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Allergies: A Common Problem at this Time of Year

This is the time of year when I see a LOT of dogs and cats that are itching. There are many potential reasons for our pets to itch, but a very common one is allergies!

Dogs and cats can become allergic to many of the same things that people do. However, they exhibit signs of allergies much differently than people.

  • People with allergies usually have sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes, etc.
  • Dogs and cats with allergies do not sneeze or have a runny nose, they … Itch! So they scratch! Some pets with allergies will scratch so much that they cause severe sores.
  • Sometimes the itching is mild, sometimes it is severe. For a dog or cat to have allergies is like being surrounded by lots of mosquitoes 24 / 7 – not a good quality of life!

Symptoms of allergies in people are caused by the release of histamines, thus many people treat their allergies with antihistamines. In dogs and cats, however, symptoms are caused by the release of certain proteins. Antihistamines are seldom effective in treating allergies in pets, but we have other treatment options that are very effective.

Often, the allergies get the pet started itching, and then the harder they scratch the more they itch, which makes them scratch even harder! This “itch / scratch / itch” cycle can result in the pet severely traumatizing their skin! It is important for the owner to get treatment before damage is done.

The initial treatment option for allergies in pets is usually cortisone (most commonly prednisone). Prednisone is the safest type of cortisone to use in pets, it does a good job of controlling the itching, and is inexpensive compared to other medications. It’s most noticeable side effect is that it can cause the pet to drink more water and have to urinate more frequently. We usually start with a higher dose of prednisone to break the itch / scratch / itch cycle, and rapidly drop it to giving every other day which is the safest for long term use.

The other option for treating allergies in pets is Atopica. Atopica also does a good job of controlling allergies in pets, does not have as many side effects as prednisone, and is more expensive than prednisone. We usually use this medication for pets who “pee up a storm” when receiving prednisone!

Sometimes dogs and cats become allergic to seasonal things, like pollen for example. If that is the case, it is likely that they will start to itch at about the same time every year, so starting them on the therapy right away helps to prevent the discomfort of allergies. Some pets become allergic to things that are here all year around, like house dust for example. These pets may require therapy long term.

It is important to monitor liver and kidney function with an annual blood test for pets being treated for allergies.

If your pet is itching, don’t hesitate to have us examine him or her for allergies. We want them to have the best quality of life possible, which is not possible with constant itching. We’ll help remind you when it is time to do this.

Our Pet’s Eyes

Our pet’s eyes are pretty important. They are one of the most delicate organs, and if you enjoy looking at beautiful artwork comprising a tapestry of colors, ask me to help you take a look at the view through your pet’s pupil during your next visit.

For the most part, our pet’s eyes allow them to view the world, are self-cleaning, and are protected by a number of reflexes that keep injuries to a minimum. Here are a few things to remember to help your pet have healthy pain-free vision.

The outside surface of the eye is called the cornea. It should always be transparent and have no spots or cloudy areas. If the cornea is scratched it is painful, resulting in squinting, tearing, and sometimes cloudiness in the affected eye. Getting a “foreign body” (a piece of weed, seed, etc.) behind the eyelid causes the same response. Scratches or “ulcers” (little craters that are infected) on the cornea are probably the most common eye problem that I treat. It often requires a special stain to actually see a scratch on the cornea. It’s important to treat corneal scratches and ulcers as soon after they develop as possible. The longer that they are allowed to continue the deeper they get, and the more difficult (and expensive) they are to treat.

Some of our pets have a normal amount of tearing that does not indicate a problem. It’s important to get a feel for how much eye discharge accumulates during a normal day so that we recognize when there is a change that may indicate a problem. Some breeds of dogs have bulging eyes that have quite a bit of normal daily discharge. In these breeds the eyelids (which act as windshield wipers) can’t do a 100% effective job of washing the eye off each time the animal blinks, resulting in additional tearing and accumulating discharge. This is not a problem, and owners can help avoid discomfort by cleaning the discharge away once or twice a day with a soft cloth moistened with warm, clean water.

Some eye problems can be somewhat seasonal or age related. Cats tend to come to us more frequently with corneal injuries during the breeding season (January to June) due to fighting. We also see more dogs with corneal injuries or foreign bodies in their eyes during the hunting seasons. Also, cataracts are common in dogs over 6 years of age.

