Home urine testing for pets leads to indications of common and also uncommon dog and cat illnesses.

Before symptoms appear is the key here!!

ThePetCheckup provides important indications of potential diseases including:  kidney disease, urinary tract disease, diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, kidney infections, bacterial infections, urinary tract infections, urinary bladder disease, auto-immune disease, Cushing’s disease, prostate diseases, hepatitis and other liver conditions.

Our veterinary consultants advise that the tests be done on a monthly basis between routine veterinary visits to catch potential problems before symptoms appear.

We have also had customers report to us that their veterinarians were able to detect some pretty uncommon illnesses because of early red flags from ThePetCheckup test. Seeing an imbalance with the monthly test led to further veterinary testing and potential serious illnesses were detected at early stages.  This has been the case with some liver conditions that have been reported to us. And the treatment has been successful which is so wonderful to hear!

Thank you to our customers for their feedback…..we love hearing from you!

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Home pet urine test called favorite product

We heard from Robert Cabral this week.  Robert is an amazing person who specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating dogs from difficult backgrounds who have developed troubling behavioral problems. He helps these animals to become adoptable.

In 2008, Robert wrote a very nice testimonial on his website for ThePetCheckup, saying among other things:  “There are few products I would give this high of a rating for, but The Pet Checkup is my #1 product that I think every pet owner should have. I will not be without it. ”

You can read more of his testimonial at this link~

http://blackbeltdogtrainingblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/pet-checkup-my-favorite-new-product.html

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always nice to hear from ThePetCheckup long-time customers

Since most of our customers order online, there isn’t a lot of personal contact, but it is always nice when someone lets us know, even in just a few words, how helpful ThePetCheckup has been for them.

A long-time customer from MI with 2 dogs has been reordering refills regularly and placed a new refill order today:

“Love the product — use it all the time and it works!!”

Yup, it does work and it’s always nice to have feedback from our customers.

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ThePetCheckup customer profile

I am currently taking a series of classes in Social Marketing.

We were asked to profile our customers.

I consider our customers to be wonderful caregivers.  It is always a pleasure to speak with people who love their animals, treat them like family and provide such good care for them.

Two qualities I chose to describe our “typical” customer are:

1. They are proactive with their dog and cat’s health care.

2. They understand the importance of early detection in preventing and treating diseases.

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Early detection is the best medicine for happy and healthy dogs and cats

With ThePetCheckup, when we talk about “early detection” we are really talking about catching potential problems before there are any outward signs of illness.

Even the most attentive and caring pet owner usually will not know anything is wrong with their dog or cat until they are showing visible changes in behavior or appearance.

That is the beauty of this home urine test for pets – providing an easy to use tool that gives owners a way to be more pro-active in caring for their animal’s health.  When something shows up on ThePetCheckup health screen as abnormal, it means they will receive veterinary care at an earlier point in the illness.

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Testimonials for pet urine at-home test kit

I just wanted to let you know that your product is wonderful.

I always tell my veterinarians about it and hope that they will incorporate it into their businesses.  It’s such a nice feeling to take extra care with your pet,  and it’s an easy thing to do between routine veterinary visits.

MB, Boston, MA

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Liver Disease in Dogs

A customer called to let us know  that ThePetCheckup helped her discover that something was off with her animal’s health.  It required further testing from her veterinarian to determine what was going on.

The diagnosis was liver disease and it was caught very early and the outcome looks extremely positive.

There are different types of liver diseases, but early detection is extremely important as a significant portion of the liver is usually damaged before outward signs of the disease are apparent.

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The search for natural flea remedies continues: nematodes

As spring is potentially arriving (we are getting about an inch of snow or slush today!), I have been doing more research into natural flea remedies. There seems to be several new products out there.

One is Nematodes..which are actually naturally occurring predators that live under the soil’s surface. They are not harmful to people or animals, or birds, plants and the rest of the environment, and I have read that they kill fleas in the yard or garden.

Nematodes start killing fleas within a day of their application, but it takes about 2 weeks for them to reach their full effect. An application lasts about 90 days and there are specific ways that they should be applied.

Has anyone had any direct experience with Nematodes? I like that each application lasts for 3 months and it seems like a safe way to keep fleas out of my enclosed cat pen in the summer and early fall.

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Preventing Dog Urinary Tract Infections

There are some really basic things that every caregiver can do to help prevent canine urinary tract infections:

** provide plenty of fresh water and make sure that your dog is drinking enough every day

**allow frequent access outside so that your dog can urinate and prevent bacteria from building up in the bladder

**walk at least once a day as this will stimulate your dog’s bladder

**bathe with a gentle, high quality shampoo with natural ingredients

Despite the best of care, the truth is that urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are quite common in dogs — and they can exist for sometime before anyone notices signs of illness. And the longer the infection lasts, the more severe it can become…sometimes infecting other organs. So your dog may be very ill by the time you are aware that something is wrong.

Using preventative health care measures (like ThePetCheckup monthly) can avoid many of the problems associated with urinary tract infections.

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Practicing preventative health care with our dogs and cats

One of the great perks about being the owner of a company that sells a preventative health care product for pets is that I get to speak with lots of wonderful people about their dogs and cats.

Our customers tend to be people who share a deep bond with their animal companions. They practice preventative health care and understand the importance of early detection. It is always fun and also illuminating to share different ideas and products that we have found helpful in protecting our animals’ health. I have a bond with so many people throughout the world now who share many of the same values and goals for animals as I do.

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