Zuke’s Kicks Off the 2015 #FueltheCure Fight Against Canine Cancer

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Zuke’s Challenges Dog Lovers to Lead the Pack
in the Fight Against Canine Cancer with #FuelTheCure
Annual “Fuel the Love – Fuel the Cure” Campaign Supports
the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund

Zuke’s is excited to announce the launch of their annual social media campaign “Fuel the Love – Fuel the Cure” starting on May 1 through June 30, 2015.
Proving that a picture can be worth more than just a thousand words, the campaign turns pictures into money – money that will support The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund), a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer. Six million dogs and a similar number of cats are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. The funds raised from the “Fuel the Love – Fuel the Cure” campaign will be used to provide much-needed financial assistance to pet parents whose dogs and cats are suffering from cancer. Continue reading

#Tips for Preventing Hairballs – Summer is Hairball Season

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Shedding of your cat’s Winter undercoat,  along with excessive grooming,  can only result in one thing,  HAIRBALLS!   Cats can spend up to 10 percent of their waking hours grooming themselves by licking their fur.  They have an amazing built-in  barbed, self-grooming tool -their tongue- which can result in a whole ‘lotta’ hairballs.  Continue reading

ThunderShirt™ Review and Giveaway

how-thundershirt-work-dog-catMany of us have pets that suffer with some form of anxiety. Experts say canine anxiety falls into three categories; noise anxiety, separation anxiety and social anxiety.  Canine anxiety has a myriad of symptoms from barking, pacing and  panting, hiding, climbing  on you for safety, and the list goes on.

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Cat Symptom Checker

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Cats can become ill with many of the same ailments as humans. However, symptoms  can be much different in humans and even dogs. Since our pets can’t tell us what hurts, they depend on us to figure it out.

I realized right away that it is much easier to determine what was ailing Baylie than our cat, Smoki, resulting in me becoming one of those helicopter pet parents to our 14-year-old cat.  When Smoki was a young kitten,  I took her to the vet because she just wasn’t behaving like her normal self.  I was very green in the kitty parenting department and had no clue as to what was wrong.  I found out that there is actually an acronym in the world of veterinary medicine for this condition  in cats called “DAR”  aka, “Doesn’t Act Right“.  That pretty much summed it up with Smoki. She had no visible symptoms,  but I knew something wasn’t quite right. She was a bit lethargic, didn’t want to play and preferred to hide underneath a living room chair; a place she never goes.  If you are a cat parent, I’m sure you have seen this behavior.

Our friends at PetCareRx provided us with this interactive symptom checker for monitoring your cat’s  symptoms.  Just hover over the red dots on the kitty to display more information

This symptom checker is a good place to begin in identifying symptoms of illness in your cat.  However, it is not intended to be a replacement for medical treatment.  Always consult your veterinarian if your cat should become ill.                                             

Cat Enrichment Bundle Giveaway

imagesR1MSBZC2Congratulations to our winner, Sheila K!  Thanks to all who entered!

According to the Drake Center for Veterinary Care, while cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include litter box issues, anxiety, eating disorders, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching. Providing an enriched environment can increase activity, decrease mental stagnation and prevent many of these issues.

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Calling All Cats Bundle Giveaway

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Congratulations to Amy O. – Winner of the Calling All Cats Bundle Giveaway!!!

As cat parents, we all know that urine pH can be used to provide information concerning the health of our felines.  Many health problems are accompanied by a change in urinary pH from a normal to a high (acidic) or low (alkaline) condition.

Our friends at  PetFoodDirect.com introduced us to  LifeMate Scoopable Cat Litter w/ pH Health Alert  by Petsell.  LifeMate is the first scoopable cat litter that contains a pH indicator that will change color to identify common health problems BEFORE symptoms appear. It is not designed to provide a diagnosis  for health problems; only as a possible early  indication.  When you see a change in the urine pH you should monitor your cat’s health more closely and consult your local veterinarian.

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