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, it 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!
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/
With the rising popularity of raw diets for pets, new raw pet food manufacturing companies are on the rise. Just as with dry diets, not all raw foods are created equal. So how do you decide which foods to feed? Many of the negative stories you have heard about raw diet are a result of improper education, poor diet planning, and poor quality foods. Below, are some of the key points you should take into consideration when choosing a raw diet for your dog or cat.
Our road trip was a great success! We spent an amazing day at Northern Lights Wildlife Center learning about the wolves and wolf conservation in British Columbia. Our two guides, Casey and Shelley Black co-founded Northern Lights and have been giving captive wolves a place to call home since 1998. They provide permanent homes for captive-bred wolves that cannot be released into the wild. Shelley and Casey`s program enables them to provide exceptional husbandry and enrichment for their wolves while educating the public and supporting wild wolf habitat and conservation efforts.