2016 Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year!

Pet Sitters International names 2016 Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year

Pet Sitters International (PSI) recognizes member Nikki Timberlake, owner of Pawsotively Purrfect, Inc., in Fort Myers, Fla., for her efforts to support and promote pet adoptions in her local community.

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Nikki Timberlake (far left) has been named PSI’s 2016 Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year.

PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter Nikki Timberlake, owner of Pawsotively Purrfect Inc., in Fort Myers, Fla., has been named Pet Sitters International’s 2016 Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year.

Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters and has actively promoted pet adoption through its annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® campaign since the event was created in 1999. To further this mission, PSI created the Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year Award in 2012 to honor one PSI member each year who has gone above and beyond to promote local pet adoptions.

“PSI’s desire is that every pet would be a wanted pet with a professional pet sitter to care for him or her and as a whole, PSI members are passionate pet lovers with a desire to help,” explains PSI President Patti Moran. “Selecting just one member to receive the 2016 award and $500 donation to a local shelter or pet-rescue group was no easy task, but Nikki’s innovative ideas to support pet adoptions caught the attention of the selection committee.”

Timberlake, who joined PSI in 2010, serves as vice president of A Roof for Roofus Rescue (R3), a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue that visits kill shelters throughout Florida to rescue pets on death row to place them in foster homes until they are adopted. She has selected A Roof for Roofus Rescue to receive the $500 donation from PSI in her honor.

After becoming a board member, Timberlake suggested a metal recycling program to raise funds to offset the rescue’s expenses. R3 has distributed fliers and promoted this program to the local community and picks up donated old washing machines, hot water heaters, aluminum cans and other types of scrap metal. R3 volunteers then sort the metal donations before redeeming at a local recycling center and use the money earned through these efforts to support all aspects of the rescue.

“We have been able to save the lives of many animals ‘one can at a time’ through the efforts of our supporters and our recycling program,” explains Timberlake.

When Timberlake first joined the R3 board, there were only three members. Through the board’s recruitment efforts, there are now five board members and multiple volunteers who oversee the group’s Facebook page, monthly adoption events, create marketing materials and write grants.

R3’s most immediate need is to raise funds to purchase a trailer to carry their tables, crates, banners, tents and  other materials to events  instead of having all of their equipment stored at board members’ homes.

To learn more about Nikki Timberlake and Pawsotively Purrfect Inc., visit www.pawsotivelypurrfect.com. To learn more about A Roof for Roofus Rescue, visit www.aroofforroofusrescue.org/. Visit www.petsit.com to learn more about PSI and its Pet Adoption Advocate of the Year Award.

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Pawsotively Purrfect Pet Services & Gourmet Treats – We are true pet lovers here to serve you and your pets in the best way possible. You and your pets are going to fall in love with our services and our gourmet treats! We offer the perfect stress-free alternative to boarding your beloved pets. Why kennel or board your pet when you can have the peace of mind knowing that your pet is well cared for and loved in the comfort of their own familiar space, your home? Just because you need to be away from home doesn’t mean your pet has to be!

 

 

PSI’s 2014 Pet Sitter of the Year Award Nomination!

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We have some really good news to share! We’ve been nominated for the PSI’s 2014 Pet Sitter of the Year™ Award and we’ve very excited! This is a pretty big deal in our industry of pet sitting and we’re feeling pretty proud right about now! We want to say THANKS to all of our wonderful and loyal customers that have preferred us over the years and nominated us for this wonderful award. Check out our nomination letter below!

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pet-sitter-of-the-year-2014Dear Nikki,

Congratulations! You were nominated for PSI’s 2014 Pet Sitter of the Year™ Award! Simply being nominated for this prestigious award is an honor and a testament to how much you are appreciated by your clients. This year, PSI received more than 440 nominations for its 2014 Pet Sitter of the Year™ Award. The PSI staff congratulates you on your nomination. Although only one pet sitter can receive this honor, each pet sitter nominated is a winner in PSI’s book!

PSI would like to congratulate the following top-five finalists who will move forward to the next round of judging for the 2014 award:

* Nikki Timberlake, Pawsotively Purrfect, Inc., Fort Myers, Fla.

* Amy Dittig, Your Pet’s Friend, Inc., Willow Springs, N.C.

* Regina Duncan, Paw Pals Pet Sitting & Pet Transportation Service, LLC, North Port, Fla.

* John Hauman, Maw & Paw’s Pet & House Sitting, LLC, Toledo, Ohio

* Michelle Miller, At Home Comforts Pet Sitting, Panama City, Fla.

