Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Fat? Caring For Your Chubby Buddy

For many pet parents, food = love. There’s something satisfying about watching your pup do a dance and wag his tail for a piece of bacon, or the way your kitty sleeps so soundly after eating lasagna like a real-life Garfield. Providing food to our fur babies fulfills a deep parenting instinct, even between species. However, while a chubby pet may be cute and make for good cuddling, the health risks for heavy dogs and cats are alarming. Risks of Being Overweight (Number 4 Is The Worst) Joint problems: All that extra weight leads to torn ligaments and arthritis. Diabetes: Many fat pets become diabetic and need insulin to survive. While treatable, this disease takes significant effort to manage

Osteoarthritis: The #1 Cause of Chronic Pain in Dogs

I frequently have pet owners tell me that their dogs are slowing down with age, and describe stiffness, reluctance to rise, or a lack of interest in usual activities. Often, they also say, “It’s just a part of getting older.” But does it have to be? The answer is no, fortunately not. Symptoms of chronic pain are common in older dogs, and are frequently due to osteoarthritis (OA), an inflammatory and degenerative joint disease. It is the number one cause of chronic pain in dogs, affecting one in five of our canine companions. The hallmarks of OA are cartilage and bone damage in joints, which lead to pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. OA is diagnosed by history, physical examinati

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