Smartphones Lead to Smart Pet Owners

Like owner like pet!  Each year Americans are getting fatter and our pets are too!  According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we are “obesogenic.”  In layman’s terms our environment tends to encourage excessive weight gain.  This helps to explain why 51.5% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.  Just like us our pets are at risk for osteoarthritis, insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, several forms of cancer, and much more.

Owners can prevent their pet from being exposed to obesity simply by feeding them the right amount of food.  But how do we know how much is too much for our pet?  CU-PetHealth, a new app created by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University for iPhones and iPads, may be the perfect solution for us tech savvy Americans.  CU-PetHealth can be compared to many other pet apps that allow users to store their pet’s medical history and set reminders for upcoming vet appointments.  But CU-PetHealth goes above and beyond all other apps by allowing the user to find out the proper amount of food to feed their dog or cat based on age, weight and other factors.  Keep being a smart pet owner simple and purchase CU-PetHealth for $3.99 on iTunes.

The Importance of Monthly Canine Cancer Checks

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Chase Away K9 Cancer foundation encourage dog owners to take 10 minutes out of every month to do a quick canine cancer check.

Chase Away K9 Cancer was founded in honor of Chase, a six-year-old black lab that lost her battle to nasal carcinoma. The organization’s goal is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of canine cancers.

Early detection is important in fighting canine cancer. For this reason, a monthly check for any unusual bumps, lumps, or swelling on your dog’s body is a good idea. If anything of concern is found during a check, please do not panic and consult with your pet’s veterinarian. To help dog owners remember to check monthly, Chase Away K9 Cancer recommends doing this check on the same day of every month and has designated the 14th in honor of Chase’s birthday.

To learn more, visit Chase Away K9 Cancer.

Blue Buffalo Company Recall

On October 8, 2010 Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd, recalled certain dry dog food products due to the possibility of harmfully high levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is healthy for dogs in small amounts but in high doses may cause dogs to become lethargic, consume an abnormally large amount of water and increase urination. The affected products, Blue Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods, were distributed nationwide to pet specialty stores like vetdepot. If your pet consumed one of the recalled products and is exhibiting symptoms of a Vitamin D overdose, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.  If you purchased any of the named products please contact the place of purchase for a full refund; you may also call Blue Buffalo Company with any questions or concerns at 1-877-523-9114.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicating this month to the millions of dogs out there in need of forever homes.

If you or anyone you know has room in their home and heart for one more lovable pup, the ASPCA asks you to please consider adopting from a local shelter. According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals end up in shelters every year. Sadly, only about half of these animals will find homes.

If you think you are ready to be a responsible life-long companion for a dog in need, please visit the ASPCA  for tips on how to prepare your home and family. If you’re not in a position to adopt a dog right now, you can help by just getting the word out about Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month!