New Pet Obesity Statistics for U.S. Dogs and Cats

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has released the results of its 2018 Pet Obesity Survey.  You can click HERE to read the full report.  Here are a few interesting findings about our pets:

  • 59.5% of cats and 55.8% of dogs are classified as either overweight or obese.  This translates to 56 million cats and 50 million dogs.
  • 25.7% of cats and 36.9% of dogs were rated as overweight.
  • 33.8% of cats and 18.9% of dogs were rated as obese.

  • 68% of pet owners report that they have tried to help their pets lose weight.
  • Calorie reduction/smaller portions and increased exercise were reported to be the most effective pet weight loss methods.
  • 53% of pet owners reported that their veterinarians discussed their pets’ weight with them, however 40% said that their vets did not provide them with dietary advice.

Could your dog or cat lose a few of those extra pounds?  APOP has created some helpful pet weight loss tools for owners.  You can find information on ideal weight ranges, pet caloric needs, and weight reduction advice for both dogs and cats.

 

 

Watch the Trailer for “Buddy” – A New Film About Service Dogs

Ready for a heartwarming documentary about service dogs and the people who rely on them?  Be sure to keep an eye out for the movie Buddy, a film from the Netherlands that tells the stories of six special service dogs and their owners.

Buddy is currently playing in a few select theatres around the US, but if it’s not in your town, be sure to watch for the DVD and streaming releases.

Here’s the official trailer for the film:

 

Happy National Puppy Day!

 

Evie

Today is National Puppy Day!

In honor of this important holiday, we are sharing just a few pictures of the many adorable puppies that FACE and our veterinary partners have helped save in the past few months.

Enjoy the cuteness!

Luna

Koi Koi

 

How Our Personalities Affect Our Cats’ Care and Well-Being

A new research study on personality type and cat ownership provides some interesting insights into how our personalities can impact our cats’ lives.

Researchers surveyed over 3,000 UK cat owners on their personality types based on the “Big Five Inventory”

  • Agreeableness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extroversion
  • Neuroticism
  • Openness

They also asked the owners several questions about how they cared for their cats.  The findings show that our personality types play a big role in how we relate to our cats.

For example, owners identified as having high neuroticism were more likely to keep their cats indoors.  They were also more likely to report behavior problems such as anxiety and obesity in their cats.

In contrast, the researchers found that extroverted owners were more likely to let their cats have access to the outdoors.

Owners identified as agreeable reported greater overall satisfaction with their cats and were also more likely to identify their cats as being at a normal weight.

Conscientious owners tended to view their cats as more outgoing and less anxious, fearful, or aloof than other owner types.

The researchers note that these findings are similar to other studies on parental personality type and child rearing practices.  Not surprisingly, parents identified as “neurotic” are more likely to have overprotective caregiving styles that can cause stress in their children.

For more information on pet parenting styles, check out this article from Science Daily.

 

Pet Dental Care Guidelines from the American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association recently updated its dental care guidelines for veterinary practitioners.   They have also created a helpful factsheet for dog and cat owners based on the guidelines.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy!

  • Dental disease starts early, and most pets will have some issues by the age of three. Your vet should check your pet’s teeth at every preventive care visit, regardless of age.
  • Dental problems can cause chronic pain, which many pets are good at hiding. Observe changes in your pet’s behavior and appetite.

  • X-Rays can help your vet confirm a diagnosis of dental disease, even when your pet’s teeth look normal.
  • While many owners are nervous about anesthesia, it is important for your pet to remain still and comfortable during dental procedures. Your vet will perform bloodwork to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia.
  • Even if you brush your pet’s teeth at home, dentals are effective in removing plaque from under the gumline.
  • Your vet may prescribe pain medication for you to give your pet at home after a dental, especially if any teeth were extracted.

  • Home tooth brushing is the best way to help maintain your dog or cat’s oral health between vet visits. Choose brushes and pastes made for pets and look for dental health treats and chews that are accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.