National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

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“I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
In 1996, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. This campaign was designed to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services.

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Dog Days of Summer

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July 31 is the official observance of Mutt Day, which has us thinking about our canine friends this season, and how we can better ensure that these loyal creatures enjoy the happy, healthy lives they deserve. If you have a canine amigo at home, summer calls for some special awareness. These tips will help your dog enjoy summer as much as you do:

Beat the Heat
While you may not think about your furry pal becoming overheated on those fun summer outings, even healthy pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to heat, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This is an invaluable reminder, as heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate Your Pet

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February is Responsible Pet Owners’ Month─a great time to celebrate the special bond companion animals and their owners so often share. Did you know that several studies have linked pet ownership with numerous benefits, including improvements in mental, social, and physical health? Clearly, pets enrich our lives. Here are 5 ways to show your pet how much you care:

Be sure your pet been spayed or neutered
The Humane Society of the United States estimates up to eight million cats and dogs end up in animal shelters every year, with many put down as a result. This sad situation can be minimized by responsible pet owners. Spaying and neutering not only helps control animal population, it can also protect dogs and cats from various diseases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Diabetes: Prevent and Manage for Pet Health

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Diabetes mellitus is a common condition in dogs and cats, as well as in humans. As with many conditions in this modern world, genetics, diet and exercise play a significant role in the prevention and control of this life-altering condition.

Prevention

Regular exercise goes a long way in helping to prevent diabetes. Indoor cats and sedentary dogs are far more likely to develop diabetes. Animals that are overweight and eating diets with an increased amount of simple sugars (grain fractions and flours) are far more likely to develop diabetes; heart problems, several digestive disorders and arthritis.

Your Veterinarian

It’s crucial to have a good working relationship with your Veterinarian. Your Vet is the only qualified person who can confirm the diagnosis of diabetes and provide you with an understanding of the condition and how to deal with it.

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5 Easy Steps Toward Better Pet Nutrition

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Do you know what you’re putting in your pet’s bowl? Many of us never bother to check the ingredients. When we do, we find a lot of things we don’t even recognize! Pet nutrition is a critical part of your pet’s health. By informing yourself and paying attention to your pet’s needs, you can feed them the healthiest diet possible to fit their unique needs. Keep reading to find some great tips from our friends at Wellness® Natural Food for Pets.

1. Understand the differences between your pets.

Dogs and cats are very different, so why feed them similar types of food? Dogs are natural omnivores and need plenty of high-quality meat and fish protein and balanced veggies. Cats are mainly carnivorous by nature, so they require diets from animal food sources, berries and other highly-digestible ingredients with low magnesium and ash levels.

It’s essential to feed them everything their bodies need – without anything they don’t. What cats and dogs don’t need are soy, artificial ingredients, artificial colors or extra salt and sugar.

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Food For Thought – How much to feed your dog

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Do you find that your dog isn’t eating all the food in its bowl or that people are always commenting on how overweight your dog is?   Well there might be a simple solution.  You might just be over or under feeding your pet. How much to feed your dog is influenced by everything from the breed, age and sex─ to the exercise level and the general health and weight of your dog.

The suggested feeding chart on the back of pet food bags is really only a suggestion and is based on the average caloric need of a dog by weight. You can have two dogs from the same litter and one may need almost twice as much food as the other. Pet Food companies need to keep in mind dogs that need more calories (hard keepers), when they make the feeding chart. Most dogs won’t eat as much as listed on the bag; this is especially true for breeds that tend to be easy keepers like Labrador Retrievers or Greyhounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Help Your Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight

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Pet obesity has become a widespread epidemic for many American pets.  According to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 44% of dogs and 57% of cats in the USA are overweight or obese. Between 2007 and 2008 the number of overweight pets increased by approximately 1-4%.

Older pets are especially prone to weight problems. It is estimated that 52.1% of dogs and 55% of cats over 7 years of age are overweight or obese. According to the second annual National Pet Obesity Day Study, pet owners are increasingly aware of this issue. 71.5% of cat owners and 60% of dog owners with overweight or obese pets identified their dog or cat as having an unhealthy weight.

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Allergy and L.I.D. diets for your pet: A Novel Idea

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Most food allergies or sensitivities are caused by grains or certain protein sources.  Allergy formulas or Limited Ingredient Diets™ are developed to eliminate most, if not all, grain sources— along with certain proteins that are commonly found in commercial pet food.  Carbohydrates or protein sources that are used in allergy formulas would be considered “novel” sources.

Rice and potatoes would be among the novel carbohydrate sources seen in different allergy formulas. These carbohydrate sources are highly digestible and aren’t used as often as corn or wheat in commercial diets. Proteins such as duck, venison, lamb or fish are also used in allergy formulas because they aren’t as frequently used in other pet foods such as chicken or beef.  Like carbohydrates, these protein sources would be considered “novel”.  When using a combination of both a novel carbohydrate and protein source in the diet it would be less likely that the animal will be sensitive to it.

