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Every home with dogs should have apple cider vinegar. It's a remedy with multiple uses for dogs, cats, horse & people! It can help in alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance.
If you notice your dog has itchy skin or licks it's feet, has ears that smell or have discharge, if they are developing hot spots or seem to be picky about their food, using Apple Cider Vinegar may help
For poor appetite, use 1 tablespoon 2 times a day for a 50 pound dog. Adjust as necessary. We put this in their drinking water daily.
For itchy skin, hot spots, excessive licking, place Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle and the affected areas. It should clear up within 24-48 hours. If the skin is broken, dilute 50/50 with water and spray the area.
Test your dogs PH balance. You can purchase ph strips at your local pharmacy or drug store. Test the urine 1st thing in the morning. It should be between 6.2-6.5 to be in good balance. If it is higher than 7.5, your dogs system is too alkaline and you will need to balance the levels. This helps to keep the digestive track balanced and functioning properly.
If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use ACV in his or her water. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.
Other uses for ACV are the prevention of muscle weakness, cramps, feeling the cold, calluses on elbows and hock joints, constipation, bruising too easily, pimples on skin surfaces, twitching of facial muscles, sore joints, arthritis and pus in the urine. There are also reports that it is useful in the prevention of bladder and kidney stones.
Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out. Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo -- Life's Abundance -- rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on ACV diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry.
It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some ACV in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home, and when you get back. Take some with you and keep it in the car, just in case you need it any time. Obviously for major infestations, more drastic measures are necessary. ACV normalizes the pH levels of the skin, makes your dog unpalatable to even the nastiest of parasites or bacteria!
About Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Gallon is made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities and now you can enjoy it on a daily basis! Processed and bottled in accordance with USDA guidelines, it is Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers and Oregon Tilth; and is Kosher Certified. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty natural goodness. It's a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn.
What is Natural Apple Cider Vinegar?
Different from the refined and distilled vinegars usually found in supermarkets, Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made from fresh, crushed, organically grown apples and allowed to mature in wooden barrels, which boosts its natural fermentation qualities. When mature, it contains a web-like substance, called "mother" that becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light.
What is the nature of the Mother?
The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues - it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to overprocessing, filtration and overheating.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar safe to take during pregnancy?
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is safe to take during and after pregnancy. It helps to rid the body of toxins and may even help with any complications that may arise or have arisen with the pregnancy. It supports regularity and promotes digestion.
Is it possible to take too much Apple Cider Vinegar?
There is no clear limit as to how much Apple Cider Vinegar an individual can or should ingest. However, one should remember that, as with anything in life, one can have "too much of a good thing".For a delicious, ideal pick-me-up at home, work, sports or gym, they recommend taking the Bragg Vinegar Health Drink 3 times daily - upon arising, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. To make the drink, stir 1 to 2 tsps Bragg Organic Vinegar in 8 oz. Glass Purified Water and (optional) to taste 1 to 2 tsps Organic Honey, 100% Maple Syrup, Blackstrap Molasses, or 4 drops herb Stevia.
Is it okay to take the Apple Cider Vinegar by itself?
It is recommended that you take the Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water or juice. Because Apple Cider Vinegar acts like a sponge, drawing toxins from the body tissues, it may cause you discomfort if you choose to digest the vinegar using spoonfuls only.
What, exactly, are the internal and external benefits attributed to ACV?
Following the old cliché, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," apples are one of the oldest, most nutritious foods on earth. They are rich in potassium, a mineral many of us are deficient in, and a deficiency that causes old age to creep upon us sooner. Calcium maintains our hard tissues such as bones, and potassium is the equivalent to the body’s soft tissues, keeping the body’s flesh and arteries soft and resilient. Fresh, organic apples are used to make Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains necessary ingredients, such as enzymes, and life-stimulating minerals, mainly potassium, in a natural state. Besides being a natural stimulant for vitality, Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself.
Yes. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is Naturally Gluten Free.
Is their ACV safe for pets with peanut, gluten (wheat), and tree nut allergies?
Yes. The equipment they use to make Bragg ACV is dedicated and not contaminated.
Happy Valentines to YOU and your pets! February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month.
