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Cat Found 500 Miles From Home

Ashley Moore was reunited with her cat Ava, who was found 500 miles from home

Ashley Moore was reunited with her cat Ava, who was found 500 miles from home

Ava, a 2-year-old Tiffany cat, was reunited with her owner, Ashley Moore, in Georgia Saturday. The cat disappeared from Moore’s Brookhaven, Georgia, home last month and was found in Vero Beach, Florida, four days later. The woman who found Ava wandering brought her to the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County, where the staff discovered her microchip. The phone number listed had been disconnected, but they were able to send a letter to Moore’s father saying Ava was safe and staying at the shelter. Moore thinks Ava may have hidden underneath a vehicle or in a U-Haul moving truck for the trip. When Moore’s plans to have the cat transported 500 miles back home fell through, the shelter’s director of animal care stepped in to help, driving Ava to Georgia to be reunited with her owner. “I guess Ava decided to take a vacation in Vero Beach, but I’m so happy she’s finally back with me,” Moore said.
Story courtesy of VetSTREET

July 14, 2014 at 12:56 am 1 comment

Rainbow bridge

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I’m sad to say that one of my special pets that I have had the pleasure of taking care of during my wonderful job of pet sitting has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Alex Christmas 2013

Alex getting ready for Christmas 2013

Little Alex was a sweet little girl and had the fortune of living with some awesome, loving people.  A couple of years ago Alex became almost entirely blind from an illness but she forged on and was able to adapt and live very comfortably.  It was amazing.

Beautiful little Alex

Beautiful little Alex

Alex had a wonderful life and just recently, at the ripe old age of 17, it was time to make the difficult decision to let her go.  I will miss you Alex.  Rest in peace my friend.

January 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Vets Corner – Healthy Eating

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The most important thing we can do to keep our pets healthy and happy for as long as possible is to feed a high quality diet and feed the appropriate amount of food consistently.  This sounds so easy and so logical doesn’t it?  Yet with about 80% of pets that I see whether in for a wellness visit or an illness, I find myself discussing this very concern.

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During a physical exam on every patient every time we see them we assess and give a body condition score.  A 1 is the skinniest pet you could ever imagine and a 5 is the heaviest pet you could imagine.  A score of 3 is ideal and what we are always aiming for.  Of the many pets that are a grade 4 or 5 I find that often owners are not really feeding too much food, but that they are giving an excessive amount of treats and table scraps.

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What I also find often is that it is one person in the household that just can’t help themselves from giving their pet treat after treat.  Of course the dog or cat always wants to hang around that person.

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The information to try to change that behavior comes from a Purina study that proved that dogs that are lean live two years longer than dogs that are obese, and that they live a much better quality of life.  That is huge considering the normal life span for most dogs is 12-13 years.

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The quality of the food also plays a huge role in the overall health of our pets.  Foods that are very high in grains like most inexpensive dry foods are more likely to add fat rather than muscle, and make pets more likely to have issues like urinary tract infections or bladder stones, diabetes, and pancreas problems.  Cats especially do not do well with these high carbohydrate foods as they are carnivores meaning that the vast majority of their nutrition must come from meat.  A premium high quality meat based dry cat food should have a protein content of about 50%.  We also recommend canned foods for cats as even the inexpensive canned foods are meat based and usually will contain 50-60% protein.  The other advantage for cats who are not big drinkers is that the canned food is about 80% moisture which is very good for their urinary system.

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One of the most exciting things that has occurred for me in veterinary medicine in the last few years is that we not only can help better control diabetes in cats with diet, but in 80% of the newly diabetic cats that are switched to a high protein, low carbohydrate canned cat food can be cured of their diabetes.  (I must add that in many cases insulin is needed initially to control the blood sugar until the body responds to the diet change.)  The vast majority of diabetic cats are Type 2 diabetics and are usually overweight male neutered cats that have been on a higher carbohydrate dry food all their lives.

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It used to seem so easy to pick out a food for our dogs and cats.  Now it seems like the pet food aisles never end and every brand has several different variations.

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The best thing to do for your pet is to consult your veterinarian to see if they have any special concerns where a particular diet could make a difference.  Although premium foods are more expensive, in general you do get what you pay for and if a good diet can prevent an illness it will more than pay for itself in the long run.

Dr. Landorf – Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital
from Pet Sitters Associates, LLC Quarterly Newsletter

April 17, 2013 at 10:56 am 4 comments