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The Optimal Litter Box

Is your litter box old and scratched up? Did you know that bacteria can settle into the plastic cracks and cause lingering odors making it unpleasant for your cat, and for you!

Sterilite containers make a great, fresh, new boxes! Just make sure to select a box with low enough sides for your cat to easily get in,
especially if they are elderly or arthritic. You can also cut a hole or a low entry point along one side.

Did you know that most cats prefer uncovered boxes? You may think they need privacy, but a box with just one entrance/exit can make a cat feel threatened (by other cats, dogs or kids) because they have no way to escape if anyone comes near the box.

 

Here are some things to consider when evaluating your cat’s litter box: http://bit.ly/1p5MF1U

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Dental Disease…Does Your Pet Have It?

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.

 

Most dental disease occurs below the gumline where it is hard to detect.  A yearly exam includes a look inside your pet's mouth to determine the health of their teeth and gums.  When is the last time you had your pet's teeth checked?  February is Pet Dental Health Month which is a great reminder to have your pet's teeth examined!

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and veterinary dental cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life.  We will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Just like when you visit your dentist, we have dental tools that remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.  We also have dental products that can extend the positive benefits of a dental cleaning (foods, tools, and water additives)! 

Keeping your pet healthy from tooth to tail shows them how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet feeling great is to schedule their yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way because we love your pet, too!

Trooper Pet Patient Football Head benefits from a dental cleaning to help keep him healthy!

Trooper Pet Patient Football Head benefits from a dental cleaning to help keep him healthy!

Recall Of Limited Number Of CesarĀ® Classics Filet Mignon Wet Dog Food

Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor product due to a potential choking risk from hard white pieces of plastic which entered the food during the production process. CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon can be purchased individually as well as in flavor variety multipacks. The Lot Codes listed below are the only affected products.  All other CESAR® products can be safely consumed.

Consumers who have purchased affected product are encouraged to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, to date, Mars Petcare US have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers throughout the United States. Mars Petcare US is working with distributors and retailers to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.

Recalled Pet Food 
Two lot codes of CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall.  Each product will have a lot code printed on side of the tray that begins with 631FKKC, 631GKKC. A Best Beforedate 080418 (August 4, 2018) and 080518 (August 5, 2018).

 

UPC

DESCRIPTION

LOT CODES

23100017792

CESAR® CLASSICS FILET MIGNON FLAVOR

631FKKC and 631GKKC

The CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor can be found in variety packs with the following lot codes:

632D14JC, 633B24JC, 634A14JC, 634A24JC, 634B14JC, 634B24JC, 634E14JC, 635A24JC, 635B14JC, 636D24JC, 636E14JC

At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously.  Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 800-421-6456 between the hours of Saturday, October 8, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST and Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST or visit https://www.cesar.com/notice.

About CESAR® Canine Cuisine 
CESAR® Canine Cuisine is a high-quality line of premium wet dog food and dog treats for small- to medium-sized dogs. The CESAR® Brand wants to transform mealtime into moments of shared joy by providing irresistible taste and unparalleled variety all dogs love. The CESAR® Brand offers a variety of irresistible flavors in their Original Pate and Gourmet Filets in Sauce textures, as well as their HOME DELIGHTS™ line that provides comfort food favorites so your dog can enjoy the same meals that you do. For more information, visit www.cesar.com.

About Mars Petcare 
Mars Petcare US is the U.S. operations of the world's largest petcare company at the privately-held Mars, Incorporated. Mars Petcare US produces some of the world's most beloved pet care brands, including PEDIGREE® Food and Treats for Dogs, CESAR® Canine Cuisine, IAMS™ Pet Food, SHEBA® Entrees for Cats, WHISKAS® Food for Cats, GREENIES™ Dental Chews and PILL POCKETS™ Treats, NUTRO™ Pet Food, EUKANUBA™ Pet Food and TEMPTATIONS™ Treats for Cats, as well as exclusive brands products for some of the leading retailers in the U.S. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., more than 3,700 Mars Petcare US associates make, sell and distribute its high-quality pet food from 20 manufacturing facilities located in communities across the U.S. For more information, please visit www.mars.com.

National Walk Your Dog Week

Did you know that 40 percent of dogs, which is a total of about 17 million in the United States alone, are overweight? If you walk your dog just 30 minutes a day, you (and your dog) will meet national recommendations for heart health. 

Fall is an especially great time to start walking.  The leaves are changing color and the weather is brisk.  Walking gives you the opportunity to reflect about making healthy changes in the coming year.  By getting a walking routine established prior to the craziness that is the holiday season, the potential weight gain that can come with the holidays may not be as great a concern because you are already more active!  If you and/or your dog are overweight, walking just 30 minutes a day three times a week can lower blood pressure, increase energy, heighten the sense of happiness and well being, reduce your weight by 5% and your dog's by 15%.

If you can't get out every single day, even walking 2-3 times a week for 20 minutes each time will still have a positive effect. Positive changes in behavior lead to a happier you, which in turn can lead to a happier dog.

So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and get walking!

This information was taken from www.walkyourdogweek.com.  Want to learn more?  Visit their website today!

 

Walk your Dog

Pilling Your Pet…YOU CAN DO IT!

We hear it often:  " It is practically impossible to give my pet medications."  Maybe it is because the medications taste terrible to your pet which makes them tough to dose or maybe your pet spits the medication out as soon as you manage to get it in his mouth or heck, maybe he runs away LONG before you can get the medication close to his mouth!), this process can be frustrating for both you and your pet.  Not only is it frustrating, but your pet is also not getting the medication that he needs because of whatever scenario is preventing that pill from getting into his belly!  The AAHA has tips and tricks that may help you medicate your pet successfully.

Capsules

“Sasha doesn’t like pills, but she loves treats.” Get sneaky and hide the pill in a treat! Mix it into peanut butter or yogurt, stick it in cheese or bread, or wrap it in a small piece of deli meat. There are also pre-packaged treats available at your veterinary hospital and pet supply stores that are made specifically for hiding pills.

“Buster foams at the mouth and spits out the pills I give to him.” Some medications just taste bad. Your veterinarian will tell you when she is prescribing a medication that is known to be bitter tasting when chewed or licked. Transferring the pill into an empty gel capsule is a good solution for this. Empty gel caps can be purchased at pharmacies and health food stores. “Pill guns” are also an effective way to get a pill past your pet’s mouth without him tasting it. They are available at pet supply stores and require some practice to get the hang of, so ask your veterinarian to demonstrate how best to use it.

“Smokey gags when I put a pill down her throat.” Tablets and capsules sometimes stick in your pet’s throat. Coat the pill with butter and store it in the freezer. The butter will help the pill slide down, and freezing it will minimize the mess. Some medications must be kept at room temperature, so check with your veterinarian to make sure it’s OK to freeze the meds he has prescribed. Also, make sure your pet has access to fresh water; sometimes a little drink is all he’ll need to help things go down.

“Lucky just hates the sight of pills.” Crush the tablet, or open the capsule and mix it into his food. Some medications should not be broken or crushed, so check with your veterinarian first. Make sure your pet eats all of his food, or he might not get all the medication he is supposed to, defeating the purpose of putting it in his food.

http://www.aaha.org/blog/petsmatter/post/2014/10/14/807501/Tips-and-tricks-for-pilling-your-pet.aspx