Water is the most important nutrient for all living things. Dogs and cats are no exception. Water makes up 70-80% of an adult pet's weight. It dissolves natural and unnatural substances and acts as the root of all biological processes including digestion, circulation and waste removal. Animals must hydrate themselves regularly throughout the day to stay healthy. Pets can hydrate themselves in one of two ways: by drinking water and/or ingesting foods that contain a high moisture content. If an animal is severely dehydrated and cannot ingest water on its own, they will need to be hydrated by a vet via intravenous or subcutaneous fluids. Animals can survive much longer without food (7-10 days) than they can without water (1-2 days). Severe dehydration is a medical emergency!
We've been asked to speak to the Douglas College Vet Tech Department this week in New West Minister, BC! We are so happy that the veterinary commmunity is teaching species-appropriate nutrition in their classrooms. This is a huge statement about how many people are choosing to feed raw diets to their pets today. In fact, we have been told that many of the students feed raw to their own pets! Thank you to Carrie and Douglas College for this amazing opportunity to educate veterinary technicians about the ancestral diets of canines and felines.
Congratulations to Jesse Roberts and her two Greyhounds Guy and Cartman for winning the 3P Naturals $100.00 gift certificate draw from the 2014 Vancouver Pet-A-Palooza trade show!
A little about Guy and Cartman:
Guy: He is just a big, goofy, happy boy. He loves life and loves everyone he meets. Almost 2 yrs ago, he was coming out of our condo, zigged when he should have zagged and broke his leg (at the "wrist" area).The reason it broke was that he had bone cancer (the bone broke at the tumor site). He hadn't shown any signs of cancer and we were able to catch it early, before it spread. We made the decision to amputate (no chemo or radiation) and he's been going strong ever since. At the end of November, it will be 2 yrs since his accident. He is almost 12 and is still the most joyous dog we've ever had. He also had a good career (130 races, raced mostly in Arizona and Colorado, racing name Glo's Big Guy).
Meet Lissa. She is a clouded leopard. We've worked with several species of wild cats and Lissa was one of our favorites. Also known as Neofelis nebulosa, it is believed that this beautiful cat is the link between the big cats and the smaller feline species. These cats live from the Himalayas through Southeast Asia and into China. They are highly endangered and it is believed that there are only 10,000 adults left in the wild. Clouded leopards are formidable arboreal hunters that can literally fly through the trees. Lissa was housed at a conservation center that focused on helping raise awareness and funding for endangered wildlife. Her diet included whole quail & chicken, day old chicks and red meat. For more information and to help clouded leopards in Thailand, visit http://www.cloudedleopard.org/
Shahira is a beautiful 3yr old female Bengal. She loves all the attention she can get. She’s not super keen on being picked up and held for a long time, though she is a real snuggle bunny for the moments that you hold her. She loves to sit on laps and loves to be petted. She has endless energy for play and requires lots of time for it. She would prefer an adult home, great with dogs. Interested adopters will be local home owners and will be asked to complete a mini profile of their home life to [email protected]. Please share and find her a home!