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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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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