Should you spay or neuter your pets?
You just got home from picking up your adorable puppy or kitten. Maybe you got your pet from a pet store, breeder, rescue group or a neighbor. Regardless, you will want to start thinking about getting your new pal "fixed".
Many breeders require that you spay or neuter your pet by a certain age. They have a responsibility to the animals they raise and do not want to encourage irresponsible breeding practices. They have spent a lot of time and money developing their breeding program including researching genetics and pedigrees, health screening and testing of breeding pairs, nutrition, and housing to ensure their pets are in the best of condition. Many go through an extensive screening process to ensure that their pups or kitties go to the BEST furever home. They want your pet to be in love with YOU and not the urge to breed.
Rescue groups are in the trenches. They see the results of unplanned puppies or kittens and work tirelessly to place animals. They are always volunteering not only their time but their money to help alleviate the problem of over population. One of the things they do is called TNR - Trap, Neuter, Release. This is where they will trap feral felines, bring them to the vet, pay to have them spayed or neutered and then release them back where they came from. To adopt a pet from a shelter many times the organization has already sterilized the animal to avoid more unwanted babies. If they have not, they will make it a condition of adoption.
Here are some things to consider:
Spaying or neutering is GOOD for your pet
Spaying or neutering is GOOD for you too
Spaying and neutering are GOOD for your community
The miracle of birth is a beautiful thing. But the responsibility that comes with bringing a new puppy or kitten in the world far outweighs the experience of delivery. A litter can produce 1-15 or more new animals that will need new homes. If you are not experienced in this, you will find it is a difficult task. This is one of the top ten reasons pets end up in shelters.
If your pet is not spayed or neutered, pick up your phone and schedule an appointment to take care of this today. Whether you have a young or older pet, you will help them live a happier and healthier life.
You will feel better and so will your pet!
If your pet has marked, urinated, defecated in an undesirable spot, we highly recommend BioDeodorizer Spray
Do you think your dogs should be allowed to roam free or should they be kept in a fenced area or on a leash?
We live in the country. My closest neighbor is a mile away. We raise a limited number of Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies to place into their forever homes. We have 9 dogs but we used to have 10. They are part of our family.
We live near a dirt road and although there is not much traffic, many of the cars that pass drive WAY too fast. It is for that reason and others that I have chosen to keep our dogs safe and only let them out when someone is with them.
Living in the country, in Texas has been interesting.... to say the least. People who are not breeders, leave their dogs intact. They let them roam loose, without supervision. They do not seem to regard these animals as their best friend but simply an ornament to adorn their yard so that they may pat it occasionally should the urge arise.
I am going to share three stories, the stories I am about to tell are true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Story #1. My story. As I mentioned before, we had 10 dogs. The one that you do not see pictured above is Anna. Anna was my favorite. In fact, any of you who have seen our business card or logo for our Natural Pet Health Food have seen her picture. She was a stunning Australian Shepherd with dark merle coloring and two blue eyes. She loved being with me and did not especially care for playing with the other dogs. You could say, she was my shadow.
One day, we let her out to use the restroom. Now as I shared with you before, we make sure that we are out with them when they are out. Our yard is not fenced and we do not want to lose our dogs. My son, still in his pajamas, went into his room to get dressed. I was sitting at my desk in the office, on the computer, looking out the window, wondering why there seemed to be less traffic than normal. I realized it was Good Friday. "It must be people have gone out of town for the holiday," I thought to myself. I got up to make some coffee and walked into the kitchen. About that time, a neighbor pulled slowly into our driveway and honked. I quickly threw some pants on and my son met me at the back door as we went to see what the neighbor needed. He said, "your black dog is in the road." I heard his words but couldn't think. What did he mean? What black dog? I thought of Patsy and Lady Day, they are black dogs...but how did they get out and why would they be in the road. Then I realized what he was saying, Anna, was dead, in the road.
Just a brief period in time. I never saw a vehicle pass our house, it must have happened between the time I got up from my desk to walk to the kitchen.
Someone, I still do not know who, plowed over my poor, dear Anna and kept right on driving.
The neighbor, Mr. G helped me get her back to the house. I was so devastated!
