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4 simple steps to a healthy pet

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What’s Weighing on Your Pet’s Health?

When’s the last time you weighed your pet?  Like humans, it’s not unusual for your pet to sneak on a few extra pounds over the years. This extra weight can have serious implications for a pet’s overall health. That’s why it is important to identify what your pet’s ideal weight and actual weight are.  The EZ Vet- Paw Watchers kiosk is the original pet scale kiosk that allows pet owners to evaluate if their pet is at a healthy weight, and will educate on ways to prevent pet obesity and offer solutions to correct the problem if needed.

Pet obesity is a serious issue in the United States, and growing.  Pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012, and with the number of overweight cats reaching an all-time high. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 52.5% of dogs and 58.3% of cats are considered overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals approximately 80 million U.S. dogs and cats that are overweight, and now have an increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and hypertension.  The EZ Vet- Paw Watchers kiosk offers a convenient way to help monitor a pet’s weight to make sure they do not fall into this growing trend.

ez vet paw watcher kioskMany pet owners have no idea, or want to admit, that their pet is overweight. They may guess their 9 pound Chihuahua is 2-3 pounds overweight and not think it’s a big deal.  But those 3 little extra pounds is approximately 33% of their body weight.  Can you image carrying around 33% extra weight? Many pet owners simply don’t know what the healthy weight range is for their pet’s breed, gender and age or understand why it is so important.  The EZ Vet- Paw Watchers kiosk utilizes interactive cutting-edge technology to easily gather specifics about the pet and then generates a personalized free pet weight analysis.

EZ Vet launched the Paw Watchers kiosk concept in South Florida in 2013 and have several locations scheduled throughout the US for 2014. A clinical version will also available in 2014 for use in veterinary practices and animal hospitals. Paw Watchers is more than just a useful tool for monitoring a pet’s weight- it offers responsive marketing.  The Paw Watchers kiosk is also a great tool for retailers and veterinarians with its automated email and texting system, data capture and analysis and instant coupon generation to promote product and service sales.

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4 great tips to keep your pet healthy

Keep your Furry Friend Healthy and Happy with these 4 Tips

Having a pet is like having a furry member of the family. We give them food, shelter, toys, and they love us back. But, like their owners, each animal has different needs. There are, however, a few things that every pet has in common, whether it meows, neighs, or barks. These 4 tips will help you keep any furry friend healthy and happy.

Overall Health
The #1 way to keep your furry friend healthy is to make sure it has all of its vaccinations. All different types of animals require different vaccines. Some, like heartworm, are common to all animals, but have different dosages depending on weight and species. The best way to ensure that your pet is properly vaccinated is to visit your vet.

Food and Nutrition
Another way to keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible is to make sure he or she is getting proper nutrition. Talking about your pet’s age and activity level with your vet will help you and your vet make sure your fuzzy friend gets the right balance of nutrients he or she needs. Equally important to getting proper nutrition is making sure your pet is at a healthy weight.  Just like humans, weighing your pet regularly serves as important health indicator of your pet’s health.  Overweight or a sudden weight decrease can be a sign of a serious underlying health issue for your pet.  It is recommended to weigh your pet at least twice a month.  EZ Vet pet weight kiosk offers a free pet weight analysis making weighing your pet easy and convenient.

Activity and Exercise
A third tip for keeping your furry friend healthy is proper exercise. All pets, big or small, need exercise. The type of exercise depends on the type of pet. For example, in dogs, exercise helps stimulate their minds, which helps avoid boredom and destructive behaviors. Cats need imaginary prey to chase and stalk as well as scratching posts. Regardless of what kind of furry friend you have, exercise will keep your pet trim and fit, both mentally and physically.

Check for Disease
Keep an eye out for ear mites and other illnesses. They are a common problem for cats and dogs especially. If your pet is constantly shaking its head or scratching its ears, then he or she might have ear mites. These can be spread from animal to animal, and may require being thoroughly cleaned out before medication is prescribed. Check for any irregular behavior that could indicate disease.

Every human life is enriched by having an animal companion. From the unconditional love they give us, to the constant support, the benefits of having a pet are tremendous. Following these 4 tips, and regular visits to the vet, will guarantee that you and your pet have a long and happy life together.

 

Pet obesity tied to major health issues

Pet Health: The statistics are staggering. A 2012 veterinary survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention revealed 52.5 percent of pet dogs and 58.3 percent of cats are overweight. That equates to 80 million pets at risk for weight-related disorders including diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, several cancers and a shortened life.

Another startling discovery was that 45 percent of owners were stunned when a veterinarian said their pet was overweight. They simply don’t see it.

Too much food, along with tasty tidbits from human meals compromises any pet’s health. The same can be said for humans. In fact, overweight owners, in my unscientific observation, are more likely to over feed their pets.

pet-obesity 4Certain breeds showed greater risk for excess weight. Of the nearly 1,500 dogs in the survey, 58.9 percent of Labrador retrievers and a whopping 62.7 percent of golden retrievers were classified as overweight or obese.

