Friday, April 6, 2018

Save on Pet Meds


Are your pets on medication? 

Do you buy their medication at (human) pharmacies? 

You can save up to 80% instantly with a free GoodRx card!


Just hand it to your pharmacist with your pet prescription and save instantly! GoodRx is 100% free. One card can be used as often as needed for all your pets' prescriptions. No personal information is required. No expiration date. No fees.

A free prescription drug savings card with no strings attached! Yours for the asking.


๐ŸถDon't pay full price for your pets' meds any more! ๐Ÿฑ

Get your free GoodRx card today. Now available from Cozy Critters Pet Sitters. Just send me an email requesting one and I'll be sure to get it to you.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Essential Oils and Pets




There is so much disinformation out there in regards to essential oils and pets. Especially when it comes to cats. Even the mention of essential oils and cats can send people into a frenzy. According to Melissa Shelton, DVM, "much of what we 'think' we know about cats and essential oils is misinterpreted and outdated. The simple evidence is that in the absence of gross mis-use and overdose of essential oils, they really are quite safe."

(For those so inclined, click here to read the most current research review in regards to safety of essential oils with cats, also pertaining to other animals.)

The key things to using essential oils with any pet, including cats are:

๐Ÿ‘‰The essential oils must be 100% pure, high quality, veterinary grade. Not all oils are created equal! They need to be screened specifically for use in veterinary applications.

๐Ÿ‘‰They must be used in species appropriate doses and regimens. (i.e.,Cats are not small dogs.) Essential oils need to be regarded similarly to how we use drugs.  There are species considerations, dosing considerations, and interval considerations.

Obviously, some research and knowledge on the subject is required. Essential oils are powerful but safe if used in the correct ways. Sound a little too complicated or like too much work? No worries! Dr. Shelton has done all the work for you. You and your pets can experience the wonderful benefits of essential oils by purchasing essential oil products created by Dr. Shelton herself. The specific application and dosing instructions are found on her website for all her products.

Dr. Shelton attained her degree from The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.  She is the owner of Crow River Animal Hospital in Howard Lake, MN – where her work with the medical use of essential oils for animals began in 2008.  In 2011, she dedicated her practice solely to the research and advancement of veterinary aromatic medicine.  (She prefers to call it aromatic medicine instead of aromatherapy.) Dr. Shelton is devoted to providing accurate, honest, and documented information regarding essential oil use in the animal kingdom - and is a popular speaker at veterinary conferences. 

 In 2014, she introduced animalEO, a line of veterinary essential oil products for animals.  She has presented on the use of essential oils throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, and Canada.

She has also authored several books, including The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals and Essential Oils for Natural Pet Care: A Veterinarian's Desk Reference for the Top Health Concerns of Cats, Dogs, and Horses. I have both of these great reference books which sadly got damaged in the flood last year but I am so grateful I was able to salvage them.

I love essential oils and my pets and I have been experiencing the benefits of them for over twenty years.

Please visit Dr. Shelton's website at www.animalEO.info for more information.




Monday, March 26, 2018

The Truth About Pet Cancer Docu-Series


Losing several pets to cancer myself, I know the pet cancer epidemic is real. Our pets don't know how to protect themselves, so it's up to us to become educated pet guardians to help them live the healthiest lives possible.

Did you know …
  • In the 1970’s, Golden Retrievers on average would live to be 17 years old. Now, they average only 9 years.
  • Just 50 years ago only 1 in 100 dogs got cancer. Now, it’s worse than 1 in 2 dogs will be diagnosed with cancer this year. That's a ridiculous statistic.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death among cats. In fact, 1 in 3 cats will be affected by this devastating disease this year alone.
  • So when I found out that Truth About Cancer were running a series about cancer in our pets, I wanted to tell you about it.
The Truth About Pet Cancer is a great docu-series which discusses in detail how to AVOID your pet getting cancer as well as what to do if your pet already has cancer. It includes interviews with over 30 Pet Health Experts including world-renowned veterinary oncologists, holistic veterinarians, and animal health specialists, just to name a few.

The Truth About Pet Cancer is available to watch for FREE! It begins Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 8 PM Central and airs 7 (one hour) episodes in 7 days. Each episode is available for viewing for only 24 hours, for free.