The Pet Sitter of the Year will be announced in March 2015. The winner, along with the other four finalists, will be recognized at PSI’s 2015 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference & Expo in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The 2014 Pet Sitter of the Year Award is sponsored by Business Insurers of the Carolinas. The nominations for the 2015 award will open by July 2015.

Yours for excellence in pet sitting,

The Pet Sitters International Staff

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The Yellow Dog Project

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yellowribbon_1What Is Yellow Dog?

The Yellow Dog Project (TYDP) is a global movement for caretakers of dogs in need of space (DINOS — Dogs In Need Of Space). The project aims to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated. Through social media, physical awareness, and educational courses for kids and parents, TYDP wants to remind you to ask before petting a dog.

The Yellow Dog Project

 

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Dog Food Recall Alert

On February 15, 2013, Nature’s Variety announced it was recalling a single batch of one of its raw dog food products. Fragments of clear plastic may be present in some bags and could pose a potential choking risk to pets. As always Pawsotively Purrfect is here to keep you informed so you can take the necessary action to protect your pets.

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natures-variety-raw-organic-chicken-160February 15, 2013 – Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13.

This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be present in some bags and could cause a potential choking riskto pets.

The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

In addition, the recall event has now been confirmed by the FDA in a bulletin dated February 15, 2013 but not distributed by email until February 19, 2013.

What Products Are Affected?

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section.

Where Were the Products Distributed?

The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint. The source of the issue was identified and resolved.

To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

What to Do

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.

Or click this link to email the company directly.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Pawsotively Purrfect Pet Services & Gourmet Treats – We are true pet lovers here to serve you and your pets in the best way possible. You and your pets are going to fall in love with our services and our gourmet treats! We offer the perfect stress-free alternative to boarding your beloved pets. Why kennel or board your pet when you can have the peace of mind knowing that your pet is well cared for and loved in the comfort of their own familiar space, your home? Just because you need to be away from home doesn’t mean your pet has to be!

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World Spay Day Pet Pageant!

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In honor of World Spay Day, we’d like to introduce the all-new World Spay Day 2013 Pet Pageant, an online photo pageant where your pet takes center stage!

Your pet will be a star — and you’ll be spreading the message that spay/neuter saves pets’ lives. Enter the Main Pageant with your favorite photo of your pet, show the panel of celebrity judges your pet’s amazing personality, and then share the photo far and wide to get votes and possibly win great prizes. You can even choose to compete for exclusive titles in the Optional Categories, including Best Smile, Best Hair, Most Photogenic, Best Personality, and Ugly-Cute.

pet pageantSubmit your pet’s photo to the Main Pageant category to compete in both the Judges’ Choice Awards and Popular Pet Awards for the ultimate title: Miss or Mister World Spay Day 2013! Entering the Main Pageant category is easy and free. Simply upload a digital photo of your pet and tell us a little about him or her, then share your photo far and wide to get votes. You can also enter as a memorial tribute to a pet who is no longer with us. We have three incredible animal lovers — photographers Robin Layton and Seth Casteel, and actor Tricia Helfer — to help us pick the winners of the Judges’ Choice Awards!

What is World Spay Day?

World Spay Day is an annual event of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire people to save animals’ lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats. World Spay Day officially takes place on the last Tuesday of February—but events will be running all through the month! The 18th Annual World Spay Day is Feb. 26, 2013. All donations made to The HSUS through the Pageant by contestants and/or voters, as well as all optional category entry fees collected by The HSUS, benefit a grant program created by The HSUS to help participating organizations continue their valuable spay and neuter work after World Spay Day 2013 ends.

Entering the Main Pageant category for the Judges’ Choice and the Popular Pet Awards, as well as voting, are free, but this Pageant isn’t just fluff. Please make a donation to save the lives of dogs, cats, and other animals

 

Pawsotively Purrfect Pet Services & Gourmet Treats – We are true pet lovers here to serve you and your pets in the best way possible. You and your pets are going to fall in love with our services and our gourmet treats! We offer the perfect stress-free alternative to boarding your beloved pets. Why kennel or board your pet when you can have the peace of mind knowing that your pet is well cared for and loved in the comfort of their own familiar space, your home? Just because you need to be away from home doesn’t mean your pet has to be!

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Puppy Up! Fort Myers, FL

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The 2 Million Dogs – Puppy Up! Fort Myers, FL walk will be held on November 4th, 2012 at the Petco in the Forum located at 9380 Dynasty Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33905-5574

This event is all about raising money for comparative oncology studies and awareness of canine cancer. We are looking for vendors and sponsors and people willing to donate items for the silent auction. We also want people to register to come out and walk with their dogs. Click here for more information on this event and to make a donation.

