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Pyometra in Pets

Providing a home for a furry friend can bring an abundance of love into the lives of owners. Many pet owners want to provide the best care possible for their dog or cat, but in order to do this, a key factor is remaining educated. Many know that spaying and neutering are common procedures for household animals, but what exactly are these procedures and what are their benefits? What are the risks, such as pyometra, of negating this responsibility?

With the surge of difficulties the pandemic has brought to being a pet owner, staying vigilant and prepared for the animals owners love is essential. With adoption rates of all kinds of cats and dogs exploding during the pandemic, first-time Gen Z and millennial pet owners might find the world of pet care complicated. Low-income families, whether they are new or already pet owners, have already faced additional hardships during the pandemic, with exorbitant fees for pet emergencies being an additional possible challenge.

In cities and neighborhoods where unfixed and stray animals are common occurrences, the risks of pyometra and other health concerns for humans and animals alike are increasing. In Houston alone, there are a million stray dogs. Other cities like Detroit and the Bronx neighborhood of NYC are challenged, while the geographic regions of the South and the West of the United States are where more strays end up in shelters. With millions of animals without a home, unfixed, and challenged with health issues, it is a serious concern for the U.S., especially those who choose to own pets.

Yet there are solutions, in preparedness through pet insurance and applications to nonprofits, as well as cases in which emergency assistance is possible. Veterinarian Dr. Lauren P. Davidson provides 360 Magazine with insights on these ideas as more, with a focus on keeping owners informed and your pet healthy and happy.

Can you break down what exactly is a spay or neuter?

Spay is the term used to refer to the common veterinary surgery that removes the uterus (the womb) and ovaries of a female animal. Medically, this surgery is known as an ovariohysterectomy. This surgery makes the animal incapable of having offspring.

Neuter is the term used to refer to the common veterinary surgery that removes both testicles of a male animal. This surgery results in the inability of the male to impregnate a female.

What are the ramifications of not having your animal fixed sooner rather than later?

First and foremost, by having your dog or cat spayed or neutered, you prevent them from having unwanted puppies/kittens. Additionally, in the female, you prevent uterine infections (also called pyometra) from developing as well ovarian cancer. Furthermore, by removing the ovaries, the main source of hormones that influence the development of mammary (or breast) cancer is removed and there is a great reduction in the risk of developing this type of cancer. As female animals get older, the surgery can also become more complicated due to the size of the animal or if they have already had multiple litters of puppies/kittens.

In males, the chance of testicular cancer is completely removed once the testicles are surgically removed and there is a reduction in the development of prostate disease as well.  Additionally, neutered male animals typically become less aggressive which results in a lower risk of fighting or aggression toward their owners or other animals.

What are the signs of a female dog having pyometra?

Pyometra, or infection of the uterus, only occurs in female animals. The signs of pyometra in non-spayed female animals can often be non-specific, but early warning signs include the animal feeling unwell, such as vomiting, refusal to eat, lethargy, increased thirst, and frequent urination. She may also appear to be uncomfortable because pyometra is a particularly painful condition for dogs while being somewhat less so for cats. Fever can also be observed.  Symptoms of a pyometra usually begin four to eight weeks after the animal is in heat, and include:

  1. Drinking more than usual.
  2. Vomiting
  3. Pus leaking from vulva/vagina.
  4. Bloated abdomen (tummy)
  5. Panting and weakness.
  6. Off food.
  7. Urinating more than usual.
  8. Collapse

How soon should they be admitted into a veterinarian’s care or ER? if not treated, what will happen to a female cat/dog?

If any of these signs are observed and your animal is not spayed, you should seek veterinary care as soon as possible. If vomiting, fever, or lethargy are noted, the condition is usually more urgent and emergency care (ER) should be sought out if you are unable to immediately visit your regular veterinary clinic. If you have any doubts or are concerned, take your animal to the ER. Since many of the signs of pyometra can also be caused by other medical conditions, it is important to get your pet assessed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

If left untreated, pyometra can cause your animal can go into shock, kidney failure, or develop severe dehydration. Pyometra is a medical emergency that can be fatal if left untreated.

Are there any resources besides the ASPCA that a pet owner can reach out to online? 

There are several resources online, but as with all things, make sure you consult reputable sources such as your veterinary clinic’s website.  However, do not try to diagnose your animal by what you read online.  You are not a veterinarian and diagnosis and treatment of your animal should be left to a veterinary professional.

Since the pandemic, it has been increasingly difficult to procure an appointment with any veterinarian or pet care facility. In this type of event, what should a pet owner do?

Many veterinary clinics hold a certain number of appointments for emergency or urgent care cases.  Call your veterinarian and inform them of what the problem is and they should be able to provide guidance. Alternatively, you can take your pet to your nearest emergency veterinary clinic (ER).  Keep in mind that many clinics, regular and ER veterinary clinics alike, are not allowing owners to come inside due to the COVID pandemic. Please follow the guidance of the clinic and cooperate with these modified practices to keep everyone safe.

Why is pyometra surgery so expensive?

Pricing of all surgeries includes the procedure itself, anesthesia, required medications for pain, and other medications and materials that are necessary to support your animal through a successful surgery. Post-operative care and the time and expertise of the veterinarians and veterinary technicians are all considerations in pricing as well.

How long is the recovery time

Typically, sutures or surgical staples may be removed by the veterinary clinic in about two weeks.  During this time, it is very important to keep your animal as calm as possible and limit activity to reduce the risk of disturbing the incision site. Your pet may also have to wear a cone to prevent them from licking the incision site which would delay healing.

