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Cat Facts

  • While kittens depend on their mother’s milk for their first few weeks of life, adult cats can become ill if they are fed large amounts of milk.
  • There are more than 100 different breeds of domesticated cats.
  • Neutering a cat lengthens its life expectancy by 2 – 3 years.
  • Kidney failure claims the majority of cats in old age. Here’s what you can do to help prevent it
    • Regular dental cleanings can give a cat several extra years of life! An infected mouth with heavy tartar allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream where they often “seed” in the kidneys causing chronic damage.
    • Cats should be fed canned food — it helps increase their water intake and thereby decrease their kidney’s workload.
    • I like the water fountains for cats; it increases their water consumption substantially.

Dog Facts

  • There are 701 pure breeds of dogs.
  • The world’s oldest dog was 29 years old! We had a client whose dog was 28.
  • A dog’s sense of smell is about 1000 times better than a human’s.
  • Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. Even if he or she has arthritis, gentle play and walks will keep joints free to move. Healthy dogs get the same benefits from exercise as people, including lower blood pressure and lower weight.
  • Proper nutrition is very important for your dog’s health! There is no one perfect dog food for everyone, so I suggest trying good reputable brands like Purina, Hills, Iams, etc. Avoid extremely inexpensive store brands, as they often have very poor nutritional quality.
  • Dental disease is extremely common in dogs, too! Regular cleanings help keep “doggy breath” down and can extend your pet’s life too! Infected teeth and gums let bacteria into the bloodstream where they can lodge in the heart and kidneys, causing severe damage.