The Dangerous Link Between Pet Obesity and Diabetes

There is a Dangerous Link Between Pet Obesity and Diabetes

It’s no secret that obesity is a major health concern in the U.S., but did you know that over half the nation’s pets are also classified as overweight or obese? Obese pets are at risk for many of the same health problems as humans, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

According to a 2015 Nationwide Pet Insurance survey, diabetes is the third most common obesity-related disease in cats and the sixth most common in dogs. Because pet obesity and diabetes are closely linked, pet owner education and diligence are required to help ensure pets remain healthy.

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Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases: A Primer

Ticks pose a serious threat to pet healthAh, the sweet smell of spring! We’re sure you can’t wait for backyard barbecues, camping and hiking trips, and simply playing outside with your dog. However, the warm weather brings with it a danger to our pets: ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks can survive the winter just fine indoors – even in your garage – so it’s important to prevent these pests year round. With that in mind, the team at New Haven Pet Hospital wants to arm you with helpful information to combat ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks 101

The tick is not an insect but an arachnid closely related to a spider. Ticks can be found in every U.S. state and are most active in the spring and fall. In general, they prefer dark, moist, brushy places in which to lay their eggs, but they also commonly “quest” for hosts in tall grasses and shrubs.

Tick bites are painful and irritating, but the real danger lies in the tick borne diseases they transmit. These diseases can cause serious issues in both pets and people and are often difficult to diagnose. Continue…

Pet Wellness: Why Prevention Means Everything

pet wellnessIt’s normal to procrastinate when it comes to scheduling our yearly physicals or biannual dental cleanings, even though we all know the importance of these preventive measures. Our pets also benefit just as much from their regularly scheduled wellness visits, and putting off their check-ups can have unfortunate consequences.

Pet wellness exams are about more than just another round of shots or a chance for us to see your pet’s sweet face (although both are important!). Every time we see your pet, we have the opportunity to catch any health problems that may be brewing, answer your questions regarding your pet’s health, and get to know both of you a little better.

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