Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pet obesity is a serious health risk; learn how to help your pet drop excess weight

We all love our pets, but in some ways we might be loving them too much!
According to recent studies, more than half of America’s pets are overweight or obese. And the problem is growing – as our own waistlines are getting bigger, so are our pets.
“Excess weight is a common and a serious health problem for dogs and cats,” says Dr. Steve Stephens of Frenship Vet Clinic. “Excess weight can make your pet uncomfortable and limit the way they interact with you and other family members.”
If your pet is carrying extra weight, it can increase the risk of heart disease by forcing the heart to work harder and increase the risk of arthritis as extra weight can stress the joints, cause joint pain, and make it harder for your pet to move around comfortably. Other weight-related health issues include breathing problems, skin and hair coat problems, diabetes (especially in cats), and a decrease in life expectancy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Evanger's Races to the Finish Line!

Amir Bilson, an 11 year-old dirt bike and super moto racer from Mexico, is now representing Evanger's each time he crosses the finish line.  When Amir's dad, the owner of Sanocan S.A., a family-owned pet food distributor company in Mexico, started to sell Evanger's to the market in Mexico, Amir asked if he could add the Evanger's logo to his racing bike.  Of course we are proud to have this honor, and hope we help him bring home some more trophies!  Amir is a 5-year Mexican Enduro and Super Moto national champion, and can be found on Speed Channel when he's racing. 

When Amir is not training, he is playing squash, hanging out with his twin sister Rebeca, or playing with their 6 dogs (who also love Evanger's canned foods)!  Good luck, Amir #13!

11 year-old Amir Bilson - Mexican Enduro and Supermoto Champion!

Amir's Racing Bike, showcasing Evanger's and Sanocan logos!

Amir Bilson #13 flying through the air as he trains for another championship in Mexico.  And he's only 11 years old!

Friday, October 12, 2012

October is National Pet Wellness Month! Tips for keeping your pet healthy!

Did you know that October is National Pet Wellness Month?
This designation is a nationwide educational campaign sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Fort Dodge Animal Health.
During this campaign the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States hope to remind pet owners that the simplest method of increasing the life span of their pets and the easiest way to ensure that they have a healthy life is to practice preventative care.
Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD and senior veterinary adviser for HSVMA states the following in a press release, "Yearly visits to your veterinarian are an essential part of keeping your pet healthy. Preventative care allows for early detection of problems and often saves money on overall veterinary costs by treating problems before they become serious."
Dr. Kellogg offers the following tips to pet owners in a press release from the Humane Society of the United States:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weight loss plan for pet obesity: raising awareness for healthier pets and preventative veterinary care

These days, most people are aware that obesity takes a severe toll on human health. But according to a recent report from Tufts University, many individuals fail to extend this awareness to their pets. The truth is that pet obesity is a serious health threat that carries many of the same risk factors as human obesity. Overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes, heart problems, joint problems and breathing issues, as well as reduced life expectancy. Therefore, in order to ensure a long and happy life for your pet, it is important to keep track of your animal’s weight, prevent excessive weight gain, and visit a local veterinary hospital for preventative health care and weight-loss management advice.
Lisa Freeman, a professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, tells The Tufts Daily that pet obesity is more common and harmful – but also more curable – than people tend to realize. Obesity is, as she puts it, a health risk that veterinary professionals can “attack…from all sides.” Indeed, there are plenty of steps that pet owners can take at home and with help from a local veterinarian to help their pets lose weight and improve their health.