Killing Them With Kindness
January is typically a time when we look back over the last year and ahead to the new one. We make plans and goals for the coming year and call them New Year’s Resolutions. Each year, losing weight is at or near the top of many lists. Time Magazine’s recently published yearly review tells us that 60% of Americans are overweight and in most states we are 21%-24% obese.
In the decade between 1991 and 2000, the prevalence of overweight adults in the U.S. increased by 61%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, 30% of children in 30 states tipped the scales as either overweight or obese.
Studies show that as Americans continue to gain weight, so do their pets. Their obesity is just as dangerous to them as it is to humans. Like humans, dogs develop certain diseases when they are overweight.
Keep Your Dog Mentally Sound There is a daily report on Alzheimer’s news and research throughout the world. It really offers a lot of hope and information to those of us who have relatives or friends with Alzheimer’s. An interesting article showed up in today’s news tips on Alzheimer’s, though, related to dogs.
The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult, Canine & Feline Edition
A practitioner’s textbook that is heavily used by many small animal veterinarians on a daily basis. The book itself runs about $80-$90, but it’s available on line and at no charge.
Pet First Aid class in Waltham, MA (free)
Learn how to take your dogs pulse & heart rate. Learn to bandage a wound in a hurry and what should be in your first aid kit. Be prepared. It could save your dog’s life.
What to Do if You Feel Your Vet is Negligent
Fortunately, most emergency vet care we receive is excellent and most of us can tell repeated stories of pet whose lives were saved by caring, competent emergency veterinary care.
How to Pick the Best Dog Food
Here’s a list of links for learning about how to tell good dog foods from bad. Some of these pages contain lists of high-quality foods and notes about why they’re good.
http://www.doberdogs.com/foodcht4.html tells you how to read those ingredients labels and has an extensive list of dog foods and their ingredients.
The Pet Fund
Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care
Products, services, and support for elderly, disabled, and handicapped pets. We help you care for them.