Boomer is a very sweet, 13 year old Aussie who came to us because he was not feeling well or eating much. After an exam and bloodwork, it was revealed that Boomer had Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia, which is where the body destroys its own red blood cells for unknown reasons. Boomer has been on strong antibiotics and steroids and is slowly recovering!
Buddy is a 3 year old Lab mix that has been coming to us since he was just a puppy. His mom and dad love him very much. He has been visiting us often, as his dad is in the hospital recovering. Buddy comes to hang out, enjoy doggie day care and make us all smile!
March 2014 – Dr. Ryan Bullock
A New Year usually brings about discussions on “resolving” to lose weight, eating better, and getting in shape. So, I thought now would be a great time to discuss a new weight loss diet for dogs and cats that is working great to shed some of their excess “holiday weight”. Studies show that 82% of American pets are overweight. Obesity can lead to a myriad of health problems including endocrine, liver, and cardiovascular disease. It also leads to more severe, debilitating arthritis, lethargy, poor hair coat and skin quality, as well as making pets more susceptible to orthopedic injuries such as ACL knee ligament tears and back injuries. Obese pets will also hurt their owner’s pocket books by you having to pay for all of these health problems! Overall, pet obesity is a serious disease that will almost certainly shorten your pet’s life expectancy and decrease their overall quality of life.
So, what can we do about it? Diet, diet, diet! Fortunately, Hill’s has come out with a great new weight loss diet called “Hill’s Metabolic”. What makes this diet different and more effective than other weight loss diets is that it naturally increases pet’s metabolism which allows them to burn more calories each day without any added activity. Hill’s invested a lot of time and money to research which natural dietary ingredients can cause good fat-burning genes to express themselves more strongly, and bad fat-gaining genes to express themselves less. This “synergistic blend of nutrients” includes things like beta carotene, linoleic acid, myristic acid, and others that naturally cause your pet to burn more calories. The good news is that even if your pet does get into the other dog’s food or gets unauthorized treats from family members, they should still lose weight because they will have a higher metabolism. Research backs up this product as well: a study done on 314 pets that were fed this diet at home by their owners showed that 88% lost weight! We have been using this diet for about a year and every pet that I have put on it has lost weight, including my in law’s dog Jack, so I am very impressed!
You’ll be amazed at the new found energy your pet has once they shed those extra pounds. For more information ask your veterinarian and check out www.hillspet.com. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year in 2014!