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Event Calendar

We’ve added a Event Calendar to the web site.  You can access it by the WordPress Main Menu Bar Events icon at the top of the page, by the event calendar navigation button in the left sidebar, or by the View All link under the blog Upcoming Events.  The Event Calendar controls available to you depends on your user assigned role.  If you have any questions or suggestions send us a email.

May 1, 2018   No Comments

Send Well Wishes and Healing Energy

too Bailey and Max who are being spay and neutered today.

These two will soon be available for adoption.

May 1, 2018   No Comments

Biggest Loser Tip

Keeping your pup in a heatlhy weight range will help in the prevention of these  issues.

Obese Dog Health Issues

No doubt about it, an overweight or obese dog is bound for health problems—these are the most researched and widely accepted:

  • Reduced lifespan: A study of related Labradors showed that obese dogs lived 1.8 years less than their lean counterparts.
  • Osteoarthritis: In that same study, obese dogs displayed earlier and more severe arthritis than lean dogs. The condition may stem in part from the extra load a heavier body puts on joints, but it’s now thought it’s also, and more significantly, a result of the inflammatory state obesity causes in the body.
  • Slower recovery after surgery: Weight loss in overweight animals appears to help them recover faster from major surgeries, like repair of the cranial cruciate ligament (similar to the human ACL).
  • Worsened respiratory disease: Conditions like tracheal collapse, common in many small breeds, is aggravated by the effects of excess fat. Same goes for brachycephalic syndrome, the respiratory difficulty that occurs in some short-faced dogs like pugs.
  • Metabolic effects: Excess fat appears to cause changes in insulin sensitivity (which affects blood sugar levels) and in the levels of fats within the blood. Interestingly, however, diabetes doesn’t to be a side effect of obesity in dogs, unlike in both humans and cats.
  • Heat intolerance: Overweight dogs are far more likely to die from heatstroke than dogs of a healthy weight.
  • Skin disease: Nonallergic skin diseases have been documented at higher rates in dogs with excess weight.
  • Cancer: Some—but not all—types of cancers appear to be more common in overweight or obese dogs.
  • Decreased activity: Research looking at activity monitors has shown that overweight dogs move far less frequently than their lean peers. This only compounds the problem.
  • Poor quality of life: Quality-of-life scoring by owners clearly shows a difference in the overall wellness of lean dogs versus overweight dogs, and suggests that lean dogs are both healthier and happier.

May 1, 2018   No Comments