Is pyometra surgery easily performed? Are there any known complications? If so, why? What factors can be attributed to surgery complications? Age, overall health, or pre-existing conditions?

No, this surgery is not easily performed. Oftentimes, animals that have pyometra have complicating factors, such as fever, dehydration, and metabolic changes that require fluid support and medication. As with all other surgeries, pre-existing conditions must be identified to ensure the animal can be given anesthesia safely, and even still there is always a mild risk of complication.

In this surgical procedure, the veterinarian is removing the uterus which can be filled with a large amount of pus. Therefore, if not done carefully, a general infection can occur. Animals, especially dogs that have had several litters of puppies or those that have been allowed to have several heat cycles, can have very thickened uterine walls which tend to bleed more and make the surgery more complicated. Likewise, animals, where the infection has lasted for days on end, can have a very fragile uterus which makes it even more challenging for the veterinarian to perform the surgery. Due to the serious nature of this condition, we strongly recommend avoiding this scenario completely by spaying your animal.

Is there any way we can or should better educate pet owners about pyometra?

Generally, the ramifications of not spaying your pet, pyometra being one of them, are reviewed by your veterinarian when you first adopt them. Online information sources are also helpful in educating yourself on this condition and others related to not spaying your pet. Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarians questions!

Once a female cat or dog has successful surgery, can pyometra reoccur?

This is a great question. In uncomplicated, successful surgeries, pyometra should not occur after spaying.  However, there is a small percentage of animals that may develop what’s called a “stump pyometra”. This usually occurs secondary to the presence of a small amount of ovarian tissue left behind during the original spay procedure. Under the influence of ovarian hormones, the small amount of uterine tissue that may remain at the base of the uterus can subsequently become infected. These cases are rare and can be quite challenging to diagnose.

How important is pet insurance? Are there any programs for low-income pet owners to assist with covering such a surgery?

Pet insurance is a great way to put your mind at ease when emergencies arise. There are many plans available which cover major emergencies, routine visits, and vaccinations as well. Check with your home or auto insurance company first to see what plans are available for pet insurance.  Alternatively, there are pet-specific insurance companies and credit-based plans that clinics often have available if you do not already have an established plan.

There are several low-cost veterinary clinics and not-for-profit organizations across the country that assist with veterinary care costs. An online search of national humane organizations and even breed-specific organizations can lead you to multiple resources. Keep in mind, however, that before applying for aid, you should read the organization’s eligibility guidelines, which are usually available on their website. Also, carefully read the application and provide any necessary documentation that would show you meet the eligibility requirements for assistance. The best-case scenario is to explore these options before an emergency occurs.

Is there anything you wish to add that we haven’t already gone over?

Owning a pet can bring a wealth of joy and happiness to your life! It is a long-term commitment and one that can be quite expensive over time. Pyometra is one medical condition that can be prevented by spaying your pet early on. Take the time to learn as much as you can about pet ownership before you decide to make that commitment and be sure to consult with your local veterinarian to provide the best care for your pet.

About Dr. Lauren Davidson

Dr. Lauren Davidson is a practicing veterinarian and public health professional in the Washington, D.C. area. She has a passion for educating the public on animal care and how it impacts human well-being. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Davidson works in biomedical animal health compliance and has worked with underserved communities across the country to provide veterinary care and education. She enjoys spending time with her two rescues, her dog Betty and cat, Louie.

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BOBS FROM SKECHERS × PETCO LOVE

Skechers, The Comfort Technology CompanyTM, is celebrating its newest milestone for its philanthropic BOBS division: the Company’s total donations have now surpassed $7 million for animals in need throughout the United States and Canada. Through its partnership with Petco Love, a national nonprofit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and sales of its extensive BOBS footwear, apparel and accessory offering, Skechers’ funds have helped save and support over 1.3 million shelter pets across North America. 

The brand has continued to drive public awareness for animal welfare this summer with National Foster A Pet month in June—hosting pet adoption events at Skechers retail stores with Petco Love’s animal welfare partners. Community members welcomed home dogs and cats from lifesaving organizations in Dallas, Texas; Harahan, Louisiana; Hialeah, Florida; Marlton, New Jersey and Moreno Valley, California. Consumers across America were also able to support Petco Love and more than 4,000 of its animal welfare partners at local Skechers stores, by rounding up their purchases at checkout—a campaign that raised over $87,000 for dogs and cats independent of Skechers’ total donations. 

“As a brand with a vast network of stores, we love finding new ways to inspire consumers and mobilize our stores for good—and these adoption and round-up events have resonated with the public and help bring our BOBS message to life,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “We’ve given more than $3.4 million to Petco Love since we launched our partnership in 2019—a movement that’s already transformed thousands of pets’ and persons’ lives in America and is now building momentum across Canada.” 

“Our partnership with BOBS from Skechers helps further our mission to end preventable euthanasia and make communities and pet families closer, stronger and healthier,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Shelter pets were there for us throughout the pandemic providing unconditional love and joy. Fostering, adopting, volunteering and donating are ways we can be there for them and make a difference.” 

