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Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

Did you know that you can treat your dog to peanut butter? Yes, you can. You can stuff a kong toy with peanut butter and freeze it. Then when you leave the house, you can give them their kong or you can give it to them when they are in their crate to keep them busy.

A good way to trick your dog to take medication is to put the pill or capsule in a wad of peanut butter and give it to him or her. Works like a charm!

The health benefits of giving your dog peanut butter are amazing. “Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. The best peanut butter to feed your dog is raw and unsalted.” http://dogsnaturally.com.

In my opinion, raw and unsalted is best.  You can purchase that at Publix Supermarket and or Whole Foods Market.  But don’t overdo it. Also, do not give a lot of peanut butter to your dog, as he or she can gain weight.

However, a word to the wise on peanut butter. Make sure the peanut butter you choose does not contain xylitol. Xylitol can be fatal to dogs. Reading the label before purchasing is a must!

On a side note, For information on National Peanut Butter Day and the History behind it, kindly visit the website below. Happy National Peanut Butter Day.

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-peanut-butter…/

Oh, no! My cat has struvite crystals!

Oh, no! My cat has struvite crystals.  Last week I observed my cat, Presley hanging out by the litterbox and urinating frequently and noticed blood.  He was also peeing on blankets frequently too.  I contacted my veterinarian and he told me to come in immediately which I did.  On a side, if a male cat has a urinary tract infection, it can be very serious if left untreated.  Male cats have been known to die within in three days as they get blockage.

So I went to the vet and he said he does indeed have a Urinary Tract Infection.  Thankfully he was not blocked.  The bladder area was soft which was good.  He suggested Presley start on a veterinary food diet and take an antibiotic called Orbax, that I administer once a day by mouth and a prescription of 1/4 tablet of Valium to relax his urethra, and drink a lot of water.  He also sent me home with a test kit to get a sample of his urine.  The test turned out to be that Presley has the Struvite Crystals.

I am not a fan of veterinary food.  So, I went to Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker‘s website and read that raw rabbit would be a good protein for my cat and cranberry helps too.  So I purchased the raw rabbit, which Presley devoured thankfully.  I also went to a local vitamin store and purchased Stone Free,™ which is an herb that dissolves stones and crystals as well as provides urinary, kidney and gall bladder support, and cranberry d’mannose.  I mixed a tablet of each and put it in a glass with 1 oz of purified water which lasts three days —  On day 3, you must change to new tablets and water —

Then I filled up an eyedropper and have been giving it to him two times a day.  I also purchased a cat water fountain placed away from the food.  Very important is your cat have water.  So far Presley, my cat is doing well.  He is peeing good.  I have been checking his litter box for blood which there has been no presence of thankfully.  So far this regiment is working well.  As a cat sitter in Jupiter, FL, it is my honor and duty to keep my clients and audience informed of how Presley is doing.

*Disclaimer  This is not to substitute for veterinary advice.  Always consult with your veterinarian and follow what you feel is right for you.  This is a very serious challenge that requires veterinary attention.

Photo courtesy of June Collins, Pet Sitter in Jupiter, FL

Photo courtesy of June Collins, Pet Sitter in Jupiter, FL

Dog Supply Checklist

Here is a Dog Supply Checklist to make sure your new dog is healthy and safe.  Afterall, he is your lifelong companion.  Keep your dog safe and in good health, play with him, and make sure he is comfortable and happy.

?  Premium Quality Dog Food free of corn, soy, and wheat.  Grain Free or Raw

?   Dog Treats (free of corn, soy, and wheat)

?   Collar, harness, and/or martingale, and leash.

?   Name tag with engraved name and phone number.

?   Nature’s Miracle for urine and poop stains.

?   Dog Crate and cushion

?   Kong Toy to keep them busy

?   Chew Toy, such as Deer Antler

?   Ball to fetch. (Some brands to recommend are Chuck It, Kong, and Jolly Ball)

?   Nail clippers

?   Brush

 

For more information, please contact the professionals at President Max-well’s Pet Services, Inc. Don’t delay, contact us today at 561-827-7298