Mar 212015
 

3 Tips on Looking for a Good Rabbit Vet

rabbit vet

When looking for a vet, you may not realize that you have to put forth time and effort to match yourself with your best option. But the health and wellness of your rabbit is dependent on your ability to work with the most experienced veterinary care available.

Just because someone is a veterinarian doesn’t mean they have the experience or comfort working with a rabbit. You need to find a veterinarian who knows how to care for your vet, so that you can feel at peace that your pet’s best interests are at play. Here are 3 tips on looking for a good rabbit vet in your neighborhood.

  1. Get referrals from other vets. It is strongly encouraged that what you to do is call a handful of vets in your local area. Ask them whom they refer clients to when dealing with rabbits or other exotic pets. If they all say the same name, then you know you have a good vet on your hands. If they all say different names, we suggest that you get a new sampling from other veterinarians. A veterinarian will not actively recommend another colleague without knowing fully well that this colleague has the reputation and expertise to perform his job professionally.
  2. Ask screening questions. After trying out our suggestions above, you likely have one or two candidates with whom you can move forward. But your job is not done, not yet. You now should ask screening questions of your choices to make sure you move forward with someone you’re comfortable with. Questions may include how many rabbits are seen each week, what diet the vet recommends a rabbit be fed, what they recommend to prevent GI stasis, and what continuing education seminars they attend.
  3. Don’t make quick decisions. Many people choose a vet based on proximity to their home. But that’s not ideal at all. It may be convenient, but your rabbit deserves better than that. Be sure you take the time to get to know the vets throughout your community and choose the one who can best treat your rabbit.

Not all vets are able to work with rabbits, so be sure that you find the select few who have an expertise with this type of animal. We encourage you to visit Unusual Pet Vets to learn how they can help you with your exotic animals, including rabbits.

Do you own a rabbit? Do you take it to the vets?

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Mar 042015
 

CarPET Scratch Stopper Saves Your Carpets from Cat Claws

CarPET Scratch Stopper

As an owner of 13 cats, with owning an upwards of 27 once, I know the destruction that their claws can bring to a home.  Though we don’t have any expensive carpets in our home; the furbabies still like to claw the carpets to sharpen their claws.

We do have a couple of low-pile sample carpets that are strategically placed in the home and we have area rugs.  They do like to claw those – which works for me because I don’t want them clawing the furniture.  The rug in the living room is their favorite though, as far as clawing goes.  I also don’t cut their nails for the mere fact that they go outside.

Though from past experience should we ever decide to put carpets throughout our home; we’d need to invest in several of these CarPET Scratch StoppersCarPET Scratch StoppersAs you can imagine, there are many times when one of our cats will get shut into a room.  They hate being confined and start clawing at the floor, the casing, the door – all in attempts to get out of the room.  Then of course, there are the times when they want to get into rooms – especially when I’m in one with the door shut.  They do the same thing until I get up to let their furs in.  With our flooring as it is now, I don’t have to worry about any destruction being done to the floor.

Cats hate being shut in – the first photo above really says it all.  The CarPET Scratch Stopper is the perfect solution for saving those expensive carpets from claw damage – seriously carpets aren’t cheap to replace.  Sometimes it just makes sense to put out the expense to save something from such damage.

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Nov 192014
 

How to Keep Cats Out of the Christmas Tree

how to keep cats out of the Christmas Tree

So, you’re looking to find a way on how to keep cats out of the Christmas Tree? I was too a few years ago. You see, we had a litter of very mischievous kittens that year and in fear that I would awake to a tree tipped over, broken ornaments and water everywhere, I opted to set up an artificial tree despite always having a real tree.

So we set up our new-to-us (I got it off of freecycle) artificial tree, but of course, not without help. All the fur babies had to get in on the task. Them helping was a feat in itself. Finally after getting it standing, fixing the branches, and getting it completely decorated – I thought it really looked nice – for a fake tree.

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Sep 192014
 
Chicken soup for the soul dry cat food

chicken soup for the soul dry cat food

Our fur babies were blessed with being sent a bag of Chicken Soup for the Soul Dry Cat food to help facilitate this review.  In which – all 13 give it a rating of a five!

The box arrived and I opened it. That was a mistake on my part.  I should have put it where it belongs or at the very least – closed the box back up.  It wasn’t long after that that Possum decided she was going to tear the bag open!

Chicken soup for the soul dry cat food

The next thing I saw was food on the floor and another cat helping themselves to it (not sure of which black cat – we have 5 black cats).

chicken soup for the soul dry cat food

 

Needless to say, I guess you might say this cat food must be good if they’re into it before it makes it to their food bowls.  In fact, they liked this food so much that they devoured the entire bag in less than a week.

There wasn’t one out of the thirteen cats that did not like this food.  That tells me a lot since a couple of these kids of ours are picky eaters.  And frankly, it’s no savings in my pocket if they won’t eat the food I’ve bought.

About the Chicken Soup for the Soul Dry Cat Food for Adult Cats

The morsels are just the right size.  They are rather round in shape and on the flatter side.

