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How Fat Is That Doggie in Your Window?

fat dogWe all translate our dogs age into people years so we can get a better idea of how old our dog really is…or at least in comparison to us.  But what about weight. We are so focused on fighting obesity in America but we are forgetting to look at obesity in our pets. Just like with people, an obese pet can have serious health complications.

Did you know that a 12 pound Yorkie is the same as an average female weighing 218 pounds and a 14 pound cat is equivalent to a 237 pound man. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has created an online pet weight translator and tables of the most common breeds that compare those extra pounds on our pets in terms of love handles we can all relate to. 

Putting your pets weight into human terms will help you to understand whether or not your pet is overweight, and by how much. Just like with age, it is easier for us to understand when we relate the numbers to human terms.

Often times an obese pet is caused by poor nutrition and/or lack of exercise. Many people don’t know how much to geed their dog or what they should be feeding them. Simple changes in your dogs diet and lifestyle can have tremendous results in weight, health and happiness.  A dog that is lean and fit is much happier than one that is fat.

Some interesting weight conversions…just to give you an idea:

  • 90 pound female Labrador retriever is equal to a 186 pound 5’ 4” female or 217 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a female Lab is equal to 4 to 5 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 5’ 9” male
  • 15 pound average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to a 218 pound 5’ 4” female or 254 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on an average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to 14 to 15 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 17 pounds on a 5’ 9” male
  • 15 pound average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to a 218 pound 5’ 4” female or 254 pound 5’ 9” male
  • 105 pound male Golden retriever is equal to a 203 pound 5’ 4” female or 237 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a female Golden is equal to 4 to 5 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 5’ 9” male
  • 12 pound Pomeranian is equal to a 249 pound 5’ 4” female or 290 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a Pomeranian is equal to 21 to 21 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 24 to 25 pounds on a 5’ 9” male

Get your dogs weight translated.

Is your Flea Medication Killing Your Cat?

Permethrin catsDid you know that cats are more sensitive to flea medication than dogs?  And kittens are more sensitive than their older parents. Yes, their sensitivity is more than just an attitude!  It is common for people to think that one flea treatment is as good as another and if you can use it on Odie then why can’t you use it on Garfield? Permethrin is why.  Permethrin is a synthetic chemical which is frequently used as an insecticide and it is also a neurotoxin. It can cause seizures, coma and even death.

Permethrin is in Dog flea medication but not cat flea powder. Despite the fact that most flea powder has a picture of a dog or a cat to let you know which animal to use it on, if you have multiple animals in your house it can be easy to grab the wrong box. The boxes also have text that says “DO NOT USE ON CATS”, but it is not big enough and can be easily missed.  Because in many stores the dog and cat flea medication is all on one shelf together it can be easy to grab the wrong box.

Signs of Permethrin Poisoning

  • Tremors
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Salvation
  • Incoordination – maybe they are walking funny
  • Dilated pupils
  • Fever

Symptoms will generally start within a few hours but can sometimes take a few days to appear.

To reduce the likelihood of permethrin poisoning you should buy your flea medication from your vet or from a pet supply store, instead of a big box. Products at a specialty store will be more clearly displayed to reduce confusion.

If you notice any of these signs call you vet immediately! There is no direct treatment, only the symptoms can be treated. So a vet will treat the symptoms, like a seizure, and will try to decontaminate their system. Getting your cat to the vet as soon as you notice symptoms will increase the likelihood of survival.

Low Cost Spays and Neuters

At Vet-Co we pride ourselves on providing low cost spays and neuters for the Albuquerque and Los Lunas animal community. We want to make sure that everyone can get the proper well animal treatment and that includes spays and neuters. This is why we make sure that our spays and neuters not only are affordable but have no hidden costs. Some vet clinics offer low cost services but have add on costs for things like anesthesia or pain management medication. Some vet clinics offer low cost procedures as long as you are spending an additional minimum amount.

At Vet-Co we don’t believe in hidden costs. All of the “add-ons” that other veterinary clinics charge you for are included because we believe they are essential to the proper care and treatment of your pet. To be truly affordable you need to know what you are affording. So at Vet-Co what you see is what you get!

If your pet is not yet spayed or neutered, then call us today and schedule your appointment or come by and see us!

Albuquerque Vet-Co
8200 Menaul Blvd NE #R
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Valencia Vet-Co, Los Lunas
2510 Main St. NE #1
Los Lunas, NM

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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.