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Does My Dog Have A Healthy Weight?

Dog obesity

Dog obesityMost people don’t know if their dog is a healthy weight or if they are overweight. Many times we, as pet owners, think that our dog is healthy when in fact they are fairly obese. I am guilty of it myself. I love fat dogs. I love their fat little bellies and how their who body wiggles when they walk. The reality is that it is not healthy for them. Being overweight can cause a variety of health problems from heart issues to joint issues, as well as shorten their lifespan. It is important for your dog to be in a healthy weight.

Of course, healthy weight changes depending on your dog’s age and breed. Not all dogs are built the same. What is fat for one dog might be a perfect weight for another. If you are wondering how to know if your dog is at a good weight, you should ask your Albuquerque veterinarian during your annual checkup. You can also uses this great tool to see if your dog is in the proper weight range.

If your dog is overweight, there is a lot you can do to get them back into a healthier range. You can change their diet. Many people over feed their dog or need to adjust the kind of food based on your dogs age and activity level. Food that was good for you dog when they were a few years old is not the same as when they get older. Did you know most dogs should be on dog food meant for older dogs by the age of 6 or 7? Dog food for puppies, or young dogs, are much higher in fat. You should speak to your vet about the best diet for your dog. Also, increasing their physical activity. Just like with humans, when you exercise and eat well, you are more likely to lose weight. Plus exercised is good for your dog for their overall physical and mental health, not just for their weight.

As the Spring weather rolls in, this is the perfect time to get a checkup and get your dog on a new diet and exercise regiment.


Most Common Poisonous Flowers

Mild to Intense, here we’ve listed 13 most common flowers that are poisonous. Every gardener should know about these toxic flowers.
Flowers spread the color and joy and compliment the garden. However, there are some flowers that are common and loved by gardeners are toxic.
No one is saying you should remove them or avoid them altogether, but if you have small children and animals, you should know what flowers are poisonous so that you can keep an extra eye and become aware of what the consequences might be, if they ingest something from the following flowers and plants.

1. Hydrangeamost poisonous flowers (3)_mini
Be extra careful when growing hydrangeas, don’t keep them indoors if you have cats and dogs, if in case they might nibble it. Hydrangeas contain small amount of cyanide and can be lethal if ingested heavily. Although they are not dangerous for human, but ingestion of specific amount of leaves or flowers can cause vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy in pets.

2. Clematismost poisonous flowers (12)_mini
Rather mild but toxic, clematis is poisonous. When touched or consumed, the toxin called anemonin (irritant glycoside) affects the pets and humans both. It can cause dermatitis in some people after contact and mild burning sensation and ulcer in mouth, if eaten. It affects the pets like dogs, cats and horses more and causes nausea and drooling. Fortunately the symptoms subside soon, pets themselves don’t touch clematis because of its bitter taste. *While pruning clematis, care to wear gloves.

3. Calotropismost poisonous flowers (11)_mini
Calotropis is one of the most common weed grows all across the South Asia, its latex ooze out from the flowers and leaves that contains calotropin, which if contacted to eyes can cause blindness.

Also Read: Plants that release latex

4. Oleandermost poisonous flowers (6)_mini
Oleanders are charming, fragrant and loved by home owners, they bloom in white, pink, yellow or red. But be careful if you have children, eating only a meager amount of this toxic flower can be dangerous. All parts of oleander are extremely poisonous if ingested, even the smoke burn from its wood is toxic. Symptoms of poisoning include dehydration, fever, slow heartbeat, tremors and death is also possible.

5. Azaleaflowers that are poisonous to dogs
Both azaleas and rhododendrons are poisonous for pets. These colorful flower are beautiful to look at and adds color in a garden. Flowers, leaf or stem can lead to nausea, abdominal pain and difficulty in breathing, if eaten.

6. Daffodil (Narcissus)what flowers are poisonous to dogs
The bulbs are the toxic part of this popular and familiar flower, so you should probably take extra care when you plant it, if you have a dog that likes to dig in the flower beds. Too much ingestion can cause vomiting, diarrhea, squeeze cases, tremors and heart rhythm disorders.

7. Lantana
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Lantana is extremely common flower in tropics and be treated as weed in many countries. Its flowers come in shades of white, yellow, pink, red, violet or orange. This flower is known for its intense fragrance and it also attracts butterflies. All parts of the plant contain liver toxin. Symptoms like depression, vomiting, fatigue and liver failure are possible after ingestion.