In addition to injuries to the cornea and foreign bodies, our pets can be affected by conditions such as glaucoma, detached retina, and a number of other problems. The main thing to remember is that if you see your pet squinting, if there is an increased amount of tearing, or if you notice any cloudiness on the surface of the eye, you should call your veterinarian on an emergency basis.

And don’t forget to ask about looking into your pet’s eyes with an ophthalmoscope at your next visit to All Pets! Assuming that your pet holds still, the view is magnificent!!

Aggression Behavior in Cats

We see a lot of cats here at All Pets. Aggression behavior is not uncommon in cats, and we get questions about this from clients who are often pretty frustrated (understandably so). So I thought I would share a case example with you that involved aggression behavior in one of our feline patients. This client described that her neutered male kitten, @6 months old, was jumping and attacking people’s legs and hands, and sometimes demonstrated sexual behavior toward stuffed animals in home.

The technical term for this issue is “feline misdirected predatory aggression”. Normally a large part of young cat’s days are spent being predators, some cats have a larger than average need for that energy outlet. When confined in the house, often the only thing moving is the owners, so the cat naturally uses them for an outlet. The sexual activity that she described is also a symptom. We discussed considering the following:

  • Movement stimulates the predatory response, and often owners reinforce this behavior by their understandably rapid movements when the cat demonstrates the behavior.
  • Provide increased exposure to other cats and/or environments that allow predatory activity.
  • Utilize pheromones (Feliway) that have a calming affect.
  • Provide a perch and/or hiding places. Perches are an important part of any cat’s environment.
  • Provide food in toys (example Kongs) that the cat has to work at (and expend energy on) to get the food out.
  • Increase activity where the owner uses a flashlight or pointer (or other toy) that allows play with the cat that moves the cat away from the person.
  • Put toys that receive sexual attention away. If he starts using other toys decide which one you will allow him to have.
  • Confine during time periods when he typically shows inappropriate behavior.
  • Consider kitty TV videos – birds, fish, etc have been helpful.
  • Consider video taping him for us to view the inappropriate behavior.

At first the idea of getting another cat seemed completely backwards – plus she had to convince her spouse! They did get another cat however, about the same age and size as the first. She also utilized Feliway, provided perches, and started playing with the cats with a flashlight (lots of my clients like this – it’s a lot easier to sit in the recliner with the flashlight and let the cat do the work!!).

Her cat’s behavior improved almost immediately upon getting another cat. The two cats played, chased, and mock wrestled almost continuously from the time they met. They had little inclination to jump and grab a person’s hand when they could wrestle with the real thing! The moral to this story is that cats really are not little dogs; they have unique aspects about them that need to be addressed appropriately.

Feline behavior challenges can vary; let us know if you have questions about your feline pal!

Anal Glands, Oh-oh!

One common reason (and, unfortunately, one of the least dignified reasons!) for your pet to visit the vet is impacted anal glands. Here are a few comments concerning this subject.

Anal glands are small sacs that are located on each side of the rectum. Each sac empties into the rectum through a small hole. When that hole gets plugged, the sac fills with material resulting in discomfort for the pet, and the dog often responds by scooting around on it’s behind (trying to put pressure on the plugged gland to empty it). We see this regularly in dogs, but seldom in cats. “Expressing” the anal glands involves the vet placing proper pressure on the glands to empty them. Improperly expressing anal glands can result in rupture or infection. Most dogs tolerate this procedure pretty well, all things considered!!

Impacted anal glands can cause a wide variety of signs including:

  • The pet may “scoot” around on it’s behind.
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive chewing or scratching around the tail/behind.
  • Pain when having bowel movements.

Most dogs with impacted anal glands do not recur after the glands are expressed. A few dogs, however, develop a recurring problem that requires repeated expression or possibly surgery. Foods that are high in fiber and keeping your pet from becoming over weight may help. If you think your pet is experiencing discomfort from anal glands, or if you notice any swelling in the rectal area, it is important to have him/her examined by a veterinarian. Swelling in the rectal area of cats is especially important to have examined. Although impacted anal glands are not dangerous to your pet’s health, there are a number of other conditions (perianal fistulas, tumors, etc.) that can certainly be dangerous. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions! about 6 years of age, many things inside your pet start to change, things that require the care you give your pet to change too!

Senior Pet Care

At about 6 years of age, many things inside your pet start to change, things that require the care you give your pet to change too!

