your cat and Lyme disease

There is an interesting article in May 2014 Animal Wellness Magazine (I love this magazine) about cats and Lyme disease.

Most veterinarians (although not all) believe that cats do not get sick from Lyme disease when they have been exposed to it.  They can test positive for the disease but not develop symptoms.

Still, ticks carry other diseases – even some which can be fatal for cats, so it is important to protect your cat from ticks.  Keeping your cat  away from tall grass and wooded areas where ticks are more prevalent is important.

And keep their immune system strong with a diet of high quality food. For many of us, trying to get our cat to take supplements is a stressful and often unsuccessful experience.

Prevention is the best tonic!

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2014 Protecting your dog’s and cat’s health by being proactive

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful New Year.

We hope 2014 brings you and your animal companions many Blessings and great Fulfillment.

It is wonderful to be connected to so many caring pet owners around the country.

And we look forward to hearing how our product is helping you to protect your dog’s and cat’s good health.

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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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