This is not a post about the pros or cons of vaccinations. What I’m sharing is a story of one cat to reveal a side effect or reaction to vaccines that is too often overlooked, discounted or dismissed.
Q: I have a blue Pitty who suffers from some pretty bad allergies. Her skin is a mess and her hair is so thin that it looks like she doesn't have much. I have taken her to an allergist and she has been on a bunch of different medications (anti-fungals, steroids, antibiotics, allergy shots, etc.) and nothing works or she reacts badly to them. Currently she is on a grain free diet. We have fed her raw in chicken, beef, duck, venison, and one other meat. We give her fish oil, and have tried supplements that the allergist/dermatologist recommended. All of this is so expensive. I am desperate and don't know what else to do with her.
Your dog’s behavior in your own home is a personal thing. Your dog’s behavior in public is another matter. Whether your dog is a puppy or an older dog, they need to respect the animals, humans and space they are in. I’m not talking about behavior issues—I’m not a dog trainer, but I expect and appreciate good manners.
Once again the FDA has issued a warning to not feed a raw food diet to your cat or dog. The foundation for their argument is the risk of pathogen contamination to you and your pet.
Customer: “I was in several weeks ago for my cat who had crystals. I started him on the Chinese herbal and changed him to wet food. Now he’s peeing outside the litter box.”
Miracle elixirs. Revolutionary nutrients. Superfoods. Each day new products, new miracles, new recommendations propel us into seeking a better magic bullet. As a homo-sapien, with a sizeable brain, we can choose to imbibe in one of these latest super nutrients, supplements or therapies. However, as our wards, our pets depend upon us to use that sizeable brain and to identify and qualify a newly proposed health miracle for its appropriateness and application.
Cats and dogs use urine marking as a communication tool. You post on FaceBook, dogs lift a leg and cats spray. Information is shared and territories are marked.
Playtime releases stress, offers exercise--yes your cats need exercise, and engenders mental health. Toys can be simple such as ponytail elastics to automated wand toys, from catnip filled to interactive. Encourage your domestic hunter to mimic his predator instincts: stalking, pouncing, chasing and capturing, even if it is pseudo fabric prey--as demonstrated by Sidney-Beans.
As Dempsey, our polydactal, “clicked” across the store counter, I groaned knowing he needed a pedicure. Dempsey’s eight additional nails—a few which are challenging with the extra toes, makes nail trimmings a bit more unpleasant. The client at the register chimed in with her own difficulties of clipping her cat’s nails—she’d even tried approaching hers while he was sound asleep.
Recently a young couple came in who’d been referred by their veterinarian for a “natural version” of a prescriptive diet for early irritable bowel syndrome.
Founder, President, and PetSage guiding light Terri Grow offers her insights and wisdom on pet care.