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Report: Pet health is declining nationwide

Published: Jul 26, 2012

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Pets play an increasingly important role in the lives of American families, but their health is not following the same upward trend. In fact, America's pet health is actually on the decline, The Chicago Tribune reports.

"The health of America's pets is deteriorating; pets are getting sicker than they need to," Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, medical director for Banfield Pet Hospital, told the news outlet.

The Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health 2012 Report shows several worrisome trends in particular. One is pet obesity, something Klausner calls "an epidemic," and the other is a lack of veterinary visits for cats.

Banfield's statistics show that the number of overweight or obese cats has increased by 90 percent in the past five years, and Klausner told the news source this is likely because owners are not aware that their pet is overweight. Weight reduction in cats and dogs is important to prevent related issues like arthritis and diabetes. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, as few as two pounds above a cat's ideal body weight can put him at risk of serious medical conditions.

Cats represent less than a quarter of visits to the veterinarian, despite the fact that there are about 20 percent more pet cats than dogs in the U.S., according to the report. Bringing cats to veterinary hospitals is crucial for routine care like cat vaccinations, but are also vital for catching diseases early. 

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General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

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