Posted 10:41 AM 3/18/2013 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: My dog has a eating disorder, she never gets filled up? Vet said to feed her 1/4 cup of food twice a day, with green beans, but she sneaks, gets into garbage, toilet paper, baby diapers, gross, what can I do? She's way overweight, small dog?
A: Your dog does not have an eating problem - (More)
Posted 4:27 PM 1/25/2013 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: I have a small chihuahua; she recently started losing weight when we got a new dog. Is there anything I can give her to make her start gaining weight? She has never really been a big eater, and I am afraid to give her dog treats off the shelf. I have seen on the news that peoples pets have (More)
Posted 12:14 PM 10/23/2012 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Obesity is one of the most common diseases we see at Animal Care Clinic - and also one of the most dangerous. We know that large breed dogs who maintain a healthy weight will live 2 YEARS longer than those that are overweight. This advantage is probably even greater in small dogs and cats. We (More)
Posted 11:32 AM 5/22/2012 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
You may have heard people talking about the benefits of fish oil or flax seed oil. These products contain omega-3 fatty acids, abbreviated EPA and DHA. Animals, including people, dogs, cats and the red meats we eat are made mainly from omega-6 fatty acids. Chemically, these molecules are quite (More)
Posted 11:32 AM 2/10/2012 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Have you started your New Year's resolution to exercise and get fit yet? Some of you started and have already quit!
During December I wrote about obesity in pets and looked at several feeding strategies to help curb this problem. If you watch the "Biggest Loser" you know that a good (More)
Posted 10:05 AM 1/10/2012 by Bonnie Markoff
One of my favorite scenes in any movie is from Shrek 2: Puss In Boots hacking up a hairball. Wouldn't you love to see the actual footage of Antonio Banderas as he voiced over that scene?! Those of you with vomiting cats would surely rather watch the movie version than see your own cat vomiting (More)
Posted 11:09 AM 10/25/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: My very healthy Chow Mix, Bear, has been throwing up for a month now. We took her to the vet for a blood and urine work up and there's nothing wrong with her. Now she is not eating unless it's chicken or fish. She goes back to the vet tomorrow, but would like a second opinion on what this (More)
Posted 12:59 PM 10/4/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Q: My 14 month-old cat won't stop eating! I've got him on lowfat food and only feed him twice a day, but he's FAT! Seriously, this cat would eat all day long if I let him. Help?
A: Our pets are no different from us - they eat because it tastes good or because they are bored. All of us (More)
Posted 10:38 AM 1/13/2011 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
Many clients at Animal Care Clinic ask about how to feed their pets - free choice or meals. Veterinarians disagree to some extent as which is better, and there are medical benefits to both systems.Many owners find it convenient to leave food out all the time for their animals, especially cats. (More)
Posted 4:19 PM 12/8/2010 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM
Both Rachel and Jennie have asked about itchy pets recently.
Rachel has three Pugs that are so itchy that they scoot, chase their tails and are even aggressive towards each other.
Jennie's kitty, Dobbie, has dandruff and is itchy enough that it seems to hurt when she scratches his (More)
Posted 9:58 AM 12/28/2009 by By By Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
You are probably eating more this month than usual. Do you find yourself grazing through Christmas goodies in the employee lunchroom or at parties? When food is easily available, we will eat even if we are not hungry.
The same is true for our pets. There are a few animals who manage their (More)
Posted 9:56 AM 12/28/2009 by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP
We have been looking at obesity in pets this month. Last week we talked about limiting food intake by feeding meals. Excess snacks can be a big problem for many of our pets, especially dogs.
It is natural to want to give your pets treats when they do good things. I find myself wanting to (More)
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