Tag Archives: obesity

Diabetes: Pets and People

A cat curled up in a cat bed

November is American Diabetes Month. To highlight how veterinarians care for pets with diabetes, I thought I would tell the story of one of my patients, a fluffy, grey and white cat named Stone. Stone is a youngster, just under two years of age. He came to see me because his owner had noticed weight loss

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Lifestyle Factors Related to Feline Obesity

Buster Brown

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month and every blog post in June will focus on some aspect of our furry feline friends. Today’s topic is obesity. I saw one of my favorite patients the other day. Okay, I admit, all my patients are my favorite. Buster Brown is a mink-coated Tonkinese cat, just a bit over one

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Why Being a Fat Cat is Not as Good as it Sounds

The allure of being a fat cat with a private jet, international residences and a Swiss bank account is undeniable; having a fat cat of the feline species as your pet is undeniably a recipe for a health care disaster. Obesity runs rampant in American pets. Estimates by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention indicate over

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Scarlett’s Diet

Last week Scarlett, a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, had an urgent visit to The Animal Medical Center to see her cardiologist. Since she has been diagnosed with early stage heart valve disease, a condition common in Cavaliers, her family is always concerned about her breathing, which, on that day, was heavier than normal. The

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Let’s Move: Simple Activities to Get Your Cats Moving

First Lady Michelle Obama believes in physical activity as a way to combat childhood obesity in America. Her program, Let’s Move, aims to raise a healthier generation of kids. Americans are also raising a generation of obese cats because most cats now live indoors. Research has shown that cats living in apartments and inactive cats

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