Care for the Ones You Love

 Did you know that obesity shortens lives and is a big (no pun intended) problem in many of our pets? An outstanding 58% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese.

 There is no doubt that being overweight negatively impacts a pet’s health and longevity. A large, lifetime study was done by one of the major food companies. The study was made up of two large groups of Labrador retrievers. They found that being even moderately overweight can reduce canine life expectancy by nearly two years compared to their leaner counterparts. You read that right, TWO YEARS! On top of that, the overweight dogs also developed other signs of aging two years earlier in their life.

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, which gives us the perfect opportunity to talk about pain in older pets.
Is your dog slower at getting up from a sitting or lying down position? Although your pet may be able to “warm up” and seem better, there is likely some pain and inflammation going on in his/her joints causing this hesitation. Older dogs are at the highest risk for osteoarthritis. One of every two dogs over the age of 10 years of age is affected.

At Comal Pet Hospital, it is our policy to take every possible step to ensure that our patients receive the very best and safest pharmaceutical products available. This is especially important with life-threatening illnesses such as heartworm disease. However, we understand and empathize with the desire to find products that are less expensive. We know that several catalog houses and internet pharmacies presently sell these products at a price less than we are able to offer. We do, however, want your decision to be well informed.

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