Limited Ingredient Diets™ are commonly used in food elimination procedures, to determine what the animal may or may not be sensitive to. In order to evaluate possible food sensitivities, the Limited Ingredient Diet™ must be fed exclusively and given at least 4-6 weeks for best results. There are recent studies that suggest extending the trial up to 12 weeks for better results. Only after evaluating results, when using a Limited Ingredient Diet™ or elimination diet can a food allergy be diagnosed or excluded.

Jennifer Freeman,B.S., R.V.T Animal Nutrition Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.

7 foods your pet should avoid

Most humans can’t resist giving their pets tablescraps from time to time. While it is usually harmless, it is very important to remember that there are certain foods you should NEVER feed Fido.

  1. Chocolate
  2. Chicken Bones
  3. Onions
  4. Garlic
  5. Raisins and Grapes
  6. Salt
  7. Avocado

This is a special article featured in the Winter 2009 issue of Cutter’s Mill Newsletter, filled with savings and information on healthy and natural pets.

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6 Traits of a Heroic Canine

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Possessing incomparable drive, heart, stamina and intensity, an SDF search dog is no ordinary canine, yet his roots are humbler than most. Amazingly, his journey starts with a rescue.

SDF recruits their dogs from shelters and breed rescue groups. Search dog candidates are often designated too high-energy by their original families, and face uncertain futures. But once adopted by SDF, they’re guaranteed a lifetime of care. Dogs that don’t complete the program are placed in permanent loving homes. When our brave search dogs retire from active duty serving our nation, they live out the rest of their lives with their dedicated handlers.

Training at the SDF’s partner facility at Gilroy, CA is rigorous and crucial to building a bond between the dog and their first-responder handler. This team is forged in simulated disaster exercises and deep friendship.

They become an inseparable entity unified in their unwavering dedication to save lives, with their efforts culminating in FEMA certification. Once training is complete, the rescued dog becomes a rescuer and a worthy ambassador of the Search Dog pledge: “No one is left behind.”

The Makings of a Hero

What Characteristics does your dog share with the heroic canines of the Search Dog Foundation?  Run through our set of search dog traits and see how your pooch measures up.  You may have a hero in your own home!

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Lost…and Found!

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According to the Missing Pets Bureau, approximately 5,700 cats and dogs are lost or stolen every week. The American Animal Hospital Association also reports that roughly 30% of pet owners will lose a pet in their lifetime. These statistics are frightening. Many people have a close bond with their pets and often consider them a member of the family. They’re a source of companionship for the elderly, a “stand-in child” for some couples and a best friend to all.

Losing a pet can be a traumatic and troublesome experience. A pet can wander quite some distance in a short amount of time. As soon as you discover that your pal is missing, don’t waste a moment. To improve the odds of recovering your pet, it’s important to take action immediately. Follow these helpful tips:

  1. Search your home and yard from top to bottom. It could be possible that your pet is caught or trapped, sick or hiding. Explore your neighborhood too and bring a friend!
  2. Contact your animal control department. Visit local shelters and check animal emergency clinics.
  3. Prepare a flyer with a picture or description of your pet, the date they went missing, where they were last seen and how to contact you.
  4. Call your neighborhood veterinarians. People often leave lost and found reports with them or bring injured strays to them.
  5. Place a classified ad in your local paper, as well as surrounding towns.

Cutter’s Mill is proud to offer Zoomback Advanced GPS Dog Locator. How it works is quite simple: you attach a small, lightweight (2.5 oz.), water-resistant locator to your dog’s collar with a durable and secure pouch. Using satellite and cellular technologies, the locator allows you to pinpoint your dog’s location whenever you want via Zoombak.com, mobile phone or live customer care. You can also determine your dog’s location in real time using the continuous tracking option. Just log on to Zoombak.com to view a map of their current location, as well as the route they’ve taken since leaving home. Another useful feature is “safety zones.” If you don’t want your pet to leave your backyard, for example, you can customize the perimeter of your yard as a “safety zone”, and if your dog leaves that area, you will promptly be notified by a text message and/or email.

There are 3 easy ways to locate your pet at anytime:

  1. 1. Zoombak.com
    • Log on and click “Find Now.”
    • See where your dog is displayed on a map. It also provides the closest street address.
  2. Mobile Phone
    • Send a text message to “ZMBAK” with the name of your locator and PIN number.
    • You will immediately receive a text message detailing your pet’s location.
  3. 24/7 Live Customer Care
    • Contact Zoombak’s live customer service by calling the toll-free number. Someone is available 24 hours a day; 7 days a week to help you find your dog.

No matter where you are, what you’re doing, or what time of day it is, you’ll be able to identify your dog’s exact location. Finding peace of mind just got a little bit easier.

For more information visit www.zoombak.com.

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