Archive for April, 2013

Information on Pet Obesity by Lickety Stik

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Tips to Motivating and Rewarding a Healthier, More Active Lifestyle from Pet Fitness Expert

According to the latest Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey, 55 percent of U.S. dogs and cats are overweight. That means approximately 80 million U.S. pets have are at an increased risk of weight-related disorders, like osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and heart, respiratory and kidney disease. They’ll also suffer a decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years).

With such an alarming statistic and equally concerning consequences, it’s imperative that pet parents take action. But how do you trim a pet’s diet and waistline without succumbing to sad puppy dog eyes or stern kitty glares? According to Sherri Cappabianca, a Certified Canine Health and Fitness Practitioner at Rocky’s Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center, a health center specializing in helping pets reach a healthy weight and lifestyle, it’s all about increasing the pet’s physical activity level.

“Pets require more exercise than most people give them. Walking is generally not enough. They need a cardio workout, just like we do, ” comments Cappabianca. She and her team use several means of promoting healthy activity, often using treadmills designed for pets. Cappabianca suggests pet parents jog with their dog, play fetch, or swim with them in your home pool or a safe, pet-friendly lake or ocean location. Feline households can encourage kitty’s activity level with added playtime with wands and laser toys. And to help motivate and reward your pet’s new, more active lifestyle, Cappabianca recommends using the Lickety Stik® and Feline Lickety StikTM by PetSafe®. That’s what she and her team use in their own offices!

Considering the average biscuit treat delivers between 20 and 40 calories per serving, the Lickety Stik® by PetSafe® family of products are refreshingly light. Made with 100 percent all-natural ingredients, there’s only 1 calorie in 10 canine licks, or 20 kitty licks. Meaning you can treat your pet more frequently without filling them up or spoiling their diet. With consistent use, you can help maintain a diet that’s fewer in calories and keeps off those extra pounds that may compromise a more active, enjoyable life for your dog or cat.

Look for the Lickety Stik line of liquid, lickable treats � uniquely packaged in a roller-ball dispenser with a screw-on cap for mess-free treating � at pet specialty retailers and online merchants. To learn more, visit or

The Lickety Stik family of lickable treats for dogs and cats is the choice among pet professionals and pet parents alike, and is proudly made in the USA. The original canine Lickety Stik was named “product of the year” on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” by Dr. Marty Becker. Feline Lickety Stik joined the line of PetSafe treats in June of 2012 and is the proud recipient of the Cat Fancy Editors’ Choice Award. Look for the latest product additions to the Lickety Stik brand, LiquiMints and Lickety Stik Gel, to debut on the market later this spring. For details, visit

Park Hyatt Washington Hosts Paws at the Park, a Series of Dog-Friendly Happy Hours Benefiting the Washington Animal Rescue League

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WHAT: Park Hyatt Washington, the city’s most sophisticated, pet-friendly hotel, will host its annual series of Paws at the Park after-work happy hours, benefiting the Washington Animal Rescue League. Area residents and hotel guests are invited to bring their dogs to meet and mingle on the hotel’s outdoor grounds. Adoptable animals from the League’s shelter will be present for attendees to interact with, and to perhaps find a new home.

WHERE: Park Hyatt Washington
1201 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Additional Paws at the Park events are scheduled for September 18, and a Halloween-themed costume contest on October 23, 2013.

HOW: Tickets are priced at $14, which includes two drink vouchers for beer and wine, plus complimentary dog treats. Events are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the League.

For more information, please call the hotel concierge at +1 202 789 1234 or visit

WHY: The Washington Animal Rescue League is the oldest animal shelter in the District of Columbia and has a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals who have nowhere else to go. Its facility is painstakingly designed from the animals’ point of view to make it one of the most humane animal shelters in the world. The full-service Medical Center serves the companion animals of low-income area residents, as well as shelter animals. The League is located at 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW, Washington, DC. For more information, visit

Top 10 Dog and Cat Medical Conditions of 2012

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Pet Insurer Reveals Most Common Causes of Veterinary Visits

Just like their human counterparts, when pets are afflicted with even seemingly minor ailments such asan ear infection, stomach ache or cough, it can prompt a visit to the doctor. While the majority of these conditions are rarely life threatening, they can become chronic and expensive to treat. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) policyholders spent more than $58 million in 2012 treating the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their pets. VPI, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat medical conditions in 2012. Ear infections traditionally topped the list for dogs, but for the first time in the last five years, skin allergies now lead the way. Below are the results:


1. Skin Allergies
2. Ear Infection
3. Skin Infection
4. Non-cancerous Skin Growth
5. Upset Stomach/Vomiting
6. Arthritis
7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
8. Bladder Infection
9. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
10. Bruise or Contusion


1. Bladder Infection
2. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
3. Overactive Thyroid
4. Chronic Kidney Disease
5. Upset Stomach/Vomiting
6. Diabetes
7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
8. Skin Allergies
9. Lymphosarcoma (Cancer of Lymph Node)
10. Upper Respiratory Infection

“Although a few of the top 10 dog and cat conditions can be associated with an animal’s natural aging process, many of the conditions listed above can occur in any pet,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Regardless of the age or breed of the dog or cat, pet owners should familiarize themselves with their pets’ daily routine in order to identify abnormal behaviors that might indicate an injury or illness.”

In 2012, VPI received more than 68,000 canine claims for skin allergies, the most common cause for taking a dog to see a veterinarian. The average claim fee was $96 per office visit. For cats, a bladder infection was the most common reason to take your kitty to the veterinarian. VPI received more than 4,000 medical claims for this ailment – with an average claim amount of $251 per office visit.

The most expensive canine condition on the list (arthritis) cost an average of $258 per visit, while, for cats, the most expensive condition (lymphosarcoma) cost an average of $415 per visit. In addition to familiarizing themselves with their pets’ routine and behavior, pet owners should schedule their pets’ semiannual veterinary examinations on a regular basis to help prevent and identify certain conditions before they become serious or costly.