Have You Ever Wondered-“Do Pet’s Help Your Health?”

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Donna Kennedy, Owner/Author
Have You Ever Wondered-"Do Pet's Help Your Health?"
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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I have a question for you, Have You Ever Wondered-“Do Pet’s Help Your Health?”

I can tell you without a doubt that they truly do! Having a pet is a wonderful experience or at least it has been for me and my hubby.

I love all animals, but I have to confess I am more of a dog person than anything else. Don’t get me wrong I love cats too.

It’s just that when you call a dog they will come to you, call a cat and they look at you like, “I will come to see you when I get ready!” Lol! You know what I mean, right?

Well, today I am going to help you to see why owning a pet does help you stay healthier and happier.

I am going to be covering the following:

  • Why Owning a Pet Helps Your Health
  • 8 Ways Pets Can Make You Healthier
  • Do You Have Any Health Issues-Get a Pet
  • Did You Know Owning Pets Can Help Your Neighborhood

Why Owning a Pet Helps Your Health

Have You Ever Wondered-"Do Pet's Help Your Health?"
Pets Make Us Happy

If you own a pet it can help you with anything from stress to depression. Furbabies can help you live a healthier happier life.

As you may know, owning a dog or cat is a pretty big responsibility, but as you will soon see putting in all that effort will be well worth it, I promise.

Not only will you get great health benefits from owning a pet, but owning one of these furbabies will make a great companion for years to come and help reduce the risk of many health problems.

This, in turn, will help to improve your overall health.

Now I have another question for you, have you ever noticed when you are around a pet that they make you start to feel better?

This is quite true if you get to spend quality time with a cat or a dog perhaps they can start to have a positive impact on the way you are feeling.

It can be any other type of animal besides a dog or cat. Pets can be a great stress reliever for you.

There’s nothing like coming home from a hard day’s work and have a dog meet you at the door. You will receive their undivided attention and they will let you know just how much they have missed you.

Not only are they good at helping you to reduce stress, but they will also help to keep you active with playtime with them.

This will help you to stay in shape and perhaps keep your weight down. Another great plus to owning a pet.


8 Ways Pets Can Make You Healthier

Have You Ever Wondered-"Do Pet's Help Your Health?" Yes They Do!
Happy People, Happy Pets
  1. They help you to beat depressionPet’s offer you their unconditional love that does so much to help with your mood. Feeling down and out? When you get home to spend time with your pet then you will see just how fast your mood changes from blue to happy.
  2. Gain a Healthier Heart- You get a healthier heart and decrease your chances of getting heart disease because dog owners tend to walk more than people who don’t own a dog.
  3. Lower Your Blood Pressure- There again people who own a dog or dogs get more exercise than non-dog owners thus decreasing your blood pressure.
  4. Decrease Your Stress- Some people may see owning a pet as stressful and granite it can be, but owning a pet can be one of the best stress relievers that you will ever encounter. Dogs give you unconditional love and companionship which in turn helps you to be more relaxed.
  5. Dogs are Social Magnets- Yes, this is very true, owning a dog can help you to connect with people you might not normally talk with. Most people can’t resist a cute puppy dog and will come up and ask to pet them and that will typically lead to a comfortable conversation.
  6. Be Happier- I can attest to this one, owning a pet does make me a happier person. It is said that people who have pets also are not as lonely as people who do not own one. They give one a sense of belonging.
  7. Help Decrease Allergies- I know sounds crazy right? But having a dog or cat can help you and your children to be less likely to have allergies because animals are exposed to all types of allergens.
  8. Live Longer Healthier Lives- Given all the health benefits of owning a pet, it also improves your overall quality of life. Because pets give us a sense of well-being which in turn helps your body to be healthier and keep your vital signs in check. 

Do You Have Any Health Issues-Get a Pet

Have You Ever Wondered-"Do Pet's Help Your Health?"
Pets Bring Joy Into Our Lives

Do you have a child that suffers from asthma? It has been scientifically proven that children exposed to dogs from infancy to adulthood may help to protect them against asthma symptoms and eczema.

It has also been proven that households that own a dog show lower stress levels in children as well as adults. Plus you and your family will benefit from owning a K-9 friend because your pup increases your physical activity.

If you suffer from high blood owning a pet can help reduce your risk of heart disease because people that are dog owners tend to get more exercise walking or jogging. It has also been proven that people with high blood pressure can lower it by petting a dog or cat.

Are you anxious? If so, consider getting a dog. If you own a dog or even a cat, this can greatly reduce your anxiety levels because you will have the constant companionship of your furbaby plus their love and affection.

Do you have an Autistic Child? Guess what? A pet can help be social support for your child and help them relate better to you and other family members. When Autistic children get involved with pets, they view people on a more positive level.

Did you know that people with Alzheimer’s don’t have as many agitated outbursts and can maintain a healthier weight when they are around animals?

So,  Have You Ever Wondered-“Do Pet’s Help Your Health?” I think its a safe bet to say, Yes they most certainly do!


Did You Know Owning Pets Can Help Your Neighborhood

Have You Ever Wondered-"Do Pet's Help Your Health?" Yes And They Help Build Friendships
Pets Help Build Friendships

I know this may sound like a crazy statement, but it has found to be true. When you own a dog you get out and walk around your neighborhood and this can lead to socialization with the neighbors that you probably would have never had.

Scientists have proven that pet owners are more likely to get to know their neighbors than non-pet owners. Specifically dog owners.

People tend to engage in more conversations with their neighbors because of walking their dogs.

This, in turn, has lead people to develop more friendships with their neighbors that lead them to develop social support that they may have otherwise not had.

I truly believe that our pets are not only good for us but are good for our communities as well because they help us to get to know our neighbors better and this helps us to develop lasting friendships.

I guess you are wondering how in the world this section has anything to do with pets helping your health.

Well, I will tell you. If any of your neighbors that you get to know (because of your dog) have a health crisis, they know they can call on you for help and vice versa. Thus probably saving someone’s life!


Donna’s Final Thought’s

I hope that you have enjoyed my posts on Have You Ever Wondered-“Do Pet’s Help Your Health?” and see the importance of owning a pet. I truly believe that owning a pet is awesome.

They will love you unconditionally no matter what and I have found that they are great listeners.

They are a joy to be around and will be one of the best friends you will ever have. But remember they require lots of love and attention and don’t mind returning the favor.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to read my posts. If you have any questions or concerns, email me at donna@hotdogharnessesandleashes.com and I will get back to you within 24 hours or the next business day.

Don’t forget to Like, Share, and Follow me for more great posts like this one.

See ya again real soon,

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Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home?

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Donna Kennedy, Owner/Author

Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home?

Hi everyone! Do you get tired of breaking your back trying to wash your furbaby? Well, I am here today to help remedy that problem for you.

Have you been “Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home?” Have you ever thought about that?

Today I am going to help you decide which one of the dog washing stations would best suit you and your pups needs. By the way, if you are a cat owner you can bath them in it too!

In today’s post I will be covering the following:

Section I:

  • Portable Tubs
  • Enclosed Tubs
  • Stationary Tubs

Section II:

  • How to Pick the Right Tub
  •  Key Features to Consider When Shopping for a Bathtub

Section III:

  • Stainless Steel or Plastic Dog Washing Station?
  • The Benefits of  You Washing and Grooming Your Pet(s)

Section I

Portable Tubs:

Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home? Here's A Free Standing Tub
Free Standing Tub

Or as I like to call them “Free Standing Tubs.” These products come in all different shapes, sizes,  colors, and prices. You can either use them indoors or outdoors.

My top 3 picks are:

  • Flying Pig Pet Washing Portable Bathtub- This washing station is the perfect size for small to medium-sized pets and the basin is made with heavy-duty plastic. The legs are made out of stainless steel. The tub is easy to access and simple to use. Put your furbaby in this tub and you can have them washed in less than an hour. Plus the entryway is 360-degree access that allows you to reach your pet from any angle. 

 

  • Standing Boat Elevated Folding Pet Bathtub- This washing station is also made for small to medium-sized pets. The basin is made out of marine grade PVC which makes cleaning up a breeze after you bath your furbaby. The durable material is resistant to claws. The legs are made of stainless aluminum tubing which is lightweight and easy to carry and handle. But this product can hold more than 150 pounds and that’s including the water. Folds and unfolds with one hand. You have 360-degree access for easy access to your pet. 

 

  • Booster Bath Elevated Pet Bathtub- This bathtub comes in sizes for Medium, Large, and X-Large pets. This product comes in 2 pieces that are made to snap together quickly. It also has a 3-point restraint system with a quick snap collar that is removable. Drain hose allows for quick drainage in the direction you wish. The weight capacity is 125 pounds max and 360-degree access to your furbaby making bath time easy and quick.

FYI: With the Booster bathtub, the X-Large tub comes with the steps. I believe the other 2 sizes the steps are sold separately.


 Enclosed Tubs:

Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home? Check Out This Doggie Spa
Enclosed Pet Spa

These are exactly what they say they are, enclosed and are actually a pet spa that comes with or without a splash guard.

Here are my top 2 picks:

  • Pet Wash Enclosure w/Removable Shelf- Get ready to pamper your pooch. This product is a pet spa and is made with durable composite material. It will hook up to any faucet in your house. This tub has 6 mist jets for total soaking, shower wand that is equipped with on and off controls. Both the jets and shower wand can be used at the same time. This is for small to medium dogs. It comes with safety restraints.

 

  • Pet Wash Enclosure w/Splash Guard- Pamper your pooch with this pet spa. It is made with durable composite material. It will hook up to any faucet in your house. This tub has 6 mist jets for total soaking, shower wand that is equipped with on and off controls. Both the jets and shower wand can be used at the same time and this one comes with a splash guard. This is for small to medium dogs. It comes with safety restraints and it also has wheels.

Stationary Tubs:

Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home? Take A Look At This Stainless Steel Bathtub
Stainless Steel Bathtub

Now, these are probably not considered stationary as you can move them, but I consider them to be because they are rather large and would be difficult to move in my opinion. These are going to be a bit more pricey.

My top 3 picks:

  • Flying Pig Grooming Stainless Steel Bathtub- This product is built with rust-resistant stainless steel that is sure to last you for years. It has a right-sided drain that is compatible with any plumbing configuration. It comes with a faucet with a hose, sprayer with a hose, shampoo rack, restraint eyelets, and a green rubber mat to keep your pet from slipping. With this product, you have everything at your fingertips to get your pup clean in less than an hour. Used for grooming of small pets. Weight capacity of 190 pounds.

 

  • CO-Z 50 Inch Professional Stainless Steel Bathtub- This product is made with durable stainless steel and has a weight capacity of 260 pounds. Which means this could actually accommodate 2 medium-sized dogs with no problem. It has an S-shaped drain pipe that can isolate unpleasant odors from sneaking up from the drain. This is a complete combo set that comes with steps for your pet to easily walk in and out of the tub. It also comes with a cold and hot water hose, sprayer with a hose, and an overhead grooming arm. It comes with a drain kit and a hair trap as well. Plus other great features.

 

  • PawBest Stainless Steel Dog Grooming Bathtub- Made with 16-gauge 304 types of stainless steel. The tub basin and base frame are fully welded for solid stability and to prevent unwanted leaks. Comes with a ramp so your pooch can walk directly into the tub. Comes with a 6″ faucet/sprayer, and a hair trap. This product is compatible with a wall-mounted faucet that is 4″, 6″, and 8″. This product can be used for home as well as commercial use. It has a rubber matt to keep your furbaby from slipping.

Are you enjoying my post on “Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home?”


Section II:

"Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home?" Things To Consider
I Love Bath Time

Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Dog Washing Station

Make sure you consider the price range and check and make sure the tub has all the features that you need and are practical to groom your pet or if it has some features that will just be wasting your time and money.

Make sure that you understand all the features the tub has to offer and if you will really benefit from them.

