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February 2024 Newsletter


Hello, February!

Introducing our charming February pet of the month, Indie! With a purr-sonality as sweet as Valentine's Day itself, this adorable cat sends warm wishes for a month filled with love and joy.

Nurturing Your Pet's Immunity

Your pet's immune system is his superpower; it's an often unsung hero in maintaining his well-being. Since a strong immune system is vital for our pet's health and vitality, consider these important ways we can bolster Milo's immune defenses:

Healthy Nutrition: About 70% of our best friend's immune system is in his gut. So, a well-balanced diet is your pet's foundation for good health. To ensure he receives proper nutrients, focus on high-quality pet food. Many commercial pet foods are specifically formulated to support the immune system.

Regular Exercise: Dogs and cats love to play, and exercise benefits their physical and immune health. Daily walks, playtime, and physical activities can help manage weight, release endorphins, strengthen the immune system, and reduce stress.

Adequate Hydration: Proper hydration is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Please give your pet access to fresh water at all times. Dehydration can weaken the body's defenses, so be attentive to his water needs.

Veterinary Check-Ups: Regular vet check-ups are crucial for early detection of any health issues. Vaccinations and preventative care measures are vital in strengthening the immune system.

Stress Management: Stress can negatively impact your pet's immune system. Provide your fur baby with a calm and comfortable environment, and offer emotional support.

Proper Hygiene: Protect your dog and cat from parasites like fleas and ticks. Regular grooming, bathing, and parasite prevention are essential for an animal's overall health.

Supplements: Certain vitamins and minerals can help boost defenses. If you feed your pet homemade food, you must be sure he is getting all the supplements needed for good health.

Love and Affection: Last but not least, love and affection go a long way in promoting Milo and Fluffy's mental and emotional well-being. A happy and content pet is more likely to have a robust immune system.

Our pets are family; by providing them with a well-rounded and loving environment, you can help ensure they lead a long and healthy life.

How Inflation Is Hitting Pet People

Inflation is a buzzword that has dominated headlines in recent years, affecting various aspects of our lives. As pet owners, we are not sheltered from its effects. Rising living costs can make pet care a financial challenge, but there are ways to ensure your furry friends receive the best care without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to keep your pet happy and healthy while easing the inflation burden:

Comparison Shopping: Don't just default to the big pet stores for necessities; compare prices for pet supplies online and at local stores to find the best deals. Look into brand loyalty programs and consider buying in bulk when items are on sale.

Portion Control: Carefully measure your pet's food. Many of our buddies carry a few extra pounds; giving them too much is easy if you pour it into their dish. Measuring will help you save on food costs, and your best friend will be healthier when they are at a proper weight.

Rx Savings: With medication prices increasing, it pays to explore money-saving options when your furry friend needs a prescription. Ask your vet if there are effective generic alternatives rather than pricier brand-name drugs. Beyond the vet's office, explore quotes from national chains and local pharmacies - pricing can vary widely. Take advantage of prescription discount apps like GoodRx. The savings can add up with a little comparison shopping!

Budget-Friendly Food: Consider switching to a less expensive food brand. Check the ingredients carefully; they are often similar for a fraction of the price. Some people mix their current high-end food with a nutritious generic brand. Introduce new foods gradually by combining them with your pet's regular brand.

Pet Insurance: If you have insurance, compare plans to find one that suits your budget. You can opt for accident/illness insurance only or total wellness, which covers office visits and vaccines. Carefully compare what is covered - you can save a bit by changing your deductible.

DIY Pet Care: Brush up on at-home grooming techniques like bathing, nail trimming, and tooth brushing to save on the rising cost of professional groomers and veterinary dental cleanings.

Pet Proofing: Prevent costly vet visits by keeping dangerous items out of your pet's reach. Keep your furry friend leashed on outings so they don't inadvertently escape or get injured. Make sure your fencing, gates, and screens are secure. In the yard, check for sharp edges, toxins, or holes where they could get stuck. A little prevention goes a long way to avoid expensive emergency care.

With savvy shopping and cost-cutting changes, you can keep giving your furry companions the best care possible despite higher prices. Stay vigilant, and don't compromise too much on nutrition, medications, or routine vet visits. You and your pets should be able to weather this inflation storm with a little extra effort.

Unveiling the Secrets of Cat Taste Buds

Cats are truly remarkable creatures, boasting extraordinary vision, keen hearing, and an impeccable sense of smell. Yet, their prowess takes a different turn when it comes to taste. While humans revel with approximately 9,000 taste buds, felines, on the other paw, make do with a mere 480!

Humans savor sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and savory flavors. In contrast, our feline friends possess fewer taste receptors, notably lacking sweet taste buds - making them the only mammals with this distinction. This absence aligns with their carnivorous nature, as they are ill-equipped to digest sugars and carbohydrates.

Even with fewer taste buds, Snowball's bitter buds are more developed than yours, which serves as a double-edged sword, adept at detecting potential toxins yet making medication administration a formidable challenge.

Understanding these taste-related nuances can be a game-changer for cat parents, especially those who have picky eaters. Knowing that cats are obligate carnivores, prioritizing meat-centric diets for Snowball becomes a logical choice.

Cats can be notoriously finicky with their food preferences, with dry kibble reigning as the most popular commercial choice. If your feline friend snubs dry food, experimenting with various flavors and shapes might pique their interest. Research suggests cats exhibit more enthusiasm for dry food when the kibble shape is diverse.

For cats that favor moist cuisine, the challenge lies in managing their ideal multiple small meals per day. While wet food is a hit, it's imperative to note it has limited stability at room temperature. To cater to both preferences, a balanced approach involves wet food for breakfast and dinner, complemented by a bowl of dry kibble for snacking convenience.

Some cats may shy away from refrigerated wet food. A savvy workaround is opting for smaller cans or allowing the food to reach room temperature before serving—a testament to the feline insistence on culinary perfection.

In the world of cat food, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Embrace the culinary odyssey by experimenting with different foods, flavors, and textures to uncover Snowball's gastronomic preferences. Despite their modest taste bud count, cats relish mealtime, proving that feline joy knows no bounds, even with a selective palate.

Great Pet Links!

February is:

Dental Health Month
Cat Health Month
Rescue Rabbit Month

February 2 - Groundhog Day
February 3 - Golden Retriever Day
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 19 - Tug of War Day
February 23 - Dog Biscuit Day

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