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How Cats Get Fat

Cat owners want their pets to be happy, but providing an abundance of food and snacks can have unintended consequences. A new study from the University of Illinois looked at what happens in the digestive system and gut microbiota when cats…
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Stop Free-Feeding

Free-feeding means making food available to your dog at all times and your pet can eat whenever they choose. It’s a bad idea because you can’t manage their nutritional intake. They will start overeating even out of boredom, which can lead…
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Stay Out Of Kitchen!

If your pet expects food and treats at any and every time of the day and follows you into the kitchen or to the dining area, you need to train them better at respecting boundaries. Set up a baby gate barrier at the kitchen doorway. Tell…
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Dogs Get Diabetes, Too

Diabetes in dogs is caused by obesity. When your pet dog is obese, their pancreas have to work harder to produce insulin, which can lead to diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes in dogs include increased thirst, urination, and appetite. If your…
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Is Your Cat Fat?

One way to measure if you cat is fat is by gauging the fat coverage over the ribs. Veterinary experts have a simple trick: Compare your cat’s ribs to the knuckles of your hand. Hold one hand out, palm facing down, and run the fingers of…
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Rewarding Your Pet

Don’t use treats. So, for instance, you’re trying to teach your dog to fetch, using food within minutes is a bad idea. Too many treats can make your pet put on weight. The reward for a proper fetch should be the toy or object you’re playing…
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