Consider the size of the tub. It should be sturdy enough and wide enough to handle the weight of your heaviest dog including the water. If not this could potentially end up collapsing the tub and causing injuries to you and your furbaby.

You want the tub to be a comfortable fit so that your pooch won’t feel cramped and uncomfortable. If they are comfortable both you and Fido will enjoy bathing time much better.

 Key Features to Consider When Shopping for a Dog Washing Station:

  • Bathing Restraints– A good doggie bathtub should offer or have these restraints to keep your furbaby from jumping out of the tub. This is a 3-Point restraint system that connects to a short leash by way of a quick snap collar that’s easy to put on and take off.

 

  • Drain Plugs- Most of these have a drainage system that allows for quick draining of the water, but make sure it comes with a drain screen that fits on the plug to catch your pet’s hair.

 

  • Storage Rack- Check and make sure the tub comes with a storage rack so that you can have the shampoo, conditioners, and brushes at your fingertips for easy access.

 

  • Handheld Showerheads- You most definitely want one of these! It makes it so much more easy to wet and rinse your pet’s hair thus making bath time much easier and faster. Most of these will either hook up to a garden hose or some will also hook up to your faucets in the house.

 

  • Ramps or Steps- The tubs usually come with a ramp or steps so your pet can easily get in the tub. But, if you have a smaller animal it may be just as easy and more cost-effective to pick them up and place them in the tub. For larger pets, it would be easier on your back to opt for the ramp or steps. Note: Some of the tubs come with a combo deal that includes the ramp or steps. So, make sure you see if this is included in the purchase price.

 

Section III

"Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home?" Which Is Better Stainless Steel Or Plastic
So Many to Choose From!

Stainless Steel or Plastic Dog Washing Station?

Let’s face it, there are so many grooming stations/bathtubs out on the market today, I bet by now you are asking yourself, “How in the world am I supposed to decide which one is best for me and my furbaby?

I am so glad you asked that question because I am about to help you figure that one out as well.😊

The stainless steel grooming tubs are usually best suited for professional groomers, however, some pet owners find them more user-friendly and practical.

These are the ones I consider to be more stationary as opposed to the portable ones because they can be put in a basement, a laundry room if it’s big enough or a building if you prefer and it can be hooked up to a water source.

The stainless steel tubs also are equipped with cabinets above the bathtub making it a great place to store your grooming supplies for easy access.

Now the plastic ones are a more portable and friendly bathtub that allows you a convenient way to bathe your pet at home, either inside or outside.

They are also lightweight and easy to carry, assemble and take back down which may take you a little longer to handle the task at hand.

The plastic ones are less expensive than stainless steel, but which one will accommodate you and your fur baby the most and save you time?  So, as you can see the possibilities are endless.

It just depends on your budget and what features you are really looking for in your pet’s washing station.

The Benefits of  You Washing and Grooming Your Pet(s)

This is one of the key things to being a pet parent, washing and grooming your furbaby.

You need to do this at least once a week to keep their fur clean of dirt and debris that might make their hair look dull, unhealthy, and cause them to have itchy red skin.

Not to mention it is important for the health and well being of your furbaby. Plus who wants a dirty pet stinking up the house? Not me! And I assure you your pet will thank you in the long run.

I promise you, your fur baby will enjoy the bonding time they have with you and it helps to relax them and get rid of loose hair, dirt, and help their itchy skin as well.

This makes for a happy and healthy pet that is a big part of your family.

NOTE: In the wintertime, I bathe my furbaby once every other week to keep from drying out his skin.


Donna’s Final Thoughts

So, why should you be “Looking for a Dog Washing Station for Your Home?”

  • It will help save you a lot of money from paying a groomer in the long run
  • It will also save time so that you can be doing other things
  • Gives you bonding time with your furbaby and keeps them happy and healthy
  • You can do it on your time and not someone else’s
  • Should you have an older pet to groom, it will keep them from being stressed out going to a groomer
  • You know that your equipment is clean
  • Plus and elevated dog washing station will help to protect your back, knees, arms, and shoulders (a great health benefit for you!)

Just make sure that you do your due diligence and check out the bathtubs height, length, width, and weight capacity including the water. Don’t forget to check the key features of the tub to see which ones will benefit both you and your furbaby.

I hope you enjoyed my post and if you ever have any questions or concerns just email me donna@hotdogharnessesandleashes.com and I will get back to you within 24 hours or the next business day.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the timeout of your busy day to read my posts.😊

Have a fabulous weekend,

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Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?

"Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?" Look At These 2 Adorable Fur-babies.
Two Adorable Furbabies
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Donna Kennedy, Owner/Author

Howdy, feline lovers! Are you “Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?”

Well, no worries because I have got you covered today! I am going to be looking at the top 8 best kitties for you and your children.

As you may know, children that grow up with a pet reap great benefits from taking care of and playing with them.

Benefits of being more caring and show more empathy towards people and animals. They also tend to be more outgoing with better communications and social skills.

For the next few minutes, you are going to read about 8 cats that are known to interact beautifully with children and other family members.

I will also be looking at the following the 5 factors to consider before getting a cat/kitten:

  1. Consider if you are looking to get a kitten or cat
  2. Do you own your own home or rent?
  3. Do you and your family have time for a pet?
  4. Are you and your family ready to commit?
  5. Make sure that all are on board

6 Questions to ask the breeder:

  1. Are the parents of the kitten certified?
  2. Meet the kitten’s parents
  3. Have the kittens been socialized?
  4. Has the kitten been vaccinated and dewormed?
  5. Any Veterinarian visits?
  6. Have any of the kitties been sick and if so with what?

5 Questions to ask the shelter worker:

  1. Get the cat’s or kittens history
  2. Find out about the animal’s temperament
  3. Ask if there are any medical conditions
  4. Find out if there are any behavioral issues
  5. Find out if they need any immediate care

The top Best 8 Kitties

#8 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
British Shorthair

 8. British Shorthair- This wonderful breed of cat is very laid back and are very social animals to people of all ages which would make them a great companion for you and your children.

They are also very intelligent, easy to train and do not have a temperamental side.

FYI: The males are said to be very social animals.


#7 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
Siamese Cat

7. Siamese Cat- These beautiful animals are known to be on the nervous and sensitive side, but they love attention. They are loving, social, and very affectionate and love attention.

They are very routine-oriented, but once they get to know your child they will become great friends and form a lasting bond.

This feline is very intelligent and can be taught to play fetch with your child in no time at all. Oh, and they are also very vocal to anyone willing to listen.

FYI: These are very social animals and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time because they can develop separation anxiety.


 

6. The Persian– This furbaby became one of the most popular breeds among cats because they have such a sweet and gentle personality and they are also gorgeous with beautiful long hair,  with cute little faces.

#6 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
The Beautiful Persian

They love lounging around all day as opposed to jumping up on your bookshelves or countertops.

They love spending time with their human families and are very loving.

FYI: Even though they don’t have a very high energy level, they still are usually very playful in a laid back sort of way. You do have to maintain that beautiful long hair.


#5 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
The Himalayan-Beautiful

5. Himalayan- This beautiful animal is much like their Persian counterparts as far as liking to lounge around and not caring about jumping up onto high places, but they are more active than the Persian and love to play.

They had rather spend their time indoors with their human families and the love to receive affection and is more than willing to give you back equal affection as well.

This furbaby will have no problems bonding with you and your children, in fact, they will do so for life.

FYI: They enjoying and love having an assortment of different types of toys for playtime.


#4 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
The American Shorthair

4. The American Shorthair- These guys are a descendant of the British Shorthair, however, the American Shorthair is more of a learner and is more athletic, larger in size and has shorter hair.

They love children and can get along well with dogs. They are also low maintenance due to their shorter hair. Now, that’s a plus!

They are very social animals, love to play and enjoy being in their owner’s lap, but that is usually on their terms. They are very independent animals.

FYI: They have a very even-keeled temperament and love playtime.

I hope you are enjoying reading about “Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?”


#3 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
The Beautiful Birman

3. The Birman- This beautiful breed loves to be loved and enjoys returning love to you. The cat is extremely smart and is receptive to being trained. 

With love and patience,  you can possibly train your furbaby to walk on a leash. But it is best to start this out when they are young kitties.

This is a very social animal and will not run and hide when company comes calling. They enjoying playing chase with other animals and enjoying being around children.

FYI: They a very calm and affectionate cat that loves to be around people and can adapt to any household.


#2 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
Ragdoll Kitty-Little Social Butterfly

2. The Ragdoll Kitty- This beautiful animal is most definitely a little social butterfly. Although they love attention and affection, they do not demand it. 

The Ragdoll is very soft-voiced and gentle with their human families.

Surprisingly it has been said they are very dog-like when it comes to being devoted to their human families and they are very in tune with the emotional needs of people which makes them the perfect companion for you and your children.

FYI: These sweet furbabies got their distinctive name because when you pick them up they go limp in your arms like a little ragdoll. So sweet and precious.


#1 Of Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?
The Gentle Maine Coon

1. The Maine Coon- This beautiful long-haired kitty comes in at number 1 for me because they are very intelligent, gentle, protective, and loving pets and love to socialize.

Plus they love playtime and with their very high energy levels that would be perfect if you have children with high energy levels.

These kitties will make a great companion for your child once they form a bond with them.

They are very outgoing and get along well with other pets as well as people.

FYI: These guys do not like being cooped up indoors all day long as they like to roam around.


The 5 Factors to Consider Before Getting a Cat/Kitten

  1. Consider if you are looking to get a kitten or cat- In my personal opinion, it depends on if you have children or not. If you do I think getting a kitten would be best so they can grow up together. But on the downside, you need to make sure your child is old enough that they won’t hurt the kitty either. Kittens do require a lot of time, attention and they tend to be very energetic.
  2. Do you own your own home or rent? You need to make doubly sure that if you rent that your landlord does allow pets and if so do they charge a fee for you to bring a pet into the rental property.
  3. Do you and your family have time for a pet? Make sure that you and your family have time to spend with your furbaby before you get a pet. If you have a very busy family, then it may not be the time to get a pet. Most animals don’t like being left alone for long periods of time. 
  4. Are you and your family ready to commit? Are you and your family ready to take on the responsibility of taking care of and spending time with your furbaby? Keeping them groomed, fed, water and have allotted playtime for them? And are you ready to take care of them for the next 15-20 years?
  5. Make sure that all are on board- Make sure that you or anyone in your family are not allergic to cats. Make sure that everyone is on board with helping to take care of the new family member. Because we all know that even though children say they will take on the full responsibility of taking care of the animal, most often times than not the parents end up doing most of the caretaking if not all of it!

What do you think about my post on “Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?” so far?


6 Questions to Ask the Breeder:

  1. Are the parents of the kitten certified? You are asking this question to make sure the breed you pick does not have any underlying health problems (like heart problems) that can be passed from the parents to the kitten. The breeder will usually have the kittens tested by a Veterinarian to make sure the disease has not been passed on to the kittens. The Veterinarian, in turn, will certify that the kitten is disease-free.
  2. Meet the kitten’s parents- It’s a very good idea if you can meet the kitten’s parents so that you can look at them to see if they look healthy and to see if they are social or shy away from you.
  3. Have the kittens been socialized? Make sure the kittens have been around other cats and around other people as well. This is a very important aspect of the kittens’ life and is very critical for kittens 6-16 weeks old. They need to be around all ages of people and other cats so that you are sure your kitty is well adjusted so there won’t be any problems.
  4. Has the kitten been vaccinated and dewormed? Make sure to ask this question and find out what shots they have had and what is needed. Most breeders should have a shot record to give to you with this information documented. Also, make sure they have been dewormed as kittens are born wormy. Deworming is highly recommended. 
  5. Any Veterinarian visits? Ask if the kittens have just had routine vet visits or have they been due to an illness? If so, what kind of illness and have they been deemed healthy.
  6. Have any of the kitties been sick and if so with what? Ask if any of the kitties in the litter have been sick and if so what they had and what type of treatment was involved.

