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Understanding Toxicity Levels of Natural Cures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

When it comes to our pets, we want natural treatments that work. Dogs and cats are notoriously difficult to treat with Western medicine as there is the potential for so many side effects. Oftentimes, when treating one condition, we find ourselves ultimately treating a myriad of conditions. And so, we seek out natural treatments.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation occurring in the field of natural pet care.

The most important message we want to get across to you is that many natural cures can easily become natural toxins when used incorrectly.

Natural remedies, such as essential oils and supplements, are incredibly powerful and a misuse could result in your pets experiencing tremors, organ damage, or death. We support you in seeking out natural cures for your pets, but we also want you to be educated while doing so.

Oftentimes, well-meaning pet parents take it too far. Today, we’re looking at a few terms you should be familiar with and why it’s so important to understand toxicity levels.


Last Updated on Sunday, 07 September 2014 18:56
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Keeping Indoor/Outdoor Cats Cool in Summer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00

Cats are pretty resilient to weather, but the one thing that affects even cats is the heat. Despite hailing from the desert, cats are very susceptible to heat stroke and exhaustion. Whether you have indoor cats or outdoor cats in a feral colony that you care for, we have some easy ways to keep them cool in summer.

Encourage water consumption

Chances are excellent that your cat is not drinking enough water. To ensure sure your cat drinks enough, consider adding a pet fountain. Most cats prefer running water. Here are two of favorite fountains. We love the Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain and these beautiful handmade fountains from Thirsty Cat Fountains on ETSY (which hypnotizes Cassie - see for yourself).


Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 16:14
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Showing the Love with #HillsPet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 03 May 2014 13:42

Throughout history, we have been conditioned to equate food with love. Feeding our pets with tasty treats is a time-honored tradition throughout history.

We often show our pets how much we love them with extra treats and table scraps, not realizing that their weight is becoming a problem until it’s too late and a twenty-pound cat (who should only weigh 14 lbs), is staring back at us with forlorn eyes and arthritis.

Too much love can lead to excessive weight gain and health problems. The most loved dogs and cats often suffer from diabetes, heart, and joint problems due to excessive weight gain.


Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 16:00
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Pet PawNatural Products and Living a Greener Lifestyle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

While I like to think of myself as “active”, the truth is – I’m really not. Active to me means going out for a weekend hike with the dogs, or teaching my cats agility, or committing to an evening walk. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. But, I wanted to do more – and I wanted to make a difference while I do it.

So this year, I incorporated something a little easier: a green lifestyle and (mostly) sustainable living for my family and my pets.

Greener Lifestyles and supporting like-minded businesses

If you look up “going green”, you’ll see it is a term rife with trendy words and consumer messages that mean very little. I adapted a “baby steps” approach and defined the term on my own.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 15:05
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Simple 30-Day Litter Solution for Multi-Cat Parents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

For those of us living in multi-cat homes, the most challenging task is keeping the litter boxes odor free. Luckily, companies like Simple Solution are addressing this issue with a new 30-day super absorbent litter. It’s nearly half the weight of other litters and it works much longer, resulting in less waste and better odor control.

Attapulgite vs. Bentonite: Not all clays are created equal

Most litters use bentonite clay, which clumps when wet but doesn’t have any odor eliminating properties. The attapulgite clay used in Simple Solution cat litter is different because it absorbs 300 percent more liquid and is able to rejuvenate itself repeatedly while staying intact.  This also keeps you from having to scoop out urine clumps, which wastes a lot of litter. Instead, the litter traps and contains any moisture (and odors) – decreasing clean up times and decreasing waste.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 16:42
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