Initially a philanthropic collection of slip-on styles that donated new shoes to children in need, the BOBS from Skechers movement has grown to include a popular offering of footwear, apparel and accessories dedicated to helping shelter animals. For every BOBS item purchased in the United States and Canada, a donation is made to Petco Love to help support shelter pets and its lifesaving animal welfare organization network. Skechers has helped save over 955,000 dogs, cats and other animals through pet adoptions, and contributed to the care of over 395,000 additional animals at nurseries, sanctuaries and medical care facilities. 

The BOBS from Skechers collection is available HERE, as well as at Skechers and Petco stores, and select department and specialty locations in the United States. To learn more, follow BOBS from Skechers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or click HERE. For more on Petco Love, click HERE or follow at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Alcatraz East Crime Museum Launches Animal Service Exhibit

Crime fighting isn’t just for humans.  There are furry friends throughout the country that also help to solve crimes. Alcatraz East Crime Museum is highlighting the importance of police service animals in a new display. The exhibit will open on July 23, 2021, and as part of the exhibit, they will have on-going guest appearances from varying departments. The first of which will be the morning of the launch from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm, where guests can meet local K9’s from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

 “Police animals do important work and we are happy to help put a spotlight on them,” states Summer Blalock, sales and marketing manager for Alcatraz East. “We are pleased to partner with TBI, so our guests can learn about these spectacular K9’s and what it takes to train them.”

 All the K9s from TBI are expected to be at the museum, barring they are not called to duty. The K9’s expected include four arson dogs (Faith, Diesel, Honey, and Millie), and Zeus, which is an electronic storage detection K9. 

 Faith is the agency’s first Accelerant Detection Canine and specializes in sniffing out evidence at fire scenes around the state. Honey was part of the “Puppies Behind Bars” program before becoming an Accelerant Detection Canine. Millie and Diesel are also both Accelerant Detection Canines, while Zeus is TBI’s only dog trained to detect odor from chemicals consistent across all electronic storage devices.

Some of the featured items in the new exhibit will include horseshoes from the New York City Mounted Police unit, a K9 vest used by a Pigeon Forge Police dog, and information that sheds light on the important work that animals do to help in law enforcement. 

 “This is a great opportunity for the family to learn about how animals play an important role in crime prevention and detection,” added Blalock. “We look forward to adding this experience to the museum.”

 According to the National Police Dog Foundation, the most popular dogs used in police work are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherds. They report that the dogs typically start working when they are 12-15 months old, and they retire around age 10. The training for such a dog costs between $12,000 to $15,000 per dog, depending on the length of each class they take. The dogs are trained in a variety of areas, including obedience, agility, tracking, evidence searches, and open area and open building searches.

The museum is also hosting an annual graffiti contest. Winners of the 3rd Annual Graffiti Art Contest will receive $750 for first place, $350 for second place, and $200 for third place. The winning artists will have their artwork displayed in the museum along with winning a cash prize. Artists must submit examples of their graffiti artwork online to be eligible for the contest. Up to ten selected artists will be invited to the museum to participate in the November 6th contest. The entries will be judged by local law enforcement and art professionals. For more information or to enter the contest, visit the site here.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden; Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief; and Judge Belvin Perry Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here. Or visit the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation page here.

 About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN.  Guests are encouraged to check the website prior to visiting for reduced hours as a result of COVID-19. The last ticket is sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here.

 

CBD For Dogs

Let’s face it – when your feathered, furry or scaly friend is experiencing distress, you will try to do everything to make them feel better. Whether your dog is subjected to chronic pain, nausea or anxiety, CBD and its promising health benefits have a great potential to improve the quality of life for many pets.

However, much like with any medication or supplement, there are some things you need to be aware of before giving CBD oil to your dog. Here are the top five things to keep in mind prior to implementing CBD products into your dog’s routine.

Why Using CBD For Pets?

Just like humans, horses, cats and other mammals, dogs have a complex endocannabinoid system, which is known to regulate vital bodily functions, such as sleep, memory, appetite, pain, learning, etc. and keep systems in balance. Due to the positive effect on this biological system and promising healing qualities, administering CBD oil to your pet can help with a wide variety of animal-specific conditions and diseases.

So, can you give CBD products to your dog? While studies regarding CBD use for dogs are lacking, early research suggests that CBD oil can significantly improve pain levels and therefore quality of life without discernible side effects.

Five Tips On How To Give CBD Oil To Your Dog

Consult Your Veterinarian

One of the essential recommendations is to always visit a licensed veterinarian before incorporating any new supplements or medications into your pet’s daily regimen. A vet consultation will help you find the right answers to any questions you may have regarding CBD, its specifics and potential adverse reactions. 

Plus, your vet will also check your pet’s entire body closely for signs of injury or illness, review any other medicaments they are taking and advise on the best way for administering CBD to your dog as well as appropriate CBD dose for your pet.

Opt For CBD Products That Are THC-Free

While legal CBD products usually contain no more than 0.2% of THC compound, which is considered safe for animals, it is better to stick to products where the THC content is 0.0%. Animals are often more sensitive and can react to even small traces of THC. Therefore, consider purchasing the best CBD oil for pain relief, anxiety or any other ailment of your pet. Such products should be completely THC-free for your dog’s safety and most importantly, watch out for possible symptoms of THC poisoning such as anxiety, vomiting or diarrhoea. 

Additionally, always choose well-established CBD brands and ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to double-check that the CBD and THC concentrations and ensure products are effective.

