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Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk on April 19
Get your dog some exercise and help the Morris Animal Foundation with its fundraiser. Cancer ends the lives of more dogs than any other disease. Over 6 million new dog cancer diagnoses are made each year. By participating in and fundraising for this walk, you can help increase Morris Animal Foundation's capacity to invest in science that will help prevent and treat cancer and other diseases in dogs.
For more than 65 years, Morris Animal Foundation has been working to advance the science that is improving animal health. Much progress in veterinary care has come as a result of research funded by Morris Animal Foundation. The foundation has invested more than 80 million dollars to fund more than 2,200 studies in cats, dogs, horses and wildlife. Many of these studies have led to breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, disease prevention and cures for animals around the world.
Vasona Lake Park
Registration Opens: 9:00am
Short Walk: 1 Mile
Even if you don't have a pooch, go take a walk for a great cause! (#cancerdogwalk, #morrisanimalfoundation, #k9cancerwalk)
See the official website here!
Pets That Make Us Proud!
April is often viewed as a month of renewal and new growth. This applies to the garden as well as to all other living things, like the pets we share our lives with. With that in mind, we like to take a few minutes each April to showcase some of the special-needs pets that we work with -- they make us proud with what they are able to accomplish since they know no boundaries!..... Enjoy! (#cutepets), (#specialneedspets)
ARTEMUS, a lost CAT, is missing in your area
BEA, a lost CAT, is missing in your area
MUNING BITTIG, a lost CAT, is missing in your area
CHEENI(E, a lost DOG, is missing in your area
KRONOS, a lost CAT, is missing in your area
SIMBA, a lost CAT, is missing in your area
Enso Apartments in San Jose
Love this property! The PM staff are all very professional and eager to make you feel very welcome! We recommend this complex to pet parents looking for apartment living!
There's still time to send a shout out to your favorite pet sitter and / or dog walker. This is Professional Pet Sitter's Week, and we always like to take some time to say thank you to these hard-working, pet-loving folks. They treat our pet family like theirs, and it's important to acknowledge the folks who help each of us care for our pet kidz! You can add your comments to our facebook page at YourCritterCompanions .
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Health and wellness
Arthritis and your Pet
Arthritis is more common in pets than their pet parents may be aware of. Over time, or after an injury, you might notice that your pet isn't as frisky as they used to be. Chances are this isn't just them "getting old," most likely your pet is suffering from arthritis - a disease that can be managed. Dr. Kremer teaches you all about this condition and how it can be managed in your pet. To view the informative video, click here.
Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in all pets. Most often it is seen in middle-aged to older pets, but a pet of any age can develop symptoms. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. This pain is responsible for many of the signs associated with arthritis. Here are seven of those common signs, provided by Lorie Huston, DVM.
You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.
2. Difficulty Moving
Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish. For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get into and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable. Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto countertops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.
3. Spinal Issues
Arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but also in the various parts of the spine. These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a “hunch” in the back, or lameness of one or both hind legs.
Your pet may tire more easily. For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. Your pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.
Arthritic animals may become irritable. They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.
6. Muscle Atrophy
Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles. A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.
7. Licking, Chewing & Biting
Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.
Arthritis Treatment for Dogs and Cats
Though arthritis cannot be cured, there are various remedies and procedures that can help ease the pain for your pet. Consult your veterinarian for advice if you believe your dog or cat is suffering from arthritis.
Arthritis in cats can be particularly hard to spot. Many arthritic cats simply become less active. Often, this change in behavior corresponds to the cat becoming older and a cat owner may simply assume that the change is normal when, in fact, your cat may actually be decreasing his activity level because he is in pain due to arthritis.
Travel with your pet
Pets and National Forests
Pets in our National Forests
After our article last month on pets in our National Parks, we received many questions on rules concerning pets in the National Forests.
National Forests are managed by the USDA Forest Service. Regulations for national forests come from the Code of Federal Regulations. In short, pets must be on leash or otherwise physically restrained at all times. However, the practicalities of the national forests are that they tend to be much more pet friendly than the national parks.
Here, though, are the actual rules:
Sec. 2.15 Pets.
following are prohibited:
It is always best to check with the forest(s) you are planning to visit for specific information and restrictions for pets.
My pet parents made me wear this!
Some pets like'em, and some pets.....well, not so much! The same holds true for their human counterparts. Having stated this, we admit we're suckers for a pet in clothes, and sometimes the uglier the better (the clothes, not the pet)! Since we're technically still in the Winter season in most places we decided to share some of our favorite photos of pets in their snazzy outerwear... Enjoy!
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Our standard service includes pet sitting, dog walks, daily visits, boarding, pet taxi, and more! We are also now offering hospice and respite care for pets with near-end-of-life special needs. We are currently accepting new dog walking and pet sitting clients in and around Cupertino, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Campbell, San Jose (Metro Area), , Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Milpitas, La Honda, Pescadero, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley. Our service includes care for dogs, cats, birds, horses, chickens, rats, rabbits and other exotics. If you have services needs not listed above, just give us a call!