FYI: YOU have the right to ask these questions and if the breeder does not want to answer them or provide proof of these questions, then walk away!!!


5 Questions to as the shelter worker:

  1. Get the cats or kittens history- Make sure you know where the furbaby came from. Most shelters have tags on the animals’ cage with a short story with their names and where they came from. This will help you to determine their temperament as well depending on where they came from.
  2. Find out about the animal’s temperament- A lot of times depending on where the cat/kitten came from will depend on how they act towards people and other animals. Were they a stray and haven’t been socialized or did they come from an abusive home? You get the idea.
  3. Ask if there are any medical conditions- Make sure the kitty does not have any underlying medical conditions that you need to know about. If they do find out what the condition(s) are and see if the animal requires continued treatment. Ask to see the pet’s medical records. Make sure if they do require treatment that you are able to afford whatever they may need and have the time to properly take care of them.
  4. Find out if there are any behavioral issues- Some kitties may develop behavioral issues depending on what type of environment they were in before they were brought to the shelter. They can become anxious or feel threatened and when this happens they may start to pee outside of their litter box. Find all this out that way you will be aware of what you are getting. Then you can make sure to help your furbaby to feel loved, safe, and secure.
  5. Find out if they need any immediate care- Check to see if their shots are all up to date and if not find out what they will be needing once you adopt them. Find out if they have been spayed or neuter. Most of the time this has already been taken care of once the animal comes into the shelter before they are put up for adoption. If not, see if they can do that before you take them home. If not then schedule an appointment to have this taken care of. Females can be spayed as early as seven weeks. Males can be neutered at the age of 4-6 months. Make sure to ask about illnesses and see if they will be needing any further care after you adopt them.

Donna’s Final Thought’s

Well, there you have it, folks, we are at the end of my post on  “Looking for Best Cat Breeds with Children?”

I hope you enjoyed reading my post and have most of your questions answered regarding Cats/Kittens when it comes to getting one for your children.

Now let’s recap for just a moment what you have read:

  1. Make sure if you and your family want an adult cat or a kitten
  2. Go over the 5 factors that I discussed prior to getting a cat/kitten
  3. Write down the 6 questions that you need to ask a breeder and take them with you
  4. Should you opt to go to an animal shelter to adopt, write down and take the 5 questions to ask the shelter worker with you
  5. Last but not least, look at the list of cat’s I have given and pick out the one that is best suited for you and your family

Now you should be all set to add a furbaby to your family! Good luck with your hunt for the perfect cat/kitty for your family.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and read my post. Should you have any questions are concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at donna@hotdogharnessesandleashes.com and I will get back to you within 24 hours or the next business day.

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Review-Magic Brush for Pets, Does it Really Work?

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Review-Magic Brush for Pets, Does it Really Work?

 

Howdy, pet lovers! I am going to do a review today on “Magic Brush for Pets, Does it Really Work?”

I have been hearing about these “magic brushes” for pets and how great they work at getting shed of pet hair.

When I typed in the magic brush for pets I came up with several ones that are supposed to be really great.

So, that’s when I decided to do a review of the best ones. Ready? Let’s get to it then! Enjoy! 🐾


1. Pet Grooming Brush 

This brush effectively reduces your furbabies shedding by up to 95%!! This tool can be used on dogs and cats.

With this tool, you will be able to keep pet hair off your furniture and floors and it only takes about 10 minutes of your time. No more expensive trips to a groomer. Because you have better things to do with your time and money. Right?

Pros: 

  • Made of stainless steel to last for years
  • Sturdy easy-grip handle
  • Promotes healthy shiny pet coats
  • Made for use on dogs/cats
  • 100% lifetime money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • Not effective on short hair
  • Can cause bald spots
  • You have to manually remove the pet hair from the brush

Customer Reviews:

  • 3,544 positive reviews
  • 284 negative reviews

Customer rating:

4.7/5 stars with 84% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below:

FYI: No sizes noted.


2. Pet Grooming Tool-2 Sided

This is a 2-in-1 dual-headed tool that has 9 teeth on one side to help remove stubbornly matted and tangled hair.

You use the other side that has 17 teeth for thinning and de-shedding your pet’s hair while massaging your furbabies skin for better blood flow promoting a healthy shiny coat.

Pros:

  • Safe for your pet
  • Stainless steel teeth that want rust
  • Easy to clean
  • Promotes a healthy shiny coat
  • Don’t’ like the brush, no problem, you can get a refund or replacement

Cons:

  • Issues with teeth on the comb
  • Issues with pulling hair out that’s matted
  • Issues with getting stuck in some pets hair

Customer Reviews:

  • 3,413 positive reviews
  • 291 negative reviews

Customer Rating:

4.7/5 stars with 83% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below: (Amazon Choice)

FYI: No sizes noted.


3. Professional Magic Pro De-Shedding Tool

This de-shedding tool reduces shedding by 95% and prevent’s your pet’s skin from flaking thus reducing dandruff.

Keep your furbabies coat healthy, shiny, and soft in no time at all with this wonderful tool so that you can have more time to spend with your pet and less time vacuuming.

Pros:

  • Pet approved
  • Great for all breeds, sizes, and coats
  • Suitable for dogs, cats and any other furry critter’s
  • Reduce your pet shedding up to 95%
  • Created with pets in mind
  • Lifetime manufacturer guarantee

Cons:

  • Does not work well on thick coarse hair
  • Issues with the product holding the hair (in the teeth)
  • Little on the small side

Customer Reviews:

  • 2,178 positive reviews
  • 143 negative reviews

Customer Rating:

4.7/5 stars with 82% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below: (Amazon Choice)

FYI: Comes in sizes Large and X-Large


4. MIU Color Pet De-shedding Brush 

It is recommended by Veterinarians and Groomers because it reduces your pet’s shedding by up to 90% and you won’t need to worry about your furbabies annoying hair on your furniture and on the floor.

Safely and easily remove loose undercoat hair while stimulating blood circulation in your furbabies skin. This helps promote healthy skin and coat.

Pros:

  • Safely and professionally removes pet hair
  • 4-inch quality stainless steel blades/w cover to protect blades when not in use
  • Stimulates blood flow for healthy coat and skin
  • Quality Guarantee-Free exchange if quality problem

Cons:

  • Issues with removing loose hair and removed attached hair
  • Issues with removing hair that is coarse and thick

Customer Reviews:

  • 2,351 positive reviews
  • 266 negative reviews

Customer Rating:

4.6/5 stars with a 79% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below: (Amazon Choice)

 

FYI: Comes in sizes Large/X-Large


5. Pro Quality Self Cleaning Slicker Brush

This tool easily removes matted, tangled and loose hair with little effort on your part. Suitable for furbabies with long or short hair.

The brush was made with your pet’s comfort and enjoyment in mind so they would have a fun and enjoyable experience with being groomed by mom or dad.

Pros:

  • Takes about 5 seconds to clean because it has a button that you push to release the hair and wipe clean
  • Gentle on your furbabies skin and fur
  • Soft and flexible bristles
  • FREE grooming ebook with purchase
  • Lifetime money-back guarantee from the manufacturer

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work well on short hair
  • Issues with bristles
  • Issues with the button

Customer Reviews:

1,067 positive reviews

183 negative reviews

Customer Rating:

4.4/5 stars with a 73% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below: (Amazon Choice)

FYI: Comes in sizes Small-Medium and Medium-Large

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6. FURminator For Dogs Undercoat Deshedding Tool

Ok, guys, this tool comes in different sizes for dogs and cats, so this one is for short hair medium-sized dogs. I will give you all the sizes at the end of this section along with the type of hair it works on. Ok?

This particular de-shedding tool as I was saying is for medium dogs with short hair and that weighs 25-50 pounds.

It removes loose hair by reaching through the topcoat to remove loose undercoat hair. It does this without any damage to your furbabies skin if used as directed!

Pros:

  • Comes in several sizes for your furbabies
  • Removes loose hair without damage to your furbabies skin
  • Fur release button to remove hair with ease
  • Money-back guarantee (Read product label for details)

Cons:

  • Be mindful of counterfeit products!
  • Issues with pulling the pet’s hair

Customer Reviews:

  • 13,375 positive reviews
  • 1,225 negative reviews

Customer Ratings:

4.7/5 stars with 83% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below:

FYI: The sizes for this product are Extra small, Small, Medium, Large, and Giant. This product has different ones (along with the sizes) for Short Hair (New Model), Long Hair (New Model). Just make sure you are getting the real deal and not a knock off!!


7. Cat Slicker Brush

This tool is a quick self-cleaning Pro Quality Grooming Comb that reduces shedding by about 90% and helps reduce allergy airborne elements.

The Cat Slicker Brush will help with the need to vacuum every time you turn around thereby giving you more time to spend with your furbaby and family.

The bristles also help to stimulate your furbaby’s skin thus promoting healthy blood circulation and giving your pets a beautiful shiny coat with healthier skin.

Pros:

  • Promotes healthy skin and shiny coats
  • Reduces shedding by about 90%
  • Gentle on your cats and dogs
  • 5-year guarantee
  • The company donates $1.00 to no-kill shelters

Cons: 

  • Issues with the button that releases the hair
  • An issue with the bristles getting stuck
  • The bristles seem a little too sharp
  • Breaks very easily

Customer Reviews:

  • 960 positive reviews
  • 70 negative reviews

Customer Rating:

4.6/5 stars with 87% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below: (Amazon choice)

FYI: The only size I saw was a Medium.


8. SleekEZ Original Deshedding Grooming Tool

This amazing tool will have your furbaby from shabby to furbulious in minutes with 95% less shedding in the first use.

You do not have to worry about this product cutting or damaging your furbaby’s hair because it gently brushes away any loose fur, dander, and dirt without snagging on your pet’s hair.

Pros:

  • Patented wave pattern blade design
  • Gentle on your pet’s skin and hair
  • Reduces shedding up to 95%
  • Great for removing pet hair off furniture, carpet, blankets, pet bedding and more
  • Gently removes loose hair, dander, and dirt without snagging your pet’s fur
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime replacement warranty and guaranteed to work or your money back

Cons:

  • Not for use on dogs with long human-like hair
  • An issue with blades being sharp
  • Doesn’t hold the pets hair-gets everywhere

Customer Reviews:

  • 3,770 positive reviews
  • 739 negative reviews

Customer Ratings:

4.5.5 stars with 75% approval rate

For more information on this product and to purchase, click the picture below: (Amazon choice)

FYI: This product comes in 2.5 inches, 5 inches, and 10 inches.


Donna’s Final Thoughts

Well, here we are, my friends, at the end of another awesome post or should I say another Review-Magic Brush for Pets, Does it Really Work?

I hope you found this review to be both interesting and educational. I feel that any of these de-shedding brushes would work well for you and your furbabies.

But, make sure that you read “ALL” of the information there is on each one of these products before you purchase one of them to make sure it will be compatible with your pets type of fur and their size as well.

If you enjoyed this review, check out my posts on Best Pet Nail Clippers for 2019 Review.

As always thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and read my reviews and posts.

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Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!

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Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!

Hi, Pet Parents! Today I am going to be discussing the Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!

Our K-9 friends are usually one of the first pets that families want to get for their children. Most children absolutely love puppies and the thought of having one to take care of.

But the fact of the matter is NOT all dogs are fans of children. Shocking right? Some of them just do not and will not tolerate children.

That is why I felt it so important to discuss this dangerous issue today with you. The following list is what I am going to cover in this post:

  1. Things to consider before you even think about adopting a puppy for your Child:
    • The breed
    • The temperament of the breed
    • The aggressiveness of the breed
    • Possessiveness of the breed

2. Risk of getting your child a dog

3. The worst breeds for children and why

4. Donna’s final thoughts

Many of our K-9 friends are loving and love children, but others do not adapt well with families that have young children. The reason’s being most children like to scare and aggravate dogs.

