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Cats: Treats vs. Poison Infographic E-mail

As you know, we work very hard to bring you the latest updates on anything that could impact your pet's health, particularly when it comes to foods.

A cat's digestive system is very complex. They lack specific enzymes to properly process foods that you and I would find easy to digest. Cats are obligate carnivores and must receive a percentage of protein in their diet every day. In fact, many cats do incredibly well on a raw diet because of this difference.

Recently, VetMedic asked us to help us send this informative graphic out to you and we thought it was a great idea for all of our readers to have this pinned to their refrigerator! Read on for a fun and informative info-graphic that clearly shows what types of "people food" and "table scraps" are safe for your cats, and which ones you should avoid completely!

We also take a moment to explain how to choose a bone that your cat can gnaw on during the day. As you know, gnawing promotes healthy teeth and gums (particularly important during Pet Dental Month!

Please share. That's how we get information out and how we can educate others about safe foods for cats.


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Treat Your Cats to Healthy Teeth during #CatDentalMonth E-mail

If you’re anything like me, you hate going to the dentist. I’m not sure where my deep-rooted (pardon the pun) fear originated, but I’ve somehow transferred my dental nightmares onto my pets. Since February is #PetDentalHealth month, we teamed up with PetSmart® to discuss dental care for cats.

As an adult, I know the best way to avoid the dentist is to avoid any dental problems. That means maintenance - for me and my pets. We do this through regular brushing and (more easily) through treats and chews (low-calorie, of course!).

In the wild, cats naturally cleanse their teeth and prevent tooth decay by ripping and slicing helps to naturally keep teeth clean. But in this day and age, it’s rare that a cat hunts more than catnip toys.


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Keeping You and Your Pets Safe Without Power E-mail

Our friends in the Eastern half of this country are going to be seeing a lot of snow this week. That means dangerous conditions for our pets, as well ourselves.

You already know the basics: Keep your pets indoors, make sure any outdoor animals (horses, cattle, even feral cats) have access to extra calories and warm blankets, as well as covered shelter. Don't forget that your cold-weather and aquatic pets are going to require extra care until power is restored!

Once you get past the basics, there are a few other things to consider, particularly when it comes to birds, aquariums, reptiles and stray animals or livestock. You'll also want to look at some alternative ways to keep you and your pets entertained. We've got them all for you!


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A Look at LICKS Pill-Free Supplements E-mail

There are thousands of supplements on the market that are available for your dogs and cats (and horses and reptiles and critters and birds). But, today I want to focus on a supplement that each of our pets use every day.

LICKS Pill-Free Formulas is a group that I wrote about years ago - they were in our Top 10 Most Impressive Products list from Global Pet Expo in 2013. At the time, they only had three formulas: JOINT+HEART, ATHLETE, and ZEN. So, we took a few samples home with us to try out. We were so impressed, we have been using them every day, ever since... Here’s why:

  • 98% absorbency rate (compared to only 10-30% for pills/powders)
  • Made and sourced in the USA
  • Effects are noticeable within a few minutes and last a few hours (great for calming pets!)
  • You can administer in many ways: Direct (from the package), On the paw (great for cats) and In Water
  • Individually packaged, which makes them easily transportable while traveling to shows or event

Not only are they easy to use, they work. They work (almost) immediately and they work incredibly well.

Each formula is made from the highest quality ingredients, all of which are sourced and manufactured in the USA. This is a more difficult task than you may imagine. Let’s examine glucosamine for a moment. Glucosamine is incredibly difficult to find in any area beyond China, and no one trusts China anymore. LICKS obtains their source of glucosamine from Green Lipped Mussels in the USA. In fact, all of their ingredients are sourced in the US and their products are manufactured from a facility in Wisconsin.


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Fencing Solutions to Keep Dogs Contained E-mail

If you have a dog, you know how difficult it can be to keep them on your property. Sometimes dogs just want to escape the confines of their yard, but it's our responsibility as guardians to ensure our pets are within our control at all times - even those times we're not physically with them. Fences make for good neighbors, and they make much safer environments for pets. Here are five ways you can fence your yard and the costs, the benefits and the dangers of each.

The type of fencing you ultimately select should be based on your geographical region, your HOA guidelines (if you have them), and the type of dog(s) you are containing. You'll also need to consider your weather. If you're in an area with lots of weather, you'll want to consider installing a more durable type of fencing. If you live in an area with snow, the snow can pile up near the gates and provide a near perfect way for your pets to escape. But, if you have a dog that is regularly escaping from your yard, consider reading this article or implementing some of these practical tips below:


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