February 4, 2012

Tubby Tabbies and Fat Fidos

1 Half of All U.S. Pets Dangerously Overweight

Based on a survey of veterinarians nationwide, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that some 41 million dogs and 47 million cats are so overweight or obese they are high risk for diabetes, arthritis, some cancers, and premature death. Among the findings: 53% of dogs and 55% of cats are overweight or obese according to their vets; 21% of dogs and 25% of cats are obese; all those numbers are on the rise; 15% of cat owners and 22% of dog owners think their fat pets are perfectly normal. The ultimate downside is the estimated 2 to 2.5 years by which being fat can shorten a pet's life. And some vets note that an overfed and inactive pet, especially a dog, can be a sign of an overfed and inactive owner or family, no small matter when 39% of U.S. households contain a dog.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Pets, Not Just People, Getting Bigger

Tags: Obese Pets, Pet Health, Pets, House Pets, Cats and Dogs, Fat Pets, Fat Dogs, Fat Cats, Obese Dogs, Obese Cats, Pet Health Problems, Overweight Pets, U.S. Pets, The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

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Might Help a Poor Diet

2 Vitamin Supplements May Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Researchers publishing in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) have reported that taking multivitamin-mineral supplements may help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Rats that were fed high-fat, low-fiber diets, a known risk factor for cancer, were divided into six groups and exposed to different combinations of dietary supplements and carcinogens. The carcinogenesis induced in the study rats mimicked that of human colon cancer. Those animals that received a multivitamin showed a significant (84 percent) reduction in the formation of pre-cancerous lesions and did not develop tumors. The authors suggest that the nutrients provided in the supplements contribute a chemoprotective effect.

More at Medical News Net | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Omega-3's Cut Colon Cancer Risk, High Glycemic Diet Not a Risk Factor for Colon Cancer

Tags: Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Risk, Dietary Supplements, Minerals, Nutrition, Vitamins

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