Risks to Indianapolis pets, by the numbers
No loving pet owners set out to harm their animal, but it happens, says Dawn Contos, community outreach coordinator for highly rated Indianapolis Animal Care & Control. Contos says many owners don’t get their pets spayed or neutered, leaving some vulnerable to cancer. She says that some owners put their pet’s life at risk by leaving them in parked cars that can get hot quickly.
“If it’s 70 degrees or more outside, it’s too hot for dogs to stay in the car,” she says. To avoid turning a bad habit into a life-threatening mistake for your pet, sit and chew on these facts.
#1 – Pet toxin in 2012 was prescription human medication.
8 – Risks for obese pets
• Type 2 diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Heart and respiratory disease
• Ligament injury
• Kidney disease
• Decreased life expectancy
700+ – Number of plants identified as being potentially toxic to animals, which can cause mild nausea to death.
2.5 years – The decrease in life expectancy for an overweight pet.
10,000 – The number of calls the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center received last year that were about pets ingesting household products.
5 – The percentage of food poisoning cases caused from eating food that was intended for people.
78 degrees – The outside temperature necessary for the interior of a parked car to reach between 100 and 120 degrees in 15 minutes.
54 – The percentage of dogs and cats in the United States who are overweight and/or obese.
$14.2 billion – The projected amount of spending on veterinary care in 2013, up from $13.6 billion last year.
24 – The percentage decline of cat owners who took their felines for a veterinary visit in 2011, compared to 2006.
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