Liver, kidneys, and other organs start to require specific levels of nutrients to stay healthy. Hip joints especially start to become painful. Teeth and gums that may have had tartar for a long time start to erode and become painful. A little extra weight can balloon into obesity when those sore hips reduce exercise levels.

If your dog or cat is 6 years old or older, we recommend the following:

A thorough annual physical exam. Our physical exams find many issues while they are still small and easy/less expensive to deal with. Remember that 6 months in your pet’s life is about like 3-4 years of a person’s life – don’t hesitate to have us examine your pet every 6 months if you feel he or she is experiencing changes.

Stay current on all vaccinations – older pet’s immune systems are not as strong so vaccinations become very important.

A high quality Senior diet.

An annual Senior Profile – a blood test that checks liver and kidney function, and checks for diabetes.

Pay special attention to those hips:

  • Start Dr. Klein’s at-home strength and flexibility exercises at 6 years of age.
  • At the first sign of rear end stiffness start PST therapy annually.
  • At the first sign of rear end pain start pain relief medication like Phycox or Metacam.

Watch that weight – your pet’s ribs right behind the shoulder blade should be as easy to feel as the bones on the back of your hand.

  • Exercise regularly – trotting is best (ask our staff why!).
  • At the first sign of extra weight, switch to Prescription Diet W/D.
  • If your dog is overweight and limiting food has not worked, a diet medication called Slentrol may be beneficial for us to prescribe. Sorry cats, Slentrol is for dogs only!

The senior years are some of the most satisfying times for a pet and owner. Owners may be faced with higher health expenses during these years. Pet insurance may be a tool for owners to consider to decrease the risk of unexpected health related expenses.

Diabetes – more common than you’d think!

We have a number of diabetic patients whose owners are successfully treating and are leading a great quality of life – much better than before they were diagnosed! I usually see these pets after they have had the disease for awhile – common comments from the owner include things like “he’s been drinking more water lately”, “she hasn’t been herself for awhile”, “his hair coat hasn’t been as shiny for awhile”. Drinking more water is a classical sign that can be due to several things, one of which is diabetes.

Don’t make assumptions – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had owners bring their dog or cat in worried that we would have to consider euthanasia because their neighbor had a pet that drank a lot of water due to a fatal disease, and from that one case they assume that’s what their pet has too! Diabetes is treatable, as are many other diseases that cause pets to drink lots of water.

Diabetes in pets is due to a lack of insulin production. When your pet eats a meal, that food is digested and the sugars and nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream. Insulin “carries” the sugars (also called glucose) from the blood into the muscle fibers. Without insulin, the glucose just builds up in the blood stream which causes problems – like extra urination so the pet has to drink more water to replace fluids lost in the urine. Also, the muscles need that glucose to function properly, which does not happen without insulin.

Three things affect successful diabetes treatment:

  • How much the pet eats each day (eating more increases glucose in the blood).
  • How much the pet exercises each day (exercising more decreases glucose in the blood).
  • How much insulin is given (giving more insulin decreases glucose in the blood).

I don’t care very much about the amounts of the above three things. I really care that each of those three things are consistent every day. If the pet eats the same amount and exercises the same amount each day, giving the same amount of insulin each day will keep the blood glucose at the levels we want – when we keep the glucose levels where we want them we call the diabetic “under control”. If the pet eats or exercises different amounts each day, we don’t know how much insulin to give, so we can’t keep the blood glucose levels where we want them and the diabetic is called “out of control”.

Diagnosing diabetes is really easy – a blood test that we do right in our office. Determining the right amount of insulin to give is a little more difficult. If we give too little insulin we don’t bring the blood glucose levels low enough. If we give too much insulin we could drive glucose levels so low that we could kill the pet.

Because of this I never send the pet home with insulin after the initial diagnosis. We schedule him or her to spend a couple of days at the clinic. That allows us to give some insulin, measure how low the blood glucose goes throughout the day, then give a little more or a little less insulin and measure the blood glucose – all under our staff’s watchful eyes. When the pet goes home we have determined an insulin dosage that we know is effective and safe.

