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December 16, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, pet fun, Pets | , , , , | 1 Comment

Being Overweight Shaves Nearly a Year from Your Dog’s Life, Especially in These 5 Breeds

Story at-a-glance

  • Recent research suggests that dogs that are overweight at middle age may not live as long as dogs of normal weight.
  • A study of approximately 5,500 dogs from 10 different breeds showed that those who are overweight at middle age can have their lives cut short by up to 10 months. This is especially prevalent in certain breeds, including Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Beagles and Shih Tzus.
  • Overweight dogs can also suffer from a long list of costly obesity-related conditions that can compromise their mobility and quality of life.
  • Orthopedic problems are occurring in ever-younger pets, and with greater severity, due to obesity. Dogs that are nearly immobile from a combination of weight and joint or bone problems are becoming commonplace.
  • Helping your dog achieve and maintain a healthy weight involves a combination of feeding species-appropriate nutrition in portion-controlled meals, and insuring your pet is getting plenty of regular exercise.

Overweight Dog

By Dr. Becker

If your dog is overweight or obese, you now have another huge incentive to help him slim down. According to recent research conducted by scientists from the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition in collaboration with Banfield Pet Hospital, being overweight shortens a dog’s lifespan.

Information was collected from veterinarians on approximately 5,500 pet dogs across 10 popular breeds throughout the U.S., using body condition scores for neutered male and spayed female dogs between 6.5 and 8.5 years of age.

The study results show that dogs that are overweight at middle age may not be around as long as those at a healthy weight. The research suggests that being too heavy can shave up to 10 months off a dog’s life, and this is particularly apparent in five breeds: the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel, Beagle and the Shih Tzu.

Overweight Dogs Also Acquire Devastating Obesity-Related Diseases

One thing the Waltham Centre study does not address is the quality of life of overweight and obese pets, many of which suffer from mobility problems and other obesity-related conditions for the final months of their lives.

Because so many pets are overweight these days, it’s common for veterinarians to see animals suffering from health conditions secondary to their obesity, including arthritis, hip dysplasia, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory problems, and kidney disease.

According to Petplan USA, in 2011, insurance claims for pets with diabetes increased over 250 percent from the prior year. Claims for heart disease rose over 30 percent, and for arthritic pets, nearly 350 percent. Orthopedic conditions are occurring in younger and younger pets, and with greater severity, because so many animals are overweight. Dogs that are nearly immobile from a combination of weight and joint or bone problems are becoming commonplace. Otherwise alert, healthy dogs are being euthanized because they simply can’t get around anymore, which destroys their quality of life.

How to Help a Heavy Dog Reach and Maintain His Ideal Weight

Excess weight on the relatively small sized body of a dog has serious and more immediate consequences than added weight on a human body. Couple that with the already short average lifespan of canines, and it’s easy to see how quickly and completely a dog’s life can be devastated by obesity.

If your dog is too heavy, isn’t it time to get him safely down to a healthy weight, so you can have him around as long as possible, and with a good quality of life?

My top three recommendations for helping an overweight pet lose weight:

  • Feed a balanced, species-appropriate diet. Regardless of his weight, your dog still needs the right nutrition for his species, which means food that is high in animal protein and moisture, with low or no grain content.
  • Practice portion control — usually a morning and evening meal, carefully measured. A high protein, low carb diet with the right amount of calories for weight loss, controlled through the portions you feed, is what will take the weight off your dog. And don’t forget to factor in any calories from treats.
  • Regularly exercise your pet. Daily exercise, including at least 20 minutes of consistent aerobic activity, will help your pet burn fat and increase muscle tone.

For more information: "How to Help Your Chunky Dog Release Excess Pounds." 

Sharing Thanksgiving With Your Pets

November 27, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, Animal Related Education, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Halloween Pet Fun… Looking Back

Looking back at some fun Halloween moments with our gang and friends…

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Happy Halloween 2013 From the Gang at Just One More Pet

2013 Annual NYC Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade – Haunted Hounds

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October 31, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, pet fun | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

2013 Annual NYC Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade – Haunted Hounds

"The 23rd Annual Halloween Dog Parade held at New York`s Tompkins Square Park was nothing short of amazing. From a twerking Miley Cyrus atop a canine version of Robin Thicke, to Walter White from `Breaking Bad`".

Huffington Post: Behold, the best dressed of the day:

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ice cream truck

hulk

anthony

barknado

pug

chicken

jarjar

pope

star wars family

lion dog

michael jackson dog

thor

beach bum

boo

flower

food truck pup

mammoth dog

chef

wrecking ball

walter white

chich

batman

bball dog

pin

starbucks pup

(Photo Credit: Hayden Rockwell) More photos at Site 

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October 30, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Pet Events, Pet Friendship and Love, pet fun, Pets | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Your Cats and Dogs

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Parade with some JOMP embellishments: Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and adults. Unfortunately, it’s not always the best time of year for cats and dogs. Here are five tips to keep your pets safe.