It began with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer one mile, one city, and one person at time. Luke Robinson with his two dogs walked 2000 miles from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise he made to his dog Malcolm who died from this horrible disease.

2 Million Dogs was formed on the belief that if 2 dogs can walk 2000 miles to bring awareness to cancer surely 2 million dogs can walk 2 miles. Through The Puppy Up! Walk, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world; from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians, a partnership forged with the singular purpose of ridding the world of its deadliest disease.

The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research.

Sign up for a 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk… there will never be a better time like this to Puppy Up! against cancer.

A cancer-free world starts with one dog, each mile at a time.

The monies raised through the November 4th, Fort Myers event and subsequent events, will be used to partner with leading cancer research institutions to help further their work in the leading-edge field of comparative oncology.

Just like humans, dogs naturally develop cancer. The work of clinical veterinary oncologists in using naturally occurring cancers in animals to better understand and treat cancer in humans is called comparative oncology. There are several factors that make comparative oncology important in the fight against human cancer:

  • Pets are exposed to many of the same environmental risks as people
  • The cancer cells are biologically comparable
  • There is a large population of cats and dogs with pre-existing cases of cancer
  • Cancer occurs in pets within years compared to decades in humans.

2 Million Dogs grew from a cross-country walk by Luke Robinson of Austin, TX and his two dogs Hudson and Murphy. They walked from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise Luke made to his dog Malcolm, a Great Pyrenees who died from cancer. Luke later formed 2 Million Dogs with the belief that if two dogs can walk 2000 miles to raise awareness about canine cancer surely two million dogs can walk 2 miles.

For more information, follow these links:

http://www.2milliondogs.org

Summer of Murphy tour – click here

Recent articles and media coverage about comparative oncology

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203315804577207252135374064.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://main.uab.edu/Sites/neurosurgery/research/87470/

http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2012/january/petproject

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/CancerPreventionAndTreatment/treating-dogs-cancers-benefit-humans/story?id=15543199

Golden Retriever Rescue of SWFL

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Pawsotively Purrfect Pet Services and Gourmet Treats will be participating in the upcoming Goldenfest Event by The Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida.

Have a golden day at GOLDENFEST on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

at The Shell Factory on 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL

There will be fun for the entire family – Huge Raffle – Dock Diving – Demonstrations – FLY-Ball Competition and MORE!

Food, Drinks & Lots of Fun – Pet Vendors, Exhibits, Veterinary Hospitals, Rescues & Shelters, Santa-Pet Portraits…

FREE Admission! All breeds of well-mannered, leashed dogs are invited to attend.

Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida, Inc. (GRRSWF) is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue organization. Based in Southwest Florida, GRRSWF is dedicated to finding exceptional homes for exceptional Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes that are homeless, abandoned in Shelters or surrendered by their owners.

Mission Statement

Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida works to raise awareness of the plight of the Golden Retriever breed specifically through community education as well as the benefits of adopting a rescue animal in need. We also support and promote responsible spay and neutering as well as programs that are designed to prevent animal abuse, neglect and cruelty.

 

 

VOTE for 2MillionDogs.org

Hi,

As some of you may know I am the organizer for the 2MillionDogs.org walk here in SW Florida and this will be our 2nd year and we are asking that you help us out by clicking on the link below and vote for 2 Million Dogs so that we can win one of the 100 hundred cars being given away by Toyota. You can only vote 1 time and it has to be June 20th (TOMORROW) in order to benefit our organization. Please take just a minute out of your busy schedule and help us win this so we can raise more awareness about Canine Cancer.

Thanking you in advance for your support!!

Nikki Timberlake
Pawsotively Purrfect,Inc.
239-220-2622
www.pawsotivelypurrfect.com

 

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  For Immediate Release  

Ginger Morgan  901-619-2286

 

Memphis based 2 Million Dogs NAMED A FINALIST IN

TOYOTA’S 2012 100 CARS FOR GOOD PROGRAM Vote on June 20th 

Memphis, TN – June 20, 2012 – Memphis based 2 Million Dogs has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 non-profits over the course of 100 days.

For 100 days 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com.   Individual members of the public will be able to vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle.  The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models.  Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota. 