Before the pet goes home we have a little training session with the owner. This is really exiting, although sometimes the owners are a little nervous. We go over the following things:

  • Handling insulin – it’s fragile, keep it refrigerated, always “roll” the bottle never shake or drop it.
  • How to handle the syringe safely to avoid poking yourself, disposal of needles after use, etc.
  • How to give injections by making a tent with the skin and inserting the needle in the “door” of the tent. Never have your finger on the “trigger” portion of the syringe until after inserting the needle under the skin. Almost every client is concerned about giving the injections, and almost every client comes back for their next checkup saying “that’s a piece of cake”!
  • Once the pet arrives home, either have just one person give all the injections or have a check off chart that assures your pet never gets two insulin injections by mistake!
  • Always have some Karo syrup (less irritating to the stomach than honey or maple syrup) available in case the pet experiences a diabetic emergency (the blood glucose drops too low due to too much insulin, ate too little food, or too much exercise – remember those three things need to stay consistent). Giving the syrup raises blood glucose within 10-15 minutes. Also, give me a call; I want to talk about what is happening.
  • Before the pet goes home the owner has to mix the insulin (for the training we use sterile water instead of insulin), draw it up in the syringe, get the air bubbles out, and give their pet an injection.

We usually recheck the blood glucose levels over time to continue to fine-tune the proper insulin dosage. Within a couple of weeks of starting treatment, many of these pets feel better than they have in a long time, so their exercise and eating patterns may change for the month or two requiring changes in insulin dosage.

The really cool thing about diabetes is that it is so “hands on” for the owner – these owners really feel like they are directly helping their pet’s health – and they are 100% right!!

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by Ticks, primarily deer ticks. The actual transfer of the bacteria usually occurs 12 to 24 hours after the tick has attached to the dog. Often, but not always, there is a “target lesion” (a circular target shaped red discoloration of the skin) where the tick was attached.

The most common sign of Lyme disease is lameness / arthritic type pain that may affect more than one area of the dog’s body. Other signs include recurring fever / lethargy, and kidney failure.

Lyme disease also affects people. It is spread to people through tick bites; people do not get Lyme disease directly from a Lyme infected dog.

Last year All Pets started testing for Lyme disease. With a few drops of blood the test checks for Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, and two other diseases that are spread by ticks (Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis). So it is much more thorough than the old heartworm tests.

We found more Lyme positive dogs than Heartworm positive dogs last year, and that trend has continued this year. Also, although many of the Lyme positive dogs that we found were hunting type dogs, a surprising number were house dogs whose only potential exposure to ticks was their lawn.

We view Lyme disease prevention as having two layers.

The first layer is using a tick preventative that kills any tick that gets on the dog. We recommend Frontline for this, or in specific situations Advantix. Some of our clients have been pulling hundreds of ticks from their dogs so those geographical areas must be loaded, and in those cases we may chose to administer the Frontline twice monthly.

The discount store brands are less expensive and less effective.

The second layer of prevention is Lyme vaccine. This is a good vaccine that we recommend for any dog that has tick exposure. Initially, Lyme vaccine is given twice (2-3 weeks apart) and then annually.

Treatment for Lyme disease involved giving an antibiotic. Treatment is much more effective when done before the dog gets sick from Lyme disease, which is a big reason for testing.

If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to let us know!

Getting Fit: For Humans!

All of the Health Tips that I’ve written lately have been about our pets, and my goal has been to write about subjects that really matter to our clients. Sometimes those subjects are about pure health issues; sometimes they are about non-health challenges that we are all faced with concerning our pets – shedding for example. Well this time I’m going to share some things that apply to both our patients AND our clients.

When I was in high school I wrestled. Each summer I baled hay, walked beans, and worked for the vets at the local sale barn – all physical jobs. In college I got involved with the martial arts (had a blast!), and did some fencing (also a blast!). My first job after graduating from Vet school was in a practice where about 1/3 of the work was beef / cow /calf work – so doing my job often involved carrying all of the equipment to the back pasture and often roping my patient before treating it. Hard work and tons of fun for a young guy!

Needless to say I kept in pretty good shape through that part of my life. No big deal because pretty much every one I know is in good shape during that part of their life. But by the time I was in my mid thirties things had changed. I had this busy job, you see. And a family. And I was so busy. I had started to get back into shape a bunch of times. Again, no different than most people. When I was 36 I remember one night playing with my kids on the living room floor and my knees hurt like crazy. What a couch potato! I had known for years that I should get fit, but now I couldn’t even play with my kids without hurting. I have five kids, and I figured that if I was having pain while playing with the older ones, then I’d probably be in a wheel chair for the youngest – and that would be really embarrassing!

