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|Posted on May 25, 2017 at 8:38 AM||comments (89)|
Dr. Karen Becker, a holistic veterinarian, and the contributor of Healthy Pets on Mercola.com AND Dr. Donna Raditic, a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, have teamed up to form an organization called Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute. Both veterinarians agree the foundation of the health of our companion animals is optimum nutrition. They also agree that there is insufficient independent research being done to compare the benefits of feeding dry food versus canned food versus raw or a fresh food diet.
In traditional veterinary training, there is very little information in the curriculum about nutrition and how to feed pets the best food possible to provide them with a long life free of disease. All of the research done to date on pet nutrition, is funded by the large pet food companies that obviously have a vested business interest in the research. They do care about our pets but care more about the bottom line first. After all, they are in business.
Dr. Becker and Dr. Raditic started CANWI to create a research organization that receives no funding at all from government or pet food companies. The research will be funded entirely by pet parents whose only interest is in finding out how to feed their pets the best nutrition possible.
"Millions of pets have experienced the life-changing benefits of a fresh food diet, but critics say the benefits of fresh foods have not been researched. Until now. This will be the FIRST independent, unbiased pet food study comparing dry, canned and fresh food. Please help us fund this critical research project! This week, when you make a Donation to CANWI, Mercola.com will match funds to help get this critical research started."
I hope you agree that this type of research is essential to taking the best care of your Fido or Fluffy. Please donate today.
Click below to help enrich the lives of our furry friends!
|Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:53 PM||comments (4)|
The No Hot Pets Campaign is BACK!
|Posted on May 16, 2017 at 8:47 AM||comments (3)|
One of the things I have noticed in several of the consultations I have done recently with cat parents, is that many feline owners are not taking their cats to the vet unless they are ill.
Just like we humans, cats need to have a check-up once a year and even more often when they become seniors ( 8+). Unlike us, we know when we are not feeling well and can make our appointments to see the doctor to check things out. Cats cannot tell us if they are having a problem with their health. Not only that, but it is instinctual for a cat to hide any health issues or signs of weakness. What this means, is that by the time they display any sort of health issue, they are often in such bad straits that cure or treatment can be extremely difficult and expensive.
I am not suggesting that you need to go to the vet for vaccinations annually, and this has nothing to do with vaccinations. It has everything to do with making sure they are healthy and not in any discomfort that they may be hiding. A veterinary check-up doesn't have to be expensive and if you take your kitty annually and are able to avoid any major illnesses or problems as a result, you can save thousands of dollars in treatment not to mention, keeping your kitty comfortable, healthy, and happy and giving you peace of mind.
If your cat hasn't seen a vet in over a year, I urge you to make an appointment for a wellness check. And for those of you who are worried about actually getting your cat in the carrier to go to the vet, there are some excellent Youtube videos as to how to get your cat carrier friendly and in a worse case scenario, there are a few mobile vets around who will come to your home to check out the cat. SO there are no excuses.
|Posted on April 20, 2017 at 8:33 AM||comments (3)|
I came across some very important information in a newsletter from Care2 Healthy Living this am regarding the handling of pet food. I want to share it with you and advise you to follow their suggestions.
"How long to leave out canned or moist food is a common question from pet owners. Dogs and cats don’t always eat the entire can, and food safety is always questionable when food is left out. Burkholder and Conway weigh in, “The length of time that food can be left out safely depends on a number of variables. Uneaten or open canned/moist food should be covered and refrigerated as soon as possible. As a general rule of thumb, do not leave open canned/moist food sitting unrefrigerated (e.g., in your pet’s bowl or on the counter at room temperature) for more than two hours. This is when bacteria in food can multiply rapidly and lead to foodborne illness.”
Dry food and dishes should be handled similarly to canned food. The FDA recommends storing dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded closed. Ideal storage conditions are a cool, dry place — under 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also a good idea to wash your hands after handling dry food and use a scoop that is dedicated just for pet food. The FDA also recommends keeping pets away from food storage and preparation areas, garbage and household trash."
|Posted on April 15, 2017 at 8:56 AM||comments (101)|
Happy Easter to you and to all of your family including the ones with fur, wings, or gills.
Just a reminder to make sure your furry kids, cats and dogs, do not get into the Easter chocolate. It is toxic to animals and can make them very ill. If you are having company, make sure the animals are kept safe and don't escape through open doors as you greet guests.
Lastly, bunnies make great pets and I encourage you to adopt a bunny this Easter but ONLY if you are ready to make it a lifetime commitment. DO not bring one home for the holidays and then get tired of it and return it to the shelter.
If you are traveling, stay safe.
|Posted on March 23, 2017 at 8:34 AM||comments (333)|
One of my biggest pet peeves as a professional pet sitter is caring for pets whose food and drinking bowls are filthy. It amazes me how people, who clearly love their furry kids, can allow them to eat and drink out of bowls that are encrusted with old food, pet hair and infested with bacteria and germs. You wouldn't eat or drink from a bowl that wasn't sparkling clean and neither should your dog, cat, bunny rabbit or any other pet you may have. I recently came across this article in Consumer Affairs written by Sarah D. Young on the subject.
