Know your pet’s health baseline!

 

Even the most caring and observant pet owners are sometimes taken by surprise to find out that their dog or cat has a serious illness  — and that it may have been coming on for some time.

That’s why it is so great to see that more and more pet owners are practicing preventative medicine and being more proactive with their pet’s healthcare.

Knowing your pet’s “normal” baseline provides great information.  Like us, dogs and cats can have their own “normal” that may vary somewhat from all the normal parameters on a home urine test.  This could be due to a specific diet they are eating ( if the diet is higher in protein, you may find that a trace value for protein is their normal).

The baseline can also vary depending on a wide variety of pre-existing conditions or previous health problems the animal experienced.  Any deviations from the baseline reading becomes very significant and provide important information to the observant pet owner! This is also information your veterinarian will want to be aware of as well.

 

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Statistics on dog and cat diabetes

I read some interesting statistics on diabetes from the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).  According to this report, diabetes has been increasing at a 5% rate per year in both people and pets.

It is 1 of the 5 most common diseases in dogs and 1 in 3 in cats.

I feel really fortunate that when Chloe’s glucose level tested so high last year, we were able to get it in the normal range just with diet.  I am now investigating higher quality diets that will keep her in the normal range but provide better nutrition.  I test her every 3 weeks of so with ThePetCheckup and she is not spilling any glucose in her urine.  That’s the way to go Chloe!!

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Preventing Dog and Cat Diabetes with Early Detection

We received another testimonial from a customer who was able to detect diabetes in his dog at a very early stage of the illness by using ThePetCheckup monthly. His vet thinks he will be able to treat the dog just with a special diet as it was caught so early.

I love to hear feedback like this.

There is no doubt that early detection is the key to helping us keep our dogs and cats healthy.

Many of our customers are already pretty proactive with their animal’s health care, but I wonder how many other pet owners out there would be too if they knew that there was such an easy way to monitor their animal’s health.

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Reading about the death of Oprah’s dog

I just read that one of Oprah’s dogs tragically died from choking on a toy ball. It reminds me, once again, of how fragile our dogs’ and cat’s lives are.

Being the owner of a pet health care company (www.thepetcheckup.com) I get to speak with very caring and involved animal caregivers all the time. I remember one man called to thank me for our product and told me that one day his dog was in seemingly perfect health and the next day she fell off the couch in a coma. It turned out she had advanced diabetes and, within a short time, she became completely blind.

Life by nature is uncertain as we all know, but when I hear stories like this, I am so happy to be involved with a product that can so easily help people to protect and extend their pets’ lives.

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