily be implanted by your vet during any routine office visit and won’t cause adverse reactions in your pet. As long as you keep your microchip information current, it will be easy for your animal to be returned to you if she is lost.
Watch this video to learn more about how microchips work. Radio waves from the microchip cause a number to be displayed on a handheld scanning device used by vets and animal shelters. By plugging that number into the microchip database, the vet or shelter can find your phone number so you can be alerted that your pet has been found.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital can implant a microchip in your pet during any appointment. Ask about micro-chipping and all of our vet services by calling (407) 792-3322.
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Puppies’ growing bodies have different nutritional needs than those of adult dogs. Giving them the right food in the right amount will support healthy development and keep their weight in check. Your veterinarian is a great source of information when you’re trying to settle on the best diet for your puppy. Listed below are some things you need to know as you establish a healthy eating plan for your pet.
When Can Puppies Eat Solid Food?
Most puppies should start on solid food when they are around four weeks old, since they can no longer get all of the nutrients they need from their mother’s milk at this point. Puppies should be completely weaned by six weeks old. Up until around eight weeks of age, it’s a good idea to moisten hard puppy food with water so that it becomes soft and spongy.
How Often Should I Feed My Puppy?
Ideally, puppies should eat three times a day until they are six months old. After that, feeding them twice a day is fine. Don’t worry if your work schedule prevents you from feeding your puppy three times per day. Your pet will adapt to a twice-daily feeding schedule before six months of age as long as you stick to the routine consistently.
What Food Should I Choose?
Your vet should be the first person you ask for advice when you’re selecting puppy food. He or she can recommend foods based on your puppy’s breed and specific nutritional needs. Because puppies grow very quickly, they need food that is formulated to support that growth. Check the life stage information that is on the dog food label, and select a food that is formulated for growth stages or all life stages. Good energy levels, a healthy coat, and formed, brown feces are all signs that the food you’ve selected is a good fit. If you don’t see these things after feeding your puppy a food for a month, try a different brand.
Your Lake Emma Animal Hospital is always here to answer your questions about establishing a healthy diet for your puppy. Our vet clinic offers a comprehensive range of services, including pet vaccinations and boarding. Schedule an appointment by calling (407) 792-3322.