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September 13, 2017

Vote for us for Vet Practice of the Year

Thanks to our lovely clients we have been nominated for Vet Practice of the Year! We are one of five practices from all over Australia who have been nominated for the award. Now we need your votes to win Vet Practice of the Year! Please vote here on the Vet Practice tab Our winnings go to Pet Rescue ACT, a very worthy local organisation.
August 9, 2017

Fat kills

Fat itself is a serious health threat, particularly in small animals like our beloved cats. We don't do our cats - or our wallets - any favours by letting the cats in our lives accumulate fat. Killer Chronic Inflammation - fat cells produce toxic compounds (adipokines) which cause chronic inflammation and damage all over the body Decreased Life Expectancy - pets kept at a lean body mass live an average of 2 years longer and had fewer medical problems. Fat cats suffer more health issues and live shorter lives Osteoarthritis - overloaded joints break down cartilage leading to arthritis but it also appears the adipokines produced by fat tissue compound the problem. Diabetes - obesity leads to diabetes and insulin resistance in many cats, especially Burmese cats Kidney Disease - excess weight in cats leads to high blood pressure, which can directly affect the kidney. Respiratory Disease - trying to breath with excess fat along the chest wall and abdomen is like having a heavy bag pushing down on your chest. It alters the normal breathing pattern and reduces overall activity. Cancer - Obesity causes increased cancer rates in mice and men. Not enough studies have been done on cats to confirm the linkage in cats - but it's only a matter of time.
August 3, 2017

Improve your cat’s quality of life – simply

Over half of our patients are overweight and many of these are clinically obese. As little as an extra 1% of intake over caloric requirements can result in 25% excess bodyweight by middle age. Overweight cats risk developing health issues like diabetes, arthritis, breathing difficulties, bladder problems, liver disease, decreased exercise and heat tolerance, and an overall compromised quality of life. Obesity is caused by overeating and lack of exercise. Indoor cats eat more and exercise less, often through boredom and lack of opportunities to play and hunt. It’s up to their carers to give them an appropriate amount of food, a good quality diet, exercise and mental stimulation. When cats are desexed their energy needs decrease by about 30% as their metabolism is more efficient. Depending on their age we recommend you reduce food intake by 20-30%. If you are concerned about your cats' weight or quality of life discuss it with us at a health check soon.