By the numbers: killer risks to your pets
No loving pet owners set out to harm their animal, but it happens, says Dr. Robyn Barbiers, veterinarian and president of highly rated The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.
Barbiers says some owners don’t get their pets the veterinary care and vaccines they need to prevent deadly diseases. She adds that many owners overfeed their pets, setting them up for serious illness.
“Excessive weight increases the risk of diabetes, liver disease and joint pain,” she says. To avoid turning a bad habit into a life-threatening mistake for your pet, sit and chew on these facts.
5 – The percentage of food poisoning cases caused by eating food that was intended for people.
10,000 – The number of calls the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center received last year that were about pets ingesting household products.
78 degrees – The outside temperature necessary for the interior of a parked car to reach between 100 and 120 degrees in 15 minutes.
8 – risks for obese pets:
• Type 2 diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Heart and respiratory disease
• Ligament injury
• Kidney disease
• Decreased life expectancy
#1 – Pet toxin in 2012 was prescription human medication.
2.5 years – The decrease in life expectancy for an overweight pet.
24 – The percentage decline of cat owners who took their felines for a veterinary visit in 2011, compared to 2006.
700+ – Number of plants identified as being potentially toxic to animals, which can cause mild nausea to death.
$14.2 billion – The projected amount of spending on veterinary care in 2013, up from $13.6 billion last year.
54 – The percentage of dogs and cats in the United States that are overweight and/or obese.
Sources: Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Poison Control Center, The Humane Society, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals