Home Care is the Best Care™

Archive for the ‘Rescue’ Category

Are Raw Diets Good for your Pets?

My Valentino has a very sensitive stomach, and a couple of years ago, he had chronic diarrhea for over a a year- poor thing! During that time, I tried every food (meaning all healthy kibbles), vet RX food, just about everything, and nothing worked until I found raw. At first, I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan because its expensive, its gross and it requires more work than just dumping some kibble in his bowl. But, as anyone who knows me, knows I would do anything for my dog, so I tried it – and his chronic diarrhea went away, his itchiness went away, his coat is always shinny, and people cant believe he’ll be 7 years old because he’s in such amazing shape!


Feeding a whole, raw food diet has been associated with:

Increased energy
Healthier skin and the elimination of itchy skin conditions
Shinier fur with less shedding
Healthier teeth, gums, and better breath
Firmer muscle tone with increased strength and mobility
Healthy digestion and smaller, firmer stools
Stronger immune system
Better weight management

Raw food is also believed to help mitigate and prevent:

Kidney and liver disease
Heart disease
Pancreatic disease
Autoimmune disease

Cats and dogs are natural carnivores. They have long, sharp teeth designed for meat eating, and their digestive tract is much shorter and secretes enzymes that enable them to safely consume raw meat. Their stomach acids are so much stronger than ours that they tend to kill off almost all pathogenic bacteria anyway. Raw food is high in protein and the natural nutrients that your pet needs.

Most processed kibble and canned pet foods are the equivalent of junk food for your pet. The intensive manufacturing processes create an inferior and biologically inappropriate product that is low in nutritional value and lacks vital food enzymes. Feeding these foods can lead to a negative effect on our pet’s health. Raw, whole ingredients will support and optimize a healthy immune system and wellness.

If you do the switch, don’t be alarmed when your dog poops a lot less, and it’s much smaller in size- this is supposed to happen because the food he is eating is high quality and its being used instead of excreted.

Why not give it a try! There’s plenty of brands out there to make it easier than figuring it out on your own, and in the long run, you will save money on your pet’s medical bills, good luck!

Looking for a Kitten or Cat to Join your Family?! (Part 3)

Continuing from our Blog post from last Thursday (Part 2), this is the final part of our cat adoption series.  There are so many cats at shelters and rescues that need forever homes, so if you are looking to add a feline to your pack, please think about adoption first.  Even if you want a purebred cat, or a certain color cat, adoption is still an option!

Meet Connor!


Connor is a polydactyl cat.  Polydactyl cats can come in any breed.  Commonly known as hyperdactyly, polydactylism is a genetic mutation that causes a cat to have more than the normal number of toes.  In fact, a cat with polydactylism can easily have up to 35 toes!  For the most part, being a polydactyl cat doesn’t affect a cat negatively at all.  In fact, they can sometimes use their extra toes as thumbs, making it easy for them to open latches with one paw!

Connor is a gorgeous orange and white kitten!  He and his siblings were taken off the streets at about eight weeks of age, and they now act like they’ve always been with people.  Connor and two of his siblings have polydactyl traits and are as cute as buttons.  Once you meet Connor, you’ll know he’s an angel in disguise because of his sweet purr and kind soul.

Find a polydactyl cat/kitten Near You Now at Adopt-a-Pet.com!