Children tend to stare at dog’s, they move way to fast and are loud when they are playing. This is why you need to make sure you get a puppy/dog that enjoys and can tolerate being around children, especially small ones.

This is very important so that no one gets hurt badly and the end result being that the dog is euthanized because they are seen as aggressive and dangerous!


Things to Consider Before You  Adopt a Puppy for your Child:

  1. The Breed- Are you looking for a large dog or a small dog? You want to get one that is kid-friendly but remember you have to teach your children to respect a dog/puppy and safely interact with the animal. Keep in mind that ANY dog can become aggressive if they are hurt and teased.
  2. The Temperament of the Breed- You want a dog/puppy with an agreeable temperament, one that is calm. A breed with a calm demeanor will have a better ability to build strong bonds with your children and you. Thus creating a great companion for all involved.
  3. The Aggressiveness of the Breed- Aggression is the most common and serious problem in our K-9 friends especially towards children within the family. They will start to show aggressiveness around the age of  8-10 months. If this happens, you will need to find a new home for your pup to avoid any unpredictable risk to your child or children.
  4. Possessiveness of the Breed- Now this is also a form of aggression that is directed towards humans or other pets. This will usually happen if the pup/dog has a favorite toy, food or a treat. This should be unacceptable if your pet is directing this towards you are anyone in the household. The best way for you to prevent this type of behavior in the first place is to start out when they are a puppy handling their food at mealtimes. You can do this by putting your hands in their food bowl when they start eating teaching them that you are not a threat and won’t take their food from them. You can do the same thing with their toys.

Risk of Getting Your Child a Dog

  1. Dog biting- The number 1 risk of getting your child a dog would be your child getting bit by your furbaby. This is why it is so important to get kid-friendly dogs that actually love kids and can tolerate them. That being said you still need to teach your children to respect the animal and treat them kindly.
  2. Salmonella- Please keep your small children away from dry dog food! This is nausea-inducing bacteria that gets into the intestines and causes vomiting, diarrhea, fever, stomach pains, and headaches. If your child has any of these symptoms contact your child’s doctor immediately.
  3. Infections- Make sure that your children wash their hands after they handle the pets bowl, toy’s or just petting them. If your child gets scratched or bitten, clean it immediately and bandage it if necessary. Any signs of infection seek medical attention immediately and if the wound is bleeding profusely seek immediate medical attention. Keep your pets bedding, toys, and food bowls clean at all times to avoid infections.
  4. Allergies- Sometimes your child may become allergic to your furbaby then make sure you are washing your pet at least once a week and don’t let your puppy/dog sleep with your child. Make sure that your child washes their hands and change their clothes after playing with their puppy/dog. And you can also use an air filter to help keep the air clean from dandruff and hair particles in the air.

The Worst Breeds for Children and Why

Now let’s get to the Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are! Ready? Here we go!🐶🐾

 

#8 Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
Australian Shepherd-Beautiful Right?

 

8. Australian Shepherd- These guys don’t make a very good companion for children because they were bred to be herding dogs for sheep. They do ok if they grow up with children, but their instinct when children run is to nip at their heals. They can possibly be trained not to do this, but it is an instinct that is really hard to break them from.


#7 Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
Alaskan Malamute-Gorgeous, But Strong

 

7. Alaskan Malamute- Now these guys are great for families that love to be outdoors doing things, but even the little pups are very strong and are not really suited for small children. They love to play rough and that is one of the reasons they are not suited for small children and they also tend to break their leashes.


#6 Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
The Proud Akita

 

6. The Akita- These beautiful creatures were bred to be a guard dog and make great family companions, which means they will fiercely protect their human families. They do not tolerate or react to children that are outside of their human pack very well because they don’t like to be teased or loud noises, like kids screaming.


#5 Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
The Hugh Bullmastiff

 

5. The Bullmastiff- These guys are gigantic dogs, which is the number 1 reason they are not ideal for families with small children. They are gentle giants but do not realize their massive size and could unintentionally hurt a small child just with a gentle nudge. And an adult can barely handle these dogs let alone a small child.


#4 Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
Cute, right? Don’t Be Fooled!

 

4. The Chihuahua- Don’t let this sweet innocent little face fool you for one minute! Even though these little ones are cute, they can be quite temperamental and become aggressive. So, if you have small children this is not the dog for you and your family. Children need to be taught the right ways to interact with this dog or any other type of dog. These little guys don’t tolerate children that run around and are loud. Because of their small stature, they can be injured very easily even if they are petted to roughly.

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#3 Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
Chow Chow

 

3. The Teddy Bear Looking Chow Chow- These guys look like soft cuddly teddy bears, right? Wrong! They are sturdy active dogs which would be great if you have a young active family. But these guys are not looking to cuddle and they are reserved and unapproachable. This dog would not be suited for a family with small children that run around yelling and screaming while playing. And the Chow Chow would not tolerate children trying to manhandle them. This could potentially trigger aggression in the dog and cause the child to be harmed. This breed of dog does not cope well with children period!


#2 Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
The Strong Rottweiler

 

2. The Strong Rottweiler- I don’t know if you have heard, but this dog is extremely protective of its human family. If you have a young child that is screaming while playing with someone, the Rottweiler might see this as a threat to the young child and take unnecessary measures to protect the child they feel is in danger. This will not have a good outcome for that family member. Also, a screaming child that may be running and playing with the dog could potentially make the dog become defensive and they might even attack the child. Which could lead to a very detrimental outcome.


#1 Spot Of Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are!
The Strong Impressive Pit Bull

1. The Impressive Pit Bull- Now the only reason that I am putting this breed in the number 1 spot is that it is truly the way they are bred and raised. Not to mention when they attack they go right for the throat and won’t let go! I personally love this breed and owned one when my oldest daughter was a toddler. Now mind you he stayed outside and she never played with him or got around him by herself. Pit bulls are known for their very aggressive behavior and I am in no way suggesting to you this would be a good family pet. On the contrary, I suggest you get one more suited for small children! 

FYI: Over the past 13 years, the Pit Bulldog still holds the number 1 spot for the most fatal attacks in the U.S. to date having killed 284 people over the past 13 years. That is a total of 66%  fatalities! Rottweilers come in at number 2 for tributing to these deaths as well.


Donna’s Final Thought’s 

Now that you are at the end of my post on Dog Breeds NOT Family Friendly-Not All Breeds Are! What did you think? I would love to read any comments that you may have. Just leave them below my post in the “Comments” section.😉

Ok, let’s do a recap on what you have read:

  • Consider the breed, the size, the temperament, aggressiveness, possessiveness
  • Risks of getting your child a dog
  • The worst breeds for children and why

All of these things are very important in keeping your family safe when considering adopting a puppy/dog.

I highly suggest that you adopt a puppy vs a grown dog for your small children so that they can grow up together and you know what you are getting! You can also raise the puppy to be kind, friendly and loving towards children and others.

Don’t forget to teach your children the importance of respecting their puppy and teach them to be kind and not hurt the pup.

I’m so glad that you took the time out of your busy day and stopped by to read my post. Before you go, don’t forget to Like, Share, and Follow me for more educational posts like this one.

If you enjoyed this post, then check out my post-August Newsletter-“Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs”

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Identifying Skin Disorders Cat’s-Could You?

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Howdy, Cat parents! I hope you and your furbaby are doing well today. It is my pleasure to write a post regarding skin disorders in cats.

Let me go ahead and ask you a very important question before I get started, Identifying Skin Disorders Cat’s-Could You?

Let’s say you have a cat that has pus-filled bumps, abscesses or crusty scabs, no matter if they were in your cat’s mouth or under their skin, would you know what it was?

Now, this is just one of the questions I intend to answer for you today, plus many more.

What am I going to be covering today? 

  • Cat’s with Dermatophilosis
  • Cat’s with Face and Ear Sores
  • Cat’s with Hair Loss
  • Cat’s with Flakey Dry Skin/Dull Coat
  • Cat’s with Allergies

And I will be covering the signs and symptoms along with treatments.

Ready to get started? Let’s get to it! Enjoy!😺


Cat’s with Dermatophilosis (better known as ringworm)

Identifying Skin Disorders Cat's-Could You? Recognize Ringworm?
Dermatophilosis (Ringworm)

Now, this is a rare condition for cats to get, but they can if they live in humid, warm, and wet climates.

It is higher in cats with wet skin or skin that has been compromised by flea and tick bites or if they have biting parasites.

If your furbaby has wet skin/wet scabs, then this opens them up to zoospores, and a fungal cell called the hyphae, which can spread throughout their whole body.

So, if you live in a high humidity region of the country, this makes for a great breeding ground for those lovely parasites to breed and use your furbaby as their host, thus causing infections.

Now for the Signs/Symptoms

Remember me asking you at the beginning of the post about the pus-filled bumps and or crusted scabs under your cat’s skin or in their mouth?

Well, this is a sign/symptom for Dermatophilosis or ringworm. This is brought on if your cat lives with livestock such as sheep, horses, or cattle that may have it as well.

They can also get Dermatophilosis if you are any other family member or animal as been in such an environment. It can be passed from human to human, animal to animal, animal to human and vice versa.

You may also see:

  • Red, itchy, scaly skin
  • Circular skin rash
  • Hair loss

Diagnosing Dermatophilosis

Your Veterinarian will take samples of the pus and scaly/crusted skin to analyze them to see if it is in fact Dermatophilosis. It is usually very easy for the vet. to recognize because the ringworm leaves a distinctive “railroad track like” appearance.

Once it is determined to be the bacteria causing Dermatophilosis, then your Veterinarian will start treatment.

Make sure that you inform your Veterinarian if your furbaby has been around any farm animals. This will help with the diagnosis.

If your cat has any draining ulcers, a biopsy will be taken to determine if your furbaby, in fact, has Dermatophilosis.

Treatment

Your Veterinarian will prescribe an antibacterial shampoo to be used to cleanse the skin and hair, followed by gently removing any infected or abscessed skin. You shouldn’t have to shampoo your pet over once or twice to start seeing results.

If your furbaby has ringworm ask your Veterinarian to see if you may purchase the shampoo below. Veterinarian recommended treatment for your cat. This could help save on your vet bill!😉

 

Your furbaby’s doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to help clear the infection up in conjunction with the antibacterial baths.

Penicillin is the most commonly used antibiotic for this type of infection and is normally prescribed for 10 to 20 days to depending on the severity of the infection.

FYI: It is best to check with your pets’ veterinarian to get a diagnosis before you begin any type of treatment.


Cat’s with Face and Ear Sores

Identifying Skin Disorders Cat's-Could You? Recognize Rodent Ulcers?
Cat With Eosinophilic Ulcerative Disease

Should you notice any little red lesions on your furbabies upper lip that does not seem to want to go away, it is best to have your pet’s Veterinarian take a look at it. Usually, if the sore does not resolve on it’s on it could be an eosinophilic ulcerative disease known as “rodent ulcer” and could be caused by allergies.

This could be anything from food allergies to parasitic allergies. That’s why it is best to have your furbaby seen by the Veterinarian so they can get to the cause of the problem.

Signs/Symptoms

  • Red lesion on the upper lip, but can be on the bottom lip as well, that does not go away
  • Ulcers on the gums and palate
  • On other parts of the body as bald raised red skin instead of an ulcer-commonly around the hind legs and stomach that can be itchy

Diagnosing Eosinophilic Ulcerative Disease

It depends on your cats’ medical history and of course a physical exam. Your Veterinarian may do a fine needle aspiration (taking a sample of the fluid using a small needle) so the cells can be looked at under a microscope for diagnoses.

Your cats’ Veterinarian may also deem it necessary to do a biopsy of the lesions to help with a definitive diagnosis.

Treatment

Once the doctor as a positive diagnosis then every attempt will be made to remove the cause of this disease.

First and for most protecting your furbaby against fleas, ticks, and other biting parasites is a must.

If your cat has fleas, ticks and other biting parasites on them, it can exaggerate the immune response from your furbaby, thus worsening the clinical signs.

