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To Addy’s blog followers:

This is my final blog post as we will be discontinuing Addy’s blog.

You can still look for me at any of my Pet Supplies Plus stores – in White Lake (two locations: Highland Rd and Cooley Lake Rd.) and in Bloomfield Twp.
I am always at one of my stores helping neighbors find the right food and products for their pets.

Stay connected with store news and specials by signing up for our PREFERRED PET CLUB.
Visit any of my store locations to sign up at the register.

If a new best friend is in your future, follow our Kitty City on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pspkittycity/.
Visit Kitty City free-roaming cat areas at both my Bloomfield Twp. and White Lake (Highland Rd.) Pet Supplies Plus stores.
Adopters can meet and mingle with the cats and get them know them before choosing the best pet for them.

Thank you for following my blog – and I hope to see you at one of my stores!  – Addy.

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Rabbits need fiber from HAY for healthy digestion

Young red rabbit in hay on green backgroundIf you have a rabbit, the number one thing to be mindful of is that your rabbit gets enough FIBER in his or her diet.  Most of this should come from fresh, thoroughly-washed leafy vegetables – such as romaine lettuce, parsley, cilantro and other greens.  (See some great information on rabbit nutrition as well as other rabbit care topics on the House Rabbit Society website at http://rabbit.org/suggested-vegetables-and-fruits-for-a-rabbit-diet/

But it’s also important to supplement fresh greens with HAY to aid healthy digestion and stool production.  Include TIMOTHY HAY in your rabbit’s diet as a good source of fiber.   One supplier of Timothy hay is Oxbow Animal Health.  Timothy hay should be provided to your rabbit in unlimited quantities daily.  Chewing hay will also help with natural wearing of your rabbit’s teeth.   (See my past blog on Rabbits need to chew to avoid dental problem.)

Rabbits that lack sufficient fiber are prone to a condition called GI stasis, a potentially deadly condition in which stool production slows down or stops completely.  Sufficient fiber – including Timothy hay – can help prevent this condition.

Should you notice your rabbit not eating, or is producing diminished or no stools, see your veterinarian* immediately.  GI stasis can be extremely painful and can cause death in a rabbit sometimes in a matter of hours.

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  Do NOT assume that the same veterinarian who you take other pets to will care for your rabbit.  Not all veterinarians see rabbits.  Therefore, it’s best to find a good vet for your bunny BEFORE you need one – and also to schedule annual wellness exams. 

AS ALWAYS, CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN ABOUT YOUR PET’S OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

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Join us at our White Lake (Highland Rd.) Christmas Open House – Sunday, Dec 18th

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Deck the halls with furry photos.

Join us for our Christmas Open House at our
White Lake (Highland Rd.) location!

Sunday, December 18
12pm to 4pm

Come enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and coffee. Stop by our Christmas Photo set to get your pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

  • 4×6 photo: $5 donation
  • Thumb drive: $10 Donation

Join us at our White Lake (Cooley Lake Rd.) Christmas Open House – Saturday, Dec 17th

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Deck the halls with furry photos.

Join us for our Christmas Open House
at our White Lake (Cooley Lake Rd.) location!

Saturday, December 17
12pm to 4pm

Come enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and coffee. Stop by our Christmas Photo set to get your pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

  • 4×6 photo: $5 donation
  • Thumb drive: $10 Donation

Join us for our Christmas Open House – Saturday, Dec 10th

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Deck the halls with furry photos.

Join us for our Christmas Open House
at our Bloomfield Hills location!

Saturday, December 10
12pm to 4pm

Come enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and coffee. Stop by our Christmas Photo set to get your pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

  • 4×6 photo: $5 donation
  • Thumb drive: $10 Donation

Limit frequency of dog, cat bathing / NEVER use human shampoo

The first step in bathing your dog or cat is to choose a shampoo MADE FOR PETS.  There are many good ones on the market.  AVOID using HUMAN shampoos that will dry your pet’s delicate skin.  NEVER use hand soaps or laundry soaps which are way too harsh for your pet.
Bathroom to a dogWhile bathing your dog – or cat – keeps them clean and helps keeps their fur soft and shiny, too much bathing removes essential oils and  can lead to dry skin, itching and flaking.  Some pet owners make the mistake of thinking that bathing will remove dry itchy flakes.  In fact, it does just the opposite and will make the problem worse.

If your dog has itchy flaky skin, limit bathing and choose a shampoo that contains oatmeal which will be much milder on the skin.  If your cat or dog has some form of SKIN IRRITATION, CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN.  DO NOT THINK THAT BATHING WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM.  While there are special shampoos for irritated skin, they are NOT the best solution.  Instead:

  • Feed your pet a high-quality food that provides proper nutrition.   Nine times out of 10, itchy, flaky skin is a result of poor nutrition.
  • Consult with your veterinarian who can do a blood test to see if your pet is suffering from any blood deficiencies.
  • Once your veterinarian has ruled out any underlying health issues, consider treating irritated areas of your pet’s skin with an anti-itch spray to temporarily relieve minor pain and itching. One such product is Allercaine for DOGS. You can also buy Allercaine with Bittran, a safe, bitter substance that discourages animals from licking.   NOTE these products are for DOGS ONLY.  As always, check first with your veterinarian.

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Our Next Vet Clinic: December 3, 2016

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December 3, 2016
1:00-2:30

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