Veterinarian Advice: Dog Weight Management for Optimum Pet Wellness

Dog nutrition.

With over half of this country’s pets qualifying as overweight or obese, weight management is an important topic on which pet owners should be educated. Our veterinary team at Brodie Animal Hospital is excited to share our best tips for dog weight management. 

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5 Myths About Your Pet’s Weight

A dog dressed in fitness gear.

Just as it is for humans, weight management is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Obesity and excessive weight gain can pose a serious threat to your pet. The more pounds they carry increase their risk for conditions like diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, some cancers, urinary bladder stones, and more. Ultimately, excessive weight can even shorten your pet’s lifespan. 

According to the Association For Pet Obesity Prevention’s latest study in 2018, approximately 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were considered overweight or obese. With pet obesity on the rise, the team at Brodie Animal Hospital has provided you with 5 myths and facts about your pet’s weight so they can live a long, healthy life:

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Pancreatitis in Pets

Pancreatitis in pets is a serious health problem in pets

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes the promise of lots of cooking and enjoying delicious foods. Although we may tend to overindulge at this time of the year, affording the same opportunity for our pets can get them into big trouble. Besides adding unhealthy fat and calories to their diet, letting them sample the holiday fare can lead to a potentially fatal condition called pancreatitis.

It’s true that cases of pancreatitis in pets spike during the holidays each year, but in reality the condition can occur at any time. For that reason it is important to be aware of the risks, causes, and warning signs of pancreatitis year round.

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Is it Possible to Achieve Summer Pet Safety in Austin?

Summer pet safety in Austin is key for outdoor pet funIs it hot enough for ya? It’s so hot the swimming pool is boiling. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk. It’s hotter than a blister bug in a pepper patch!

We sure do have a lot of colorful sayings here in Texas related to the heat – and for good reason! As the notorious heat and humidity climb, pet owners have some extra work to do around summer pet safety. Let the team at Brodie Animal Hospital help!  

Rules About Heat

Protecting your pet from extreme heat is an absolute must. The cool, clean water should flow endlessly, and shade is equally important. Keep your pet indoors as much as possible during the day, and exercise them at dawn and/or dusk. Also: Continue…