Chicken Soup For The Soul Dry Cat Food Review

The best thing about this cat food is that it is made in the USA!  Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Adult Cat Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, turkey meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), peas, white rice, oatmeal, potato protein, potatoes, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, flaxseed, turkey, duck, salmon, sodium bisulfate, egg product, potassium chloride, DL-methionine, choline chloride, taurine, dried chicory root, dried kelp, carrots, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-Carnitine, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 34.0% minimum
Crude Fat 20.0% minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% maximum
Moisture 10.0% maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg minimum
Selenium 0.3 mg/kg minimum
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg minimum
Taurine 0.15% minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 3.0% minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.5% minimum
* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the
AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile.

Calorie Content
3,926 kcal/kg (367 kcal/cup)
Calculated Metabolizable Energy

Feeding Guide
Weight (lbs.) Standard Measuring Cups / Day
3 – 5 1?4 — 1?3
5 – 10 1?3 — 2?3
10 – 15 2?3 — 3?4
15 – 20 3?4 — 11?4
REMEMBER TO KEEP PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.

It’s nice to know that the company gives back to the animals (and people) in need – here’s a couple tidbits to ponder over:

Because it’s important to give back, we use adopted pets as our models…
A number of us at Chicken Soup for the Soul have adopted animals from shelters. So, when it came time to shoot the photos for our new pet food packaging, we had an idea. Instead of paying for “professional” pet models, we donated money to a local shelter and featured some of their cats and dogs, ones that had recently found their “forever homes.” On the back of each package, you can read about the rescue dog or cat pictured on the front.

Because we use all our products to give back to animals and people too…
Improving the world around us is part of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s mission of sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through everything they do. Today we focus our philanthropic activities on the Humpty Dumpty Institute, our charitable partner. We collaborate with the Humpty Dumpty Institute on a number of initiatives related to literacy, hunger and animals. A portion of all Chicken Soup for the Soul sales goes to Humpty Dumpty to support its work.

You can learn more about why their pet food is different at this link

This adult cat food comes in 5lb and 15lb bags. One can find it at several online retailers, including Amazon.com.  They also make canned (wet food) and foods for dogs.

Chicken Soup for the Soul would love for you to get social with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

***Giveaway – Ends 10/1/14 @ 12 AM***

One (1) winner will win a 5-lb bag of Chicken Soup for the Soul Dry Cat Food.  This giveaway will run from 1am 9/19/14 – 10/1/14 @ 12am.. EST times.  Open to residents of the US and is void where prohibited by law.

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Aug 152014
 
Petbrosia Dog Food
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**Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life states.**

Houston! We have a problem!  Petbrosia sent us a bag of their customized all-natural pet food for our dog Gracie to taste test, and now Gracie thinks that’s all she should eat aside from her treats.  She won’t touch the food we bought prior to the arrival of Petbrosia’s!  Psst…In case she’s (Gracie) wondering, she’s finishing the old food – it was a full big bag!

For the purpose of this review, I place the food in a clear plastic cover so that you could see the size of the morsels.  They are on on the smaller side, which suits Gracie very well even though she’s a big do.  We believe this to be because she has such an overbite.  She is also enjoying this meal lying down – something I really discourage because I don’t need her getting bloat.

petbrosia all natural pet food

What is so ironic about her wanting this food is that Gracie is NOT fond of chicken, potatoes, or rice.  She’s a pain in the butt to buy for.  That said – she LOVES this food – and she’s not the only one that loves the food – our cats do too!   This pic below would be Snapples eating it.

petbrosia all natural pet food

You ask…What is Petbrosia?

Petbrosia is Customized Nutrition for your unique pet – cat or dog – that is delivered to your door. That’s a time saver.  In addition to saving time, you’re feeding your pet food with all-natural meats, fruits, and vegetable designed just for them.

How’s Petbrosia work?

On their website where you see “Start Here”,  you fill in pertinent information that Petbrosia uses to arrive at what is the best food option is for your pet.

Let’s take a look at how it came to be that Gracie would be best fed the Chicken and Potato Formula.

After I answered these questions pertaining to her age, weight, activity level, allergies etc:

about your pet petbrosia

I was then given the Assessment Information:

Gracies Petbrosia assessment

Here’s another assessment page view.  This one includes what Petbrosia recommends (I’ve taken out the price simply because my price may be different than yours).

petbrosia recommendation

And that’s how we ended up with the Chicken and Potato Formula opposed to the formula that contains salmon.

Regardless of whether it be chicken or salmon formula – both options are made with real free-run (chicken & salmon).  They also are antibiotic and hormone-free.  There is no corn, soy, wheat, gluten, or by-product meal.  There aren’t any artificial colors or flavors and vitamins and supplements are included in the formulas, including Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

The food arrived in a bag inside this box.  Now I have to tell you this packaging has to be extremely well sealed because Gracie, nor any of our cats attempted to get into the packaging.  What that in turn means to me –  is that you’re getting a very fresh product.

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As you can see below, the label lists all the ingredients and the general feeding guidelines.

