We know our dogs are not just like family – the are family.  In caring for our family, we need to look for signs of pain.  A common condition suffered is Osteoarthritis (OA). It is a joint disease that affects people as well as dogs and can be just as painful for dogs as it is for us.

In healthy joints, a slippery tissue called cartilage cushions the ends of the bones in the joints.  With OA, cartilage breaks down, causing pain and swelling.  As OA gets worse, bone spurs can form, causing more pain and joint damage.  When this happens, your dog may become less active or show signs of stiffness when getting up. 

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New data reveals that pet obesity is on the rise for the 8th consecutive year.

These expanding waist-lines are causing health repercussions, with nearly 20% of pet insurance claims in 2017 for medical conditions, related to obesity. It is estimated that 60% of cats and 56% of dogs are overweight or obese. We are continuing to see more pets diagnosed with obesity rather than being just overweight.

Clinical obesity results in more secondary conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease and certain forms of cancer.  Pets with obesity have reduced quality of life and shorter life expectancy. 

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As you don green getups and toast to St. Patrick, take a minute to think of all the wonderful gifts that the Emerald Isle has given us.

Its native species includes the good-natured Connemara pony and the easy-going Galway sheep. And don’t forget the gorgeous Irish dog breeds we now love on this side of the pond, from the Irish Setter to the Glen of Imaal Terrier.

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We all know the latest trend for the hipster about town is “Avo” on toast.

It is simple yet tasty.  Sometimes we want to share these treats with our pets including birds in our family.  Different species have different tolerance to foods and avocado is toxic is birds.

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Do you know how old your pet is, relative to you, or in “people” years?

Regardless of your pets age, you as an owner, play a key role in helping him combat illness and remain as healthy as possible.

Remember, your animal cannot describe symptoms to you, but he will show you signs of illness.

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