12 Reasons Your Dog Is Overweight

Overweight Dogs and How to Keep Them Healthy

Are you concerned about your dog’s weight? Well, typically we adore fat dogs, and they may win us over with their charm, but unknown to some, those extra pounds may hurt the dog’s back, may result in heart problems, lead to expensive vet bills, make the dog less active or even worse – shorten its life if it develops an illness such as arthritis or diabetes.   So, if you have realized your dog is becoming overweight or are just curious how a dog becomes that way, let’s take a look at the top reasons a dog is packing on … Continue reading

Do Some Breeds Age “Faster” Than Others?

Breeds of Dogs and Effects on Health

At what age is your pet considered to be senior? There is no simple answer for every cat and dog, but the general principle practiced by many veterinarians (including myself) is that pets having achieved seven years of age have entered the senior phase of their lives. The conventional perspective that one pet year equals seven human years puts a seven year old pet at 49 years of age. This is the time in life when humans often develop ailments associated with years of wear and tear on body tissues. Yet, some pets exhibit physical signs of aging faster than … Continue reading

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

When I worked at the vet hospital, many of my patients were overweight or obese. As a matter of fact, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention discovered that 52.7% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese as of 2014. There is a lot of speculation surrounding the reasons why pet obesity is so prevalent. In my experience, many pet parents find it difficult to understand the severity of seemingly small weight gain. Specifically, if a dog is supposed to weigh 18 pounds and they actually weigh 20 pounds, this might not seem like a big deal. However, this dog has … Continue reading

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

An extremely high percent of Americans suffer from obesity. We all know the effects obesity can have on our bodies. From heart disease to cancer, obesity in humans has been linked to a number of deadly diseases. But what does obesity have to do with your dog? Just as your weight and obesity directly affect your overall health, they also directly affect the health of your pup. Many pet owners do not take things seriously when they hear from the vet that their dog is overweight, however, this is something every pet owner should take very seriously as this can … Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Manage Canine Arthritis Naturally

Canine Arthritis and Canine Health Issues

Canine arthritis pain is one of the most common reasons owners pursue evaluation and treatment with a veterinarian. Arthritis happens when one or more of the body’s joints are inflamed. When untreated, canine arthritis can progress to osteoarthritis (OA) where the cartilage surfaces lining joints is damaged and normal range of motion (ROM) is compromised. Top Signs of Arthritis In Dogs Clinical signs of arthritis in dogs may be mild or severe and only become evident when the disease has significantly advanced. Dog owners can see obvious lameness (limping), difficulty navigating stairs or getting onto or down from elevated surfaces, … Continue reading