Your cat may also be suffering from food allergies and could get much relief on a hypoallergenic food diet which helps with the Eosinophilic Ulcerative Disease.

Your Veterinarian may want to put your furbaby on corticosteroids as well.  Most of the time cats are given injections because they last longer than the pill form.

If your cat cannot tolerate steroids, another good alternative is Atopica that acts as an immunosuppressant.

FYI: Always always check with your pet’s veterinarian before starting any treatment.


Cat’s with Hair Loss (or Alopecia)

Identifying Skin Disorders Cat's-Could You? Recognize Alopecia?
Cat With Alopecia

If your cat suddenly starts losing their hair the most common reason is from fleas, mange, ringworm and or skin allergies. So, do not worry this is fixable.

Your furbaby might have a nervous disorder, for example, over-grooming themselves or maybe they have a hormonal imbalance, like an overactive thyroid or possibly an increase in steroids.

Now depending on the age of your feline other factors can also come into play, such as a systemic disease ( usually related to the whole body)  or in layman’s terms, adrenal disease or pancreatic tumors.

Ok, so don’t get all bent out of shape and think its the worst thing possible. Alright? That is why if it is a sudden onset of hair loss, it is best to take your cat to the Veterinarian for an exam.

Signs/Symptoms 

  • Of course obvious hair loss
  • Redness around the area
  • Bumps, scabs, or skin loss surrounding the area of hair loss

Diagnosing Hair Loss in Cat’s

Upon taking your furbaby to the Veterinarian they will check your pet for fleas and flea dirt.

Should your Veterinarian think the hair loss may be due to an underlying skin issue, they may want to biopsy the cats’ skin or they could do a culture on the skin.

Besides the fact that fleas may be the culprit to your furbabies hair loss, it could also be the “rodent ulcers” that I discussed earlier in my post.

Your Veterinarian may do X-rays or ultrasounds to rule out signs of cancer in your cats’ adrenal glands. They will most likely do a blood serum chemistry panel to check for an overactive or underactive thyroid that could be causing the Alopecia.

Treatment

The first thing your Veterinarian will do if it is flea related is prescribed a good flea and tick control medication.

Should it be a skin disorder, thyroid problem, or some other type of hormonal issue, there are topical treatments as well as oral medications to help with this problem.

Here’s a product that would be great to use for the topical aspect of treating hair loss in your furbaby. All organic ingredients without steroids or harmful side effects.

FYI: Make sure you OK this with your Veterinarian first, but I believe it would be ok to use this product.

Enjoying my post so far on Identifying Skin Disorders Cat’s-Could You?


Cat’s with Flakey Skin/Dry Coat

If you begin to notice that your cat’s fur is becoming dull-looking with flakey dry skin, this may be a sign that your furbaby isn’t feeling well.

On the other hand, if your cat is obese, it is probably due to the fact they can’t reach that part of their fur to clean it as they normally would (this is usually noticeable down the middle of the cats back).

Another reason could be they are not getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids that come from eating fish. Omega-6 fatty acids also play a key role in your furbaby’s health. These fatty acids come from plant sources that help to maintain healthy skin.

Signs/Symptoms

  • Dandruff
  • The skin may look dull
  • Itchy skin (cat scratching a lot)
  • Licking their selves more often
  • Dull looking coat

The dry skin could be caused by:

  • Poor diet
  • Allergies
  • Or changes in the weather (especially during the wintertime)

Diagnosing Dry Flakey Skin/Dull Coat

This really is not rocket science and I don’t think it requires a visit to your pets’ Veterinarian unless you notice significant hair loss or excessive scratching.

We all know what dandruff looks like and dull hair. The most common causes of your furbabies dry flakey skin and dull coat could be from a food allergy to environmental reasons like new bedding or shampoo.

In my humble opinion, I would try a different cat food that is higher in protein content than what they originally had with vitamins and minerals.

Treatment

As I was saying in the statement above I would try changing their food over to a higher protein content with vitamins.

I would also increase their Omega fatty acids with a dietary supplement to help protect your furbaby’s skin from becoming dried out and it will help to keep their coats shiny and healthy-looking.

Check the product out below for healthy skin, heart health, immune support as well as healthy joints!

FYI: If you notice a decrease in your cat grooming itself, this could be an early sign that they are not feeling well. If you suspect your kitty is sick, then a visit to their Veterinarian may be needed to rule out any sickness.


Cat’s with Allergies’

Identifying Skin Disorders Cat's-Could You? Identify Food Allergies?
Food Allergy

The most common reasons a cat suffers from allergies are:

  • Food
  • Fleas
  • Environmental

The top 2 allergy culprits are from fleas and environmental sources. But, unfortunately, some poor kitties suffer from more than one.

Most often if it is food-related it is because the cat is sensitive to proteins such as meat and plant sources in their cat food. A true food allergy can also show up in your cat as a skin condition

Signs/Symptoms (Food Allergy)

  • Gastrointestinal signs-vomiting and diarrhea
  • Skin conditions-itching and skin inflammation all year round and may become red and irritated around their rectum due to scooting
  • Noticeable deterioration- of your furbaby’s coat

Signs/Symptoms (Flea Allergy)

  • Dermatitis to flea saliva after the cat is bitten-itchy all over, but more so around their tails
  • Sores and scabs may develop due to their continuous scratching from red swollen skin
  • Flea dirt will be present

Treatment

Now, this may require a visit to your pets’ Veterinarian to determine if it is in fact food allergies, fleas, or environmental allergies.

If your Vet has ruled out flea bites, and environmental issues, then the next challenge will be to determine which food is the problem.

You will be able to do this at home because most cats are allergic to protein or plant-based foods. Since the most commonly used sources of protein in cat food are beef, chicken, eggs, lamb, pork and turkey these would need to be ruled out.

If your cats’ food say for instance is chicken most of the time, then you would start by eliminating that food first and move on down the line.

Your cat needs protein, so if your cat is allergic to all of the above-mentioned proteins, then your next step would be to expose your cat to a protein they have never had such as venison.

Ok, you have determined they are not allergic to the protein in their food, so you would then start to eliminate the plant-based foods such as barley, corn, and wheat. And replace them with potato for example.

Your pets’ Veterinarian if your furbaby is diagnosed with a food allergy will give you explicate instructions on how to do this. It is known as the “Novel” diet.

If it turns out to be a flea allergy, then your Veterinarian will discuss with you which flea preventative would be best suited for your furbaby.

Environmental allergy? Then you would need to find out if it is a new shampoo that you have tried on your pet or it could be new bedding.

For a safe alternative soap-free shampoo, click on the picture below for cats with hypersensitive skin.

FYI: It’s always good to check with your pets’ Veterinarian if you are not quite sure what kind of allergy you may be dealing with. If your Vet does recommend a shampoo, see if Amazon.com has it first! This could help save you some money!😉


Donna’s Final Thought’s 

Can you believe it we are at the end of another informational and educational post! I hope you feel that you are well informed on these diseases enough to recognize the signs and symptoms.

I would highly recommend that if you are unsure about what type of skin disorder your furbaby has then please make them an appointment to be checked out by their Veterinarian and get a definitive diagnosis.

Of course, some of these diseases can be treated with products purchased over the counter, such as Dermatophilosis (ringworm). You can treat this with antifungal cream or shampoos that kill the fungus and promotes healing.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my post on Identifying Skin Disorders Cat’s-Could You?

If you enjoyed this post, then check out my post on “Most Deadly Cat Diseases”

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August Newsletter-“Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs”

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August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"

 

Hi poochy lovers! Thinking of getting a puppy/dog for your family? Check out my August Newsletter-“Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs.”

But before we get started let’s check out some things you need to look for and some questions you need to ask before you decide on what breed would be a good fit for you and your family.

3 Factors you need to consider before choosing your furbaby:

  1. Temperament: A calmer dog will be a great companion for you and your children and helps them to form strong bonds. You need to be looking for a temperament that is compatible with all. Did you know this is the dog’s personality?
  2. Energy Level: Now if you are an older person or a laid back person then really think about the energy of the pet you are looking at that fits your personality as well as your family. So, long story short, if you can’t provide or tolerate a high energy dog, then look for one that is more laid back and doesn’t need a lot of exercises. If you have a hyper dog with a lot of energy with no way to burn it off, it will start leading to behavior problems.
  3. Make Sure You get the Right Size Pooch: Really pay close attention to the size of pet you are wanting along with the energy level of the furbaby you are considering on getting. Smaller dogs tend to be more hyper, with the exception of some bulldogs, while larger pooches tend to be more laid back.

Now let’s take a look at the top 5 questions you should ask before you get your furbaby:

  1. Is the pooch safe for all family members? Make sure that the dog you are looking at likes ALL family members whether they are male or female, young children to adults.
  2. Does the pooch have a high energy level or low? If you and your family are active, then you may want to consider a dog that likes to be active as well and if you are not, then you may enjoy a more laid back furbaby that doesn’t require much activity.
  3. Do you want a puppy or a dog? In other words, would you prefer a puppy that you can train in all aspects including potty training or an adult dog that may well already be potty trained? I would highly suggest getting a puppy because you really don’t know what temperament you are getting with an adult dog. Especially if you have young children or other animals.
  4. Will your new furbaby get along with other pets? Make sure that not only will your pets like the new dog but that the new pet also likes other animals as well to avoid any problems.
  5. Is your new puppy or dog high maintenance or low? Will, they need to make frequent visits to the vet (older dogs), or have long hair that requires frequent visits to the dog groomer?

Now, that we have gotten these questions out of the way, ready to check out my “Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs”?


10. The Beagle

Number 10 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Look at that Adorable Little Face!

Beagle’s are smart, happy, and sweet little dogs that get along with people and other pets. If you and your kids love being outdoors, guess what? These little guys do too! Since they were bred to be hunting dog’s this means they never get tired of playing.

That is why they make such great family pets because they have such a sweet and calm temperament and they are small enough to carry should you want too.  Now they do shed and require daily brushing and frequent baths.

Here are some ideas to keep your Beagle from getting bored.

How big do they get?

Height: 13″-15″

Weight: 22-35 pounds


9. The Bull Terrier

#9 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Little Cutie Pie

They have been deemed as aggressive dogs, when in fact they were bred to be companion dogs. They love adults as well as children and have a high pain tolerance which is a plus if you have youngsters just learning how to treat dogs.

These guys love mischief, so make sure you keep them active on a daily basis.

They are very loyal to their families and will guard them. Also, they will get along with other dogs if they are the same sex. They will tolerate cats but do better if they have grown up with them.

But as with any strong animal it is best to keep an eye out around strangers and children. Socialization with other animals and people is a must. Starting them out with socialization when they are pups is a great idea.

Their short coat is easy to maintain and they do well living in the house with their human family.

Here is a way to exercise your little pup.

How big do they get?

Height: 21″-22″

Weight: 45-65 pounds


8. The Beautiful Border Collie

#8 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Look at the Beautiful Coat

This is a beautiful dog that is a very friendly and mild-mannered dog that is loyal to their family and master.

Want to take them to the beach and play frisbee? Then this is definitely the furbaby for you. Highly energetic, obedient, intelligent and loves to please their master.

They are very gentle with children and are very easy to train.

Their long thick coats require regular grooming to keep it looking clean and shiny and free of debris.

Check out this frisbee to keep your collie entertained.

How big do they get?

Height: 18″-22″

Weight: 27-45 pounds


7. The Graceful Poodle

#7 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Sweet Pea

These little guys are very gentle and smart. They are great with kids and adults but tend to be on the shy side with people they are not familiar with. They are loyal to their family.

Poodles come in 3 different sizes, you have the regular size breed, miniature size, and toy poodles. They are very playful, smart and energetic while the miniature ones tend to pick one person to be with. But they are very good with children and love to play and are very smart obedient furbabies.

Do you or any of your family members have allergies to dogs? If so, this one would be a great fit for you and your family.

