Biggest Loser Season II – WINNERS

by: Jennifer Oldfield

Our second season of Biggest Loser has come to an end and we are happy to report that all contestants lost weight over the course of the challenge.  We have a few contestants that hadn’t made it in for a final weigh in, but in the few months they had participated they too had lost weight.

Losing weight is not easy and sometimes it seems it can be even harder with pets, especially for cats.  It is certainly easier to increase your dog’s activity by going for more or longer walks and playing more games of fetch.  With a cat it is tough to increase their exercise, but it can be done with games at home, various toys and activities.  The Metabolic diet is also very helpful, working with your pet’s own body to increase metabolism and burn off that extra weight.  We are so happy that the cats in the Biggest Loser Challenge this year had great success with their weight loss and are all planning to stick with the new food to get down to that ideal weight!

Dogs Jade Poko Leo Moka Pup Pup
First Place Second Place
Starting Weight 10.8kg 8.5kg 15.5kg 44.4kg 6.6kg
BFI 48.9% 49.2% 57.1% 47.4% 54.5%
Final Weight 8.5kg 7.5kg 13.5kg 40.6kg 6.1kg
BFI 35.1% 42.4% 50.8% 42.5% 51.5%
Total Loss 2.3kg/13.8% 1kg/6.8% 2kg/6.3% 3.8kg/4.9% 0.5kg/3%
Fritz BJ
Starting Weight 9.3kg 52.6kg
BFI 41.1% 54.8%
Final Weight no final weigh in no final weigh in
BFI
Total Loss as of July 0.8kg as of June 1.3kg
Cats Pipps Indiana Comet
First Place Second Place
Starting Weight 5.9kg 5.9kg 7.2kg
BFI 46.0% 49.0% 43.3%
Final Weight 5.2kg 5.2kg 6.8kg
BFI 40.0% 43.1% 40.0%
Total Loss 0.7kg/6% 0.7kg/5.9% 0.4kg/3.3%

 

The winners all receive a bag of food and a bag of treats!  Congratulations again to all on their weight loss success!

Your Role, Your Responsibility

Every year the last week of September/first week of October is dedicated to Animal Health Week sponsored by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).  Each year a new focus of veterinary medicine is highlighted.  This year it is on responsible antibiotic use.  Just like the phrase in human medicine goes “not all bugs need drugs” so too does this apply to veterinary medicine.

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The message taken from the CVMA’s website is:

“Using the campaign slogan Our Role, Our Responsibility, we will encourage animal owners to trust in their veterinarian, use antibiotics safely and keep their pets healthy.

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR PET

September 15, 2014

When the first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in 1928, infectious disease treatment took a turn for the better. Rates of sickness and death in humans and animals were greatly reduced, thanks to these antimicrobial products.

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but their use must be appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of these drugs. A recent report from the World Health Organization indicates the last new class of antibacterial drugs was discovered in the 1980s. There is now an emergence of resistance to antibiotics and the inappropriate use of these life-saving medications is a factor. Widespread resistance may take us back to a time similar to the early 20th century, when many epidemics spread unchecked.

These threatening dog with medsmulti-resistant bacteria don’t only affect humans, but pets as well.   It’s important that we protect the effectiveness of antibiotics for both people and our pets. As a responsible gatekeeper of the reliable medicines that keep your pet healthy, your veterinarian will determine whether or not an antibiotic is required when your pet is sick. If required, your veterinarian will do testing to determine whether or not antibiotic treatment is needed.

As a pet owner, you should administer your pet’s antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian. People will sometimes stop taking the medication once we feel better, but for both humans and pets, the full course of treatment is necessary in order to prevent resistant bacteria from developing.

Leftover antibiotics should never be flushed down the toilet, as this can have an adverse effect on amphibians, aquatic species, and the birds and mammals that prey on them. Ask your veterinarian or the veterinary team for advice on disposal.

Finally, healthy animals can better fight off potential illnesses. A healthy lifestyle includes regular veterinary examinations, vaccinations, parasite prevention, exercise and good nutrition.”

Further to their message it should be noted that if antibiotics are taken correctly, there should not be any leftover.  It is important to take the entire course of cast pillantibiotics, even when the infection is looking much better, it may not be entirely healed on the inside, so continue giving your pet the medication as prescribed by your veterinarian until they are all gone.  If you are coming to the end of the round of antibiotics and the infection is still visibly healed, contact your veterinarian.  A longer round of the antibiotics may be required or in some cases a different antibiotic may be necessary.

If we work together we can work to ensure that antibiotics will always be effective in treating infections that require them.  If you have any questions  about your pet’s medications, please contact your veterinarian.