Posted by Melody McKinnon on August 18th, 2014
Feline Diabetes has become quite common in cats, especially as they age or if they are overweight. Like humans, cats can have either Type I or Type II Diabetes. It is estimated that 50-70% of cats with Diabetes have Type I. The most common cause of Type I Diabetes in cats is amyloidosis. The top cause for Type II Feline Diabetes is obesity, but it can also be caused by genetics, infection, pancreatitis, and medications.
NOTE OF CAUTION: A Veterinarian should be involved in the diagnosis and maintenance of feline diabetes. Your Veterinarian should be informed of all natural methods you want to use on your diabetic cat to avoid complications like drug interactions or for dosage recommendations, etc.
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Posted by Melody McKinnon on August 5th, 2014
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Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 24th, 2014
At one time or another, aquarists may experience having Planaria and/or Hydra in their tank. These pests are often the results of poor tank care. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 15th, 2014
Reptile keepers and breeders have been culturing live food for their pets for almost as long as they’ve been keeping reptiles in captivity. Live insects, worms and larvae are natural, high in protein, and usually nutritious (and can be gut-loaded with more nutrients). Feeding them stimulates the hunting instinct in pet lizards (Geckos, Bearded Dragons, Iguanas, etc.) and other reptiles in captivity. These days, many live foods are available from stores and clubs, or you can culture your own at home. While collecting insects outside is an option, the use of pesticides makes it risky. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 4th, 2014
One of the most common mistakes in fish breeding is feeding fry for fast growth instead of optimum growth. The growing fry are stuffed with protein because it makes them grow fast, with little regard for a balanced diet, let alone a species-appropriate feeding plan.
There is a ‘double negative’ impact when this method is used in home aquariums. Not only are the fry at risk of nutrient deficiencies due to the lack of a well-rounded diet, they’re also being forced to develop rapidly without enough supporting nutrients to keep up with the accelerated growth rate. Every aspect of growth and development suffers from an unbalanced diet, including bone structure, organs, fin and scale development/size, color, immune response, and lifespan. It inevitably results in a fish that can’t possibly reach its full potential on any level. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on July 2nd, 2014
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Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 30th, 2014
Some of the natural tick products and recommendations out there are nothing short of alarming. Companies and individuals aren’t doing their homework before selling or recommending products containing natural ingredients that can harm or even kill some animals. Many assume if they’re safe for humans they must be safe for animals. Others research the functionality of the ingredient without considering their safety for pets. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 24th, 2014
The veterinarian community has issued a warning to pet parents about the West Nile Virus, on the heels of a similar warning for humans. Record-breaking cases in the US and Canada have prompted the warning, along with similar weather patterns to last year.
Like humans, pets may contract the West Nile Virus from a mosquito bite. Ticks are currently being studied as carriers, and may be infectious (at least to birds). Animals that eat live food, like hunting cats, may contract the virus through their prey. We’ve provided species-specific details for you below. If you suspect your pet has contracted the West Nile Virus, please see your veterinarian. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 16th, 2014
We promised to update you on our SPCA Diva’s condition after she was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure last November. It’s all well & good to preach about natural methods, but being able to share our experience with what works and what doesn’t is that much more valuable.
We saw little change in our 17 year old old female cat at first, other than the inevitable weight loss. Then, a couple of weeks ago, she took a bad turn. She refused to eat and wasn’t drinking enough. She sat in one spot on the bed and only moved to go to her litter box. We got her to eat unseasoned chicken baby food (no garlic or onion powder) and she’d drink some unseasoned chicken broth, but she still wasn’t moving. I was all but certain it was time to say goodbye. However, she doesn’t have other common symptoms for the final stages of kidney failure, such as nausea or skin issues. I thought the Calcium Montmorillonite Clay was helping with the nausea and the Krill’s fatty acids and antioxidants were supporting skin health, but it was enough to make me hesitate. Read more »
Posted by Melody McKinnon on June 6th, 2014
Fish keepers and breeders have been culturing live food for their fish and other aquatic pets since the hobby began. Live food is natural, high in protein, usually nutritious (and can be gut-loaded with more nutrients), and stimulates the hunting instinct.
Breeders use live cultures to bring their fish into breeding condition. Live fish food is often used in raising baby fish (fry) because the high protein levels increase the growth rate, but it’s important to support that accelerated growth rate with other nutrients required for optimum growth and healthy development. Another benefit of live food cultures is you can raise tiny organisms to feed small fish fry in your aquarium.
Following is an introduction to culturing the most common live fish foods. Further research into methods is always recommended as they do vary. Read more »