2 Million Dogs will be up for consideration on June 20th from 10:00am to 11:59pm EDT. 

“Everyone at 2 Million Dogs is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the 2012 100 Cars for Good

program,” said Ginger Morgan, Executive Director 2 Million Dogs “We’re grateful for this incredible opportunity to share our mission of finding the common links between cancer in pets and people. A car donated by Toyota will not only enable us visit the cities where we have nationwide Walks, attend conferences, fund more cancer research, but also help us educate people about the early warning signs of cancer. Many lives can be saved by early detection and proper health care.

We hope everyone will help us spread the word now and, of course, will make time to visit www.100carsforgood.com on June 20th to vote for us. 

“At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide,” noted Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.  “Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways.  The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, and we look forward to the public learning more about them.”

100 Cars for Good is the first initiative to directly engage the public to determine how Toyota’s philanthropic donations are awarded.

For more information on 2 Million Dogs and its efforts to win one of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, please visit 2milliondogs.org.  You can also follow us on Face Book at www.facebook.com/2milliondogs.  For complete information on 100 Cars for Good and profiles of all 500 finalists, please visit www.100carsforgood.com.

Local residents are encouraged to vote for 2 Million Dogs on June 20th to help them win a new Toyota Sienna.

A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services.

About 2 Million Dogs 

2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between cancer in pets and people and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. We will accomplish our mission in the following ways. Education and Awareness: The field of comparative oncology is new and 2 Million Dogs educates people about its potential through seminars, speaking engagements, social media, events, and other forms of media. Empowerment and Mobilization:  Through our nationwide Puppy Up! Walks, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world; a partnership forged with the singular purpose of ridding the world of its deadliest disease.

2 Million Dogs scientific objectives are: Broadening our understanding of the links between cancer in pets and people, creating a cross institutional collaborative platform, developing new approaches to research, and funding cancer studies that benefit both pets and people.

Comparative oncology is important and necessary if we dare to dream of a world where cancer is not one of the top killers of our children, our parents, and our pets. 

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants in eight states. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design facilities. Toyota’s annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals more than $23 billion.

Toyota is deeply committed to being a great community partner and is focused on supporting programs in ways that achieve long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, with a particular concentration on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs across the U.S.

For more information on Toyota, please visit www.toyota.com. 

About Toyota Financial Services (TFS)

TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the U.S., offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide, and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. 

 

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Healthy Dog Tips

Nutrients Your Dog Needs

Article courtesy of the ASPCA

Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies or instructions from your vet, your pets should be able to get all the nutrients they need from high-quality commercial pet foods, which are formulated with these special standards in mind. If you would like to learn about what your pet’s body needs, and why, here are the six essential classes of nutrients fundamental for healthy living:

  1. Water is the most important nutrient. Essential to life, water accounts for between 60 to 70 percent of an adult pet’s body weight. While food may help meet some of your pet’s water needs (dry food has up to 10 percent moisture, while canned food has up to 78 percent moisture), pets need to have fresh clean water available to them at all times. A deficiency of water may have serious repercussions for pets: a 10-percent decrease in body water can cause serious illness, while a 15-percent loss can result in death.
  2. Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are essential for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair. Proteins can be obtained from a number of sources. Animal-based proteins such as chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, fish and egg have complete amino acid profiles. (Please note: Do not give your pet raw eggs. Raw egg white contains avidin, an anti-vitamin that interferes with the metabolism of fats, glucose, amino acids and energy.) Protein is also found in vegetables, cereals and soy, but these are considered incomplete proteins.Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and are divided into essential and non-essential amino acids.
    – Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the animal in sufficient quantities and MUST be supplied in the diet. Essential amino acids include arginine, methionine, histidine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, threonine, leucine, tryptophan, lysine, and valine.
    -Non-essential amino acids can be synthesized by your pet and are not needed in the diet.
  3. Fats are the most concentrated form of food energy, providing your pet with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats are essential in the structure of cells and are needed for the production of some hormones. They are required for absorption and utilization of fat-soluble vitamins. Fats provide the body insulation and protection for internal organs. Essential fatty acids must be provided in a pet’s diet because they cannot be synthesized by a dog in sufficient amounts. A deficiency of essential fatty acids may result in reduced growth or increased skin problems. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid for dogs.
    Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in healing inflammation. Replacing some omega-6 with omega-3 fatty acids can lessen an inflammatory reaction—whether it is in the skin (due to allergies), the joints (from arthritis), the intestines (from inflammatory bowel disease) or even in the kidneys (from progressive renal failure).The optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids for dogs is between 5 and 10 to 1.Please note: It is impossible to accurately determine the fatty acid ratio of a diet if the owner prepares home-cooked foods. If a dog is to benefit from the effects of these fatty acid ratios, he must be fed a fixed-formula food that guarantees these ratios.
  4. Carbohydrates provide energy for the body’s tissues, play a vital role in the health of the intestine, and are likely to be important for reproduction. While there is no minimum carbohydrate requirement, there is a minimum glucose requirement necessary to supply energy to critical organs (i.e. the brain). Fibers are kinds of carbohydrates that modify the mix of the bacterial population in the small intestine, which can help manage chronic diarrhea. For dogs to obtain the most benefit from fiber, the fiber source must bemoderately fermentable. Fiber sources that have low fermentability (e.g. cellulose) result in poor development and less surface area of the intestinal mucosa. Highly fermentable fibers can produce gases and by-products that can lead to flatulence and excess mucus. Moderately fermentable fibers—including beet pulp, which is commonly used in both dog foods—are best, as they promote a healthy gut while avoiding the undesirable side effects. Other examples of moderately fermentable fibers include brans (corn, rice and wheat) and wheat middlings. Foods that are high in fiber are not good for dogs with high energy requirements, such as those who are young and growing.
  5. Vitamins are catalysts for enzyme reactions. Tiny amounts of vitamins are essential to dogs for normal metabolic functioning. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized in the body, and therefore are essential in the diet.
    -When feeding a complete and balanced diet, it is unnecessary to give a vitamin supplement unless a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian. Due to the practice of over supplementation, hypervitaminosis—poisoning due to excess vitamins—is more common these days than hypovitaminosis, or vitamin deficiency! Excess vitamin A may result in bone and joint pain, brittle bones and dry skin. Excess vitamin D may result in very dense bones, soft tissue calcification and joint calcification.
  6. Minerals are inorganic compounds that are not metabolized and yield no energy. These nutrients cannot be synthesized by animals and must be provided in the diet. In general, minerals are most important as structural constituents of bones and teeth, for maintaining fluid balance and for their involvement in many metabolic reactions.

