Archive for July, 2012

Happy Mutt’s Day!

July 31, 2012

Happy Mutt’s Day!  Today, we celebrate these furry friends.  What makes a mutt so special? While purebreds come from a lineage of dogs of the same breed, mutts are a mix between two or more breeds. This means that no two mutts are alike—each is unique in its own way! These dogs certainly deserve a day of celebration for their diverse heritage.  To celebrate Mutt’s Day, take your mutt for a walk today or show your mutt how much you appreciate them by giving them a few extra treats and toys. Happy Mutt’s Day!


Family Dog Walk

July 30, 2012

What are you doing this Saturday?!  Join us for the Grand Opening of the New Red Cedar Trail and Dog Walk!  The Grand Opening of the Red Cedar Trail will be celebrated on Saturday, August 4 with a Family Dog Walk.  The event begins at 9 a.m. with a short ribbon cutting ceremony. The Family Dog Walk is a VERB eligible activity and is a free event.  Dogs and their owners will start at the Brookwood Park parking lot, and walk approximately 2 miles (round trip) on the new trail to Red Cedar Park and back.  Route maps will be provided as well as Milk-Bone Trail Mix and other free items!  The goal is to have a fun and active morning.   For more information, call the Leisure Services office (319-352-6263), we hope to see everyone at the event!

Holistic Pet Food

July 27, 2012

Pop Quiz!  When you purchase your pet’s food, are you paying attention to the ingredients label?! If not, you should — especially if your pet experiences chronic ear infections, diarrhea, or allergies. Although many pet food labels claim to be “premium” these may offer very little nutrition for your dog. The truth is, any company can consider their food premium even if it only contains 1% beef. That’s why reading the ingredients label on your dog’s food packaging is crucial for your dog’s health and well-being.  But with so many brands of dog food available on the market, what are some of the key things to look for on the ingredients label? AAHA is a great source for unbiased reviews of dog food brands and understanding pet food labels. Nutrition is the fifth vital assessment in pet health.  Our question to you is what a “holistic” pet food, or what is required to make the food “holistic”?  The first per son to answer correctly wins a free bag of Science Diet “holistic” treats!

Young Living Essential Oils For Your Pet!

July 25, 2012

Can your pet benefit from Essential Oils?!  Essential oils are extracted from plants through a process called distillation and are the oldest form of medicine known to man.  Science is now beginning to investigate the incredible healing substances found in essential oils for both people and animals!  Essential oils can be used to enhance and improve an already healthy pet’s quality of life!  Essential oils can also provide your pet with healing and pain relief for acute sickness or chronic conditions.  We are pleased to offer Young Living Essential Oils for your pet at our clinic!  Please watch this short video of Dr. Melissa Shelton DVM talking about the benefits of essential oils in veterinary medicine!


Permanent identification for your pet!

July 24, 2012

During these busy days of summer, it is sometimes difficult to remember who fed or let the dog out last!  It also creates an easy environment for your pet to slip out the door or for a visitor to fail to latch the door completely.  As a pet owner, microchipping your pet is one of the most responsible decisions you can make and costs only thirty five dollars.  Sadly, many pets end up at shelters every year because they don’t have proper identification on them when they are lost or even stolen. Remember, even if you’re an experienced pet owner, there’s always a chance your pet could go missing.  You just never know when something like this may happen and it’s always best to be prepared in case your pet does decide to take his own little journey.  This amazing story is of two dogs and their owners that were reunited after 5 years of separation thanks to a microchip!


Gatorade for your pet?!

July 5, 2012

Gatorade for your pet?!  It is hot out, and just like us, our pets need correct hydration to dodge the effects of this extreme heat!  Isotone-SA is a buffered isotonic nutritional supplement for dogs and cats.  When added to your pet’s water, this product creates optimum fluid absorption, balances electrolytes and provides energy, similar to Gatorade.  Stop in today to learn how your pet can benefit from this product!

Pedigree Recall!

July 3, 2012

RECALL: Pedigree initiated a voluntary recall of three varieties of Pedigree weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk. This recall is not related to the rash of pet food recalls due to Salmonella contamination.  Click here for more information!