Story #2. A continuation of #1. My son stated digging her grave. The soil in our parts is nicknamed black gumbo for its dark, rock hard, clay consistency. After quite some time, he had only managed to dig a few inches. This was not going to work. I called on another neighbor, Mrs. H, and she and her sons said they would come and help. As she was driving to our house, there were two Pitbull Terriers in the middle of the road. Mrs. H slowed to a stop and saw a lady in her yard, planting her garden. She rolled down her window and called out to the lady, "Hi! Can you please call your dogs?" The lady, hands covered in dirt, looked up and replied, " if they are dumb enough to be in the road, run them down." Horrified, Mrs. H, who was on her way to help me and my son told the lady, "NO, that is not right. You call your dogs." The lady did so. I am not sure if she grumbled the whole way about it, all I know is that I was SHOCKED to hear this story as was Mrs. H to experience it.
Her boys saved the day with three teenage boys equipped with shovels, they were able to conquer the rock hard soil. We wrapped Anna in a sheet and placed her into her final resting place. She was a good girl.
Story #3. The chicken lady and dogs gone bad. I have a neighbor that we'll call the chicken lady and a mile past her, the cowgirl.
One day, the chicken lady was tending to her small flock of 6 chickens. These chickens are her pets, they also provide fresh eggs daily for her family. She brings them into her home at night and they stay in a box in her laundry room. During the day, she takes them out to their coop that is enclosed with chicken wire for them to walk around and get exercise. Every late afternoon, the chicken lady lets her chickens out of their enclosure to snack on bugs in the field. She had gone into the house to get some tea so she could come and relax and keep an eye on her beloved cluckers. She had just turned her back and started pouring her tea when she heard a horrible ruckus coming from outside. She ran out the back door to find two dogs in her yard, one with her favorite chicken in it's mouth. She proceeded to scream at the dog and get quite hysterical. The dog dropped the chicken and wagged it's tail at her looking for a pat. She picked up the chicken that convulsed and died in her arms. It's neck was broken.
She proceeded to call the cowgirl, who owned the dogs. After telling her story, the cowgirl replied "I don't have a solution, just shoot 'em."
So you are probably wondering... what is the point of these stories? Why are you telling us this?
I'm writing this as a way to help pet owners take personal responsibility for their pets. We also heard the news of 3 of our puppies that we had placed getting killed. Two by hit and run drivers and one by coyote attack. These families were horrified at their loss, heartbroken. I would like to share some methods to help this not happen in the future.
Sport & his boy
1. Get your dog trained. In particular for recall, sit, and stay. This means when you call your dog, it stops everything it's doing and immediately comes to you.
Lack of training is one of the top 10 reasons a pet will end up in a shelter. As a breeder, it is my job to educate my clients on how to properly care for their pet. In fact, we insist on first right of refusal should our clients be unable to care for their pet. We will find a new home for them.
Sport graduated with honors from his puppy class. Is going for continued classes and learning so much! His boy is having a BLAST with his BEST FRIEND!
2. Socialize your dog. Believe it or not, this can help to establish boundaries.
It sets the tone for your relationship with your pet and how the pet should or should not act around others. This relationship is important in building the bond for your pet, keeping him close.
Your dog is part of your family and should be treated as such. They are like a small child. Most would not leave their 3 year old alone in an unfenced yard without any supervision, so do not leave your dog unsupervised.
Sport, just got neutered!
3. Spay or Neuter your pets. This will help your pets stay close and not get the "call of the wild."
This helps keep down the population of "unwanted" animals that end up in shelters. Another top reason for animals ending up in shelters is when they have a "whoops" litter of mutt puppies.
Sterilizing your pet also improves their health and decreases the chance of testicular and ovarian cancer. So do this for their health!
4. Finally, respect others. Be a good neighbor. You do not want your dog trespassing on other people's property or making them uncomfortable. If you see other dogs, be sure your dog is on a leash or in a safe area. Don't let your dog jump up on people, chase cars, etc. Pick up poop when your dog goes. That means, carry a poop bag with you when you go for a walk. Build a fence, buy a kennel, keep your dog on a leash. Use common sense.