Find The Right Time To Give CBD

Each pet owner always wants to pamper his fluffy friend with the best possible support, including offering quality food with natural and safe ingredients that will improve their overall quality of life. Adding CBD to food will make it even more beneficial to their health. Aside from supplying essential vitamins and minerals into your pet’s diet plan, CBD can ensure they recover faster after daily exercise or play routine and remain as active and joyous as possible.

You can also add CBD treats into your pet’s training schedule. Since CBD can be beneficial for improving memory and cognitive functions, it can help to provide better results when you train your pet. CBD can also boost their focus and sense of calm, which can be a great solution for pets that are easily distracted. You can give CBD infused treats as a training reward; just be sure to check the concentration of cannabidiol in the treats so you can manage your planned daily dose appropriately.

Whether you choose to combine your massage session with products that contain CBD oil, pamper yourself with an infused bath bomb, inhale CBD vape oil for fast effects or drink relaxing CBD tea, most users prefer to take their daily dose before bed because it is thought to promote restful sleep. This also applies to your pet. Giving CBD at night will help to relax the mind of your pets, reduce any discomfort they might feel and allow them to enjoy better quality sleep.

Start With Low CBD Dosage

It is always best to start with low doses to give your pet’s body time to adjust to the new supplement and prevent any unpleasant reactions. Also, as you introduce CBD to your pet’s daily routine make sure to analyse the effect it has on them. Monitor any changes in your dog’s temperament, behaviour and habits, and then gradually increase the CBD dosage for the best results. Starting slowly with the lowest CBD dosage possible allows minimising even mild side effects, providing a positive experience from CBD use.

Remember About Potential Side Effects

According to the 2017 report by the World Health Organization, CBD in its purest form is considered safe and well-tolerated by animals. However, in two subsequent 2018 dog studies, the treatment with CBD was associated with an increase in liver alkaline phosphatase (ALP) enzyme activity. Veterinary neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath was one of the first researchers to use therapeutic potential of cannabis in veterinary practice. During the course of her research, she performed a liver function test to ensure that the dog’s liver works properly and is gradually returning to normal. 

“I would be a little worried about introducing CBD for dogs that are subjected to liver problems”, says Dr McGrath. Similarly, since CBD appears to be metabolised by the liver, McGrath says that you also need to be careful when administering CBD to a dog that is already taking medications that are metabolised by the liver. “We don’t know that these items are interacting now,” she says. 

“We did not find anything that would be super alarming regarding the use of CBD infused products for animals,” says Dr McGrath. “But, on the other hand, we still know very little about this product, and it is really important for the owners to know this and use it with caution until we have more information.”

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Nutritious Pets

CbdMD’s Paw CBD line

The world is finally opening up again, allowing pet-owners to getaway from the confines of quarantine. However, this separation can cause major distress in pets–especially those who were adopted during quarantine. If you have a pet who tends to struggle with social anxiety while you’re away, cbdMD’s Paw CBD line can help. Paw CBD products support a maintained sense of calm, manage signs of daily stress, support physical comfort, and complement a healthy wellness routine in your furry best friend.

Your furry best friend deserves only the best. That’s why cbdMD’s award-winning paw CBD line products are all:

  • Veterinarian formulated
  • Made a carefully engineered Superior Broad Spectrum formula;
  • Tested by third party, ISO certified labs for purity and consistency; and
  • Contain non-detectable levels of THC

The Paw CBD lines comes in tail-wagging flavors like peanut butter, baked cheese, and turkey that your pet is sure to love. Keep your four-legged companion content and calm with CBD from one of the most highly trusted health and wellness CBD companies, cbdMD. For more info, you can visit their website here.

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Pet CBD Soft Chews for Cats

Let your feline friend embody the true meaning of being a “cool cat” with cbdMD’s Pet CBD Soft Chews. These chews are easy on feline teeth, so your cat can snack without worry. Pet owners can choose between 150mg or 300mg chews to suit your cat’s needs.

CbdMD’s Our CBD soft chews are made with premium plant extracts from hemp grown right here in the U.S. All of cbdMD’s products are tested to ensure that they’re THC-free and safe for your pets use. Combined with the delicious flavors of chicken and catnip, these CBD soft chews are the perfect snack for every cat.

  • Veterinarian formulated
  • Made in the USA
  • Gluten-free
  • Easy on feline teeth
  • Available in two strengths based on your cat’s weight: 150 mg, 300 mg

For more info, please visit cbdMD’s website here.

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Pet CBD Oil Tincture for Cats

Do you love your cat, but not their cattiness? CbdMD’s Pet CBD oil tinctures, as well as their Pet CBD soft chews, can provide serene relief to your feline friends. Each product batch is sourced from a superior, broad spectrum CBD formula. CbdMD uses a high-quality manufacturing process for wholesome hemp properties. This tincture is THC-free, and contains 10mg of CBD per ml.

CBD oil for cats from cbdMD offers consistent, premium hemp extracts crafted under the rigorous manufacturing standards to provide quality CBD benefits for your feline friend. You can easily adjust servings and even add it to their food or favorite treat. Give your kitty the daily wellness support they deserve with our CBD oil tinctures for cats. CbdMD’s Pet CBD Oil Tincture for cats contains:

  • Superior Broad Spectrum formula in every product batch
  • High-quality manufacturing process for wholesome hemp properties
  • THC-free products sourced from USA hemp
  • Third-party, ISO-certified lab tested to ensure purity
  • 10mg of CBD per mL

For more info, please visit cbdMD’s website here.