Their hair will need a regularly scheduled visit to a groomer to keep their coats beautiful and free of debris.

A poodle does not get bored and is happy just being with their families, here are some toy ideas so you can play with your pooch.

How big do they get?

Height: 15″-22″ (Standard Poodle), 11″-15″ (Miniature Poodle), 10″ (Toy Poodle)

Weight: 45-70 pounds (Standard Poodle), 15-17 pounds (Miniature Poodle), 6 pounds (Toy Poodle)

I hope you are enjoying my August Newsletter-“Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs”


6.  Sad-Eyed Bassett Hound

#6 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Sad Eyes So Adorable

They have a very sweet disposition and are great with children and get along good with other animals.

They are smart and not very easily trained because they tend to be a little bit on the stubborn side.

They love to dig, to owner beware if you have them fenced in. But on a positive note, their coats are very easy to maintain.

Want a way to entertain your Bassett, here you go.

How big do they get?

Height: 13″-14″

Weight: 40-60 pounds


5. The Irish Setter

#5 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Look At That Face

Loves to play with children and being around people in general. Very playful and energetic. This is a very well behaved breed that loves their family.

Have an energetic family? Then this breed would be a very good fit for your family. They love to play and need to be exercised and like having a big yard to play in.

Of course with that long beautiful hair, it has to be brushed every day and they need bathing frequently.

Here’s an idea for your energetic furbaby.

How big will they get?

Height: 24″-28″

Weight: 55-75 pounds


4. The Loyal Labrador Retriever

#4 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Loyal Labrador Retriever

Now, this breed is a very popular dog breed because they love being around people. They are also very playful, loving, protective, patient, and very reliable and love their human families.

The Labrador Retriever is a highly intelligent breed of dog and loves to learn new things. With these guys, they are very active and need lots of exercises. Can you guess what one of their favorite things is to do? Swimming! They absolutely love the water.

Make sure you have a pretty good-sized yard for them to run around and play in. They come in 3 different colors: Black, Yellow, and Chocolate. Thank goodness they are short-haired, which means less brushing and bathing.

Labrador Retrievers get along well with other animals and they love people. Here are some ideas for playing in the water.

How big do they get?

Height: 22″-24″

Weight: 55-79 pounds

What do you think about my August Newsletter-“Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs” so far?


3. The Kind Golden Retriever

#3 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
Precious Golden Retriever

This breed of dog is extremely patient which makes them a great match for children. They are also very smart, loyal, and kind furbabies.

Now with these furbabies, they tend to need lots of exercise. One of their favorite things to do is play fetch. So, if you have children this breed would be excellent for your children. Not only will your furbaby get plenty of exercises, so will your children.

These guys are also very affectionate and obedient and would prefer to stay indoors with their family members.

Because they have long beautiful coats, it is essential that you brush their hair at least twice a week and bath them no less than every other week to keep their coats clean, shiny and looking beautiful.

Here’s a way to play fetch with this wonderful poochy.

How big will this furbaby get?

Height: 20″-24″

Weight: 55-75 pounds


2. The Distinguished English Bulldog

#2 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
English Bulldog-Look at Those Wrinkles

I personally love these guys. They are very affectionate and patient with children. I know this first hand because we use to own one. English Bulldogs are also very loyal and protective of their human families and they love to snuggle.

They get along well with other dogs as well as other types of pets. Now, they are not the most energetic furbaby out there. They tend to be more laid back and love to be petted and given tummy rubs.

If you have rambunctious children or grandchildren, this husky breed can handle it. Just so you know, they drool a lot and need special attention to the folds of their skin as well as toys that can withstand those powerful jaws. They also snore and wheeze.

It doesn’t matter to them if you live in an apartment or a 2 story house. They are happy anywhere their human families live. They prefer to stay indoors with their human family as well.

Be aware that these guys can overheat very easily and don’t like to be out in hot humid weather!

Their coats need very little care except as I mentioned above the folds of their skin needs to be kept clean and ever other weekly baths.

How big do these furbabies get?

Height: 12″-16″

Weight: 40-55 pounds

FYI: Please don’t let them get overweight! This causes them to have worse breathing issues and shortens their life span!!


1. The Fabulous Frenchie

#1 Of My August Newsletter-"Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs"
My Sweet Boy Chance

I picked this wonderful little breed for the #1 spot because they are super smart, loyal, easy to train, and love children. Heck, they love people in general! They are known for their wonderful little bat ears and are often nicknamed “Frenchies”.

We have 5 grandchildren and our little Frenchie is so sweet and patient with them and they love him dearly as my husband and I do.

Now like the English Bulldog, he drools some and OMG he snores like nobodies business! And they do fart as well! LOL! So, if you get a whiff of something bad, (that smells like a burnt radiator hose) it is probably your furbaby!

Our little boy is pretty energetic especially when the grandchildren come over and he loves to play. But he also loves his beauty sleep as well and this means he loves to snuggle.

The Frenchies have short hair that requires brushing at least once a week to keep their coat shiny and clean. I bathe my little boy weekly during the summertime and bi-weekly during the wintertime. They to have wrinkles that need cleaning.

He loves to go bye-bye and enjoys the water as long as it doesn’t come up to his neck. Here are some toys to keep him entertained.

FYI: They are not very good swimmers because of their short necks and smashed in noses. Put them in deep water and they will sink like a rock! They also do not like it when it is really hot and humid. They can overheat really easy!

For more great information about Frenchies, check out my post on “The Facts About Frenchies”

How big do these little ones get?

Height: 11″-One foot tall

Weight: 16-28 pounds

FYI: Please don’t let these little guys get overweight because it causes them to have breathing problems and shortens their life span.


Donna’s Final Thoughts

That’s it, folks, I hope you have enjoyed my August Newsletter-“Top Ten Family-Friendly Dogs”. Anyone of these breeds would make a wonderful addition to your family.

It just depends on what size of dog you want and how much energy you can handle from these furbabies.

My favorite breeds are the French Bulldogs and the English Bulldogs because of their laid back sweet nature and hassle-free fur coats. But, of course, you have to keep those wrinkles clean of dirt.

If you have any questions or concerns you can drop me a line at my email address donna@hotdogharnessesandleashes.com

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Top Rated Pet Water Fountains’-Review

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Howdy, pet lovers! Today’s topic is going to be “Top Rated Pet Water Fountains’-Review”

I am going to be looking at the 8 top-rated pet water fountains.

So, if you are looking to purchase one of these unique items that will ensure that your pet has a continuous supply of clean filtered water anytime they want, then sit back and read my review. Enjoy!😊

With these products, you don’t have to worry about the safety and quality of their drinking water.

I am going to be looking at the following products:

  • Petsafe Drink 360 Water Fountain
  • Cat Fountain Pet Fountain
  • Delomo Pet Water Fountain
  • Veken Pet Fountain
  • Petsafe Drink Well
  • IPettie Tritone Ceramic Fountain
  • Catit Flower Fountain
  • Lotus Water Fountain

Ready to get started? Let’s go! (Please note these products are in no particular order)


Petsafe Drink 360 Multi-Pet Water Fountain

This pet water fountain will encourage your pets to drink more water thus keeping them hydrated.

The water fountain holds 128 oz. of fresh water for pets of any size and offers 1-5 free-falling drinking streams for you to customize depending on what your pet prefers.

The filtering systems replaceable carbon water filter removes bad tastes and odors that will encourage your pet to drink more freshwater.

The Petsafe Drink 360 water fountain also comes with a foam filter that catches debris and pet hair.

Product Description:

  • 🐾Large water capacity: holds 128oz. of water for pets of all sizes and great for multiple pets as well.
  • 🐶Easy to clean: can be cleaned in the dishwasher on the top shelf.
  • 🐾Filtered water: replaceable carbon filter that removes unwanted odors and bad tastes, thus keeping the water clean and safe to drink.
  • 😺Customize streams: allows you to customize the flow of water-based on your furbabies needs.
  • 🐾Foam catches debris and pet hair.
  • 🐶Constant water circulation: prevents bacteria from growing.
  • 🐾Prevents Urinary and Kidney diseases: by keeping your furbaby hydrated.

Customer Rating:

3.8/5 Stars 1,477 positive reviews and 608 negative reviews.

PROS:

  • Easy setup
  • Easy to clean
  • Stainless steel
  • Charcoal filtering system
  • Very quiet
  • Foam that catches debris and pet hair
  • Big enough for multiple pets

CONS:

  • Pump issues
  • Requires frequent refills
  • Hard to read the marks for “min.” and “max.” (for water level)
  • Some problems with the filtering system

For more information on this product and customer reviews <<GO HERE>>


Cat Water Fountain Pet Fountain

This pet water fountain is sure to get your furbaby to drinking more water and this will help your pet to stay hydrated as well as protect them against kidney diseases as well as urinary tract infections.

It has a circulating water filtration system with a replaceable charcoal filter to purify the water that removes unwanted odors, pet hair, debris so that your pet will always have clean fresh water to drink.

Set up is a breeze and disassembly for cleaning and maintenance is easy especially with the cleaning brushes that come with your pets water fountain.

It also has a water level window with a blue led light to remind you when to add water any time of the day or night.

Product Description:

  • 🐾Stainless steel bowl: that holds 2.4 liters of fresh water.
  • 🐶3 Replacement filters: along with cleaning brushes to help cleaning your pets’ water fountain a breeze.
  • 🐾Water level window with led light: to help you see when it needs to be refilled.
  • 😺Customize streams: 3 ways that let you set the flow of water that your pets prefer.
  • 🐾Circulating water system: to keep the water clean and fresh from bacteria.
  • 🐶Prevents Urinary and Kidney disease: because it keeps your furbaby hydrated.

Customer Rating:

4.6/5 Stars 400 positive reviews and 37 negative reviews

Pros:

  • Stainless steel bowl
  • Runs quietly
  • Led light to see the water level
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to clean
  • Great customer service
  • Stays clean

Cons:

  • Some problems with filters
  • Some problems with the motor
  • Light issues

For more information on this product and customer reviews <<GO HERE>>


Delomo Pet Watering Fountain

With this model of pet watering fountain, it holds 84. oz. of water and is super quiet and has 3 water flow settings.

When your furbaby hears the continuous sound of water flowing, it will encourage them to drink more water.

This is a good thing because it helps to protect their kidneys and urinary tract system from bacteria that can cause infections.

The Delomo Pet Water Fountain has a triple water filtering system that keeps your furbaby’s water fresh and clean of odors, debris, and pet hair.

Also, this pet watering fountain is free of unsafe materials such as BPA and is made with quality PP resin material so that you will have peace of mind that your pet is safe when drinking water out of this fountain.

Customer Rating:

4.7/5 Stars 178 positive reviews and 14 negative reviews

Product Description:

  • 🐾Made with high-quality PP resin: so that you can know that your pet is safe to drink water out of this fountain.
  • 🐶A square triple-action water filtering system: to keep your pet’s water clean tasting and debris free.
  • 😺84 oz. large water capacity: which means less time changing the water.
  • 🐾Super silent motor: so your furbaby won’t be afraid of drinking water and it won’t keep you awake at night.
  • 🐶3 different water settings: flower waterfall, waterfall, and fountain, or just the fountain, whichever you and your furbaby prefer.
  • 🐾Low water consumption: the pump can run up to 10,000 hours and if it runs dry it can continue working for a week without any problems!

Pros:

  • Super quiet running motor
  • Holds 84 oz. of water
  • Triple action water filtering system
  • Made out of safe material
  • Clean healthy drinking water for your pets
  • Can run for 10,000 hour’s
  • Can run dry for up to a week

Cons:

  • Some issues with the filter
  • Motor issues
  • Some pet’s do not like it

For more information on this product and customer reviews <<GO HERE>>

How do you like my Top Rated Pet Water Fountains’-Review so far?


