Friday, September 10, 2021

What To Do About Hairballs In Cats

While it's true that long-haired cats have more of a hairball issue than short-haired kitties, your cat's diet and digestive health are often the biggest contributing factors. Here are four tips to help reduce a hairball problem:

1. Avoid dry food. Cats need a high moisture diet and dry food is high in carbohydrates which are harder to digest. Cats are not big water drinkers and frequently don't make up for the lost water in the dry food by drinking more.
2. Give your kitty Omega 3s in their diet. Amazing Omegas provide Omega 3 fatty acids derived from sardines, anchovies and mackerel. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the quality of your cat's skin and coat reducing the shedding and opportunity for hairballs.
3. Mix a small amount of canned pumpkin into your cat's meals. You can also try mashed yams or sweet potatoes. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are high in fiber which is important to keep the hair moving through the intestinal tract.
4. Brush your kitty a few times a week. This should improve your cat's skin and coat, reducing hairballs.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Happy 13th Birthday Legend!


Happy 13th Birthday to our wonderful rescue dog Legend! He is a testament to the power of holistic healing and the love and support of people who helped him along the way. Surviving attempted euthanasia in a third world country and then later, overcoming horrific cluster seizures, his life story mirrors his name - Legend! We are so thankful to his exceptional vets: Dr. David Gordon at Arch Beach Veterinary and Dr. Michelle Murray at Nest Veterinary Neurology. Legend has brought us so much joy and happiness. Every day is a gift with him. We are so thankful he is still a happy dog enjoying his harbor walks and chasing squirrels.

Friday, August 27, 2021

How Much Should You Feed Your Pet?


Most pets love to eat and we love to reward them with more food.  But too much food can cause obesity which is on the rise in both cats and dogs.  Obesity isn't just a cosmetic issue.  It can increase the risk of arthritis, diabetes, cancer and other health conditions, especially as pets age.

Many times, pets are overweight because of overfeeding due to improper measurement.  It could be that the scooper to measure food is 1 cup not 1/2 cup or the directions state 1 can 2x a day when for your pet's needs, it should only be 1/2 can 2x a day.  So, how do you know how much to feed your dog or cat? 

Pet food companies are required to print feeding guidelines on their packages.  The directions must state, at a minimum, “Feed (unit) of product per (weight) of the dog (or cat).” This is very misleading. Active pets will require more calories than inactive ones. Old dogs or cats need far less calories than puppies or kittens. The feeding guidelines should be considered a starting point only.

If your pet is overweight,  feed the amount based on the weight your pet SHOULD BE.  Many pet food manufacturers have online calculators that can be  very helpful.  Try to be as accurate as possible in terms of the amount of exercise your pet really gets.  An active dog is not the same as a dog that goes on one 15 -20 minute walk per day.   

Adjust the feeding amounts based on your pet’s activity level and age. When you place your hands around your dog or cat, you should be able to feel their ribs and you should be able to see a definitive waist. If neither of these applies, your pet is probably overweight and needs to eat less. Adding green vegetables to meals can add vitamins, minerals, fiber and bulk – to help your pet feel more satisfied. Keeping your pet active can help them to maintain muscle mass and stay at a healthy weight.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Liver Supplement Helped Senior Dog's Elevated Liver Enzymes

"My sweet Fred is almost fourteen years old! He is such a little darling and everyone LOVES him. About a year and a half ago, his senior blood panel revealed very unfavorable liver levels. It frightened me because my JRT had passed away not long after a similar occurrence. The vet prescribed these ENORMOUS and very expensive pills. I finished the round of pills but thought to myself there must be a better way. I found Ask Ariel's Liver and Gallbladder Supplement online and it has changed his life! He has tested normal ever since. I can’t thank you folks enough for a great product with great results!! ️"

Happy National Dog Day!


Happy National Dog Day! Today is the day to celebrate all of the ways our wonderful dogs enrich our lives. Walking for example - how many friends and neighbors have you met taking your dog for a walk? Give your pup an extra hug today!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Choosing A Good Groomer: Potential Grooming Hazards


We all want our pets to look and feel clean and beautiful.  Grooming is part of every day care. But sometimes pet owners don’t realize there can be hazards associated with grooming until after their pet comes home and there is a problem. Use these tips to stay informed when choosing a new groomer.

Every pet requires a certain amount of grooming on a regular basis. Grooming services can range from a basic wash, cut/clip, nail trim, teeth brushing, and anal gland expressing to name a few.  Each pet will respond differently to the grooming experience depending upon their past encounters. Unfortunately,  pet grooming can come with some risk for your pet. The risk may stem from the dog’s anxiety and being jumpy, the groomers skill level or the environment. The size and breed does not matter, each pet brings its own challenge.  It is helpful to start grooming at an early age, so that your pet will be more comfortable at the groomer, and it will help elevate their anxiety.  It is also important to research your groomer and the salon before making an appointment. The best way to find a quality groomer is to ask for referrals from a veterinary professional or from your friends and family.

The most common hazards of pet grooming:

Brush or Razor Burn- This is when the skin becomes irritated from the groomer going over an area repeatedly and/or the pet is shaved very close to the skin. It is more common when a dog is matted, and the groomer is trying to remove the mat. Daily brushing will help reduce matting and make the risk less. It can also occur when a dull or hot razor is used. Skin irritations are more common if the skin is sensitive, inflamed or the pet is suffering from a skin condition (such as yeast). 

Nicks and Scrapes- Your pet may get small cuts or nicks when the groomer is trying to remove mats, or if your dog is jumpy and moves unexpectedly. It is also possible that your pet has warts or moles under their coat that get nicked when being trimmed. It is important to treat these cuts immediately to avoid infection. Spraying Silver Immune Support on the cuts is helpful.

 Bleeding Nail Quick- When nails grow too long the nails may curl under causing your pet to have challenges walking.  If not trimmed regularly, the quick will become overgrown and if the nails are clipped too short they may bleed and be painful. To avoid bleeding quick, trim the nails a little at a time allowing for the quick to recede before trimming again. 

Ear Hematomas- If your dog has had tightly matted hair, the blood flow may have been restricted in that area. If the mat is removed the blood flow will return quickly and a blood blister  (hematoma) may form.  Ear hematomas which may occur after grooming are blood vessels in the ear that burst. Although they can occur from grooming, they can also occur from infections that causes the dog (especially floppy eared dogs) to shake their heads violently causing the hematoma and/or scratching. Dogs can also get ear infections from water getting in their ear.  Please pay close attention to your dog’s ears after a grooming. Unfortunately many of us do need to take our pets to the veterinarian following a grooming, even with the best groomers.  


Sunday, August 22, 2021

What Is Leptosporis? How To Protect Your Dog


Leptospirosis (lepto) cases are on the rise. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can affect people and animals. The Leptospira interrogans bacteria is spread though urine and can survive in water and soil for weeks to months. It enters the body through the skin, eyes, nose or mouth. Dogs are at risk if they drink from or swim through contaminated water (puddles, lakes, streams), roam on rural property or have contact with rodents or other wild animals. The signs of leptospirosis are similar to those of kidney disease and may include fever, lethargy, reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and increased urination and thirst. Leptospirosis can lead to kidney and/or liver failure.
The number of reported cases of lepto is on the rise. Here are a few ways to protect your dog from leptospirosis:

• Talk to your veterinarian about whether the leptospirosis vaccine is right for your dog.

• Keep your home and yard free of rats, mice, raccoons, rabbits and opossums, as they can all carry leptospirosis.

• Do not allow your dog to drink from puddles or standing water or swim through lakes or rivers that may have been contaminated with urine from an animal.

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