Forty years ago, the famous Australian virologist Sir Macfarlane Burnett said, regarding antibiotics, that “By the late twentieth century, we can anticipate the virtual elimination of infectious diseases as a significant factor in social life.”
Unfortunately, his prediction proved utterly wrong.
In the last couple of decades, we’ve seen the development of superbugs – bacteria that are resistant to a wide range of antibiotics, which has left researchers scrambling for solutions. Even a few years ago, our focus was on the targeted elimination of specific bacteria through the use of antibiotics. In an unforeseen consequence, the prevalent usage of these medications has altered entire bacterial populations. This change represents a paradigm shift in the treatment of both humans and companion animals. Fortunately, there is a tool in our arsenal to help us all lead healthier lives.
Beneficial bacteria known as probiotics help to promote health and fight illness in several ways. They actively block ‘bad’ bacteria from establishing colonies, help maintain a healthy immune system, regulate inflammatory responses and enhance cellular homeostasis (a state of balance in the body).
Probiotics are probably best-known for their promotion of digestive health. However, researchers are finding that their benefits extend beyond the intestinal system. Practically every month, new research is published in medical journals detailing exciting new functions of probiotics.
Take, for example, current research into the application of probiotics in periodontal disease. Advances in probiotic science have given periodontists the ability to employ these friendly bacteria as nano-soldiers in combating plaque. As we all know, plaque hardens into tartar which leads to periodontal disease. Probiotics (L. acidophilus and L. casei) have been proven to inhibit formation of disease-causing plaque by making saliva more acidic. Additionally, we’ve found that probiotics also produce antioxidants, which can help prevent plaque formation by neutralizing the free electrons needed for the mineralization of plaque. When veterinarian scientists applied probiotics below the gum lines of Beagles, they inhibited the growth of bad bacteria, reduced inflammation and improved bone density (Chatterjee et al, 2011). Furthermore, halitosis, more commonly known as ‘doggie breath’, is the odor released by volatile sulphur compounds (VSC), which emanate from ‘bad bacteria’. Probiotics actually minimize bad breath by altering VSCs into gasses required for metabolism (Chatterjee et al, 2011).
Who knew oral hygiene could be so exciting!
In humans, researchers are now studying the effects of probiotics in the treatment of childhood asthma and eczema, two diseases often related to childhood dietary allergies. Lactobacillus rhamnosus is of particular interest in human medicine, as children supplemented with lysed (broken down) L. rhamnosus cells showed a substantial improvement in quality of life, skin symptoms and skin irritation (Hoang et al, 2010). Yu et al (2010) found that oral treatment with L. rhamnosus prior to sensitization can reduce airway inflammation and hyperreactivity in allergic airway inflammation, suggesting that L. rhamnonsus may one day be used for the prevention of asthma. However, these areas require further study to determine the full promise of treatment by probiotics.
But wait, there’s more! Probiotics are currently being studied for potential human treatment in several areas, including dental caries, vaginitis, urogenital infections, irritable bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, Travellers' diarrhea and even various cancers. In the next few years, I believe we will see significant advances in probiotic research that will benefit both humans and companion animals.
Rest assured that all of us here at Life’s Abundance are committed to reviewing and utilizing the best of new scientific research to promote the health of you and your fur kids!
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals
Dr. Jane Bicks
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For most of us, the meal of the year is quickly fading from memory. While families, friends and neighbors gathered together for Thanksgiving, others were slowly picking up the pieces of their lives after Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic storm on record. Pummeling the East Coast beginning on October 29th, the death toll of the 1,000-mile-wide superstorm is estimated to be 113 human lives. Not tallied, and possibly unknowable, are the numbers of companion animals lost in the wake of this devastating weather event.
Even as America watched live reports and montages of unimaginable devastation, our foundation’s Board of Directors began thinking of the lives that weren’t featured in the earliest breaking news stories … those of homeless dogs and cats. To assist in rescue and recovery efforts, an emergency session was convened to determine how the non-profit wing of Life’s Abundance might best provide assistance to our neighbors to the north.
After reviewing several options, the Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation approved emergency funding for two rescue organizations, both of which oversee and coordinate efforts of dozens of other animal rescue groups. Knowing that time was of the essence, two checks – each for $3,000 – were overnighted to New York’s Adopt NY and New Jersey’s Coalition for Animals.
