Dog teaches daughter to walk

Here is a very sweet memory someone sent to USA today about their dog:

“I once had an American Bull Terrier, who taught my daughter to walk, by letting her haul herself up and grab a fistfull of fur on his back and then he would parade around the yard with her. After she learned to walk he taught her to climb. When she was sufficient enough at climbing. He taught her how to hand down the doggie goodies from the kitchen cabinet. I think he had this whole thing planned from the beginning.”

Giving the gift of health to your friends’ pets

It’s been fun this time of year talking with people who are giving friends and family members ThePetCheckup kit as a holiday gift.

Every caring dog and cat owner wants to take the best care of their pet that they can.  And practicing early detection is certainly an important key.

Nothing like giving the gift of health!

Pet test strips for early detection

We received this email from a pet owner in Iowa and although there is no knowing for sure if ThePetCheckup test strips would have helped her cat, it is very likely that she would have seen noticeable changes in the test results from test to test and would have been able to report it to her veterinarian.

Here is her story:  “About 10 years ago I lost a cat to kidney failure just five weeks after it was diagnosed. Bedbug was diagnosed in the early stage and the veterinarian and I agreed that a diet change should be sufficient treatment at that time to extend her life. I have known cats with early stage kidney failure to live quite some time after simply changing their diet. It never occurred to me to take test strips home from work to periodically check my cat’s urine and, to my knowledge none of the veterinarians I ever worked for had ever suggested it as a possibility to any pet owner.

 I think I switched Bedbug over to the new diet too quickly and she was evidently not eating well. This happened at a particularly stressful time in my life and I was not watching her as carefully as I should have been. I firmly believe that Bedbug could have lived a happier, more comfortable and much longer life on the special diet I was feeding, had I been testing her urine over the first few weeks after diagnosis. Weekly testing would have alerted me that things were not going well and we could have tried her on a different food product or changed to a more aggressive treatment.”

D.L. Burlington, IA

Liver Disease in Dogs

A customer called to let us know  that ThePetCheckup helped her discover that something was off with her animal’s health.  It required further testing from her veterinarian to determine what was going on.

The diagnosis was liver disease and it was caught very early and the outcome looks extremely positive.

There are different types of liver diseases, but early detection is extremely important as a significant portion of the liver is usually damaged before outward signs of the disease are apparent.

Beware feeding your dog these common foods

There are many alerts going around just before Thanksgiving reminding people of all the common foods that can be dangerous–even fatal– to dogs.

When friends and family are over visiting, be alert to any “treats” they may be slipping to your dog.

Raw or uncooked turkey may contain samonella.

Chocolate, xylitol, raisins, grapes, alcohol, onions, yeast dough and macadamia nuts are all dangerous.  Even a small amount of xylitol can give your dog seizures, low blood sugar or liver failure.

Home urine test kit for dogs and cats reduces animal’s discomfort

Another important reason to practice early detection health care with our dogs and cats is to keep discomfort or pain at a minimum.

Anyone who has had a urinary tract infection or bladder infection knows how painful they can be.  By testing their animal’s urine on a monthly basis, many potentially serious illnesses can be caught at an early stage. Hopefully, before the animal is in too much discomfort.

It’s an easy and inexpensive way to prevent your dog or cat from suffering until visible symptoms of their illness become apparent.

Dog and cat health the early detection way

One of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your dog and cat is to practice early detection. 

Veterinarians are in agreement that treatment is easier, less expensive and generally more successful when the illness is caught in an early stage.

This is the main reason we developed ThePetCheckup…to enable animal caregivers  to be more proactive with their animal’s healthcare.

Preventing dog urinary tract infections the stree-free way

Stress can weaken a dog’s immune system, so be sure to provide them with their very own places they can go to relax.

Endorsement home urine test kit for dogs and cats

Nice way to start the weekend with a short, but enthusiastic testimonial for ThePetCheckup from a customer in MI:

“Love the product — use it all the time and it works!!”

Puppy mill bill Prop B passes in Missouri

There was some good news this morning.  Prop B in MO passed!

This bill will go into effect in a year and allow more humane treatment of animals in puppy mills in Missouri.

“This is truly a watershed moment in Missouri history,” Kathy Warnick, the Humane Society of Missouri’s president, said early Wednesday. “All of us in animal welfare are elated by the outcome, and we give our heartfelt thanks to Missourians for doing the right thing and providing a voice for Missouri’s defenseless animals.”

Thank you to everyone in MO who worked so hard for the passage of this bill.