Life as a pet is different than that of a human. You’re small, you’re low to the ground, you’re often times left to your own devices outside, but above all else you speak a language that the humans don’t understand. Communication is tough; messages get overlooked. However, for the first time ever Critter Cures brings you reporting that comes directly from the front lines of pet nation. Your animals spoke out, and we listened to the top 5 issues affecting American pets today.
“What Happened To the Regular Checkups?”
Pet owners are taking their pets to the veterinarian way less than they used to. In 2007 dogs received a checkup around 2.7 times per year, and cats 1.7 times. These numbers dipped even low after the recession of 2008 but they ideally shouldn’t. Taking your pet to the veterinarian allows for early detection of medical issues.
“Does This Leash Make Me Look Fat?”
Word on Pet Street is that animals are starting to put on some unsightly and unhealthy weight. This is in part due to the fact that owners are not likely to recognize obesity in their pets. Bruiser, the grumpy pit bull who lives at the house in the cul-de-sac says the prominence of pet obesity because his owner is, himself, obese. Bruiser reminds pet owners that obese pets have a shorter lifespan and an increased risk of a bunch of diseases, so be sure to not to neglect the exercise level of your little friend.
“Doggy Treat or Sugar Fix?”
Likely caused by the obesity epidemic amongst pets, the incidence of diabetes is quickly on the rise as well. Banfield State of Pet Health reports a 32% increase in diabetes in dogs and 16% increase in cats, comparing 2006 to 2010. The disease is treated much the same way it is treated in humans, with insulin injections—but when Misty is out, hanging with the rest of the neighborhood cats at night she doesn’t want to be bothered with that kind of nuisance. She urges her pet owner to act preventatively and feed the animals in their care responsibly with a specific series of meows.
“I Have a Lump on My Paw…”
According to the Morris Animal Foundation, one in four dogs die from cancer, and cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over two years of age, but cats are similarly affected. Cancer can be tracked genetically in humans; likewise, the type of dog breed will play a huge factor in which, if any, cancers your dog is predisposed to. It’s important to find out this information as it can potentially allow for an early detection of a malignant tumor.
According to one study done in 2009, all the cats that participated had evidence of periodontal disease. According to the neighborhood Tabby cat, known for her gossip, the word on the street is that pet owners are simply reluctant when it comes to dental procedures in their pets. Even Tabby cats know that periodontal disease can cause collateral damage in other parts of a pet’s body. In dogs In dogs, periodontal disease was associated with increases in markers of systemic inflammation and indicators of failing kidney function, and was also associated with endocarditis and heart muscle problems.
Speak to your pet (as best as possible) and get into the mindset of preventative care. If your pet(s) could talk, they would thank you.