Veken Pet Watering Fountain 

Now according to Amazon, this is their number #1 Best Seller in pet fountains! It has an ultra-quiet motor with low water consumption and lasts between 2.5-4 years.

It has a large water capacity of 84 oz. and is great for small to medium pets. It provides healthy fresh water for your furbaby all day long.

This product is easy to operate and cleaning is a snap. It is made with high-quality PP resin and is BPA free.

It is made with is a non-toxic durable material and comes with a silicone pad for your furbabies that are a little on the messy side.😉

Product Description:

  • 🐾Made with high-quality material: and is BPA free so that you don’t have to worry about it not being unsafe for your pets to drink out of.
  • 🐶Large water capacity of 84 oz.: which means you will spend less time worrying about filling it up every day.
  • 🐾Ultra-quiet/low water consumption: this means your pets will not be afraid to drink water out of the fountain and you won’t be awakened by loud humming.
  • 😺Triple filtration system: this will ensure your pets have healthy clean water.
  • 🐾It has 3 different water flow designs: to customize for your furbabies.
  • 🐶Easy to set up and clean: so it won’t take you forever to set it up and clean it because you have better things to do.
  • 🐾Silicone pad included: for your messier little furbabies.😉

Customer Reviews:

4.5/5 Stars 1,804 positive reviews and 259 negative reviews

Pros:

  • Super quiet (silent)
  • Silicone mat for the little messy ones
  • 2-year guarantee, an can be upped to 3-years if you message the dealer.
  • Easy setup and filter change
  • The filter traps pet hair on the top
  • Looks adorable and the pets love it
  • Great customer service
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Issues with pump
  • Issues with filter
  • Issues with it leaking
  • If you have to return the product, there is a shipping fee

For more information on this product and customer reviews <<GO HERE>>


Petsafe Drinkwell Water Fountain

This water fountain holds 1 gallon of water for your furbabies and is great for small to medium dogs.

With the Petsafe Drinkwell Water Fountain, you will be making fewer refills because it has a built-in water reservoir. How cool is that?

It also has an adjustable stream so that you can customize the water flow for your furbaby.

You can clean this product in your dishwasher provided you put it on the top shelf and it is BPA free.

Thus ensuring that you can feel good about your furbaby drinking out of this water fountain.

Your pet will drink more water which will help in their health by decreasing kidney and urinary tract infections by keeping your little one hydrated.

Product Description:

  • 🐾Comes with a replaceable carbon filter: to ensure that your pet always has clean, odor-free and debris-free water.
  • 🐶With its large water capacity: this means fewer refills for you.
  • 🐾You can customize the flow: of water for your pets depending on what they like.
  • 😺Petsafe’s customer service is based in the U.S.:  and are here to help you Monday-Friday should you have any questions/concerns regarding your product.
  • 🐾Dishwasher safe: so cleaning is easier for you.

Customer Reviews: 

4.0/5 Stars 7,426 positive reviews and 2,177 negative reviews

Pros:

  • Large water capacity of 1 gallon which means fewer refills for you
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)
  • Cleaner healthier water for your pets
  • Made with safe material that is BPA-free
  • Keeps your pet more hydrated with healthier kidneys and urinary tract
  • Adjustable water flow so you can customize for your pets
  • Great customer service
  • Runs quietly

Cons:

  • The reservoir tank has to be held while filling due to its design
  • Inside of the fountain is hard to clean due to size being rather small
  • Very hard to clean
  • Some issues with the pump

For more information on this product and customer reviews <<GO HERE>>


IPETTIE Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain

This pet drinking is made out of high-quality ceramic, which is eco-friendly and non-toxic and is way better than the plastic designs.

Whisper quiet operating system due to its 2W low consumption pump. The only noise that you may hear is the water dripping into the reservoir.

It has a large water capacity that holds 71 oz. that will last for a couple of weeks for your furbaby.

The dual water filtration system keeps your furbabies water free of debris and smelly odors that will encourage your pet to drink more water keeping them well hydrated.

Easy to use and cleaning is so easy to do with only a few removable parts that are a snap to put back together.

Product Description:

  • 🐾Made with high-quality ceramic: that is very easy to clean.
  • 😺Your pet will enjoy drinking more water: from this very quiet fountain so that they will stay well hydrated.
  • 🐾It has a 3-stage purification system:  to keep your pets’ water fresh and clean of pet hair, smelly odors, and debris.
  • 🐶Large water capacity: that holds 71 oz. of water so you will spend less time filling the bowl up.
  • 🐾Low power consumption: with a mute pump that won’t scare your furbabies or keep you awake at night.

Customer Reviews:

4.7/5 Stars 563 positive reviews and 42 negative reviews

Pros:

  • Large capacity high-quality ceramic bowl-means less slime
  • Easy to set up and cleaning is a snap
  • Whisper quiet so as not to scare your furbabies or keep you awake at night
  • Your furbaby will stay well hydrated
  • A dual water filtration system
  • Pet approved
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty

Cons:

  • Replacement filters a little pricey
  • Issues with the pump
  • Issues with the motor

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Catit Flower Fountain

This product offers your furbabies 3 different water flow settings in case you have a pet that is a picky drinker.

The Catit Flower Fountain offers better-tasting fresher and cleaner water because it offers maximum oxygenation.

The product takes up very little floor space because it has a 3-liter water capacity circulating system.

It includes dual-action water softening filter with a small energy-efficient pump and is made of BPA-free materials so you don’t need to worry about the health of your pet.

Product Description:

  • 🐾A 3-way water flow system: so that you can adjust the flow for picky drinkers.
  • 🐶Fresh clean filtered water: that will encourage your pet to drink more water for healthier kidneys and urinary tract system.
  • 🐾Smaller fountain: means the fountain takes up less floor space.
  • 😺Attractive design: that will look good and go with any decor.
  • 🐾The flower provides: gentle flowing water much like faucet streams.

Customer Reviews:

4.1/5 Stars 4,045 positive reviews and 1,331 negative reviews

Pros:

  • 3 different water flows to accommodate your picky drinker
  • Takes up less floor space
  • Very attractive
  • Dual-action water filtering system for continuous fresh water to help keep your furbaby hydrated
  • Small energy efficient pump

Cons:

  • Issues with pump
  • The filter gets moldy pretty quick

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Lotus Pet Water Fountain

With the Lotus Pet Water Fountain, your pet will enjoy the quiet motor while drinking clean fresh water.

The product takes just a few minutes to set up and when it comes to disassembling for cleaning, it’s easy peasy.😉

It has a dual filtration system that uses a replaceable charcoal filter to purify your furbabies water, plus it gets rid of unwanted smells, bad taste, dirt, and pet hair. Leaving your pets’ water sparkling clean which entices them to drink more thus keeping them well hydrated.

Product Description:

  • 🐾Extremely quiet: so you will only hear the water falling.
  • 🐶Hassel-free dual filtration system: that will keep the water odor-free and clean so your furbaby will drink more water.
  • 🐾Charcoal filter: to purify the water so that your furbaby will have clean healthy water any time they want it.
  • 😺 An LED light: that will decorate your room at night and help you see the water level.
  • 🐾3-way water stream flow system: so that you can customize it for your furbaby.
  • 🐶Running water: entices your pets to drink more water which keeps them well hydrated and helps kidney function and cuts down on urinary tract infections.
  • 🐾Large water capacity: that keeps you from having to refill the water bowl constantly.
  • 😺Maintenance: easy to clean and set up so that you can start giving your pets healthy clean water right away.
  • 🐾 Comes with brushes: for cleaning the intake tube and the motor cavity.

Customer Reviews:

4.5/5 Stars 409 positive reviews and 52 negative reviews

Pros:

  • Runs quietly
  • 360-degree multi-directional streams
  • LED light
  • Encourages your pets to drink more water
  • Large water capacity

Cons:

  • Some issues with the pump
  • Some issues with the filter
  • Some cat’s do not like it

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Donna’s Final Thoughts

OK, that’s it, my pet lovers. I hope that you feel well educated after reading my Top Rated Pet Water Fountains’-Review.

It is my hope that you feel comfortable enough to decide which water fountain would work well for you and your furbaby.

But, I encourage you to check out the customer reviews on the links that I provided for you.

This will help you along with my review to decide on the perfect product. Now let’s recap shall we?

As you know now that a good water fountain for your pets will help them to:

  • Drink more water to keep them well hydrated to protect their kidney and urinary track systems from infections and diseases.
  • The water fountains will provide them with filtered water that tastes great, odor-free, and healthier for them (because they are increasing their water intake).
  • You will spend less time filling up their water bowls because most of the water fountains have large water capacities and you won’t have to worry about them running out of the water before you get back home. This would be a win, win for everyone!🙂

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Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets

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Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets
Spay and Neuter for Healthier Pet’s

Hello, again my pet lovers. Did you know that spaying and neutering your dogs and cats is actually a health benefit for them?

Why? Glad you asked! The best reason, of course, is that it helps control the pet population.

Did you know that millions of our healthy dogs and cats are being euthanized each year in the United States because there are not enough homes to house them and the pet shelters are overcrowded with lost pets and pets that have been surrendered?

Also, your pet will live a longer happier life and have health benefits from being spayed or neutered.

Here is what I will be covering today:

  1. The Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
  2. Healthier Behaviors
  3. Forget the Spay/Neuter Myth’s 
  4. What Age Should You Spay/Neuter Your Pets?
  5. Things You Should Do Before and After Surgery
  6. Top 8 Reasons You Should Spay/Neuter Your Pet’s

By the time you have finished reading this post, you will know Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets. Enjoy!🐶😺


1. The Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Dogs:

For your female furbaby, spaying will help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer which kills 90% of cats and 50% of dogs. This surgery will help her to live a long healthy and happy life. This is a sad way for our furbabies to die especially when it is preventable with this surgery.

Female dogs, depending on the breed, will typically come into heat either 3 times per year (for smaller breeds) or 2 times per year (every 6 months) for larger breeds.

Now for your little boy’s neutering, it provides great health benefits for him it prevents him from getting testicular cancer and it will prevent some prostate problems.

This will prevent unwanted pregnancy’s in your neighborhood and protect your pup from getting into fights with other males that could harm him.

As far as the male dog goes, he will do anything to find a female dog that has come into heat, including digging out from under a fence. He will become a little Houdini to get to his mate!

Cats:

Now with female cat’s they typically will go into heat every 3 weeks during the breeding season that will last 4-5 days!

While your female cat is in heat she will (if she stays in the house) most likely urinate all through your house trying to find her a boyfriend! 😝 Trust me cat urine stinks!!

Spaying your female cat will keep her from getting breast cancer and uterine cancer as well. Now she can live a longer healthier life too.

Neutering your male cat will keep him from spraying urine all throughout your house and keep him from getting into fights with other male cat’s.

I don’t know if you have ever encountered male cat’s fighting, but it is a vicious fight that often ends in someone getting hurt! These boys don’t play!

Did you know that this is the number one reason for Feline Aids? If one of the male cats is infected with this disease the other one can easily become infected as well.

If you would like information on Feline Aids you can visit my post on Most Deadly Cat Diseases for this disease and many more.


2. Healthier Behaviors

Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets? For Good Behavior
Showing Good Behavior

With the spaying and neutering of your furbabies, your male dog won’t roam away from home in search of the female dog in heat and your male cat won’t get into fights over a female cat that has come into heat.

This will prevent your pet from getting injured in fights or by traffic and the overpopulation of puppies and kittens from unwanted pregnancies.

If you get your pets spayed and neutered they will be more focused on their human families and less focused on other dogs and cats.

Plus you won’t need to worry about them spraying stinky urine all through your house and you can avoid aggression problems if you neuter and spay early on.😉


3. Forget the Spay and Neuter Myth’s

Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets? So They Can Play
Exercising For Health

I know that you have probably heard that spaying and neutering your pets will make them fat. This is just a myth.

This is so not true! The fact of the matter is that your furbabies getting fat is not from the spaying and neutering, it is from the lack of exercise and you overfeeding them! That is the plain and simple truth.

