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Back to School…

The ESAH back to school special…BACK TO SCHOOL

In the month of September, with every dental prophylaxis (scaling & polishing) pets will receive a bath, brush out and one month of oral flea control — FREE!

WELCOME DR. RAMIREZ!

DR. RAMIREZ

On behalf of the entire staff at the El Segundo Animal Hospital, I would like to extend a wholehearted welcome to ESAH’s newest associate veterinarian, Victor Ramirez, DVM.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Ramirez matriculated at the University of California, Davis, and upon graduation returned to Southern California to attend the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona.  After graduating from Western, Dr. Ramirez worked as an associate in an animal hospital in Anaheim before joining the ESAH team.

Dr. Ramirez brings with him a clinically tested and proven depth of knowledge, and an unparalleled work ethic.  I am very pleased to extend him a warm welcome and could not be happier he elected to become a part of our family here at the ESAH.

Andrew M. Streiber, DVM

The Seen:

Philz Coffee, San Francisco…

by DOUG MAGNUSON

Jumpy the Dog

Dogs in Art:

For his retrospective “Ain’t Painting A Pain” last year at the Orange County Museum of Art, L.A. based legend Richard Jackson installed a monumental black lab he called “Bad Dog!” to mark his territory…

RICHARD JACKSON, BAD DOG - 3

RICHARD JACKSON, BAD DOG - 2

RICHARD JACKSON, BAD DOG - 1

Good boy.

Christopher Knight’s review for the LA TIMES here…

Pet Spotlight: August

MAXIMUS!

MAX - 1

Ten week-old Maximus is a 2 pound brown tabby from Westchester.

Overweight Cats

Check out this great post from WebMD dealing with the health risks to overweight cats…

by JULIE EDGAR

reviewed by Elizabeth A. Martinez, DVM

Bea Sacks of Huntington Woods, Mich., calls Jack, her adult cat, “big.” But she has no idea how much he weighs or whether a diet is in order. That’s because Jack, like many house cats, eats whenever he wants and rarely visits the veterinarian. Unfortunately, if Jack is even a pound over his ideal weight, he could be in trouble. Overweight cats are far more likely to develop osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems, and non-allergic skin conditions.

If you can hear a thud when he jumps off the bed, you should consider putting your cat on a therapeutic cat diet, modifying your feeding habits, and getting him to move more. It’s a good idea to see a veterinarian first to rule out other issues. Plus, the vet can help you formulate a sensible weight-loss and exercise plan. What the vet can’t do is restrain your urge to reward your cat with treats or to give in to his mewling when you change his diet. Keep in mind: a slimmer, fitter cat is a happier and longer-lived cat.

Is Your Cat Fat?

An average domestic shorthair should weigh between 8 and 10 pounds,  and although you can attempt to put Tiger on a scale, there are other ways to check his fitness:

Gently squeeze the sides of your cat’s rib cage. If you can easily feel the ribs, he’s probably not overweight. If you have to press to get at the ribs, he may be heavier than he should be.

Look at your cat’s waistline. His body should become more slender from the belly to hindquarters.

A swinging pouch between your cat’s hind legs is an indication your cat is overweight.

Slimming Down Kitty

The primary responsibility that you, the caretaker, have is to limit the calories your cat is getting. A 10-pound indoor cat should take in about 200 calories a day, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

Here are some of the basics in limiting calories and slimming down your cat:

Measure out food. Divide the cat’s targeted calorie intake into four to six small meals.

Keep his water bowl full.

Leave out cat food for a limited amount of time.

Set a weight loss goal with your veterinarian.

Avoid giving treats, or if you must, use a few pieces of her dry food as a substitute.

Don’t share human food with your cat; it’s fattening and can cause diarrhea.

Don’t allow your cat access to dog food.

The consensus among vets is to implement a new diet slowly. Cats may stop eating if you suddenly confront them with different food.

“The bottom line is, you have to cut calories in proportion to the amount of work the cat is doing,” says Johnny Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, of Branson, Mo.  “We try to do it over a several-month time period.” The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention says a loss of about 1 pound per month is healthy.

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(WEB M.D.)

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