PULI WINS BEST IN SHOW AT
AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister
Blue Sky, a puli known as Preston,
owned by E. Charles, J. Beaudo-in, L. Pitts, P. Kelly and S. Hueb-ner, triumphed over nearly 5,000
dogs to earn a $50,000 cash prize
and the title of Best in Show at the
AKC National Championship,
held at the end of December.
other weekend events,
including the AKC
the AKC Obedience
Classic and the junior
events, the overall
show totals topped
7,000 entries, making it the larg-
est dog event held in the U.S.
since the AKC 1984 Centennial
event, and the largest dog show
The AKC National Cham-
pionship evening live stream is
available for replay at akc.org,
alongside on-demand coverage
of the Bred-By Exhibitor groups,
Junior Showmanship Finals, Best
Miscellaneous, Agility and Obe-
NEWFIE WINS PETMATE,
MUTTNATION FUELED BY
MIRANDA LAMBERT MUTT
Petmate of Arlington, Texas,
and its MuttNation Fueled by
Miranda Lambert Collection
announced the Mutt Spotlight
Sweepstakes grand-prize winner, who will receive a MuttNation Rescue Mutts plush
toy made in the likeness of the
winner’s rescue dog.
Gina S. from Maryland and
her Newfoundland, Oliver,
are the grand-prize winners of
the MuttNation Mutt Spotlight
Sweepstakes. Gina rescued Oliver and helped him overcome his
physical and emotional issues.
“Oliver came to me as a
rescue and was in bad shape,”
Gina said. “[He had an] all-over
skin infection and [was] severe-
ly underweight. We worked
together to rebuild his physical
and emotional well-being. His
ability to live in the moment and
let go of the past inspired me to
create Companion Bridge (com-
panionbridge.org) plus help raise
awareness for my illness, lupus.”
Oliver will be the newest
addition to the Rescue Mutts
collection of plush toys made
in the likeness of rescue dogs.
Gina and Oliver also will re-
ceive $500 worth of MuttNation
products and a signed photo
from Miranda Lambert.
PETS IN THE NEWS
PETPLAN REVEALS THE GREATEST HEALTH
THREAT TO PETS IN 2017
According to Newtown Square, Pa.-based Petplan, its most frequently claimed conditions have one thing in common: obesity.
“When you consider that over half of the nation’s dogs and cats
are now overweight or obese, it literally is a growing problem,”said
Dr. Ernie Ward, Petplan veterinary advisory board member and
founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
This year, Petplan challenges pet owners to get out and get active
with their pets to avoid the extra
“fluff” that can exacerbate many
of Petplan’s most commonly
claimed conditions, including:
Tummy troubles: Overeating can
easily lead to vomiting and diarrhea, Petplan’s No. 1 claimed
conditions year after year; in
fact, Petplan sees an average of
900 claims every month just for stomach issues. The cost for relief
The Big C: There have been some indications that certain types of cancer are more common in overweight or obese pets, and that can put a
bump in pet owners’ budgets—the average veterinary bill for cancer
A gimpy gait: Lameness, or general limping, is often caused by arthritis—and extra pounds mean extra stress on pets’ joints. The average
cost to treat lameness is $966.
Not-so bee’s knees: Pets who pack on pounds are also at a greater risk
for cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries from added joint stress
and weak muscles. CCL injuries are the priciest of Petplan’s common
conditions, costing an average of $3,480 to repair.
On the go: Several things can cause a urinary tract infection in pets, but
obese animals might be more at risk because they can’t clean those
hard-to-reach places. The average cost to treat UTIs is $590.
Matters of the heart: Obesity usually comes with high blood pressure,
poor organ function and low levels of activity—all things that contribute to cardiac disease and an average $1,232 bill.
Back attack: The long and lows (think dachshund and basset hound)
are particularly prone to intervertebral disc disease, and added
weight can increase their chances of developing the disease—and a
$2,014 veterinary bill.
PET HEALTH NEWS
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