Excessive weight gain has become the most common preventable disease seen in dogs throughout the United States. Obesity is a major concern in dogs because it can increase their risk of getting a variety of serious medical conditions: diabetes mellitus, joint damage and arthritis, kidney and pancreatic disease, cardiovascular issues, bladder and urinary tract disease, skin problems and cancer.
Pancreatitis is a painful inflammation of the pancreas that can make pets extremely ill. The pancreas is an abdominal organ that produces digestive enzymes that break down dietary fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The pancreas also produces insulin, which helps move glucose from the blood into cells for energy production.
The Lyme Disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected ticks which are now being found in habitats where once they were not thought to be. West of the Cascades and the Columbia Basin it is the Western black-legged tick that carries this bacterium, and a recent study in California has found it in more habitats than just wooded areas. Ticks carrying the Lyme bacteria were found in a wide variety of habitats including the vegetative edges of California beaches.