So I started to do some things. Dumb stuff like running the stairs to the basement (at first I could only do a few times up and down but it was better than running outside and embarrassing myself in front of the neighbors!). But I started small and worked up. My wife Bev ran in high school and college, she went with me so that when I “went public” at least I had a companion to walk beside when I needed a break. I have a good wife!

Well this time was different than the other times when I’d decided to get into shape – I actually stuck with it. And I’ve kept in shape since then, partly (I’m serious about this) because the process of getting into shape hurts so much more than staying in shape that I really don’t want to be faced with that again!

Earlier this year on Memorial Day I was in a 10K road race in Mankato and my wandering mind started thinking about my clients. A few weeks before that a friend of mine had asked for some ideas on getting fit and I jotted a couple of things down, and the thought struck me that maybe this subject would be OK for one of the Health Tips. At first it seemed like a bad idea – who wants to hear about Klein’s sore knees! And yet it is true that we care about both our clients and their pets, so maybe I should give it a try. So I hope this is an OK subject from your perspective.

I run alone a lot. I also run with my wife a lot (our chief subject during long runs is “where are we going to eat when we’re done”!). That’s been fun. We’ve run a bunch of races including several marathons. My kids are in track and cross-country, so I’ve had some good discussions with them and a couple of them will actually go running with me. I’ve met some neat people while running – there were a bunch of clients who ran that 10K on Memorial Day. During the April Sorenson Half Marathon in Albert Lea this year I ran the last 6 miles talking with a police officer from Rochester who was involved with her case and who ran the race to show support for her family. A bunch of us from the area commiserated after Grandma’s Marathon a couple of years ago. Now Bev and I are on a waiting list to run an indoor marathon (about 105 times around the track) in January at the college where three of our kids are at. The women’s cross country team members count laps, two of my daughters are on the team, my oldest graduates this year – when else in my lifetime will I have a chance to do something like that? So there have been a bunch of cool things about running in addition to the good feeling of being fit, and I wouldn’t have experienced any of those things if I had not started running those steps almost 10 years ago.

Below are a few things that have helped me; I have no idea if they will benefit anyone else. All of the comments are from the perspective of someone my age trying to get fit, which is different than the perspective of a youngster in high school trying to get fit. Some important things:

  • Where there’s a will there’s a way. When there’s no will, there’s no way. Watching my teenagers grow up has certainly demonstrated that! Staying in shape comes from inside the person doing the work; nobody else can create the commitment to do it. I for one am sure that I am addicted to being a couch potato – addictions never leave, my brain is still a powerful influencer trying to get me to follow that addiction. I’m the only one who can get me back out there running tomorrow.
  • Be patient (take the 10 year view, not the 2 month view). We only reap what we sow, and it takes time for things to grow.
  • Avoid injuries – at our age we take too long to heal and then starting all over is too hard so we usually don’t.
  • How you did today is great, but what’s really important is what you do tomorrow. Get back out there.
  • Measure progress – keep a log.

Avoid injuries:

  • Don’t do anything your doctor doesn’t want you to do. If you’re not sure, check!
  • Remember that your muscles, heart/lungs, and ligaments/tendons all gain strength and endurance at different speeds. You cannot do more than the weakest of those three areas is ready for and avoid injury.
  • The goal is to feel stiff but not sore the next day. Remember what really matters is what you do tomorrow. If you over do it today and are painfully sore tomorrow, you just decreased the likelihood of getting back out there tomorrow, which is not smart.
  • At our age there is a different relationship between pain and gain than we had in high school. The goal is to slowly get into shape, and injuries decrease the likelihood of that happening. If I feel a dull ache then I usually finish the workout. If I feel a sharp pain I stop immediately, walk and evaluate, try it again and if I feel more sharp pain then I’m done for the day.

Two phases to getting fit:

  • The first phase is just building some muscle tone. Most of those muscles have not worked like that for several years. Don’t worry about distance or time, just get out and work them, wake them up. Start small, work up slowly. Remember the goal is to be able to get out there again tomorrow, work them but don’t overdo it.
  • The second phase is when you start focusing on getting into shape. The science out there says that unless the heart rate is kept elevated for at lease a half hour there is minimal improvement in cardiovascular fitness. So start focusing on keeping your heart rate elevated for longer and longer until you start to reach that 30+ minute mark.
  • Remember that the recovery period is very important. The actual run strains the muscles, etc. which then heal stronger than before during the recovery period. Too little recover period guarantees injury, and at my age my body needs longer recover than when I was in high school. That’s part of the reason I only run 3-4 times per week.