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PawMedica Mobility+ Joint Soft Chews

PawMedica provides top quality vitamins and supplements for dogs to help support a healthy, happy life. Aimed at aging dogs with joint issues, canines recovering from injury, or dogs looking to maintain their current joint function, PawMedica’s soft chews promote mobility, flexibility, muscle health, joint relief, and healthy glucosamine levels. PawMedica’s Mobility+ joint soft chews include glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hemp– a formula specifically designed to maximize pet mobility.

Using professional-grade formula made in the USA, PawMedica uses no fillers or binders and is part of the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council), which ensures their products are held to the highest quality standards. PawMedica balances technology, research, and high-quality ingredients to develop the best product for your pet. Their product bolsters and enhances your dog’s diet to obtain nutrition that may be lacking in their normal feeding routine. For more information, please visit PawMedica’s website.

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ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder 

ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder from Swedencare is an all-natural powder supplement for dogs and cats. The powder is made from sustainably harvested sea kelp from the North Atlantic coast to supplement superior oral health. 

Easily sprinkled over wet or dry food once daily, this tasteless formula can significantly complement our pets’ ordinary dental hygiene by helping to clean plaque and tartar buildup. The powder is completely free from additives, artificial preservatives, gluten and sugar. ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder is available at independent pet stores and online HERE. MSRP: $22.70 (60g)

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SquarePet’s High-Meat, Low-Carb (HMLC) Turkey & Chicken Formula

This formula for dogs of all life stages and breeds is made without peas, legumes, lentils or potatoes and is packed with wholesome fruits and vegetables. This version caters to the carnivorous nature of pups, with 96% of nutritional protein value coming from cage-free turkey, chicken, dried egg whites and salmon meal.

HMLC offers a convenient alternative to raw feeding and home cooking, providing benefits that match raw, frozen or home-prepared high-meat diets. The SquarePet brand is veterinarian formulated and completely free of artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Available online HERE and at independent pet retailers throughout North America. 

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Bone Broth

Start adding a scoop of Natural Dog Bone Broth to dog’s meals to help keep them spry and ready for fun. Whether your dog is aging or just looking for a little pick-me-up, Rockwell Pets Pro support all canine’s health and well-being. Their products are made with high-quality ingredients that are all natural, so dog owners can feel good about what their feeding their furry loved ones.

This bone broth is made with rich chicken bone broth. Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Bone Broth boosts the appetite’s of picky eaters, as well as boosts their energy levels. This nutritious bone broth acts as an anti-inflammatory. The turmeric in the broth benefits sore joints and supports regular bowel movements. Give your pup a tail-wagging treat with Rockwell Pets Pro’s Natural Dog Bone Broth.

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Probiotics

Rockwell Pets Pro’s dog probiotics support your canine companion’s health. These probiotics ensure that dogs stay regular while exploring new spots. By promoting healthy intestine function, these supplements help with diarrhea or constipation. Further, this product is imbued with beneficial bacteria, which supports the microflora of your dog’s intestine.

Thanks to these high-quality ingredients, Rockwell Pets Pro’s natural dog probiotics give your precious pooches an immune system boost. Additionally, they can help lower dog’s cholesterol levels. For more information, please visit HERE.

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Vitamins

Rockwell Pro Pet’s Natural Dog Vitamins support a nutritious canine lifestyle. Start a healthy habit that supports your fur baby’s health every single day. Rockwell Pro Pet’s Natural Dog Vitamins are easy administer to canines and is sure to be gobbled up by your pet. 

These delicious liquid multivitamins can simply be poured right on their food. Not only do these supplements help fight skin disease, but they also strengthen pet’s immune systems. Digestive enzymes in these vitamins also help with problems in the musculoskeletal system and intestinal. Furthermore, these vitamins support healthy hips, joints, skin, and coats. For more information, please visit HERE.

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Shampoo

Rockwell Pets Pro’s dog shampoo ensures that your canine companion has the cleanest, healthiest fur on the block. Keep their coats glossy and their skin nourished after hiking or swimming with this luxurious Natural Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.

This shampoo replenishes your dog’s natural oils to soothe and moisturize their skin. Additionally, it removes accumulated toxins, dirts, and oils. Free of both petroleum and animal byproducts, dog owners can feel confident in using this natural product. No synthetic detergents, fragrances, colors, or antimicrobial preservatives are included in the ingredients. For more information, please visit HERE.

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Songs to Save Them All

Emmylou Harris, Two Feet, SYML, Wrabel and more to perform in “Songs to Save Them All” livestream concert on May 6 to benefit Best Friends Animal Society 

Tune in at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on YouTube, Tiltify, Twitch, and Facebook 

Numerous musicians are set to appear in “Songs to Save Them All: A Benefit Concert for Homeless Pets,” a three-hour benefit concert for Best Friends Animal Society streaming on May 6, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.  

Recording artists expected to perform include country music legend Emmylou Harris, as well as Aunty SocialBaker Grace, Brandon Jenner, Canyon City, Chappell Roan, Davis John PattonDylan DunlapGeographerJoshua Radin, Laura Jean AndersonMunnPryor & LeeSammy RaeSYMLThe Joy FormidableTim AtlasTwo FeetVictoria AnthonyWILD, Wild Rivers, WOLF and Wrabel.  