I know for sure this is just a myth because my furbaby Chance is almost 10 years old and has been neutered for years. He is far from being fat!!

He plays and gets plenty of exercises, especially when the grandkids come over for a visit.


4. What Age Should You Spay/Neuter Your Pets?

Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets? This Can Be Done At Eight Weeks Old
I Can Have Surgery At 8 Weeks Old

Dogs: For female puppies is best to spay them around the age of 6 months or earlier to keep them from going into heat. This usually happens around 7 months old. If this happens you are looking at a 3-week cycle. During that time she could become pregnant. So, it’s best to do it before she turns 7 months old.

As for male puppies, they can be neutered anytime after 8 weeks of age, but it is best to talk with your pets’ veterinarian to determine what age would be best.

Cats: For female kittens, they can be spayed at 8 weeks old as long as they are healthy, but the ideal age is 5 months. You want to do this before she goes into heat.

Male kittens can be neutered at the age of 8 weeks as well as long as they are healthy enough to go through the surgery.

FYI: It’s always best to discuss this with your furbabies veterinarian to determine the best age for spaying and neutering. You definitely want to do this before the male cats reach sexual maturity to prevent them from spraying urine all through your house!

Are you starting to see Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets?


5. Things You Should Do Before and After Surgery

Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets? Keep Me Comfy After Surgery
Comfy Bed While Healing

Your veterinarian will give you pre-surgical advice that you need to follow, like not feeding your furbaby or letting them drink water after midnight. However, there may be an exception to this rule for your puppy or kitty as they need adequate nutrition. This will be up to your veterinarian. If you are not sure, just ask them.

Your veterinarian will most likely give you some post-operative instructions for when your furbaby is discharged home. Your furbaby will most likely be sent home with pain medications to keep their pain under control.

Below are some important safety tips on keeping your furbaby comfortable during their recovery time:

  • Keep your pet indoors away from other pets while they recover. Giving them a quiet comfortable place will help them to stay calm and relaxed.
  • Do not allow your pet to run or jump up and down on the furniture to avoid busting open their surgical site. It could take up to 2-weeks for your pet to heal, but your veterinarian will let you know.
  • It is crucial that you do not allow your pet to lick the surgery site as this could cause an infection. You may have to get your veterinarian to prescribe an Elizabethan collar to avoid your pet from licking the incision.
  • Check your furbaby’s incision on a daily bases to make sure it is healing up properly. If you notice any redness, drainage, or unusual swelling, contact your veterinarian office immediately as this could be signs of an infection.
  • Any signs of lethargy, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite after surgery would also be signs to contact your veterinarian office immediately.

6. Top 8 Reasons You Should Spay/Neuter Your Pet’s 

  1. To control the pet population-keeping down the pet population to stop the senseless euthanization of our dogs and cats due to overpopulation and overcrowded shelters.
  2. Healthier happier pets that live longer lives-prevents uterine and breast cancer in our female pets and it prevents testicular cancer in our male pets.
  3. Spaying and neutering are good for our communities.
  4. Spaying and neutering are highly cost-effective-are less expensive than caring for a litter of puppies/kittens and taking your dog or cat to the vet for treatment due to injuries sustained during a fight.
  5. Your male dogs/cats will behave much better-because of this they will focus their attention more on their human families.
  6. You won’t have to worry about your male dog roaming away from home and getting lost or hurt thus creating another costly vet bill depending on the injuries they may sustain.
  7. Your female dog or cat won’t go into heat once they are spayed.
  8. And you won’t have to worry about your male dog digging out from under the fence and messing up the yard.

Donna’s Final Thought’s 

Now that you have finished this very important post, it is my hope that you realize Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets.

This is such a highly cost-effective way of preventing unwanted dog and cat pregnancy’s in our communities.

All you need to do is Google low-cost spay and neuter clinics in your area where you live and it will give you a list of names, phone numbers, addresses, and the hours they are open.

So, you see you have no excuses for not spaying and neutering your furbabies for their health and for the overpopulation and senseless killings of our sweet little furbabies because there is not enough shelter’s and homes to house all of these precious animals.

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Kidney Disease in Cat’s, Would YOU Recognize the Signs?

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Hi all of my kitty-lovers! Today I am going to be discussing Kidney Disease in Cat’s, Would YOU Recognize the Signs?Kidney Disease in Cat's, Would YOU Recognize the Signs?

Did you know that 1 in 3 cats suffer from kidney disease? That’s crazy, right? Many of our feline friends are getting this horrific disease and dying from it.

This is a very said scenario. Unfortunately, by the time they start showing any signs and symptoms, it’s usually reached the advanced stages.

Kidney disease in cats is the leading cause of death in our older furbabies. So, today I am going to be covering:

  1. What is Kidney Disease in Cats?
  2. Signs and Symptoms of the Disease
  3. Facts About Kidney Disease
  4. Seven Causes of Kidney Disease in Cats
  5. Treatment for Kidney Disease in Cats
  6. New Advances in Early Kidney Disease Diagnosis 

1. What is Kidney Disease in Cats?

Kidney Disease in Cat's, Would YOU Recognize the Signs? Chronic Diseased Kidney
Chronic Kidney Disease

Glad you asked! Kidney disease in our feline friends is hard to spot most of the time because these furbabies do not show any outward signs of the disease.

When they do start to show signs the problem is usually in the advanced stages with devastating problems.

Because your furbaby has probably had this disease for a while it is known as Chronic Kidney Failure or CKF.

This chronic kidney failure means that irreversible damage has already been done to the kitty’s kidneys and their function has already declined to approximately two-thirds to three-quarters of there normal working capacity.

When this first happens the symptoms are generally mild, but as time goes by the affected furbaby starts to show outward signs and symptoms.


2. Signs and Symptoms of the Disease

Kidney Disease in Cat's, Would YOU Recognize the Signs? Weight Loss
Weight Loss

In the beginning, you may or may not notice these signs/symptoms:

  • Subtle weight loss
  • Urinating more often
  • Increase in drinking water

As time goes by the signs/symptoms will get more noticeable:

  • Your furbaby will become dehydrated
  • Metabolic problems-waste builds up in their bloodstream
  • Electrolyte imbalance’s
  • Increase in their blood pressure to dangerous levels
  • A decrease in red blood production

All of this, in turn, causes an:

  • Increase in drinking water (very thirsty)
  • Increase in urination (may cause accidents)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Mouth sores
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Unsteady on their feet
  • Poor looking fur

3. Some Facts about Kidney Disease in Cats 

  1. You already know from reading my post that 1 in 3 cats will get some form of kidney disease during their lifetime and usually goes undetected until it has reached the chronic stages.
  2. Hereditary conditions and some diseases are thought to make our feline friends more susceptible to developing kidney diseases, for example, kidney stones, and dehydration.
  3. Kidney disease is hard to detect if you don’t know the signs to look for like, an increase in drinking water, vomiting, bad breath, and frequent urination.
  4. Talk with your pets’ veterinarian about ways you can keep your furbaby hydrated. This is key to avoiding kidney stones in your pet and possibly kidney disease.
  5. Getting your pet to their veterinarian if you notice any of the above signs/symptoms may be key in the early diagnoses and treatment for your little one.

Are you starting to get the picture of Kidney Disease in Cat’s, Would YOU Recognize the Signs?


4. Seven Causes of Kidney Diseases in Cats

Kidney Disease in Cat's, Would YOU Recognize the Signs? It Can Cause Blindness
Did You Know Kidney Disease Can Cause Blindness?
  1. One of the most common causes of kidney diseases is Infection or Pyelonephritis-this is a bacterial infection that is easily treated with antibiotics. The veterinarian will do a culture on your kitty’s urine to determine if this is the culprit along with a susceptibility test so they can give them the correct antibiotic.
  2. Kidney Cancer-thank goodness this not a common problem seen in cats, but it can happen and there are not many treatment options available for feline kidney cancer. If however, it is a benign tumor, it can be removed without any complications.
  3. Kidney Stones-are usually caused by chronic bacterial infection, diseases, or heredity. Most of the time this does not cause your furbaby any pain as long as it doesn’t block the kidney or kidney ducts.
  4. Environmental Toxin’s-Antifreeze can harm the cat’s kidneys, but so can other items in your household such as cleaning supplies, plants, medications. So, make sure that you keep medications out of harm’s way, cleaning supplies, and lilies. Did you know that the pollen of lilies and the water left in the flower pot can severely damage your furbabies kidneys?
  5. Feline Infectious Peritonitis or FIP-This is an inflammatory disease that will attack the kitties’ kidneys. This is more prone in our younger cats and they will develop a fever along with fluid buildup in their abdomen or chest. When this happens their health will decline rapidly. Now as for our older felines, they usually will not have the fluid buildup in their abdomen and chest and don’t show outward signs. When your veterinarian examines your cat, they will be suspicious of FIP should they feel swollen bumpy and lumpy kidneys.
  6. Of course, we have hereditary kidney disease-Polycystic kidney disease is a condition seen in kittens that causes pockets of fluid (cysts) to form in the furbabies kidneys that are already there from birth. Your kitten will not show any signs of distress at first, but as they get older the pockets of fluid get bigger and can result in kidney failure.
  7. Blindness-Chronic kidney disease over time can cause blindness in your furbaby due to high blood pressure. It can cause the retina to detach itself and can no longer function and causes acute blindness. This can lead to abnormal behavior in your furbaby.

5. Treatment for Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney Disease in Cat's, Would YOU Recognize the Signs? Cat Receiving Treatment
Cat Receiving Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease and it is not reversible, but there is a way to manage the disease.

The treatment is to slow down the progression of the disease and to alleviate the signs and symptoms.

Below are the treatments that your veterinarian may put into place:

  • IV fluids or under the skin to stop dehydration.
  • Low protein diet to decrease waste products in the blood to slow the progression of the disease.
  • Possible medications to decrease the production of and absorption of phosphorus in the gut to help slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Potassium supplements.
  • Blood acid imbalance corrections
  • Medications for high blood pressure
  • Medications to stop nausea and vomiting
  • Medication like benazepril (Fortekor) to correct protein loss in urine.

FYI: You must take your cat to the veterinarian on a regular basis for a checkup so their blood pressure, weight, and blood test can be monitored for any acute changes in their kidney disease. Also, if you notice any changes in their food or water intake you should take them to the veterinarian immediately!

Kidney Disease in Cat’s, Would YOU Recognize the Signs? Do you think you can now?


6. New Advances in Early Kidney Disease Diagnosis

Kidney Disease in Cat's, Would YOU Recognize the Signs? New Blood Test
New Blood Test for Early Detection

Chronic kidney disease in our furbabies is a painful and debilitating disease for your cats and thank goodness there is a new test that can detect this horrific disease early on.

The test is called symmetric dimethylarginine or SDMA which measures the concentration of this protein in the blood which is a waste product.

With this test, the veterinarians are able to detect kidney disease earlier than the previous test used.

However, further testing is needed to see if this test is going to improve the outcomes of cats with kidney disease.

Thankfully there is evidence that suggests the SDMA test may prolong the cats’ life so that they can have a longer and better quality of life.


Donna’s Final Thoughts

Although the SDMA test is thought to prolong your kitty’s life I believe that there needs to be more testing done for this terrible disease.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if scientists could find a cure for Kidney Disease in Cats?

So, lets recap for just a minute. If you notice ANY of the signs or symptoms I have gone over in this post, PLEASE get your furbaby to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Also, you must introduce your furbaby to their new kidney diet slowly and if they don’t adapt, don’t starve them even if they are not on the ideal diet they should be on! Let your pets’ veterinarian know if they are not eating this new diet for more advice.

Early detection is key to helping your cat live a more product and less painful life.

I hope you found my post on Kidney Disease in Cat’s, Would YOU Recognize the Signs? to be both interesting and educational and that you know what to look for should your cat/kitten start acting differently.

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