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New Year – Here’s to Your Health

Top Health Benefits of Pets

Not only are pets good companions, but they’re good for our health! Here are a few ways that dogs and cats help our minds and bodies.

 

  1. Stress Relievers

There’s nothing like a warm, cozy cuddle session to melt away stress after a long day. Calming cuddles with your pet can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety levels.

 

  1. Heart Helpers

Pets can have a positive effect on our hearts. Studies have reported better survival rates for heart attack patients with pets and improved heart rate variability, which is an indicator of heart health.

 

  1. Mental Boosters

Our furry friends can help combat depression. In studies, pet-assisted therapy helped reduce depression in chemotherapy patients. Pets also reduced stress for people caring for loved ones with dementia.

 

 

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Information provided by our friends at ASPCA Pet Insurance.

 

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27

01 2017

It’s the Great Pumpkin Time

Yes, we all remember “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”.  That fall fun for Snoopy and the gang. Doesn’t seem we ever grow out of the classics.

kitty-on-a-pumpkinDid you know that Pumpkin is good for your pets?

It’s full of fiber that can soothe upset bellies and keep their digestion regular.  Pumpkin can be used to treat both diarrhea and constipation because of this fiber content.
It can make tummies feel full which assists in weight management.
It contains vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that support the immune system which keeps their skin and fur glowing all while assisting in cancer prevention.

While you set out to enjoy your Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Muffins, how about finding some time to make this pet friendly Pumpkin Meatball recipe for a tasty treat so your pet isn’t jealous of your pumpkin indulgence.

Pumpkin Meatballs
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 c. pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin unseasoned)
1/4 c. parsley, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then roll into 1-inch meatballs and place each 1/2-inch apart.  Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on top.  Let cool and serve.  Freeze unused portions for use within the next few days.

Your furry friend will be delighted that you made something special for them and they will surely be pumpkin’ up to give you a kiss and say thank you.

Enjoy!!

Info and recipe provided by Fetch Magazine!

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21

10 2016

Take Me Out to the Ball……No, Wait….Take Me Out For a Walk

loki-walkYour four-legged tail waggin’ friends need at least 30 minutes of walking every day! Why?
Because regular walks can help combat pet obesity and go paw in hand with good nutrition. Obesity can lead to other conditions plaguing your pet with illnesses like arthritis and diabetes.

Daily walks also add to healthy bonding with your pet. Spend quality time with your furry family strengthens your bond and gets both of you moving and that is a good thing. Dog parents sweat more than people without pets and this lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer too! So if you’re looking for encouragement to get up off the couch, get a dog and both of you get movin’ and put one paw in front of the other for a healthy lifestyle.

They say a tired dog is a good dog! Having 6 dogs at home, I assure you, this is a very true statement! Walking quiets the mind, quenches curiosity and helps to get all the energy out of their system. Energy that may be destructive. So a good dog walkin’ is constructive and pawsitive!!
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14

10 2016

Caring for a Chinchilla


Chinchillas have an inquisitive and gentle nature, but also have a lot of energy. They need a large habitat that allows them to run around and play. Most chinchillas love to jump and climb.
Average size: 12 inches long
Life Span: Up to 10+ years with proper care
Diet: High-quality chinchilla pellets and small amounts of vegetables; provide timothy hay at all times, avoid sugar and high fat treats
Treats should not exceed 10% of total food intake.
Clean, fresh, filtered, chlorine-free water change daily.
Feeding: Do not feed chocolate, caffeine or alcohol as these can cause serious medical conditions.
Fresh food (pellets and hay) and water should always be available.
Small amounts of vegetables and fruits as a treat.
Vegetables and fruit not eaten within 24 hours should be discarded.
Housing: Chinchillas acclimate well to average household temperatures, not to exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit; be cautious of extreme temperature changes; the habitat should never be in direct sunlight or in a drafty area
A large multi-tiered habitat is recommended because chinchillas love to jump and play; wire habitats with a solid bottom are required to protect feet; the space between the wires should be no bigger than one inch.
1-1 ½ inches of bedding should be placed in the habitat; proper bedding includes hardwood shavings and a pelleted or recycled products; cedar-based products may cause harm and are not recommended.
Normal Behavior and Interaction: Play during the night and rest during the day (nocturnal).
A well-socialized chinchilla likes to be cuddled and carried.
Chews on objects to maintain incisor teeth, which grow continuously; ensure they have plenty of chew sticks.
Habitat Maintenance: Remove wet spots daily; change bedding at least once a week, or more often as necessary.
Clean the habitat and its contents at least once a week with a mild soap and water, rinse, and allow to dry completely before placing the chinchilla back into the habitat.
Grooming and Hygiene: Chinchillas stay clean and rarely need baths; can be spot cleaned with a damp washcloth, if necessary; provide a dust bath at least twice a week; removed dust at the end of the day; fur may be brushed with a soft brush.
Consult with a veterinarian if a chinchilla’s teeth or nails seem too long.
Because of chinchillas are potential carriers of infectious diseases, always wash your hands before and after handling your chinchilla and/or the habitat contents to help prevent the potential of spread of diseases.
Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before purchasing and/or caring for a chinchilla and should consider not having a chinchilla as a pet.
Recommended Supplies: Large multi-tiered habitats, toys, large water bottle, high-quality chinchilla food, chinchilla dust, treats, ceramic food bowl, bedding, chew stick, vitamins, book about chinchillas and a dust tray
Information courtesy of Petco

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06 2011


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