In addition to the musical talent, celebrities including Lauren Ash, Mayim Bialik, author W. Bruce Cameron, TikTok influencer Caitlyn Cohen, Abbie Cornish, Kat Dennings, Josh Gad, Tricia Helfer, Thomas Lennon, Zosia Mamet, Natalie Morales, Kevin Nealon, Alison Pill, Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Katee Sackhoff, Reid Scott, Amanda Seyfried, Brittany Snow, Katie Stevens, Cecily Strong, Holly Taylor, Ashley Williams, Bellamy Young, and others are also expected to make appearances to support the cause. 

 “Music is a universal language and brings so much joy to the world,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer at Best Friends Animal Society. “This concert will celebrate how music and our love of animals unite us and show how we can all come together to support each other, our communities and homeless pets.” 

The free event will livestream on Tiltify, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, as well as at Best Friends website. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate to Best Friends Animal Society via Tiltify to support making America no-kill by 2025. 

All proceeds will support Best Friends’ work across the country, including lifesaving collaboration with thousands of shelters and animal welfare groups.  There will also be a spotlight on the organization’s recent No-Kill Los Angeles initiative achievement, which reached a 90.49% save rate in the City of Los Angeles for 2020.  

“Everyone at Best Friends sends our gratitude to the musicians, singers, and songwriters who are sharing their time and talent for this awesome event,” Castle said. “We hope animal lovers everywhere will tune in, enjoy the music, and learn more about how everyone can make a different for homeless pets.”  

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 625,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All. For more information, visit Best Friends website

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Backyarding is Here to Stay

Backyarding is Here to Stay & It Has a Purpose. What’s Yours? 

By Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

What once only happened indoors now happens outdoors. It’s called “backyarding,” and it’s a trend that’s here to stay. From office work to working out, from eating to entertaining, if these activities were once typically held inside a home or office, they are now being brought to the great outdoors.

Simply think back over the last year and recount the number of times your backyard has taken center stage in your everyday life. The family yard became the safe and purposeful space where we could gather and recharge. Spending time outdoors is great for your physical and mental health, and our backyards are the bridge between indoor and outdoor living.

The backyard is nearly limitless with possibilities, and you can get really creative in how you expand and enjoy your yard. But before you get to work in your yard, you must first identity what type of “backyarder” you are. Then, you can keep that idea in mind to create a more purposeful outdoor space that is customized to your family’s needs.

Here are just a few of the backyarding personality types. Which one(s) are you?

Entertainer Extraordinaire
Your backyard was the neighborhood hot spot long before the pandemic made that trend posh. Family milestones, birthdays, graduations, reunions, socially distanced BBQs – your yard is *the* place to gather. Your yard is set up for success with patio furniture, fire pit, yard games, plenty of outdoor seating, string lights, and maybe even an outdoor kitchen.  The family yard and community park are five-star event spaces that are always easy to book!  

Environmentalist
You know that nature starts in your own backyard and that taking small steps in your yard can make a big impact on climate change. As the proverbial Robin to your yard’s Batman, you embrace your role in supporting the superhero powers of your living landscape. Those include capturing and filtering rainwater, producing oxygen, and absorbing carbon, just to name a few. 

Expert Landscaper
Your yard makes neighbors green with envy. You know how to maintain a healthy living landscape all year long, and you have the latest outdoor power equipment to make even big jobs easier. Your idea of a good time? Spending the weekend doing yardwork. You love the sense of accomplishment that comes from working in your yard, and friends can count on you for advice about their own living landscapes.

Horticulturist
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is bookmarked on your browser because putting the right plant in the right place is the living landscape Golden Rule you live by. You consider location, maintenance, sunlight and watering requirements, as well as your climate zone and lifestyle needs, before you even think about sticking your shovel in the dirt.

Kid Zone Creator
You know the safest place for your kids to be is in your own backyard, and you work hard to create an outdoor fun zone they will never want to leave. A flat area of sturdy turfgrass to play sports and pitch a tent? Check. Treehouse? Check. Zipline strung safely between backyard trees? Check. An elevated garden where kids can help grow the family’s meals? Check. Natural playscapes, like a patch of sand bordered by rocks and log stump seating? Check. “Fun” is your middle name, and you are winning at this game.

Nature Lover
No binging Netflix for you. You subscribe to “Nature TV” and prefer to spend your free time watching the birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife that count on your yard for food and shelter. You cultivate a living landscape that supports a rich biodiversity with butterfly bushes, flowering plants, water sources, and trees and shrubs with nooks for nesting and food.  

Pet Pamperer
Your focus is on Fido, and you take cues from your four-legged friends about how to purpose your backyard. You’ve planted sturdy turfgrass like Buffalo or Bermuda that can stand up to pet play, and you’ve used soft foliage to create a natural barricade between “off limits” areas and the rest of the lawn. Trees and shrubs are strategically planted for shade, and you’ve even set up a shallow water feature to help your pup cool off on hot days. For you, planting with purpose means keeping toxic plants out of the picture. (For a complete list, visit ASPCA’s list of non-toxic and toxic plants.

Work (and learn!) from Home Warrior 
You don’t need to turn to technology to create a virtual backdrop for your video calls. The natural setting created by your yard’s trees, flowers, bushes and other plants is your go-to video call background. Your kids aren’t doing in-person school? No problem. Your backyard or neighborhood park is a living laboratory for learning that supports outdoor learning, even when school isn’t in session. Your kids take online classes under the shade of a tree. Do homework at a patio or picnic table. Brush up on STEM education by planting and studying flowers, bug hunting, and weather watching.