Types of workouts:

    • Repeat – run all out for a short distance – i.e. Quarter mile, half mile, or mile repeats.
    • Tempo run – run a middle distance, not all out but hard enough that you have a hard time saying entire sentences if you try to talk.
    • Long run – long distance, even pace that you are breathing easy enough that you can talk with a running partner. The goal here is to get your body used to longer times on your feet running.

Mental Stuff:

      • Feeling uncomfortable during a workout is normal. About 75% of the way through a good workout my legs feel pretty fatigued. That means part of each run is uncomfortable physically, and that’s when the brain games start. Remember lifting weights in high school – if you could just barely lift a certain weight 10 times, the 10th lift is the one that did the most good. The first 9 lifts were only important for getting your body to the 10th. If you listen to your brain telling you to stop when you feel uncomfortable, you’ll miss out on the running equivalent of that 10th lift.
      • That uncomfortable feeling will feel a LOT more uncomfortable than you remember it feeling when you were a high school athletic stud or studette.
      • As with anything else, practice makes perfect. Tempo runs are especially good at giving good practice at resisting the brain games when uncomfortable.
      • Again, we are older than in high school, we should have more sense now; don’t do anything your doctor doesn’t want you to do.

Keep a log:

        • Knowing that you get to write your newest PR in your log, or knowing that you will have to stare at the lower than targeted number of miles in your log if you quit early will help you finish workouts.
        • Looking back over your log is VERY satisfying. I can look back years ago and still remember that run in that place.

PR’s (Personal Records)

I remember running 6 miles. I’d never ever EVER done that before. Same with 7 miles. Then I got over 10, hit 12, 15 miles and not only was each one farther than I had ever run before, the distances were longer than most other people had ever run. Cool. Sign up for races – nobody wants to look foolish. Signing up for races puts a timeline and distance goal on your training. Start with 3K’s or 5K’s and work up. There is a great race in Mankato on Memorial Day weekend that is either a two-mile or a 10K. Look at www.raceberryjam.com for road races in Minnesota.

We are all busy. I have responsibilities as a vet, and a husband, and a father that are very real. So I run about three times per week. Those runs are fairly hard workouts, but that way I can enjoy the benefits of being in shape and not feel like I am neglecting my responsibilities in the other areas. That also gives my body plenty of recovery period. I use a three-day a week plan when training for marathons too, for the same reasons. That approach has worked well for both Bev and I. The magazine Runners World is focused on the “after high school / college runners” and I’ve found that to be a good resource.

Other people:

        • Don’t plan on most people around you helping to motivate you much. You need to motivate yourself or you will not stick with it. Most people will be happy that you are doing what you are doing. But most will not feel like talking a lot about it with you, or if you bring it up the subject immediately turns to either their high school accomplishments (did such or such time in high school and so I’m still in that bracket today) or to comments about how they want to get started running but don’t have the time. Most of the “unasked for coaching” that I get comes from out of shape people pulling stuff from their high school years that does someone my age more harm than good. I’m very lucky to have a spouse who just encourages me – it would be tough to do this with a spouse who discourages getting fit for whatever reason and I’ve seen that happen.
        • Other runners will enjoy talking with you about it – your workouts, pace, etc and are some of the most encouraging people in the world.

If you think about it, all of the above apply to our pets too. Getting them in shape takes time, patience, and commitment. And being fit affords them a better quality life, just like us. So there, at lease part of this really is about my patients!!!

That’s enough for now – let me know your comments about getting and staying in shape, and have fun!!!

Our Pets Help Us Too

One of the amazing powers of pets is their affect on our …sedentary lifestyle. Regardless of the health implications, being a little bit of a couch potato is just too much fun for most of us to pass up.

Our pets help us by making the “anti-couch potato” necessities more likely to happen. Did you know that walking your pet for 15 minutes twice a day fulfills the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation for moderate, regular physical exercise. We may buy lots of exercise equipment or passes to the local health club – which may or may not get used regularly – but our pets get us out and about whether we’ve had a hard day or not. They beg, yip, or just look at us until we have to give in. The National Institutes of Health estimates that Americans spend $33 billion a year on weight loss products and services. Your four-legged personal trainer is your pet, and he/she will give you a workout for free!

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