Important information for pet parents

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Current studies show that dogs were domesticated roughly 14,000 years ago, cats roughly 4,000 years ago.  Commercial pet food has been around for about 60 years!

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Grapes and raisins have been associated with acute kidney failure in dogs.

Onions have been linked to hemolytic anemia in dogs.  

Propylene glycol has a molecular structure that is nearly identical to ethylene glycol which is antifreeze.  Check your dog and cats’ treats and food for this product.  If it has it, we recommend NOT giving it to them anymore.

Most tap water has added chemicals like chlorine and fluoride, which can be harmful to dogs and cats.  Switch to filtered or bottled water.  Change and clean the dish daily.

Many animals are allergic to plastic bowls.  Some dogs have discoloration on their nose that has been linked to their plastic dishes.  Plastic bowls are harder to keep clean and can be excellent breeding grounds for bacteria.  Switch to stainless steel, porcelain or ceramic dishes.  For cats a wide, shallow dish is best.  They don’t like to have their whiskers bent. 

Raised dishes are more comfortable for dogs and cats to eat and drink from.  Some studies show that a raised dish reduces gas. 

If you can’t hold your hand on the concrete/asphalt for 5 seconds, a dog can’t walk on it either.  There are paw coverings available at pet stores if you have to walk in extreme temperatures.

Always get a second opinion when you are dealing with life threatening/altering conditions for your dog or cat.  Do research online as well.

Do not free feed your dogs or your cats.  Grazing throughout the day alkalizes the urine, leading to formation of sand and stones in their kidneys and bladder, particularly for cats.

Below is a short list of plants that are toxic to dogs and cats.  If you would like a detailed list, please see the following link

Daffodil   Elderberry  Horsetails Hyacinth
Hydrangea Ivy – English, ground, poison Lantana Lilly of the Valley
Oleander  Philodendron Rhododendron Tulip

 

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