The Kitty Review: Honest Kitchen Gastrointestinal Supplement

As with every kitty parent, I’ve dealt with hairball messes and the more-than-occasional upchucks from my cats. If one isn’t getting into something he shouldn’t, then another is stressed about something else. Blue, my oldest kitty, is on several medications and tends to have a hard time keeping her food down consistently (moreso as she gets older). I am cautious about adding yet more medication to her regimen, and was excited to get the opportunity to try a more natural supplement for her GI health. 
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3 Biggest Medical Issues that Masquerade as House Training Problems

Being a new puppy owner can be such a wonderful experience. Your puppy is exploring, and being adorably awkward. And naughty… adorably naughty. You’re learning all the ins-and-outs of puppy training, nutrition, and veterinary care. House training is definitely on top of that list!

As you work through the “don’t-pee-in-my-house-please” details, you’ll have successes and you’ll find yourself taking a few steps back. If you do find that you’re having trouble with house training, your first instinct may be to call a trainer (which isn’t wrong!). Your vet should also be on top of that list. There are several physical reasons for your puppy to be peeing in the house, and you want to rule those out before giving him the “naughty” speech. Here are the most common medical issues that can masquerade as house training problems:

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The Cat’s Meow- 5 DIY Cat Toy Ideas for a Happy Cat

Sometimes we simply don’t want to pay a fortune for the new novelty cat toy. If your kitty is anything like mine, they’d probably enjoy the cardboard box that cat toy came in more than the toy itself! If you’re even the tiniest bit handy, there are a ton of fun cat toy ideas that you can make yourself without breaking the bank.

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: Car Travel for the Anxious Pet!

It doesn’t matter how positive or happy your pet’s destination may be if they are afraid of how you get there. You can have the best Fear Free vet in the world, but if Fido is stressed out in the car, it will take work to bring him back to his “happy place”. Here are some great tips for setting the stage for happy traveling!

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The Horse Trained Dog Trainer

One of the most important things one can ask is “why” we do what we do. What motivates and drives us? What connections are most important? How did you get from there to here? Pepper’s answer to that question made me think of this wonderful quote:

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”             – Woodrow Wilson

Foreward; Alex Dundon

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It’s Not About the Money: Why a Good Pet Sitter Requires a Visit Every Day

“My cat doesn’t need someone to visit every day. Every 2-3 days will work, just top off his food bowl and water him.” “My dog has a doggy door and an autofeeder, so I need someone to check in every other day or so.”

I take a deep breath, and count to 3. “We have a policy to do a minimum of 1 visit every day for all of our families….” Client interrupts, “What’s the point? He’s perfectly fine without it, he’s done it before! All of you sitters just want to squeeze out what you can from people.” FREEZE HERE. [Read more…]

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: The Magical Music Box Called Pet Tunes

When I became Fear Free Certified earlier this year, I searched for the best tools to bring on board with me. These would help promote the goal of stress and fear-free interactions for all of my special needs and medical needs clients. Although we have quite a few great items in our toolbox, the Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker (I like to call it my “magical music box”) is one of my favorites!

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: Tips for a Stress Free Nail Trim

As a veterinary technician in a general practice, I’ve had many clients each week ask for help with a quick “puppy/kitty pedicure”. Some weren’t sure how to do a nail trim themselves, others simply preferred a steadier hand. And there were a few families who would say “he goes absolutely crazy when I touch his feet!” or “she’s terrified of it, every time I bring out the clippers, she cowers and runs!”

So there I am holding Pup’s leash, while Mom or Dad walks through all the ways that he hates having his nails trimmed. “But, you’ll be able to get them shorter, right?” Sorry, but unfortunately not (at least without sedation). Here’s why:

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Recognizing Signs of Stress & Fear in Your Cat

Stressed out cats are more likely to struggle and become aggressive.  Aggressive cats (9 times out of 10) are not truly “aggressive” as much as they are strongly reacting to their fears. Even at home, certain changes and unknown elements can lead our kitties to becoming more stressed and anxious. Chronic stress can also lead to health issues (we all know that), and some kitties may be more sensitive than others. For all of us cat lovers, we definitely understand that a happy cat means a happy house. I’m sure you can recognize an angry or very scared cat, but can you recognize the early signs of feline stress? And if so, what can you do to help them adjust and keep them from getting to the tipping point? [Read more…]

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My Dog Has Diarrhea: 3 Steps to Help Settle Their Stomach

Ugh. If you have a dog, you’ve undoubtedly had to deal with varying degrees of diarrhea. We even have a special name for it in my house: “poop carpet”. (Hey, when you have 4 dogs there has to be some humor in it!)
It’s no fun for anyone to have an upset stomach and there are some ways to help your pup rest a little more comfortably until they aren’t racing for the door to go outside. [Read more…]

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