Pet Weight Loss: Making 2017 the Best Year ever for Your Pet

Natural dog foodMany of us start a new year with a list of resolutions aimed at improving our health. We ponder lofty goals, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and finally reading War and Peace. But, how about considering a new approach to your pet’s health and wellness alongside your own aspirations?

With the obesity epidemic on the rise among both pets and people, it’s more important now than ever to take a discerning look at your pet’s weight. Making a commitment to pet weight loss this year may not only add years to your pet’s life, but can also make those years more enjoyable for him or her.

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Seasonal Cues: How To Keep The Pounds Off Your Pet All Year Round

Rovklin_iStock_000004418851_LargeThe giant sunflowers you planted last spring yielded hundreds of plump seeds.This is great news – especially for the backyard squirrels or birds. Slowly the infiltration begins: cautiously at first, and then boldly, these fluffy or furry scavengers take over in search of winter’s plentiful stockpile. Enter, your cat or dog, and prepare for a hearty, frisky run about the backyard.

Is this the type of seasonal exercise designed to keep pounds off your pet? Well yes, but also not exactly. All cheekiness aside (we certainly don’t advocate for chasing suburban wildlife up a tree), we’ve got some ideas to help your pet (and you, too) remain healthy this fall – and all the months to follow. Continue…

Obese Pets: Risks and Remedies

Rocklin_iStock_000031410354_LargeMaybe the first time you noticed was when you attempted to take your dog on that 2 mile hike and she huffed and puffed the entire way. Or, maybe you were watching TV when you noticed that your robust kitty could no longer jump up on the couch next to you. Whenever the exact moment is that we become aware of our pets’ weight, it’s important to understand why fat pets aren’t funny, and what risks they face… Continue…

Powder Hounds: Keeping Pets Active Throughout Winter’s Chill

RRThe Rocklin area boasts a fairly reasonable winter climate that allows for keeping up with a year-round schedule of outdoor activities. But, even in light of our geographical luck, we can all get into a seasonal funk that perpetuates a serious lack of excitement regarding the simple act of going outside.

Regrettably, pets can suffer a similar seasonal happiness deficit. So what do you do when a pet doesn’t want to have anything to do with the backyard, let alone a hike or the dog park? If you and your pet are trying to cope with colder temperatures, shorter days, and less sunshine, we have some suggestions for keeping pets active throughout the coming months. And, by the time that first crocus pops up, you and your pet will be ready to go! Continue…