Happy Pets

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It doesn’t take much to make a pet happy, but sometimes humans confuse human happiness with pet happiness. Make sure you’re meeting your pet’s needs with these five secrets of happy pets.

1THE BASICS

Just like humans have basic needs, pets have basic needs as well. Your pet needs food, water and a secure shelter. The safer and more secure a pet feels, the happier it will be. While it may sound pretty cut-and-dry, humans sometimes misunderstand these basic needs. Here are some quick tips on meeting your pet’s basic needs the right way:

  • Get on a pet feeding schedule and stick with it — the comfort of knowing when to expect food will keep your pet happy and secure.
  • Consider crating your dogs when you’re away — and if you’re a pet owner who feels like crating a dog is akin to cruelty, think again. Crating your dog will make it feel secure and will help prevent separation anxiety and boredom-induced destruction, something both of you will be happy about!
  • Always provide clean water for your pets and check the water at least two times a day to make sure it’s fresh and full.
  • Keep an eye on the weather — it doesn’t matter if your pet is an indoor or outdoor animal, you need to make sure the shelter you provide is sufficient for the weather. Even if you have indoor animals, a house without air conditioning in the middle of summer could be a recipe for disaster.

2EXERCISE AND PLAY

Think about birds, squirrels and other critters running around in nature; much of their lives are spent … running around in nature. Happy animals are active animals, regardless of their species. Unfortunately, humans sometimes buy a particular pet or breed in order to avoid excessive exercise. If you want to keep your pet happy, carve out a portion of every day to focus on exercise and play.

3COMBAT LONELINESS

Many animals are social by nature, and dogs particularly so. They enjoy meeting new people and other pets, and they may feel lonely or bored when left home alone. If you have the funds and the time to invest in two animals, you may want to purchase a friend for your pet. If this isn’t an option, try combatting loneliness by playing music for your pet while you’re away, planning social time for your pet at a local dog park or always leaving your pet with something that smells like you.

4SET BOUNDARIES

Happy pets are pets that know their boundaries. When you train your cat to use a litter box, or teach your dog to sit before you go outside, not only will you feel better, but your pet will feel confident that it’s meeting your expectations.

5PROVIDE MENTAL STIMULATION

Pets that spend their days isolated and unchallenged are likely to be unhappy. Look for ways to engage your pet’s brain. Mental stimulation isn’t a hard thing to provide, but you do have to make an effort to provide it. Consider the following possibilities:

  • Giving your pet toys that make it work for a treat
  • Teaching your dog or cat new tricks, skills or jobs
  • Making your small animal work its way through a maze

The more opportunities for mental stimulation that you provide to your pet, the less likely your pet will go looking for mental stimulation in all the wrong places.

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