In what follows, we’ll review some of the highlights of what your donations helped to make possible.
Award to Adopt NY in New York:
Founded when two rescue groups joined forces, volunteers for Adopt NY have dedicated years to saving abandoned companion animals from uncertain ends on the streets of one of America’s most populous areas. With their combined energies, they’ve created a truly democratic operation, joining forces of 44 non-profit rescue groups. This affiliation allows rescues to not only connect to other volunteers for advice and support, but also enables them to connect with pet foster parents and potential adopters. Bottom line, more animals are being saved from long-term shelter stays and euthenasia thanks to Adopt NY’s efforts.
After Sandy struck New York, caretakers – many of whom have dedicated their lives to fighting animal homelessness – found they no longer had a foster home to offer. In addition to the dogs and cats who were already homeless, there is now a whole new wave of animals made homeless by the storm. Adding insult to injury, damage was reported in at least one shelter facility, where floodwaters ruined food and medical supplies.
Adopt NY lost no time mounting a response to the unfolding tragedy, seeking to provide the two most pressing necessities – shelter and supplies. Even as they began making calls and appeals online for food, medicine and places to stay, they also started asking for financial contributions. Dr. Jane heard their appeal, which ultimately led to our emergency grant of $3,000 slated toward the costs of feeding hundreds of animals.
Renting a delivery truck to transport seven tons of food and supplies, volunteers embarked on a 14-hour trip through the five boroughs (including Yonkers) doling out supplies to rescues with the greatest needs. In the words of Rob Maher, Fundraising and Corporate Outreach Director, “Thanks in large part to the generosity of the Dr. Jane's HealthyPetNet Foundation, we’ve purchased over 14,000 lbs and counting of high quality dog food, cat food and cat litter.” And, thanks to Adopt NY’s negotiating skills and the goodwill of their suppliers, everything purchased was at a discounted price, allowing the rescue to maximize the buying power of the donations.
Within just three weeks of the disaster, more than 800 people had already applied to become foster parents for homeless pets. All of those applications have been distributed to Adopt NY’s network of rescues. It is our fervent hope that all of the homeless animals will find long-term, loving places to call home … and very soon.
Award to Coalition for Animals in New Jersey
In continuous operation since 1994, Coalition for Animals (CFA) has been under the direction of Rose Rosenbaum for more than a decade. Not limited to saving cats and dogs, CFA has been involved in a diversity of animal species, including creatures from zoos and circuses, “wild” animals saved from fur industry merchants, as well as more traditional farm animals.
When we first spoke to Rose on November 9th, CFA was still trying to ascertain the needs of their affiliated rescues. Even as late as two weeks after landfall, some rescues located near the Atlantic shore remained unreachable. Rose led by example, loading her car with hay for temporary bedding for numerous feral cat colonies, and driving to several locations to judge the extent of the damage.
Based upon her investigations and requests for information, they divvied up our contribution and redistributed 100% of our $3,000 grant among ten of the Coalition’s rescues. Each of the ten received at least $100 and not more than $500, and amounts were dependent upon the severity of each group’s need.
- Act for Animals, based in Maple Shade, which post-storm is providing meals for approximately 300 feral cats in and around Camden, a significant increase in the homeless feline population.
- Located in New Egypt, All About Them Giant Breed Rescue provides care for 37 large canines. In addition to taking on a Rottweiler, two Great Danes and an English Mastiff – each from a different shelter dealing with their own storm-related problems – they also took in two cats who survived perilous flood waters.
- Based in Spotswood, All Critters Rescue suffered losses from their flock of saved animals, including two sheep and two ducks. The animals perished when a tree crashed into their barn and high winds demolished the duck shelter. In spite of their grief, they heeded the call when asked to take in two more creatures, both cats displaced by the storm.
