Speak out against animal cruelty now

This is a very sad situation, but it needs our attention  right away. Below is a link to an animal abuse situation.  The guilty person has abused animals before and we need to speak up now.  His court date is July 23.  You can read the story below and follow up with calls and emails.


Testimonial Home kidney test for dogs

Another nice testimonial came via email today. This one regarding dog kidney values:

This test kit is saving my sanity with 3 dogs having possible kidney issues after a vet check-up.

I can monitor them and telephone the results to their vet daily. They get vet retested next Tuesday after a 12 hour fast.

LF, New Jersey

Dog water treadmill therapy

I have been reading about some great clinics around the county that offer water therapy for dogs. Some of the owners were giving very positive reviews on how the exercise is helping their dogs recover from accidents or surgery.

Dogs with the beginning stages of arthritis are also being helped with water therapy. They have to work hard but the buoyancy of the water doesn’t put the stress on their joints.

I’ll be reading more on this topic. Older dogs and certain breeds are prone to arthritis and, as long as the dog enjoys the workouts, this seems like a very valuable activity.

It would be great if rehab clinics for people added something like this…then dogs and their people could work-out together!!

Another testimonial for ThePetCheckup – at home pet health kit

We received another nice testimonial from someone today via email. It’s always so nice to see how this simple product is helping so many people care for their dogs and cats.

“I just wanted to tell you your product is wonderful. I always tell my vets about it and hope that they may incorporate the kits in their businesses. It’s such a nice feeling to take extra care in your pet while at the same time keeping them comfortable and home.” M.B.

Dog and cat health…early detection is the best medicine

I just discovered that there is an alternative and complimentary medical dictionary online.

Below is the definition of early detection. Everyone agrees on this atleast.

(Noun) In complementary, conventional, and natural medicine, the act of discovering a disorder or disease before it has fully developed.

if your dog receives a kidney disease diagnosis

Many of our customers have dogs or cats who have been diagnosed with some form of kidney disease.

It is one of the most common illnesses for dogs and cats, especially as they age.

But there has been alot of growth in research and in understanding this illness and some of the news is quite encouraging. If there are enough functioning kidney cells, then it is possible for the kidneys to “restart” themselves and resume normal functioning for years.

This will probably be the first thing that the veterinarian will do…flush out the kidneys with large amounts of intravenous fluids and see how the animal responds.

Home Pet Urine Test for Dogs and Cats

We received another nice testimonial from a repeat customer today:

“I use this product anytime my cats seem to not feel well to determine if something more serious is brewing.

Extremely helpful for animals with history of urinary tract problems.” A.R., Las Cruces, NM

It’s always so nice to hear how helpful ThePetCheckup is.

UTI’s or Dog and Cat Urinary Tract Infections very common

I read more information today about Urinary Tract infections in dogs and cats. Although the statistics vary on just what percentage of dogs and cats will have this illness in their lifetime, it is certain that this is one of the most common imbalances that affect our pets.

Female dogs are quite a bit more likely to develop urinary tract infections than male dogs.

This is because the length of a female dog’s urethra is shorter compared to a male dog’s urethra. So the bacteria can enter a female dog’s bladder easier.

Keeping the animal’s immune system strong is the best defense. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there on our animal’s health and I know ThePetCheckup customer’s are some of the most informed.

I just started giving Chloe and Kate New Zealand Colostrum again. I think it is a great product and for my fussy cats, something that they will actually eat mixed with their food.

Vinyl handbags contain harmful amounts of lead

I just read an article about the dangerous amount of lead found in vinyl handbags, wallets etc.

For many of us who do not want to buy leather, this is an important warning. Purses and especially wallets are handled often.



The article also said that all handbags have interior tags which state what they are made of. I have often looked for tags on handbags and could not find them. But for now on, I’ll look at fabric and nylon bags…that seems the path.

Bacteria and dog and cat kidney and urinary tract infections

One simple thing I just read about to help prevent your dog and cat from developing urinary, bladder, or kidney infections is to be vigilant about washing out the water dish with hot/soapy water and changing the water atleast once a day.

Bacteria can grow quickly in the water and not just in hot weather.

The article mentioned some nice dishes that are made from recycled plastic. However, I believe stainless steel dishes are the best. Years ago, my cat Oliver developed what the vet called “feline acne”….little bumps on his chin. I was told that is something that is more common when the animal eats or drinks from plastic dishes.

And seamless dishes are the best, too, as bacteria cannot accumulate in any creases.