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Big Dogs and Fat Cats

Pet obesity is a growing problem.

Not only do we have to watch our weight, but those of our pets as well. New research from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention shows that 54 percent of the nation’s pets are overweight. This equals 88.4 million pets that are too heavy according to veterinarians.

Some of the common weight-related conditions in dogs and cats include arthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney disease and shortened life expectancy.

To help with awareness of this problem, veterinarians across the country are teaming up for the first-ever National Canine Weight Check, a free and simple way to help you determine if your dog is overweight. Call your veterinarian’s office first and make sure he or she is participating. In most cases you won’t even need an appointment.

Once we find out whether our pet is overweight, we can’t blame Fido or Fluffy for raiding the refrigerator. It’s up to us pet parents to learn how much to feed our pets and how much daily exercise they need. The Veterinarian Colleges website has tips on how to help your dog or cat slim down to his or her optimal weight.

Save on Spay/Neuter

February is Spay and Neuter month and if your pet is not yet spayed or neutered, please take advantage of the specials offered this month. According to the Humane Society Silicon Valley, spaying and neutering keeps your pet healthier and prevents many diseases such as uterine infections and breast cancer, reduces the chances of your pet straying and helps with many behavior problems such as spraying and marking territory.

Through the end of the month, the Humane Society Silicon Valley offers discounted spay and neuter surgeries of $50 for dogs and $25 for cats at its Milpitas location. To receive this discount, mention Humane Society Silicon Valley Spay/Neuter Month when scheduling an appointment.

Pet of the Week

Meet Daisy, a friendly six-year-old Australian shepherd and boxer mix. She may not be a puppy, but she’s certainly spunky. Her ideal family would be one that enjoys outdoor activities so that she can get fresh air and daily exercise. Daisy is very affectionate and loves getting belly rubs.

For more information about Daisy and other dogs available for adoption, visit the Humane Society Silicon Valley website.

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