"Pet bowls are one of the germiest items in American homes, according to a study by the National Safety Federation (NSF). Yet, 1 in 5 pet parents who responded to a new survey by Petco admitted to waiting at least a month to clean their pet's eating and drinking bowls.
To get rid of germs and bacteria that may upset your pet’s stomach, wash your pet’s bowls daily with hot water and mild dish soap. If the bowl is dishwasher safe, you can simply toss it in the dishwasher.
During those times when your pet’s bowls are being cleaned, it can be helpful to have one extra set of pet food and water dishes on hand. Additionally, be sure to replace dishes and bowls if they are cracked, chipped, or scratched. "
When I or my staff come across filthy pet bowls when doing a pet sit, we always take the time to scrub them and clean them till they shine. We continue to wash them after each usage every day while the pet parents are away. Hopefully, the pet parent will notice this when they get home and get the idea. I will also leave a note for the parent if the bowls are chipped and need to be replaced.
Please be kind and loving to your pet and clean their bowls so that you could eat out of it if necessary.
|Posted on March 7, 2017 at 10:43 AM||comments (191)|
"March 5-11 marks the 23rd annual celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week™ (PPSW™). Introduced by Pet Sitters International in 1995, PPSW is an annual observance that honors professional pet-care providers, seeks to educate the pet-owning public about the advantages of professional in-home pet care and encourages pet-loving entrepreneurs to explore professional pet sitting as a viable career.".
|Posted on March 2, 2017 at 10:53 AM||comments (108)|
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently completed a survey on shelters across the country to try to determine the number of intakes, adoptions, returns to owners and euthanasia performed. The results are incredibly exciting.
“Woodruff and Smith, with the help of the Social Science Research Center’s Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory, surveyed 413 animal shelters across the country. The survey was limited to brick-and-mortar shelters and those that adopt out dogs. They also compared animal shelter lists from different sources to estimate the number of shelters in the U.S. The survey results were extrapolated to create a nationwide picture of the movement of dogs into and out of shelters.
The study found that shelters take in 5.5 million dogs every year, 2.6 million dogs are adopted from shelters, 969,000 are returned to an owner, 778,000 are transferred and 776,000 are euthanized.”
“When you consider that it’s estimated as many as 20 million dogs were euthanized a year in the 1970s, it’s truly astounding to see how effective the efforts of shelters and the responsible pet industry have proven,” said PLC Chairman Bob Vetere in a press release. “We believe this new research demonstrating the progress we have made will inspire an increasingly strong demand for and focus on efforts to ensure responsible breeding and opportunity to meet the growing desire for dogs in our country.”
These results are so promising. Hopefully every adoptable dog will be able to find a forever home in the very near future.
|Posted on February 23, 2017 at 8:39 AM||comments (100)|
PetMD passed on this wonderful information in their newsletter this morning. Up until now, pets have been considered "property" in divorce proceedings and basically treated like other property, ie furniture, art work etc. But Alaska has broken that precedent and now has legislation where judges consider what is in the best interest of the animal regarding custody.
"As reported by the Animal Defense League, as of January 17, 2017, "Alaska has become the first state to empower judges to take into account the 'well-being of the animal' in custody disputes involving non-human family members."
It is the first law of its kind in the United States which "expressly require[s] courts to address the interests of companion animals when deciding how to assign ownership in divorce and dissolution proceedings." The law also takes joint ownership of the pet into consideration. It's a big step forward in how animals are seen in the eyes of the courts.
Penny Ellison, an adjunt professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, recently wrote an article for The Legal Intelligencer asking the very question, "Can Courts Consider the Interests of Animals?" In the article, she notes that in instances where both parties want to keep the family pet, "Alaska courts will now be taking evidence on issues like who took responsibility to care for the pet and the closeness of the bond the pet has with each 'parent' in determining what type of custody arrangement is in the best interests of the animal."
Ellison and Culhane both agree that other states are likely to follow in Alaska's footsteps, and should. "I think that the approach that is being [done] in Alaska—a provision in state law—really is the solution here," Culhane says, noting that people think of pets as much more than just property.
"Anyone who has had an animal knows, without question, that they have interests and preferences and, in general, the law does not recognize that at this point," Ellison tells petMD. "A first step could be simply permitting courts to enforce agreements between former spouses about living arrangements for family pets. As it stands, many states won't even take action if one party breaches an agreement like that. Where parties can't agree, I would hope that more states would allow courts to decide what is in the best interest of the animal."
Well done Alaska!!
|Posted on February 20, 2017 at 8:52 AM||comments (200)|
Dr. Nancy Kay of "Spot Speaks" has enlightened us with another one of her informative blogs. Here it is below.