Pet Diseases: How You Can Keep You Pet Healthy 😷

We’re in the middle of the winter and the flu season. Flu is preventable if we avoid contact with sick people, avoid touching our mouth, nose and eyes, and wash our hands with soap and water.

As a pet parent, you can also prevent disease in your family pet. Pet diabetes, dental disease, and obesity are preventable. How can you keep your pet healthy all year?

Pet Diabetes

Weight control and a healthy diet can prevent diabetes in your pet. Between 2006 and 2015, 18.1% of cats and 79.7% of dogs had diabetes. Obesity is the main cause of this life-changing disease.

You can actively impact the weight of your pet. Intervention is critical. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to severe heart problems, compromised kidneys and loss of eyesight.

In fact, canine diabetes can be fatal if left untreated and can significantly shorten a dog’s life.

Pet Dental Disease

February is Pet Dental Health Month. Dental care for your cat is a must. One source estimated that over 80% of dogs and eight out of ten cats in the U.S. have gum disease by age three.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) suggested that pet parents should take note of these devastating statistics: 1) Dental disease in pets is preventable and 2) dental disease is linked to heart, kidney, liver disease and some cancers.

Yes, you can prevent pet dental disease:

  • Help your pet with a regular dental check up during your annual vet exam.
  • Learn to brush your cat or dog’s teeth. Ask your vet for help.
  • Pick the right toothbrush and toothpaste. Ask your vet for advice.
  • A good diet and some dental chew treats can help.

Dental disease is preventable if your take care of your cat’s teeth and gums. Regular dental care is a true lifesaver.


Pet Obesity

Pet parents control what food and how much their pets eat. Too often, we give in and feed pets food they should not eat. Our pets’ digestive systems are not for dumping in garbage food.

How many cats and dogs are obese? The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese in 2018.

Yes, you can prevent pet obesity. A list of foods that are bad for our pets include:

  • Anything with sodium
  • Anything with fat
  • Anything with artificial colors
  • Anything with sugar
  • Anything with preservatives
  • Anything with xylitol

Obese pets suffer from the same problems as humans: Diabetes, extra weight on joints, back strain and difficulty breathing.

Obesity is preventable. Look at your pet’s body – is it a healthy, normal size?

If not, think about what you can do to control your pet’s diet and bring them down to a healthy size. Talk to your veterinarian, a pet nutritionist or veterinary nutritionist for a pet diet plan.

Prevention is the best way to keep your pet healthy. Be a good pet parent and pay close attention to your pet’s health!

source: Four Common (Preventable) Pet Ailments

Thanks for reading!
Dr. Pet Mom

“I stayed in show business to take care of my animal business.”
–Betty White

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