It has been reported that veterinarians continue to see an escalation in the number of overweight cats and an explosion in Type 2 diabetes cases.

He further says he sees a clear connection between pet and childhood obesity rates. “The causes are largely the same: too many high-calorie foods and snacks combined with too little physical activity. Share crunchy vegetables (such as carrots) with your dog instead of sugary, fatty treats.”

“Obesity is rampant, setting up more and more pets for joint problems during their lives, costing hundreds of millions of dollars in veterinary bills and countless surgical procedures for weight-related conditions.”

Claims filed with Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., the nation’s largest pet health insurance provider, has seen pet obesity-related claims soar. In 2012, policyholders filed more than $34 million in claims for conditions and diseases that can be caused by excess weight.

Based on its database of 485,000 insured pets, the company determined the top 5 dog and cat obesity-related conditions are:

Dogs

1.Arthritis

2.Bladder/urinary tract disease

3.Undiagnosed limp

4.Low thyroid hormone

5.Liver disease

Cats

1.Bladder/urinary tract disease

2.Chronic kidney disease

3.Diabetes

4.Asthma

5.Liver disease

Taking your pet to the veterinarian for regular wellness visits is the most effective way to monitor their weight.  Daily exercise, a regulated diet and watching for signs of weight gain are important steps toward avoiding obesity and related health issues.

As mentioned, these statistics are no laughing matter. Most pet owners don’t think twice about feeding their pet table scraps and fatty foods, but doing so increases the risk of unnecessary health problems and shortens their life expectancy.

Overfeeding a commercial diet can lead to the same issues. If I fed my Newfoundlands what the kibble bag recommends (based on weight), they’d blow up like balloons. They get approximately half, if not less, than the recommended serving size, split into two meals a day.

EZ Vet is your companion to a healthy pet!

Visit an EZ Vet kiosk regularly to monitor your pet’s weight and health.

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What’s weighing on your pet’s health?

When’s the last time you weighed your pet?  Like humans, it’s not unusual for your pet to sneak on a few extra pounds over the years. This extra weight can have serious implications for a pet’s overall health. That’s why it’s important to identify what your pet’s ideal weight is.  This is the basis behind a new invention by Miami veterinarian, Dr. Barry Goldberg. EZ Vet is the original pet scale kiosk that allows pet parents to evaluate if their pet is at a healthy weight, and will educate on ways to prevent pet obesity and offer solutions to correct the problem if needed.

Pet obesity is a serious issue in the United States, and growing.  Pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012, and with the number of overweight cats reaching an all-time high. The sixth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 52.5% of dogs and 58.3% of cats to be overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals approximately 80 million U.S. dogs and cats at increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension and many cancers.  EZ Vet offers a convenient way to help monitor a pet’s weight to make sure they do not fall into this growing trend.

“You’d be amazed how many pet parents have no idea that their pet is overweight. They may guess their 9 pound Chihuahua is 2-3 pounds overweight and not think it’s a big deal.  But those 3 little extra pounds is approximately 33% of their body weight.  Can you image carrying around 33% extra weight? Many pet parents simply don’t know what the healthy weight range is for their pet’s breed, gender and age or understand why it is so important,” says Dr. Goldberg.   EZ Vet utilizes interactive touch-pad technology to easily gather specifics about the pet and then generates the healthy weight range.

Just like humans, extra weight and obesity similarly affect pets.  Untreated, obesity in pets can make them vulnerable to a variety of health issues such as joint problems, heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, skin problems and heat intolerance.  With the Florida summer heat fast approaching, now is the perfect time to evaluate your pets weight and help them shed any extra weight needed. EZ Vet is conveniently located in retail stores so there is never a need for an appointment or a trip to the veterinarian’s office to have a mini-checkup on your pet.
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Causes of Pet Obesity

ez vet pet obesitySimilar to people, the main causes are a poor diet and overeating. Unlike human adults, dogs are not responsible for their obesity, their people are. If I left out a five pound food for my dogs, I’m quite certain that they would eat all the food in front of them, even after they were full. Give your pet enough high quality food for them to be satisfied, feed twice a day (as free feeding is another cause of obesity), and keep their amounts consistent. If you use treats for training, make sure the amount of treats they receive during training are deducted from their mealtime kibble.

Ez Vet kiosk is a convenient way to monitor your pet’s weight and make sure they are not gaining too much weight. It’s free, convenient and reliable.

Warning! Is your pet obese or overweight?

Don't put your pet at risk
Don’t put your pet at risk

Primary Risks of Excess Weight in Pets

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Do you know what your pet’s healthy weight range is?  Check out a local EZ Vet kiosk to find out.