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PET OBESITY: A GROWING CONCERN FOR PET OWNERS

September 8th, 2015|

Alarming numbers: about 52% of Dogs and 57% of Cats are obese in the US!  This problem affects mainly middle-aged pets.

Just like humans, pets with excessive weight lack energy, see their lifespan shortened and carry the following health risks:  Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cancer etc.

A quick way to check if your pet is obese:

  • Ribs are not easily felt
  • Sagging stomach
  • No Waist can be seen from above

If your pet is overweight, screen him/her for Diabetes with the PawCheck urine home-test. Take prompt action to save your pet’s life!

Monitoring Your Pet’s Urination

August 24th, 2015|

1Although familiarizing yourself with your pet’s urination may not be the most glamorous part of pet ownership, knowing a bit about what is coming out of your pet is just as important as knowing what is going in. Abnormalities in urination could indicate a serious health concern.

Obvious changes in urination (i.e. blood in the urine, frequent urination of very small amounts, foul odor, vocalizing in pain while urinating, etc.) indicate a need for immediate medical attention. For this reason, it is a real benefit for pet owners to visually confirm their dog’s urinary behavior or inspect the cat’s litter box at least once per day. Understanding your pet’s normal urination behaviors will make it easier to detect changes that are concerning.

One common abnormality often overlooked in older pets is urinating an inappropriately large amount of urine that is atypically dilute (light or clear in color and nearly odorless). The medical term for this is polyuria. Polyuria occurs when the body’s normal ability to conserve water for itself goes awry. Conditions causing polyuria include subtle, long term changes in hormone balance as well as more immediately life-threatening problems (e.g. your dog or cat might have kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infection, certain cancers, etc.), and should be investigated by your veterinarian as soon as the symptom is recognized. When pets are urinating an inappropriately large amount, they are losing fluids each time they urinate, and are often mildly to severely dehydrated. Most pets will try to compensate for these losses by drinking more, so drinking excessively (polydipsia) also accompanies polyuria.

If you think you have identified polyuria in your pet, seek veterinary attention promptly.  A urine home-test will also provide valuable information. Early detection will improve both the cost and the outcome of treatment options. Remember, you are the front line in knowing if your pet needs medical attention and care.

Jill Tessler, DVM