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May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

 Did you know that 1 in 4 dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer and that cancer accounts for 50% of all disease-related deaths each year. 1 out of 2 dogs over the age of 10 die from some form of cancer. The prevalence of this illness is horrifying and as pet parents we need to do everything we can to protect our pets by keeping informed. Find out what the causes and signs of feline and canine cancer are and examine your pet regularly. If you see any of the symptoms, get your cat or dog to the vet and have them checked.

A Tribute to Finnegan

The smiling dog on the left is Finnegan.   My associate Amy and I have had the privilege of caring for Finnegan since July 2013. He was 14 years old at the time. His mom travels frequently and Amy would do sleepovers for Finny while I  looked after  his dinner walks when needed. Finnegan became one of our favorite furry kids and we always looked forward to seeing him.
As Finny aged we watched him slow down a bit but he always started his walks with a little skip in his stride. It was so cute to see because it would make his ears flop each time he took a step.

Not on my Watch

For many reasons, primarily good care, our cats and dogs are living longer. As a result, many of the pets I am asked to care for are seniors. It is not unusual for me to look after large dogs as old as 15, small dogs as old as 18, and cats in their late teens and early 20's. In fact, the oldest cat I cared for was 23 years old.

It is always a blessing for me to look after these "old souls" as I have a special place in my heart for the grey muzzles and soulful eyes of a long-lived pet.

National Puppy Day

  Today, March 23, has been designated as National Puppy Day. The purpose is to bring awareness to the public that there are thousands of puppies waiting in shelters and rescue groups as well as foster homes to be adopted into their forever homes.

If you have been thinking about getting a puppy, today is a good day to look into it. Make sure you do your due diligence. Puppies are incredibly adorable and can steal your heart very quickly. But they are also a huge responsibility. Make sure you understand the time and patience commitment involved in potty training, behavior training and socializing your future furry kid.

Stop Feeding Your Dog Beneful by Purina

By now, I am sure most of you have heard about the class action suit filed against Purina for it's dog food Beneful. Over 3000 plaintiffs have come forward stating the food has either killed their dog or made him or her very ill.

Although there is no proof as yet, and it has not been pulled from the shelves, I urge you  to stop feeding it to your dog immediately. There are so many other healthy choices.

I am sure we will learn more when this is investigated but it is just not worth giving them the benefit of the doubt at this point.
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