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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Health Benefits of Pets

We all know how adorable and loving our pets are. But did you know by owning a pet you’re already leading a healthier lifestyle than those who don’t?

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Well, it’s true. These benefits include improvements to both your mental and physical health. So now you have a new reason to be thankful for your pets!… Read more


Local Pet Adoption and Animal Shelter Fundraising Events Help Save Lives!

This past weekend was a HUGE one for animal welfare initiatives. As well as the many Clear the Shelter pet adoption events happening around the country, our partner, the Humane Society for Tacoma-Pierce County held its annual Dog-A-Thon on Saturday, July 23rd! And it was a great success!

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Activities to do with your Dog

The best kind of days are the ones you can dedicate to the love of your life, your puppy. And, when it comes to spending quality time with your best friend, the options are endless.

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The Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Workplace

Friday, June 24 is going to be one of the happiest weekdays of the year because it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day! But will all those excitable canines be too disruptive for your non-pet owner colleagues, or are there benefits to a pet-friendly workplace?

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Activ4Pets Helps Pet Owners and Veterinarians Prevent Medical Errors

Medical errors are, unfortunately, part of life. But thankfully new technology systems are coming to the rescue, with electronic medical records and telemedicine platforms to help Doctors and Veterinarians limit potential errors and track health information more accurately.

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