Cutting the Fat: The Danger of Obesity in Pets

Begging for the Holiday FeastA 2015 Pet Obesity Prevention survey found that 53.8% of dogs and 58.2% of cats in North American households are overweight or obese. While there are certain medical factors that can contribute to obesity in pets, the extra weight is generally the result of too much food and too little exercise.

Overweight pets are at risk for many of the same health problems as overweight humans, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. These risks make it vitally important for pet owners to understand how to prevent obesity and better manage weight in pets.


Good Boy! How to Reward Your Pet Without Treats

Girl and her dog walking in a parkMost pet owners are guilty of falling back on treats as the “old, reliable” way to appease their pets. Granted, treats are an easy solution, especially when pressed for time. However, because it’s important to reward your pet for good behaviour (especially during training), it’s easy to see how a few treats here and there can quickly become a big problem.

With more than 50% of all pets being overweight or obese, resisting this old standby may save your pet from the health problems associated with weight gain and obesity. Thankfully, there are many ways to express your affection without the use of food or treats. Continue…

Can You Train Your Cat? Absolutely!

Black cat basked in master bed.For a species that can actually be trained to use a box for a bathroom, it’s astounding that we don’t expect more from cats. They are so smart, playful, and capable! But, some say cats are equally aloof, unpredictable, and not always willing to please, making training a laughable feat.
However, with positive reinforcement, you can (not to mention should) train your cat to perform tricks, behave better, and become the feline you always wanted. Continue…