Zen Master
Enjoying your morning coffee on the balcony as songbirds serenade you. Meditating under the shade of a tree. De-stressing by swinging in a backyard hammock. Taking a break from your busy day to feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. Your backyard is your sacred space for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. It’s the best “green spa” in town. You know that spending time outside is good for your health and well-being and that, thanks to your yard, these benefits are only steps away.

Setting the stage for backyarding. One final and important note to backyarders of all kinds. Creating a yard that supports all of the aspects of your family’s outdoor lifestyle means taking stock of what you might need to care for your lawn. Take an inventory of your outdoor power equipment to make sure you are prepared. Then, get out there and create your canvas for even more backyard memory-making.

To learn more about creating the yard of your dreams, visit TurfMutt.

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Dogs Ride Free on Rail Explorers

DOGS RIDE FREE ON RAIL EXPLORERS LAS VEGAS RAIL BIKES

Bring Two Cans of Purina Dog Food for The Boulder City Animal Shelter To Receive a Limited-Edition T-shirt and Dog Bandana

Rail Explorers, the year-round, all-ages, outdoor-adventure attraction featuring pedal-powered rail bikes, welcomes riders to bring their furry canine friends. Rail Explorers’ open-air experience has become a favorite go-to for family-friendly adventures, and the company recognizes dogs are an important part of many families. Guests who bring two cans of dog food to benefit the Boulder City Animal Shelter will receive a limited-edition “Dogs Ride On Rail Explorers” T-shirt and a Rail Explorers bandana for their dog. Riders may also purchase the T-shirt for $18.95 in the gift shop.

“Rail Explorers rail bikes accommodate larger dogs on the platform between the human riders’ seats, while small dogs may also ride while strapped in a carrier to their owner,” * said Heather Abel, division manager, Rail Explorers Las Vegas. “We encourage dog-loving riders to bring their pets, and we’re happy to reward those who bring dog-food donations for the local animal shelter with a special discount.”

All rides start at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and continue downhill to Railroad Pass. Each tour also includes a nostalgic ride back to the top of the hill in one of the museum’s historic trains, along with free museum entry.

Tandem Rail Explorers (up to two riders) or Quad Rail Explorers rail bikes (up to four riders) are available on each tour offered. Tandem rail bike tours start at $85 and Quad rail bike tours start at $150. Dogs do not need a ticket to ride on Rail Explorers. Groups of ten or more people receive a 10 percent discount for weekday tours.  All Nevada residents receive a 10 percent “locals” discount off the standard tour price for weekday tours. Book online today at Rail Explorers website, or by phone at (877) 833-8588.

*This experience may not be suitable for high-energy dogs. All dogs not strapped in a carrier must be on a leash. This ride may be more enjoyable for dogs under 70 pounds. More information click here.

ABOUT RAIL EXPLORERS

Located in historic Boulder City, Nevada—just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip en route to Hoover Dam—Rail Explorers offers exhilarating, guided excursions in two- or four-seat rail bikes along the same tracks used during construction of the dam.

Rail Explorers Las Vegas tours include three memorable options, including the Southwest Ramble, a four-mile downhill pedal-powered daytime ride; the Sunset Tour, a picturesque downhill ride in the evening as the sun sets behind the River Mountains; and the Evening Lantern Ride, a one-of-a-kind experience illuminated by the glow from the moon and stars. All rides start at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and continue downhill to Railroad Pass. Each tour also includes a nostalgic ride back to the top of the hill in one of the museum’s historic trains, along with free museum entry. Knowledgeable guides lead every Rail Explorers tour, ensuring guests enjoy not only the majestic desert scenery but also learn fascinating insights along the way. Rail bikes provide a truly distinctive way to explore this extraordinarily scenic and historic area. For more information, visit Rail Explorers website or follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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CBD Dog Treats:  Is It Worth Your Money?

The quest to know everything about this compound is still going on as of 2020. The reason behind this is the strict regulation of hemp, meaning not everyone can just grow this out of a whim. This results in less studies conducted in the US, and many ongoing researches are happening outside of the country instead. Still, even with the freedom of study, only a handful are actually allowed to handle this plant purely for research purposes.

But that doesn’t mean it has not made an impact in the country. According to this report, since the booming of CBD use in recent years, pharmaceutical companies have been aiming to make something better than CBD— and 50% more potent! Though the plan is still in the blueprint stage, it’s amazing to recognize the push this compound has made in the medical field. And this is all for the advancement of the product that will ultimately make beneficial for animals to ingest as well.

Familiarizing Yourself With The Base Ingredient: CBD And Its Origins

Cannabidiol has been mistaken for marijuana for a long time now, so much so that rumours have become true to some people. We are here to inform you of the facts about this compound. First off, cannabidiol is a compound found in one of the species under the genus Cannabis Sativa, the hemp. Hemp is the sister species of marijuana, thus making marijuana a plant. Cannabidiol and marijuana cannot even be compared as they are of different things entirely, anatomically and biologically.

What can be properly compared is what’s inside the marijuana plant, which is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is a cannabinoid like CBD, and is abundantly present in marijuana, whereas hemp has plenty of cannabidiol and scant amount THC. This already draws a significant line between them, both legally and of customer preference. 

Legally, there would be an allowance of 0.3% THC content or less in a cannabidiol product provided it be used on humans. For animals, it could cause serious damage due to toxicity, like aggressiveness, copious vomiting, and ultimately death. Thus, many cannabidiol-focused companies opt to remove THC completely from their cat and dog products, as well as those for horses and many others meant for the animal kingdom. This doesn’t have anything to do with legalities, though it is common sense to know that letting your pet ingest cannabis with THC content inside is unlawful.