Go here to watch a 20 minute Sneak Peek of The Truth About Pet Cancer.

Check out their Facebook page here.

This is the second documentary series about cancer in pets that has come out just recently. Read about the other one here.







UPDATE (4/9/18): A Special Offer for Our Clients! 

Cozy Critters has purchased this must-see 7 part documentary on DVD so that we can share it with as many of our clients as possible. We want all pet lovers and veterinarians to see this! Ask us about borrowing the DVD set so you can watch:


All 7 Truth-Revealing 65-Minute Episodes


Episode 1:  Understanding Pet Cancer & the Current “Medical Toolkit”

Episode 2:  The Pet Food Industry, Healthy Diets,
Ketosis & Nutrigenomics

Episode 3:  Pet Vaccines – “Do’s & Don’ts”

Episode 4:  Pet Cancer Causes, Silent Killers & Recurrent
Epigenetic Triggers

Episode 5:  Cancer Roots and Remedies, Hidden Hazards,
Healing Tones & Detox

Episode 6:  Treatments & Preventions: Part 1 –
Healing Herbs, Homeopathy & Other Proven Protocols

Episode 7:  Treatments & Preventions: Part 2 – Eastern Medicine,
Supplementation, Surviving & Thriving

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dog Cancer Series Documentary


A new documentary was just released for pet lovers and veterinarians alike. The Dog Cancer Series - Rethinking the Canine Epidemic is a six hour documentary now available on DVD and will also be available for digital download very soon. It was co-produced by Karen Becker, DVM and Rodney Habib.

Dr. Becker is well known from Mercola Healthy Pets, which is the most viewed pet health website in the world. She is also the author of Real Foods for Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food.

Rodney Habib is well known to pet lovers everywhere from his Facebook page Planet Paws, which is the largest Facebook pet health site worldwide. He also has a website with the same name.

It took them a year and over 25,000 miles to create this much needed documentary so they can bring awareness to the devastating epidemic of cancer in dogs. Another reason they created it is "to provide pet owners with the most relevant and impactful advice currently available from the top oncologists, researchers and veterinarians in the world." Another priority, Dr. Becker says, is to also get this information into the hands of veterinarians as this is information that is not taught in veterinary schools.

I've seen it and highly recommend it. It contains a lot of great information!

You can learn more about it, watch the trailer, and sign up for a free workshop they've created by going here:  https://www.dogcancerseries.com/  (The free workshop is great too!)

You can also listen to a 20 minute interview of them talking about their new documentary by going here:

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/03/12/dr-becker-rodney-habib-documentary.aspx

๐Ÿ‘‰ Special Offer for Our Clients: I highly encourage all dog lovers (and veterinarians) to watch this informative and eye opening documentary. In an effort to make it easily accessible for you to do so, I have it on DVD (4 DVD Set)  and will be happy to loan it to you. Just send me an email!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How You Store Kibble Matters


 I am not a proponent of dry food to begin with (the more I've learned, the less I like it), but some of the ways in which I see people storing dry pet foods are less than ideal. How you store your pet's dry food does matter.

Dry pet foods (which by the way, is technically and legally considered feed not food) are highly processed. Because they are highly processed and use preservatives, they are packaged and stored in bags that are intended to keep them as fresh as possible until the expiration date or shelf life, which can be between one and three years. (Always check the expiration or "best by" date.)

Some of the dietary fats in dry kibble -- fats that pets require -- are very sensitive to air, heat and time. As soon as a bag of kibble is opened, those fats begin to go rancid. Pouring the kibble from the bag to a container, or into a bowl accelerates the process as the kibble is exposed to more air each time. The more exposure to air or heat, the quicker the fats will go rancid.

In addition to that, in the final step of the kibble production process, palatability enhancers are sprayed on the food (because few animals would eat it otherwise), which consist of metal oxides and sulfates that promote the oxidation of fats.

Most bags of dry food have either a plastic or foil liner on the inside of the bag for this reason. The packaging is protecting the food from air (oxygen), heat and moisture. No matter what type of preservative is used in your pet's kibble, it can quickly turn rancid if exposed to air and hot temperatures. Dry pet foods are supposed to be stored in a cool (under 80 degrees), dry place, which (especially here in the South) does not mean the garage.

