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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Cat Got Your Food: Human Food Safety for Hungry Felines

Cat looking at plate of foot on table.

The big eyes, the gentle purr, and the body rubs are some of your cat’s best weapons when it comes to getting what they want from humans. Notably hard to resist, especially when food is involved, you might not think about human food safety for cats when they are giving you *that* look, but it is important to know which foods are safe for your kitty and which ones could actually cause some health issues:

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Reverse Sneeze & Goose Honking in Dogs

A brown dog sneezing.

The longer you have your dog, the more you learn what they want by their sounds and postures. Not all sounds they make are requests for treats, walks, or alerts announcing stranger danger (could be another dog, cat, or the postal carrier). Some noises are just odd and might leave you scratching your head. Many of these sounds, precisely a honking sound, are caused by physical changes in your pet’s mouth or windpipe. Your veterinarians at Brodie Animal Hospital can diagnose any issues associated with these sounds and help you make sense of them.

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Recognizing and Treating Cat Asthma

A black and white cat without asthma on a wood floor.

Is your cat hacking up a hairball or having an asthma attack? Asthma is a disease often caused by allergens. As in humans, when a cat inhales an allergen, the immune system responds to fight the allergen. This often results in inflammation and swelling that can affect your cat’s airways.

Common allergens are:

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Know Before You Adopt: Common Bulldog Problems

Bulldog with tongue out laying in grass.

Prospective dog owners are drawn to specific breeds because of looks, skills, or personalities. Choosing the right breed makes all the difference to a successful adoption, and one of the considerations for purebred dogs has to be the potential for certain health issues. While they are selectively bred for specific appearances, many dog breeds can face specific health issues. Common bulldog problems aren’t necessarily deal-breakers to adopting one, but it’s vital to know the potential risks so you can offer the best wellness care to your pet:

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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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Help! My Cat Pees Outside The Litter Box!

Cat owner cleaning floor as cat watches.

One of the most compelling reasons why people love living with cats is their natural ability to locate and use their own bathroom. Of course, not everyone enjoys scooping litter, but it sure is handy that pet cats instinctively know what to do and where to do it. 

Accordingly, when a cat pees outside the litter box it can be absolutely bewildering. There is likely a reason (or multiple explanations) why they’re missing the mark. Since it’s not something anyone can easily ignore, it’s time to figure out what’s really going on – and what you can do to help.

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If They’re Happy Would You Know It? Emotions in Pets

A pug laying on the carpet

You know that absolute enthusiasm that your dog displays when you return home just has to be pure joy. And that woeful expression that you get when he has an accident on your new carpet? Obviously shame. A purring cat? That’s easy. Clearly she is happy. 

Do animals really experience emotions, though, or is our desire to anthropomorphize them taking over here? Brodie Animal Hospital believes that emotions in pets do exist, and science supports us, although their emotional experience is likely a bit different than our own.

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How to Stop Dogs From Digging

french bulldog in a yard

Do you have a digging dog on your hands? Canine behaviors such as digging up your flower bed or burying toys may be confounding (not to mention extremely annoying), but it usually all boils down to instinct. Once you know why they’re doing it you can help redirect them. 

Can we really stop dogs from digging? Absolutely!

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