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January 14 2019

Preventive Pet Care, AVMA and PFI Resolutions

A press release from the Pet Food Institute and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I typically don’t print releases verbatim but for many years I’ve talked about and have written about the importance of preventive pet care. I am honored to be a small part of the AVMA Partners for Healthy Pets Initiative. IDEXX…

January 4 2018

3 Resolutions for Pets from AVMA President

Dr. Michael Topper, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), offers three New Year’s resolutions for pet owners HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World. Dr. Topper begins with helping pet owners understand that preventive illness is up because we’re not seeing veterinarians for regular check ups. Catching issues early leads to easier (and often less expensive) treatments.…

October 24 2017

What's Happening to Your Aging Dog? What to Feed an Aging Dog?

What’s true (and not true) regarding senior diets for dogs? HEAR veterinary nutritionist Dr. Lisa Freeman at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University talks with me on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Just like humans, dogs change as they age. One common change is muscle loss, or sarcopenia. This is…

January 9 2017

Resolution: Get Fit with Your Dog

K9 Fit Clubs are all about you getting fit with your best pal with four legs.  Listen HERE to my WGN Radio interview with Tricia Montgomery of K9 Fit Clubs, as she explains New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t stop with mere humans. Overweight and obese pets mirror overweight and obese people, she says. Overall, while some…

June 3 2016

Obesity Should Be Considered A Disease in Pets

Obesity is an epidemic among people and also among pets in America.  Approximately 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs were overweight or obese in 2015, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). The association is calling on the veterinary industry to clearly define and classify pet obesity as a disease…

May 13 2016

Overweight Labradors: It May Not be Their Fault

Is obesity in dogs really genetic? According to research of scientists at Cambridge University, Labrador Retriever obesity may be a result of genetic “greediness.” Are you greedy? The research may also contribute to explain human obesity. The Labrador retriever, known as one of the greediest breeds of dog, is hard-wired to overeat, research suggests. The…

May 11 2015

Overweight and Obese Pets (Part 1)

According to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 54 percent of our dogs and cats are overweight or obese. This reflects otherwise avoidable health issues corresponding with too many pounds, according to Dr. Pamela Nichols, American Animal Hospital Association Board Member. Dr. Nichols says the problem of overweight and obese pets is an epidemic! Our perceptions of what…

May 3 2015

K9 Fit Club

K9 Fit Club‘s Tricia Montgomery talks about keeping fit with your dog, or your dog keeping fit with you. Listen HERE  on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, as she offers tips on working with your pets. We also about how dog’s can encourage us to get into shape, or to shape-up. Tricia demonstrates on the…

December 29 2014

Insulin for Dogs Interchangeable with Human Insulin?

Q: My Welsh Corgi was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year, when he hit 44 lbs. My previous vet scared me to death about this, prescribing Vetsulin (insulin) and Hill’s Science diet W/D prescription food (wet and dry), not to mention syringes. All of this treatment cost a small fortune.I switched to a different veterinarian.…

October 8 2014

National Pet Obesity Day

There are more overweight pets than ever (and the problem is growing, sort of speak). Today (October 8) is National Pet Obesity Day, according to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention.  Currently (in America) nearly 60 percent of cats are overweight and just over half of all dogs. Routine check-ups are vital to promoting a long and…

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