8. Foxglovemost poisonous flowers (2)_mini
Foxgloves are used to prepare medicines, still all parts of the plant are mildly poisonous, contains digitalis glycoside, digitoxin and deslanocide and used in heart medicine. However, if you ingest a particular amount of foxgloves it can cause headache, stomach pain and fainting.

9. Lily of the Valleymost poisonous flowers (5)_mini
The lily of the valley is very toxic, flowers, leaves and stem should not be eaten. The plant contains cardiac glycosides, which acts directly on the heart and causes vomiting, illusion, blurriness, slow heart rates and can be fatal in some cases. Fortunately, the poison is slowly absorbed into the body, so that the medical intervention on time after consuming can save from much harm to occur.

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Not all species of morning glory are poisonous but there are few, whose seeds are poisonous, if swallowed. Morning glory contain the toxic called lysergic alkaloids, which causes medical signs like diarrhea, in-coordination and liver failure, if large amount of seeds ingested.

11. Wisteriamost poisonous flowers (8)_mini
The tempting beauty of wisteria is alluring but do you know that it is a mildly poisonous plant, mainly for cats and dogs. Every part of it is poisonous, especially seeds. If only few seeds are ingested they can cause mild abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and depression of the central nervous system.

12. Periwinkle (Catharanthus rosea, *formely Vinca rosea)most poisonous flowers (7)_mini
Madagascar Periwinkle is one of the most easy to grow flowers and can be an excellent ground covers in warm climates, but it is mildly poisonous and contains a group of alkaloids. It is used in Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicines to cure high blood pressure. Its excess consumption causes drop in blood pressure and hypotension. Do not confuse Madagascar periwinkle with Vinca major (greater periwinkle), which is not poisonous.

13. Calla Lilymost poisonous flowers (10)_mini
Calla lily can be an excellent cut flower and looks beautiful, its leaves are edible after cooking. According to North Carolina state university all parts of calla lily are poisonous and contains calcium oxalate crystals and because of this, eating any part of the plant raw can causes swelling of lips, tongue and throat. Similar symptoms occur to the animals, if they eat it.

Also Read: How to identify poisonous plants

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Mild to Intense, here we’ve listed 13 most common flowers that are poisonous. Every gardener should know about these toxic flowers.

Kidney Disease in Cats

Your cat’s kidneys do many important things. They help manage blood pressure, make hormones, stimulate the bone marrow to make more red blood cells, and remove waste from the blood.

Cats’ kidneys begin to fail with age. Untreated, kidney disease can lead to a series of health problems. When it’s chronic, there’s no cure. But with early diagnosis and good care, you can help boost both the quality and length of your pet’s life.

Older cats aren’t the only ones at risk. Kittens can be born with kidney diseases. Trauma and infection are also causes.

Types of Kidney Disease
There are two types of kidney failure in cats. Each has different causes, treatments, and outlooks.

Acute renal failure develops suddenly, over a matter of days or weeks. It happens in cats of all ages and is usually the result of:


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Poisons, which are the most common cause of acute renal failure. Antifreeze, toxic plants like lilies, pesticides, cleaning fluids, and certain human medications are highly poisonous to your cat’s kidneys. Even a single tablet of ibuprofen can lead to her kidneys shutting down. Check around your house and garage for these substances and make sure your cat can’t get into them.
Trauma, especially involving a broken pelvis or burst bladder
Shock from losing a lot of blood quickly or rapid dehydration; overheating in hot weather, a significant rise in activity, vomiting, and diarrhea can all cause a big dip in fluids.
Infection in the kidneys
Blockages that change the flow of blood into the kidney and the flow of urine out of it
Heart failure with low blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to the kidneys
If diagnosed in time, acute renal failure can often be reversed. But chronic kidney problems can be harder to treat. Found mostly in middle-aged and older cats, they develop over months and even years. If your cat is 7 years or older, pay special attention to her health.

While the exact causes of chronic kidney disease aren’t always clear, even to vets, they include:

Kidney infections and blockages, which may not result in acute renal failure, but wear down kidney function at a low level for months or years
Other conditions, from advanced dental disease and high blood pressure to thyroid problems and cancer

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.