Kidney infection in cats

If anyone has  a very “delicate” cat (my Chloe, for instance) you know that it is critical to keep their immune system strong.  A weakened immune system can be a contributing factor for a host of illnesses.

A main cause of kidney infections in cats is bacteria. A cat with a strong immune system will  eliminate the bacteria before it has a chance to grow and potentially spread to the bladder, kidneys or urethra.

In animals that are very young, older or have weakened immunity, the bacteria can grow quite quickly and become a serious illness.

Kidney infections can be a secondary disease when a primary disease already exists.

Most common symptoms:  inability to urinate, pain while urinating, loss of appetite, fatigue and blood in the urine.

 

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Justice for Puppy Doe and all animals

The horrifying case of Puppy Doe has triggered a huge response worldwide.  Many people have now committed themselves to working together to help prevent animal abuse.  And to strengthen the current laws against abusers.

There are many things that we can do and one site that is a good place to start to read up on related issues is the Animal Legal Defense Fund http://www.aldf.org

There are several important petitions to support on the site too.

Puppy Doe has become a catalyst for change.  It is now up to us to create that change!

 

 

 

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Pet test strips special offer

Special offer on our test strips.

Order 6-refill and get 6 free tests!!
We are now shipping test strips with an expiration date of 07/2015. However, we have some strips left with an expiration of 04/2014.
So, we will include 6 free strips with the 2014 expiration on any orders of 6 refills. So – order 6 refills and you will receive 6 tests with the 2015 date and 6 more with the 2014 date.  This offer will be good until all the 2014′s are gone!!

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Two puppy mill awareness walks coming up in Iowa

Many people in Iowa are surprised to know that the state ranks in the top 3 in terms of the number of puppy mills.

So I was happy to get this email today stating that in the past 4 years, this number has gone from over 450 to less than 250.

There are 2 important walks on behalf of puppy mill dog this month.  The first is in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, September 15 and the second one is on Saturday Sept. 21 in Des Moines. They are both sponsored by Iowa Friends of Companion Animals.

Here is the link to read more or to register:

http://www.iafriends.org/events_CRPuppyMillWalk.html

 

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Pet urine test saves lives!

I am reading more and more articles on the importance or practicing preventative medicine and establishing an early detection health care routine.

The statistics are impressive.  Between 60-75% of chronic illnesses can be reversed with just a change in diet IF caught early enough.  With the increasing costs of veterinary care, this becomes a responsible practice for all pet owners.

When Chloe started spilling glucose in her urine, almost 2 years ago, we switched her to an all canned diet and she has maintained normal values since then.  Her last blood work in July was even better than the previous one 6 months ago!

It’s so much better to prevent an illness or to be able to treat it at an early stage than to have to deal with a serious, life-threatening and costly illness.

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White House Comes out Against Dog Breed Bans

Seems like a while since there has been some good news, so it was nice to see that the White House has taken a stand against breed specific legislation.

“We don’t support breed-specific legislation – research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources,” it reads. To read more: http://yhoo.it/1f4C8jy

At the very least, this will give people some added leverage in fighting the legislation in their communities.

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Early detection for pet health testimonial

It’s so much fun to receive pictures with testimonials.  Here is one that came yesterday from a long-time customer:

Annie and Ricky

“I wanted to thank you for your prompt service!
ThePetCheckup, is very important to me.  As you know, Annie, has a chronic condition and I  have to test her urine at least once a week.  It helps me work closely with my vet in monitoring her.  I am one hour away from my vet., so having ThePetCheckup,  enables me to keep close watch without constantly going to the clinic.
I also use it for maintenance once/month for my older dog, Ricky (15 1/2).
It is a good tool to have for pro-active health care.
Thanks So Much!  A. Roberson, NC
PS: The little Guy is Ricky.  The bigger one is Annie

 

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“Bones Would Rain from the Sky” quote

I was just reading some of the Facebook messages to John Unger on the passing of his beloved dog Schoep.  I had never seen this quote before and think it is so beautiful.  It’s always amazing to me when people can express such tender feelings in words.  It’s quite  a gift!

“There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.”

From “Bones Would Rain From the Sky” by Suzanne Clothier

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Practicing early detection for your pet’s health

Do you remember the TV show Emergency Vets?  I was addicted.  One of the veterinarians on the show, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald writes some great articles on animal care.  I just read one on aging dogs called Silver Muzzles.

Because animals are living longer now, the importance of practicing early detection is even more important.  As an animal ages, the immune system can become more susceptible to a variety of  infections.

This is where ThePetCheckup comes in.  As an additional tool in your wellness program, it can help identify many potential problems with your aging animals before the problems get more serious.

Of course, it is just as important to keep up with regular veterinary checkups. But between visits, regular use of ThePetCheckup will provide you will priceless peace of mind.

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More warnings about protecting our pets from heat stroke

I tried to find some statistics on how many dogs left in cars die from heat stroke per year.  It is estimated to be several hundred each summer, but most of the deaths go unreported.

These are totally preventable deaths.  We have all heard the warnings, yet many owners still think they can just run in to a store “for a minute” and their animal will be safe.  On an 85 degree day (most of the country is well above that currently) it only takes 10 minutes for the inside car temp to reach 105.

If you see an animal in a locked car in the summer heat, call the police immediately.  If in a parking lot, notify store employees.

Dr. Marty Becker advises the following if an animal is suffering from heat stroke and needs immediate help:

  • Begin cooling procedures by soaking her body with cool water – cool, but not cold. Use a hose, wet towels or any other source of cool water that is handy. Take her temperature if possible.
  • Concentrate the cooling water on her head, neck and in the areas underneath her front and back legs. Carefully cool her tongue if possible, but don’t let water run into her throat as it could get into her lungs. Never put water in a dog’s mouth that can’t swallow on its own. Put a fan on her if possible – it will speed up the cooling process.
  • After a few minutes, re-check her temperature. If her temp is at or below 104 degrees, stop the cooling process. Further cooling could lead to blood clotting or a too-low body temperature. Get her to a veterinary clinic right away, even if she seems to be recovering.

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