Despite proper labelling, companies faced doubt when THC-toxicity was discovered. Many pet owners demanded for 3rd party lab testing in order to prove the absence of Tetrahydrocannabinol in their formula, as well as how genuine and concentrated it truly was. This is reasonable, as THC toxicity is very risky once the compound has settled inside their bodies. It’s already hard to detoxify an animal’s body from THC, but once metabolized in the liver, it would be almost impossible to remove. And the only way to cure poisoning is to 100% remove all compounds of it in their body.

The Good Result From Using CBD Dog Treats

There are many good reasons why you should let your dog have cannabidiol derived products. It can range from being a medical situation, or just something to reinforce their immune system with. Whatever it is, cannabidiol can likely help you with it, given you follow the proper dosage and read the labels carefully.

1. My Dog Is Feeling Pain

Well, you’re in luck. Cannabidiol is a product that became a booming success because of its analgesic effects. When used by your dog, their ECS will begin to interact with the product. ECS stands for Endocannabinoid System, a key factor in delivering the desired therapeutic effects to whatever pains they are feeling.

Relief can be given for those dogs that experience joint pain or osteoarthritis, muscle aches, wounds, and swollen, red areas. The product works as an anti-inflammatory; it is present in your peripheral system to tackle the site of pain immediately. Another role it plays is a message blocker. In the brain, it will block messages between there and pain receptors, thus successfully numbing the sensation of pain. Lastly, it acts as an anti-cytokine, a type of protein that is present in an inflamed site and worsen it in complicated cases.

2. My Dog Is Feeling Restless/Jittery/Being Inexplicably Hostile

As pet owners, we have a sixth sense on knowing if our dogs are feeling unwell or not. But even without that, there can be overt signs to show your canine is experiencing stress and anxiety.

Physically, your dog might be tense, always on-guard, and opt to hide their large (or small) bodies in tight spaces or under the bed. Emotionally, they’d be chaotic, ranging from howling loudly to growling at you whenever you offer physical comfort. Other symptoms include whining, listlessness, and an unaffectionate behavior. With Cannabidiol working on the amygdala, anxiety will diminish quite instantly and would leave your dog drowsy or sleeping after a tense episode.

3. My Dog Is Experiencing A Seizure

Lately, a CBD-derived product became available for purchase in pharmacies. It’s called Epidiolex, and it can be prescribed by a doctor for those suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in patients two years old and below. It was a great breakthrough for the compound as well as the product.

As it turns out, it can also help your dog lessen seizure activity. A study found here: https://www.aaha.org/publications/newstat/articles/2019-05/new-study-cbd-shows-promise-for-treating-canine-epilepsy/ has discovered cannabidiol can prevent seizure attacks for as much as 50%. Also, this product does not cause dependence and addiction, or even overdose.

The Bottom Line

Cannabidiol is still a work in progress, with its popularity skyrocketing even before its scientific studies can back it up. Despite this, many users and pet owners believe in the power of this compound. Though it should be duly noted that only products distributed by reputable companies can ensure its potent effect.

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Keeping A Dog In The Inner City: A Guide

Many people who live in the midst of a city crave the company of a dog. Living in built-up urban areas can sometimes be a lonely existence, and sometimes a dog is a soothing and comforting housemate that will keep you sane during rough times. However, when you live in such a busy area, it is important to do this responsibly. You want to make sure your pet is happy and contented in their surroundings before you shell out on such a big responsibility.

Check with your landlord
Before you head down to the pet store, double-check that your landlord actually allows pets in your property. You could cause real problems for your lease if you suddenly show up with an unexpected animal. If your landlord is reluctant, then have a clear and open chat about what type of dog you will be keeping and how you will look after it. If the landlord explicitly states that an animal is a no-go, then you may have to move.

Choose a breed that’s right for the area
Want to own a racing hound when you live on the 16th floor of an apartment block? That might be a bad idea. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in a house with a garden, and live near plenty of parks, you should be fine for more energetic breeds, such as labradors. Visiting a dog expert like Snowy Pines White Labradors will help you know if a lab is right for your family. If you decide a labrador is right for your family, then make sure you have plenty of room, and wide open spaces nearby to take them for runs. You need to give your dog what it needs and in this case, it is bigger space.

Be aware of the summer months
The warmer months can be incredibly tough on dogs. The sun not only makes it uncomfortable for them to exercise and move around, but it also dehydrates them. One extra consideration to make is how hot the pavement will get in direct heat. This could really hurt your dog’s paws, and so you may need to consider getting little covers for your dog’s feet. If in doubt, stick to shaded areas, and always bring water with you to keep your pet hydrated while the weather is intense.

Research daycare
Unless you happen to have inherited tonnes of wealth, your reasons for living in the city are likely to be a regular job. This means you will be away from your apartment and indeed your dog. If your employer doesn’t let you bring your dog to work, then you will need to research some daycare options. It’s not fair on your dog to leave them in a confined apartment or house while you go to work, especially in smaller city abodes.

There is an extra level of responsibility to consider when adopting a pet in the city. You have to be mindful of how you will exercise it and whether it will be truly happy in your living conditions. However, if you have the means to take it on regular walks, provide daycare and treat it with undying love, then you might just be ready for the adoption forms.