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JAN-FEB 2018

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22 FROM THE FIELD In the last From the Field column, Banfield Pet Hospital reported on dog-specific findings from our recently released 2017 State of Pet Health Report, which highlights a widespread trend of overweight pets nationwide. When we looked at medical records from the more than 500,000 cats cared for at Banfield hospitals in 2016, we found that felines are faring even worse than their canine counterparts with an increase of over 169% over the past 10 years in overweight cats. The top five states with the highest prevalence of overweight cats included Minnesota (46%), Nebraska (43%), Iowa (42%), Idaho (40%) and Delaware (39%). The prevalence estimates for each state are listed on stateofpethealth.com . How did your state do? Here are some tips and tricks for talking with your clients about their cat's weight: ■ Prevention is key. Have cat-friendly strategies in place in your hospital. This will help create a less stressful atmosphere for your feline patients and will encourage pet owners to bring their cats in for regular check-ups and nutritional counseling, which can help keep their cats at a healthy weight. There are some great resources on cat friendly practices through the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Strategies include: Designate separate areas for cats in the waiting and treatment areas Provide a cat-only exam room When possible, complete procedures in the exam room Consider providing a hiding place for the cat by utilizing kennel covers (when medically appropriate) Use calming pheromone sprays or diffusers Brush up on feline and low- stress handling techniques shutterstock.com/Helle Focus on Overweight and Obesity in Cats Kirk Breuninger, VMD, MPH, DACVPM Banfield Pet Hospital Vancouver, Washington FROM THE FIELD States with the Most Obese Cats The top five states with the highest prevalence of overweight cats included Minnesota . . . . . . . . 46% Nebraska . . . . . . . . . 43% Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42% Idaho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40% Delaware . . . . . . . . . 39% Find out how your state ranks at stateofpethealth.com . F rom the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice's extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics and spark conversations relevant to veterinary practices that ultimately help create a better world for pets. ESSENTIALS

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