1. No Sweets for Your Sweetie

Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to lack of coordination and seizures. Chocolate, especially baker’s and dark chocolate, can also be potentially poisonous to animals, especially dogs. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, heart rhythm abnormalities, and even seizures. If  your dog or cat accidentally ingests any potentially harmful products and you need emergency advice, please consult with your veterinarian immediately.  Raisins and macadamia nuts are also no-no foods for pets.

2. Watch Out for Those Wrappers

Cats love to play with candy wrappers, but ingesting aluminum foil or cellophane can cause intestinal blockage and induce vomiting.

3. Careful with Costumes

If you dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his movement, hearing, sight, or ability to breathe, bark, or drink. Also check the costume for choking hazards.  Also make sure the costumes are inflammable. A simple festive Halloween bandana can be A smart alternative to dressing your pet from head-to-paw, especially if they don’t like dressing up!

4. Decorations Can Be Dangerous

Re-think putting candles in jack-o-lanterns. Pets can easily knock these over and start a fire, and curious kittens are particularly at risk of getting burned by candle flames. (There are many alternatives to candles and open flames these days.) Also take care to prevent your pets from having access to wires and cords from holiday decorations. If chewed, a wire can damage your pet’s mouth with shards of glass or plastic, or deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock.

5. Trick-or-Treating is for Kids, not Pets

During trick-or-treating hours, it’s generally best to keep pets in a room away from your front door. Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors constantly arriving at the door, and pets may escape the safety of your home. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags.

*TIP: If you have social pets, who like people and like to dress-up, put up a babygate at the door.  That cuts down on the door bell rings.

**And every pet is different… I used to live in a close knit neighborhood where several of the supervising parents took their big dogs (labs and setters) out with them as they walked with their kids to trick or treat and one took her Chihuahua out in a costume in her purse… but these are exceptions rather that the rule.

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Halloween Pet Treats

Your pets don’t have to be left out of the fun.  You can make delicious pet friendly Halloween treats that they’ll enjoy. Pounce on over here for easy-to-make treats for your cats, dogs, and horses. And have a safe and fun Halloween.

By Michele C. Hollow  who writes the pet-friendly blog Pet News and Views. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Working with Animals: From dog groomer to wildlife rescuer – tons of great jobs for animal lovers (Everything (Pets) (Kindle), and is working on a book about a WWI service dog.

*Be sure to check back here at Just One More Pet throughout the week for more Halloween and holiday tips for pet parents and for lots of fun Halloween pet photos.

October 28, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets, responsible pet ownership, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | 3 Comments

4th of July Pet Parades Around the Country

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We Have Had Too Much Fun!!!

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July 5, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Pet Events, pet fun | , , , | 2 Comments

Pet Dads With Their Pets (Furkids)

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UCLA Shutterbug  -  Whole Family is Asleep… Pups 7-Weeks Old

June 17, 2013 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, pet fun, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Memorial Day Pet Events in Atlanta… Check for Similar Events in Your Area

Remembering those who have died to keep us free this Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend Pet Fun

Here are a few options for pet-related activities this upcoming Memorial Day weekend in metro Atlanta that you can enjoy with or without your pet:

Examiner:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Pioneer Days
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Tanglewood Farm Miniatures, 171 Tanglewood Drive, Canton, GA 30115
Cost: $10 for the tour
Click here for more information.

Saturday

LifeLine Wellness Clinic
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 129 Lake Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Click here for more information.

Caturday Open House at the Furkids Shelter
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 2650 Pleasantdale Road, Suite 8, Atlanta, GA 30340
Click here for more information.

Puppy Hour at Doguroo
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Doguroo, 1456 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318
Click here for more information.

Low Cost Vaccination Clinic
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Georgia SPCA Adoption Center, 1175 Highway 23 (Buford Highway), Suite 109, Suwanee, GA 30024
Click here for more information.

Bunny Care 201
Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: North Georgia House Rabbit Society, The Rabbit Center, 2280 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066
Cost: $10 donation for materials and bunny healthy treat bag
Please contact Marlene by email marlenelarkin@bellsouth.net or by calling 770-792-7222 to reserve your spot.
Click here for more information.

Barks n’ Beers
Time: 4 to 8 p.m.
Location: Der Biergarten, 300 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Click here for more information.

Sunday

PAWS Atlanta Vaccination Clinic
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: PAWS Atlanta, 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30035
Click here for more information.

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May 24, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, Pet Events, pet fun, Pets, Working and Military Dogs and Related | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Merry Christmas From Just One More Pet 2011

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and Happy New Year To All

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December 25, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, pet fun, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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December 22, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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