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Should You Always Vaccinate Your Pet?

Posted February 6th, 2018 by admin

If you are a pet owner, then it is likely you have been told to keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. However, in recent years, there has been much discussion about just how safe this is. This is not to say that pets should never be vaccinated, but rather poses the question, “Is it absolutely necessary to give them shots annually?”

Consider this:

  • Regardless of the size of your pet, the exact same dosage of a vaccine is given.
  • Many vaccinations are not actually needed to be re-given every year.

In recent years, studies have been done showing pet vaccinations to be linked to conditions such as epilepsy, autism and even cancer– especially when annual shots are given! So, why are shots being given with such frequency? Just a bit of research reveals pet owners can thank the USDA for setting this schedule up nearly 30 years ago and that the currently followed model was only recommendations – not mandates based on scientific fact or research.

Every year, pets are vaccinated for a long list of diseases, but what most pet owners don’t realize is that there are a number of vaccinations that last for years, and in some instances a lifetime. Even more disturbing is these vaccines are actually causing the number of cases of problems like inflammatory bowel disease, GI related problems, lower autoimmune diseases, arthritis, tumors, seizures, allergies and even rabies to increase rather than minimize.

It is time to take action against the health concerns of over-vaccination. In fact, many veterinarians have been pushing to minimize the number of shots given to one’s pet. They believe – justifiably- that vaccines are causing too many problems, many of which go unreported.

Still convinced that pet vaccinations are must? Consider these common ingredients found in many pet vaccinations – and ask yourself if you still think the annual shots are totally necessary.

  • Thimerosal – An organic compound which contains mercury that is used in pet vaccines as a preservative.
  • Aluminum – Shown to be bad for humans because it can lead to neurological problems, apparently, it is still acceptable to inject into our pets.
  • Formaldehyde – Deemed by the FDA as a probable carcinogen, it is still used in pet vaccines.
  • Animal organ tissue – Many pet vaccines are comprised of other animal (monkeys, rabbits, cows, sheep, and pigs) cells.
  • Phenol – A highly poisonous, caustic substances derived from coal tar, and added to a vaccine as a preservative.

However, if you feel vaccinations should still be a part of your pet’s life, then take time to educate yourself, and discuss each shot with your vet. As part of your discussion, you may wish to ask the following:

  • What disease(s) is the shot going to eliminate? Rabies vaccines are required by law, but many other shots are not!
  • How likely is your pet to be exposed to a particular disease? After all, an indoor pet that rarely interacts with other pets is at lower risk. You may also wish to ask for a Vaccine Titer Test to determine whether or not your pet already has enough of a vaccine still in its system to not need at particular shot.
  • Is the vaccine both safe and effective?

All of this information is not designed to scare one, or to say that vaccinations should never be given. However, it is always good to be informed and to ask questions rather than blindly accepting that something must be done – especially when it comes to the world of medicine.  After all, our goal is for your pets to be happy and healthy!

Why Should You Hire Pet Sitter?

Posted January 17th, 2018 by admin

Why Hire a Pet Sitter?

If you have never used a pet sitter, then now is the time to treat yourself and your pet to the benefits of working with pet sitter. After all, having a pet sitter is significantly better than putting them in a kennel or boarding home. Curious about the benefits for you and your pets? Consider these:
• No trauma due to travel or a strange environment
• Being around familiar sights, smells, and sounds
• Not being exposed to other animals or illnesses
• Having their own routine and standard times for meals
• Able to have someone on hand in the event of a medical emergency or to administer medicine as needed.
• Having someone around to play with your pet and see that they get enough exercise
• Professional sitters provide one on one care for pet

For the Pet Parent
• Not all pet sitters are created equal; when you chose a pet-sitter be sure you select one that makes you and your pet feel comfortable.
• Your home will be more secure because there are people in and out of it, thus showing signs of life.
• You can be sure that your pet will be well groomed while you are gone.
• Not needing to ask friends, family or neighbors to come over and take care of your pet(s).
How to Choose a Pet Sitter

When you decide to hire a pet sitter, take a few minutes to ask a few questions. These questions should be –

• Do they have written proof of their qualifications?
• Will they take notes about your pet’s behavior and eating habits while you are gone?
• Is it clearly stated what is expected of the sitter?
• Has the pet sitter taken classes to ensure they know about pets and their needs?
• Will the sitter provide you with phone numbers of other clients who have agreed to serve as references?

These are important questions to ask of a potential sitter. The team here at Sleep Eaz is happy to answer these, and any other questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Having a pet sitter is a great way to enjoy the holiday season without having to be worried about taking care of your pets. You can know they are well taken care of and that they are in good hands, so that you can enjoy the season to its fullest. Our team is here for you and would love to help care for your pets. Give us a call today to schedule your pet sitting needs.

A Cat’s 9 Lives and other Random Facts

Posted September 20th, 2017 by admin

If you have a cat, then chances are, you have learned a great deal of things about their world. You have likely adapted to doing things that makes them happy – be it the type of food you buy, the type of food they enjoy, and an assortment of other aspects that make both you and your cat happy. Of course, you have likely learned all kinds of medical facts and feline care tips, to help you keep your feline friend happy and healthy.

But, there are many things to learn about cat care – not everything we may have heard is correct. So, to keep things interesting, here are 9 things about the world of cats – how many do you think you know?

1. A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.
2. Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.
3. A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
4. Researchers are unsure exactly how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the air passage about 25 times per second.
5. The smallest pedigreed cat is a Singapura, which can weigh just 4 lbs. or about five large cans of cat food. The largest pedigreed cats are Maine Coon cats, which can weigh 25 lbs. which is nearly twice as much as an average cat weighs.
6. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.
7. Most cats had short hair until about 100 years ago, when it became fashionable to own cats and experiment with breeding. They 130,000 hairs per square inch (20,155 hairs per square centimeter). To put in perspective, the surface area of a single cat, if you include all of its hair, is roughly the same as the surface area of a ping-pong table.
8. Camera flashes do not harm cats’ eyes. But they will frequently produce a spooky glow caused by the tapetum lucidum, a layer of ultra-reflective cells in feline eyes which helps them see in low light.
9. A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head. Also interesting, cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (humans have only 6). A cat can independently rotate its ears 180 degrees.

Oh yeah, about those 9 lives that cats supposedly have. Ever wonder where that comment came from? If so, then here it is: There are several stories to go with this statement, many of which are dated back to medieval times when cates were not well treated. It seemed that no matter what was done to them (throwing them out of towers, burnt like witches, and other such actions, that the cats always seem to survive. Another thought comes from an ancient pro verb which states, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.” As cat lovers, this statement may make the most sense – even if there isn’t any real science to back it up!

These fun feline facts are always fun to have on hand. Some of them may be great conversation starters, others ail in caring for your cat(s), and others may just satisfy a quest for feline knowledge. But regardless of their use, we had fun learning them and sharing them with you. Have some more fun feline facts? Please share them with us! We would love to hear from you!