Petbrosia Dog Food

Give Petbrosia a Try and Save $10

Save $10 off  your First Purchase of Petbrosia Pet Foods by entering the promotional code: BRYK10

Helpful Links

Petbrosia has some helpful links that may be of interest to you.  Learn about:

  • Petbrosia’s dog food delivery program
  • Switching Dog Food
  • Dog Food Comparison
  • 5 steps to a healthier dog
  • Dog Food Comparison

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Jul 052014
 

gracie shepherd mix groomed 6-14
 

Gracie, Our Shepherd Mix Got Groomed – she’s so Lucky! And you ask, “Why is she so lucky?” Let me tell you – if I could go to the salon and come out a few hours later looking 20lbs lighter and 10 years younger – I’d go once a month!  Wouldn’t you?

Gracie’s Grooming Story:
Gracie is a 7 year-old, 85lb. German Shepard Mix with a long fur coat that is thicker than thick can be.  She’s well in need of a good grooming as you can see.  She does not allow us to brush her even though we brushed her every day when we first rescued her.  That didn’t last too long – a month or so, before she decided we weren’t going to be doing that any longer.

 

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Gracie – getting ready to be groomed

You can see how nasty her fur is here.  Up close and personal, you can pull out the lighter fur clumps you see on her dark fur from her shedding.  That’s too much work though and one reason she gets groomed whether it be just a bath/brushing or like today – being shaved down.

We’ve taken her in the past to Petsmart to have her bathed and brushed and she always has come out looking beautiful despite being charged differently each time she’s gone – they always want to change the type of breed she is, increasing the fee every time I bring her and quite frankly – it’s annoying!  And then a couple years ago at the end of summer – someone suggested us shaving her down for the summer.

I thought long and hard about having her shaved.  To me, it just didn’t seem natural to shave her down.  Seriously – I couldn’t wrap my head around that thought for the longest time.  A good bath and brushing always made her beautiful.

Then come last summer, I decided that I would give it ONE try.  We took her to Petsmart and although it was like looking at a new dog and I knew that she had to be much cooler – I was very unhappy with the cuts and scraps that the razor left on her.  I was also not happy with the way her tail was shaved.  Her tail looked like a feather duster from the end of her spine to the tip of her tail – similar to the shape of a paint roller with fur attached.

So this year I wanted to have her shaved down again, but didn’t want to take her back to Petsmart or someplace of the like.  And the groomer at my vets – they want you to have every shot under the sun before they will groom the animals – something I won’t do because all those shots aren’t good for our fur babies.  Don’t get me wrong – she’s vaccinated for required vaccines – just not all those extras.

Then I ran into a woman at the Town Hall and had to ask her where she had her dog groomed.  Her dog – a Golden Retriever – was beautifully groomed.  She gave me the information and I placed my call to ‘A Furry Affair.’  A Furry Affair is like a woman’s beauty salon.  There’s several groomers that do grooming all in one location.

I ended up booking an appointment with Deanna, the owner of  Wish Upon a Paw.  Grooming day arrived and we met with Deanna.  She asked me what I was looking for.  I explained to her what I didn’t want because that’s all I had to compare to.  Later that day, I returned to pick Gracie up and WHOA – my Gracie was brought to me and was she just stunning!

She looked 20lbs lighter and 10 years younger.  That was the case last year too.  But this year – her tail looked fabulous.  The fur around her face and neck blended so nicely.  And she was wearing a beautiful tye-dyed purple bandana (not shown – her human sister borrowed it right away!).

Gracie

Gracie at Grandpa’s – she had to show Grandpa her new ‘do’

gracie groomed

Gracie at Grandpa’s – annoyed because she wasn’t allowed to dig a hole to lie in

Wouldn’t you just love to go to the salon and come out looking like she did – 20lbs lighter and 10 yrs younger?  Frankly, I’m quite jealous!

On another note – what dog breed comes to mind when you look at Gracie?  Originally we were told she was a Rottweiler.  Obviously, that she is not.  The we were then told she’s the Shepherd Mix.  We thought we saw some Border Collie in her, some Bernese, and possibly some wolf.  What do you see in her?  I’d love to get hear your thoughts!

 

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Nov 082013
 
Ollie Ollie abscess healed with black salve

Black Salve to the Rescue of Another Cat Abscess

Yes!  I’ve healed another one of my cats who had an abscess on his cheek with Black Salve AKA Ichthammol ointment.  This ointment is one of my best friends!  I cannot tell you how much money I have saved on Vet bills using this ointment.

Meet Ollie Ollie

Ollie

Ollie Ollie had a HUGE right cheek.  When I say the cheek was huge – I mean it was huge and the swelling appeared overnight.  I knew right away what the cause of the swelling was.  Ollie Ollie had an abscess.

You see, Ollie Ollie had started a fight outside with Mr. Snickers a few days prior.  I half expected that Mr. Snickers was going to show signs of the fight as he got the bad end of the deal (he lost a lot of fur in that fight).  I thought he would have scratches all over his face and neck yet; it turned out that Ollie Ollie was the victim of ill (that’s karma…Ollie Ollie should have not had a case of the butt).

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