- Just prior to Sandy’s landfall, Point Pleasant Beach’s Shore Area Volunteers 4 Animals intervened in a hoarding situation, saving the lives of 60 cats. Having just gotten the felines settled, most of whom required medical care due to dire living conditions, the power went out. The medication required refrigeration; consequently, all of it was ruined. In spite of this remarkable bit of bad timing, these die-hard rescuers still took in an additional cat who suffered blindness due to high blood pressure during the storm. What the group had classified as a “devastating” scenario was turned around by an amazing act of generosity. A donor gave them a brand new generator, a gift that was personally delivered all the way from Texas … that’s a 34-hour drive, one-way!
- Stanton’s NJ Animeals provides food for homebound families who share what little they have with companion animals. Some of these folks endured great hardship due to Sandy, and Animeals has been doing their best to make sure their people have food to eat.
- Already tasked with feeding several feral cat colonies, Seaside Heights Animal Welfare Group witnessed firsthand a huge jump in the number of homeless cats after the storm. They’ve been doing their best under difficult circumstances to feed hundreds of cats, many of whom are presumably in the wild for the first time, having been abandoned - voluntarily or involuntarily - due to the storm.
- In Barnegat, One By One Cat Rescue has taken in half a dozen new cats and is doing their level best to make room for more. One of the queens took up residence in a stranger’s garage, giving birth shortly before the storm hit. The garage was deluged with flood waters, but all six – that’s five healthy kittens – were saved, and are now comfortable at a volunteer’s residence.
- The remaining three rescues, each with their own resilience and dogged determination to rescue those affected by Sandy, have dedicated their efforts solely to saving the lives of cats. While specific details about their endeavors are sparse at present, we honor their work in stating their names and locations: Calling All Cats Rescue in Bayville, Operation Kindness in Little Silver and God’s Creatures Ministry located in Wayne. We salute each and every one of these small organizations for every life they have saved.
While no completely accurate count of the number of animal lives saved and bettered may ever be known, our readers can take heart in knowing that scores of companion animals have been positively affected by their support.
We give our sincere thanks to all of our readers and customers who, through their personal donations and continued patronage, made these emergency donations possible. The same goes to all of the volunteers – many enduring hardships of their own – who have dedicated their time and energy to making life better for the feline and canine survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
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We found this training video by Jez Rose very helpful and hope you do too!
1. NEVER PUNISH your puppy for going to the bathroom in the house. This is a TRAINING problem and is YOUR fault, not theirs.
2. PRAISE puppy when they do what you want!
3. Give TREATS as a reward along with the PRAISE!
4. Be CONSISTENT, take puppy out regularly!
Within a week or so, you should have a well trained pup!
As many pet parents know, urinary tract problems are a common kitty complaint. In part, that’s because cats evolved as desert animals, and therefore don’t have a strong instinctual drive to drink water. Not taking in enough fluids can result in a scenario where minerals pile-up in the kidneys and bladder, setting the stage for the formation of stones or crystals.
These problems are common enough that you should be on the lookout for these warning signs:
• Frequent urination
• Urination in places other than the litter box
• If she strains to urinate
• If you see any hint of blood in her urine
And now, there’s evidence to suggest that stress can be one of the primary causes of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). Stress can let loose a flood of hormones that could cause the muscles of the lower urinary tract to constrict. Changes in your routine, a new companion animal in the home, changes in weather and even a lack of attention can increase your cat’s stress level. You can see how important it is to be in-tune with your cat’s emotional state, and take steps to decrease or eliminate stress in her life.
Additionally, you might consider providing water for your cat using a continuous fountain. The constant motion of the water attracts the attention of cats, hopefully encouraging them to drink more. And, of course, providing fluid-rich canned foods like Instinctive Choice can help boost overall fluid intake, too.
If you take steps now, you might be able to prevent your cat from developing urinary health issues, helping him or her to live a healthier – and much more comfortable – life.
If you haven’t made time lately to take your canine companion to a local dog park, you’re both missing out on some serious fun! In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah’s on location at the Spring Canyon Dog Park in Fort Collins, CO. With the help of her Goldendoodle co-star, Alma, Dr. Sarah will share the code of proper dog-park conduct, for both canines and humans, to ensure maximum fun for everyone. Learning about companion animal etiquette has never been so much fun!
The first step is to learn to "talk dog." Dogs communicate with body language. When you look at the dog, the whole dog; head, face, body and tail you can get an idea what they are trying to tell you.
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