In This Issue:
FROM THE EDITOR
Weighing In on Pet Obesity
We are all concerned about our own expanding waistlines and know that when those loose jeans no longer button, well, we have a problem. But who would have imagined that we need to pay closer attention to Fluffy and Fido's waistlines.
Although there are no clothes to grow out off (for most pet's anyway), growing bellies is a growing concern to veterinarians all over the country as felines and canines alike join the obesity epidemic.
I only realized the severity of the issue when I read that about prescription drug use for weight loss – IN DOGS. I shook my head in disbelief - are pounds (lbs that is!) such a problem for dogs that we actually need to medicate them?
Right now, almost 40 percent of the pets in the United States are estimated to be anywhere from 5 to 20 percent over their ideal weight. This doesn't just mean that Fido only wants to play fetch for five minutes instead of thirty - excessive weight can greatly increase the risk that your pet will develop numerous other ailments, including arthritis, liver disease, heart disease and even cancer!
So we get that being overweight is dangerous even for pets but is medicating our animals with prescription drugs are the only way to remedy this problem? Especially when we have to weigh the pros against the cons - the unknown side effects of these drugs that have been just introduced to the market.
A Weighty Problem - Natural Ways to Prevent Weight-related Diseases in Your Pets
In this issue, we wanted to explore how natural remedies can help get our pets into tip-top shape. This way we can stop our dangerous habit of turning to prescription drugs to fix every little problem, even when it can be fixed naturally!
While obesity can lead to a number of dangerous conditions in both cats and dogs, we found that the risks are exceedingly high for hefty kitties. Cats that are overweight have an increased risk of developing feline diabetes; their likelihood of getting the disease actually triples.
To help you get a handle on your pet's health, we researched these trends and found some very helpful information that will help you treat, but more importantly prevent health problems in your dogs and cats before they start, with a wide variety of natural remedies.
Preventing Feline Diabetes - Is Your Cat at Higher Risk?
We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter, and that you find it helpful in protecting your furry family members from some of the common health issues they face.
As always, be sure to let us know what you think. We would love to hear about the topics you want to see in our upcoming newsletters, answer your questions or even just read your comments about our articles. We wish you and your pet good health!
So, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you think.
Paulette Gough, Editor
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A Weighty Problem
Natural Ways to Prevent Weight-related Diseases in Your Pets
The continuing trend in the upward weight spiral isn't restricted to the human population anymore. While we recently reported that more than 60 percent of men and women are overweight or obese in this country alone, studies also indicate that that canine obesity is certainly a significant problem in the United States.
Studies indicate that a staggering 40 percent of domesticated canines in the United States are considered overweight, a term applied when a dog is anywhere from 5 to 20 percent over the ideal body weight for its size and breed. Read More…
Preventing Feline Diabetes
Is Your Cat at a Higher Risk?
As cases of obesity rise in canines and felines around the world, so do corresponding cases of the diseases caused by obesity. One of the most prominent and perhaps alarming examples of this trend is the drastic rise in instances of feline diabetes.
There are many causes of feline diabetes, including excessive weight and obesity, as well as the use of medications including steroids and progesterone derivatives used to treat behavioral abnormalities and skin diseases.Read More…
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“Our dog's name is Lucy she is a German shepherd mix [and is] so very sweet and docile. Lately her tail has been losing the hair on it and has gotten bare in some spots and we thought that she might be laying on it too much.
She was getting too heavy and we put her on a diet because she was too overweight (she weighed 98 lbs when we took her to the doctor) but she does not seem to be losing any weight and her skin has gotten somewhat loose and flabby at the stomach. "
— Enriqueta & John
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The PetAlive Team at Native Remedies
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