Sometimes there is the issue of bugs getting into the food which is why people began putting the food in other containers to store it. But instead of pouring the food out of the bag into a container, it's much better to leave the food in the bag and put the bag in the container. It will stay fresher this way. Remember, each time you expose the food/feed to air, the quicker the fats become rancid.

I have seen dry pet food stored in all kinds of containers. The most popular is plastic of course. What most people don't think about is whether or not the plastic your storing the food in is even food grade plastic. The food items we buy for ourselves as well as pet foods, are stored in food grade plastics. Are you using food grade containers to store your pets' food? 

Even so, most (if not all) plastics can leach toxic chemicals into the contents of the container. (Which is why after learning this I stopped using plastic for food storage altogether.) Also, some plastics can actually absorb much of the vitamin C out of the food; it leaches out and gets sucked into the plastic material. This effects shelf life as it causes the fat to oxidize and accelerates spoilage. Another reason to leave it in the bag.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that can be found in many plastic containers, including food-grade plastics. BPA has been shown in several medical studies to be harmful and may even cause cancer. BPA has been linked to thyroid and neurological problems. 

And if you think you're out of the woods by getting BPA-free plastic, better think again. Studies have found that some BPA-free plastics have similar estrogenic activity as plastics with BPA, which cause adverse health problems.

Another reason to leave it in the bag.

Another two important reasons why keeping it in the bag is a good idea: One is that the bags, which were made specifically to keep the food fresh as possible for as long as possible, would likely keep the food fresher longer than it would after being poured into another container (letting air in), which is likely to allow for more space (air) as the food level gets lower. A bag you can roll down to keep the air out!  Two: In case of a recall of the food. If your pet ever gets sick and you suspect the food (or treats), you will need the product information code and expiration date on the package. Or if there is a recall on the food you buy, you will need to know the information on the packaging. This is important! Pet food recalls happen on a frequent basis.

You can follow Cozy Critters Facebook page to get notices of pet food or treat recalls.

Buying too much dry food at a time might save you a few dollars or a few trips to the store, but it may also be causing your pet's food to go rancid quicker. Just how long does that bag last? (More than seven days?) Does it last so long it's most likely stale or rancid once you get to the bottom of the bag because it's been opened and exposed to air so many times? You might want to consider buying in smaller quantities so it's always as fresh as possible. If not, be sure to at least keep the bag closed tightly after letting the air out. 

If you ever notice that the food looks or smells funny, don't feed it to them. Better safe than sorry. You may not even notice anything different when a food has actually turned rancid. If your pet refuses to eat something, don't make them. Animals can sometimes smell when there is something "off" with the food and know not to eat it. We forget sometimes to give more credit to the animals.Their sense of smell is much more powerful than ours! 

If you continue pouring your dry pet food in a plastic container, at least be sure to wash it out and dry it thoroughly before putting a new refill of food in. If you dump new, fresh food on top of remnants of old, rancid food, those remnants of oxidizing old food can spread the oxidation to the new food. 

We need to be more conscious of how we store our pets' food in order to help them stay healthy. How you store their kibble matters. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Professional Pet Sitters Week


This week we are celebrating Professional Pet Sitters Week!

I do what I love & love what I do!

Being a Professional Pet Sitter is not just a job, it is a passion!

Professional Pet Sitting provides a wonderful & much needed service to the community.

It provides pet guardians with the freedom to travel worry-free knowing their pets are loved & cared for by an experienced professional in their absence.

It enables pets to remain as stress-free as possible while their guardians are away, in their own comfortable surroundings, sights & smells. There's no place like home!

Most Professional Pet Sitters also provide mid-day dog walks during the week while pet guardians are at work, enabling dogs to get much needed physical exercise as well as mental stimulation, which is also important. Not to mention they receive a friend who comes just to spend time with them!

Professional Pet Sitting also provides crime deterrent measures for your home while you're away.

Professional Pet Sitters are Insured & Bonded for your protection.



Monday, February 12, 2018

Celebrating 16 Years in Business



Cozy Critters Pet Sitters is

Proud to be Celebrating 16 Years in Business!


Caring for Pets is our Passion!



T H A N K    Y O U ! 

for choosing us as your 

Professional