Talking Pet Obesity with Dr. Clayton Jones

Is your dog or cat a little on the chunky side? Just kidding! Even though I’m a licensed veterinarian, I must admit my Labrador Retriever, Bridger, was once very overweight. I mean huge. Obese. And yes indeed, chunky!

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It was not his fault at all, although he does love to eat. He would pounce on the food bowl and be done in a jiffy. But who was it that overfed him? Me, of course! Pet owners really enjoy watching their furry family members eat ravenously. But what about their health? Obesity is a major health problem for pets (as well as their owners)!

According to research by Animal Friends Pet Insurance, cases of arthritis in cats and dogs are up 312% since 2012. And they are predicted to rise even further by the end of 2016. Based on analysis of 20,000 pet health records, the study found obesity is the leading cause of the dramatic increase, as a consequence of overfeeding.

Pets are massively overfed due to many reasons. First, pet food manufacturers encourage overfeeding. Pet food is advertised as scrumptious – as something to make even human mouths water – with flavors like roast chicken and vegetables, bacon, … Read more


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Pets

September is National Preparedness Month. Here are some simple, yet essential tips for safeguarding your most vulnerable family members – your pets – during an emergency.

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Activ4Pets Announces Partnership with Shelter Buddy, a Global Shelter Management Software

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It is with great pleasure that we announce our new IT partnership with Shelter Buddy. Headquartered in Queensland, Australia, Shelter Buddy is a multi-functional database that assists animal welfare organizations around the world with the cataloguing and data management of the pets in their care.

As an organization committed to animal welfare, Activ4Pets is delighted to be working alongside such a renowned and innovative company. Shelter Buddy CEO Mark Townend comments, ‘At Shelter Buddy we are always looking to incorporate new technology solutions to enable our animal shelter partners gain efficiency and resources that help further their mission of saving animal lives.

‘As a result, we are thrilled to launch our partnership and IT integration with Activ4Pets. Connecting our software with Activ4Pets platform enables our shelter partners to seamlessly transfer all their adopted pets’ information and health records to the new owners’ mobile phones without lifting a finger. The exchange is completed automatically on the day of adoption, so the information is available as soon as the pet adopter arrives home!

‘Most importantly, this will help shelter staff save time spent answering follow up phone calls from pet adopters to retrieve information like vaccination histories, microchip numbers or medications. … Read more