Can you guess AMH’s most popular canine breeds?

We did a study last year on the top breeds we see here at Animal Medical Hospital. Here are the results:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Labrador Mix
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Yorkshire Terrier
  5. Pit Bull
  6. Jack Russell Terrier
  7. German Shepherd
  8. Shepherd Mix
  9. Terrier Mix
  10. Boxer
  11. Cocker Spaniel
  12. Shih Tzu
  13. Miniature Schnauzer
  14. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  15. Shetland Sheepdog
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Obese pets on the rise in the U.S.

As Americans get bigger, so do our pets! 34.2% of Americans over age 20 were overweight as of 2008, and another 33.8% were obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, a 200 survey of veterinarians across the country by the Association for the Prevention of Pet Obesity found that 45% of dogs and 58% of cats were overweight or obese. Those numbers revealed a 2% increase in dog weight problems from the year before, and a 5% increase for cats.

The reasons? The same as in humans: unbalanced diets, too many snacks and not enough exercise. And while you can’t get Fido a fitness club membership, there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent pudgy pets.

According to Stephanie Pappas, senior writer for LiveScience, some basic human dieting tips are a good place to start: counting calories via weight-tracking and meal planning, smarter choices of pet food and exercise being foremost among them. Check out her full article for even more tips, tricks and techniques for helping your furry friend get fit.

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How does your dog enhance your life?

Reasons to get a dogA survey by a USA TODAY blog showed that 47% of respondents say their dogs offer them companionship, while 16% said their dogs help them exercise. 15% said having a dog amuses them, 15% said it helps them relax, 5% said that it helped them heal and 2% said it helped build community.

All great reasons to get a dog!

We’d like to know how having a dog enhances your life? Add a comment below and tell us!

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