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Cats Need to be Prompted to Drink Water

One of the best things we can do for our fine felines health is to add more liquid to their diets. Cats would sooner lay in their sun spot then get up and find a water bowl. They do not have a strong thirst drive.  Water or liquids are important for proper kidney function and to lessen the development of crystals or stones. Place water bowls in easy access places and not close to their food (cats do not like this). In Tracey's house the cats have 7 water bowls to choose from (3 fountains & 4 bowls).

Fishy Bits with Catnip

FISHY BITS WITH CATNIP 
Catnip stimulates the appetite, aids digestion, helps calm nervous animals and encourages restful sleep. It is rich in iron, selenium, potassium, manganese, vitamins A and C, and also contains magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, chromium, sodium and B vitamins.
Ingredients:
  • 1 can wild salmon oil (185 - 213 grams) or other fish of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or 1 tablespoon dried catnip
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups whole grain flour of your choice, e.

Friday Food News 7/3/15: Cool Summertime Treats

Friday Food News 7/3/15: Here are some cool summertime treats you can make for your favorite Fido this holiday weekend (as always, consult your vet before altering your pet's diet in any way and always be aware of allergies): http://www.buzzfeed.com/samimain/treats-you-can-make-for-your-dog?sub=3203304_2854957#.ohGG9Ar1D

Friday Food News 6/26/15: Salmon Curry Cake

Friday Food News 6/26/15: This wonderful recipe for your favorite feline friend was featured in the June edition of Feline Wellness and features olive oil and salmon which contains omega fatty acids that is beneficial to your cat's health. As with any recipe we post, please consult your pet's vet before altering their diet in any way and always be aware of allergies. Sidenote: Garlic was featured in the original recipe and although typically ok in very small amounts, garlic can be toxic to cats so we have removed it from this recipe.

Friday Food News 6/12/15: Benefits of Olive Oil

Friday Food News 6/12/15: Olive oil is a widely beneficial supplement in your pet's diet, as we have discussed in the past. It can help with anything from hairballs to constipation to skin issues and help to prevent cancer and cognitive decline. Consult your pet's nutritionist or vet to discuss how olive oil can help your pet. You may also visit our blog and do a search for "olive oil" to see all of our past articles. For your olive oil needs, try visiting Experience Olive and Grapes Fusti Bar here in Chesapeake.

Friday Food News 6/5/15: Chunky Meat & Rice Cat Food w/ Olive Oil

Friday Food News 6/5/15: Olive oil can be extremely beneficial for cats. Why not pick some up at our Experience Olive and Grapes and Chesapeake Humane Society event on June 13th? As with any recipe we share, please consult your vet before altering your pet's diet and always be aware of allergies. This recipe comes from:http://www.savvyhomemade.com/home-made-cat-food/

Chunky Meat and Rice Cat Food

Ingredients
1/2 pound ground meat (chicken, beef, lamb or turkey are fine)
1/4 cup rice
1 large hard-boiled egg

Friday Food News 5/29/15: Ingredients that Could Lead to Cancer in Your Pet

Friday Food News 5/29/15: Some experts say as many as one in five dogs may be affected by cancer in their lifetime and some of that may be due to the ingredients they are ingesting. Here is a good article to read that discusses some food items that may increase your pet's chance of developing cancer: http://petfoodreport.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-dog-foods-that-may-lead-to-cancer.html

10 Tips to Reduce Cancer Risk In Cats

10 tips to reduce cancer risk in your cat (some can apply to dogs as well)
1) Eliminate plastic food bowls. Plastic leaches into water and wet food which effects the hormones in your cats body as well as feed fungal infections and fungi fee cancer cells.
2) Plenty of water – Clean chemical free water!
3) Coconut oil – a great source of sodium selenite which is from the mineral selenium. Selenium has remarkable anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.
4) Alka...linize his body –cats are obligate carnivores and meat makes their bodies acidic.

5/22/15: Cancer Diets for Dogs

Friday Food News 5/22/15: As we have been discussing this month, a diagnosis of cancer in your pet is one of the scariest things a pet owner can hear from their pet's vet. Your pet's diet can have a huge impact on your pet's life when they are healthy the same applies when they are ill. We wanted to share this great article from Modern Dog Magazine that discusses diets for dogs battling cancer: http://moderndogmagazine.com/cancer-diet-dogs

Natural Treatments for Cancer

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Supplements, herbs and alternative therapies may improve quality of life in the cancer patient. Using fish oil in high doses slows the growth of the cancer and also has anti-inflammatory properties. When cancer cells are exposed to Omega 3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA the cell death increases. Fish oil also decreases the PI 3 kinase and Akt kinase activity in tumors. Vitamin D3 kills cancer by supporting cell death and helps prevent metastasis and angiogenesis (new vessel growth needed for cancer to spread).
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