Posts in Category: Exercise Nutrition & Obesity
Asking for Trouble: Should Cats Drink Milk?
Images of kittens lapping milk from a saucer are just as ubiquitous and inaccurate as pictures of cats playing with balls of yarn. For some reason, these illustrations of feline predilections have persisted into this modern era, but both milk-drinking and yarn-playing should be viewed as the relics they are. We know that cats shouldn’t play with yarn because of the risk of swallowing it. Equally important is the understanding that when cats drink milk, they are likely to face the symptoms of lactose intolerance.Continue…
Keeping Your Pet Active Through Exercise and Play
All pets need exercise and enrichment for their physical and behavioral well-being. These are the key ingredients to a vibrant, happy life for furry ones, and can help with weight management and preventing diseases like pet diabetes. Whether you’re out and about or stuck indoors, there are always great options for keeping your pet active.
Your friends at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care are here to give you some of our best tips for indoor and outdoor play. Let’s have some fun!Continue…
Are These 3 Fad Diets Harmful To Your Pets?
The diet industry is constantly trying to sell us new kinds of foods that will supposedly help us lose weight fast or increase energy levels, and it is no different for our pets. Every day, we are bombarded with ads for a new grain-free dog food diet or a raw food diet that is better for cats. How can you tell which diets can actually make your pets healthier and which ones might be more harmful than good? Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you see through the fads and find the best way to feed your pets the nutritious foods they need:Continue…
What’s Better, Scheduled Meals or Free Feeding?
The votes are in. Dogs are 100% for free feeding. Humans are on the fence. Which is better? There are pros and cons to both options. Still, dogs are all-in on the idea of an open bowl! The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you decide which option is better for your favorite canine:Continue…
Five Possible Reasons You’re Not Exercising Your Cat
The majority of feline illness can be directly linked to their diet and lifestyle. Their wild relatives stalk and eat an average of 9 times a day, with plenty of attempts to stalk and capture prey in between meals. These cats, which are not reliant on a full bowl of kibble, may consume more protein and fat than carbohydrates, and ultimately expend more energy capturing their meals than the average housecat. Not surprisingly, these wildcats are typically leaner than your average kitty.
Indoor cats don’t have to work for food, and most don’t even have to ask that their bowl be filled. In addition to choosing a high-value diet (and sticking to exact portions and meal times), exercising your cat is the key to their overall health, happiness and longevity. Unfortunately, there could be reasons that stand in the way of exercising your cat.Continue…
Seven Pet Food Trends to Discuss With Us
Being on trend is important to many of us, and our world is full of the latest and greatest when it comes to our pets. Just as in people, fad diets come and go, some of them more successful than others.
Some pet food trends, however, are worth taking a second look at, while others are potentially harmful. That’s why talking it over with one of our expert staff at Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care is worth your time – we want what’s best for your pet, whether it is on trend or not!
Evaluating Pet Diets Objectively
Feeding your pet seems like it should be a simple enough task, but when you start looking for information, it can be overwhelming. Everyone out there has an opinion, and not all of them agree.Continue…
Keeping Pets Active Indoors and Out
You know the struggle… You finish a long day of work and all you want to do is crash on the couch and binge watch your favorite series. Exercise can go by the wayside if we don’t remain loyal to what is best for our health. The same is true in keeping pets active. It’s easy to let those daily walks, runs, hikes, or backyard play get off track when you must be indoors or are too busy to think about it.
Our pets need exercise and play in order to live a healthy life and to curb bad behavior. A bored pet can gain too much weight or display behaviors like chewing, digging, and anxiety. The team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care wants to help you keep your fur friend active now and throughout the year with some suggestions.Continue…
Something Smells Fishy: The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Pets
In today’s world of omnipotent cure-alls, such as coconut oil and essential oils, it can be difficult to know what really works, what is all hype, and what has potential hazards associated with it.
One magic cure that Animal Medical Hospital & 24-Hour Urgent Care can get on board with, though, is fish oil. There is plenty of peer-reviewed evidence that omega-3 fatty acids for pets can have positive effects, and while it may not cure everything under the sun, many pets can benefit from adding some fish oil into their daily routine.
Benefits of Fish Oil
The main benefit of fish oil comes in the form of the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. While there are other sources of omega-3s, fish oil is a great, high-quality, easy to dose source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Understanding Food Allergies in Pets
Having a pet with itchy skin can be extremely frustrating, especially if your pet is scratching or licking to the point of developing sores, bald spots, or other injuries. Getting to the bottom of why your pet is so itchy and coming up with a treatment plan is extremely important for their continued health and well being.
Allergies to pollen, dust, mold, chemicals, and food are common among animals. Although food allergies in pets are less prevalent, your veterinarian can help you determine whether or not this could be an issue for your furry companion.Continue…
Winter Pet Safety Precautions Can Really Save the Day
Each season delivers its own set of risks to animals. From parasites to allergies, heat stroke to poisoning, the calendar year is simply full of potential threats to your pet’s welfare. It’s easy to assume that winter pet safety involves basic regard for dangerous dips in temperature, but there is more to it than that.
Like anything else, the more pet owners know about the possible pitfalls awaiting their best friends, the better. Let’s get started!Continue…