Discover What Silk Can Do For Your Pet!

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For thousands of years, silk has been a long sought after luxury that only a few had access to. Harvesting silk from silkworms was a time consuming process and could take months before there was enough to make even one article of clothing. In more modern times, we buy silk products because of the feel it provides, whether that be in clothes, bed sheets or any number of things.

More recently, silk has been found to have amazing properties for hair care and we are seeing ever increasing use of it in grooming. That’s why Espree has recently introduced a new line of Vanilla Silk products that will give your animal’s coat a whole new feel and look. Not only does it help repair damaged fur, but it will continue to moisturize your pet’s fur, maintaining a truly silky feel.

For dogs out there that suffer from dry or sensitive skin, this is also a great option to keep them feeling happy and irritation free during baths. Since silk proteins help lock in moisture, your dog will feel refreshed and clean after each wash.

With Espree’s Vanilla Silk shampoo and cologne, you will easily keep your dog feeling and smelling great all year round. Discover what silk can do for your pet today.

Obesity shortens lives! Check out our tips to help maintain your pet’s weight!

 

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We see it all the time. A funny video of a fat cat online, barely able to jump onto a ledge. A chubby dog that can hardly get through his doggy door. Thousands of pictures of fat animals laying on their side with a hilarious caption about being lazy or not wanting to exercise. While very amusing to be sure, obesity in animals is just as serious as it is for humans. However we are much more likely to overlook our pet’s weight problems at the expense of their health due to either ignorance, laziness or just not caring. That’s why it is important to be informed about your pet’s weight and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle, so you can spend as much time with them as possible.

There are several ways to help control your animal’s weight. While many seem obvious, you should always consult a veterinarian first before trying anything, even a simple diet.

First, of course, is portion control. Are you leaving food out all the time? This alone is a huge cause of weight gain in domestic pets. When your cat or dog can eat anytime they want, then they end up consuming far more daily calories than is necessary. Yes, you might only see them take a little bit at a time, but each small portion adds up when they can do it many times a day. Maintaining strict food control is extremely important in ensuring that they only eat as much as required.

When trying to help them lose weight, cutting back on their food at first can be trying. They may be used to eating all the time and can become irritable, but after while they will get used to it. Again, please remember to consult a veterinarian before you attempt a diet for your pets. Cats especially need to have carefully portioned amounts of food, or they can suffer from hepatic lipidosis, otherwise known as Fatty Liver Disease. Cutting back too dramatically on their food intake can cause this, so always be sure before you do anything.

The next issue is very closely tied to the first. Treats. Are you giving your pet too many? Dogs especially can take in way more than they need due to eating too many pet treats or worse, human food. Some dog owners give their dog a treat each time they go to the bathroom, each time they set down to eat, and sometimes just because the dog has become used to getting a treat at a certain time. Cut down on this by limiting the amount of treats you hand out and if you must give them one, try training treats. They are generally very small, contain less calories and still perform the same function.

Finally, exercise. Even some of us find this to be a chore at times and your pets can be no different. Cats especially, due to their domestic lifestyle, can easily fall into a downward spiral of obesity. If you have the rare cat that likes to go running with you, congratulations! You have it easy and probably should film this too when it happens. For the rest of us, there are several ways to help get your cat burn some calories. Change where they eat occasionally. This works especially well if you have a two story home, as they have to travel farther for their meal. Try to also find time and play with them at least twice a day for ten minute intervals. Laser pointers, sticks with fake mice on the end; anything to make them move around just a bit more than they normally would.

Fortunately, dogs are much easier. Walks are top of the list. Get out there and walk your dog at least once a day, ideally for at least twenty minutes. Not only will this help them, but give you a great chance to exercise as well. Throwing balls, socializing at dog parks, doggy day care; all of this will have your dog moving around much more than a lazy day at home.

Remember, animal obesity can have as much effect on animals as it does humans. It shortens their lifespan, causes serious issues later in life and overall makes for a less enthusiastic pet. Even if you suspect your pet looks fine, it is always important to check with a veterinarian to be sure they are at the optimal weight. Keep your pets feeling fit, healthy and happy and you will have a friend for many more years to come.

May is National Chip Your Pet Month!

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Not too long ago, losing a beloved pet was a difficult time for any owner. First you started with a car ride around your neighborhood, calling their name and hoping they would hear you. When that failed, after what was certainly hours of looking, you would go home, find a picture and get started with making “Lost Animal” flyers to post around your local area. From there, you would call the pound and animal shelters each day, hoping beyond hope that your cat or dog would show up at one of them. Each unknown call to your phone was met with anxious excitement, wondering if it was someone calling about your lost friend.

Unfortunately, this could have taken place twenty years ago or just last week. Even today, many pet owners do not take advantage of the many advancements in pet technology that has become available. We speak of course about microchipping.

$45 dollars is the average cost to have this done to your pet. That small, one-time fee could mean the difference between finding your pet or losing them forever.

A small chip is placed in your pet, generally under the scruff of the neck and with hardly any pain. The process takes all of about a minute and once you have registered your pet’s chip with the associated database, you can rest a little easier knowing that should you lose your furry friend, they now have a much better chance of being found.

When a lost pet is taken to a shelter, veterinarian or pound, they are usually scanned to determine if they have a chip. When it is found, the owner is immediately contacted, whereupon they are reunited amid a flurry of doggy kisses or purring rubs.

So get your pet microchipped if they aren’t already and have that extra piece of mind if the worst should happen. Remember; a microchip can mean the difference in finding a pet, whether it be thousands of miles away, years later, or even both, they can be found again.

Make Sure Your Furry Friends Are At Their Healthiest During Pet Cancer Awareness Month!

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It’s Pet Cancer Awareness Month and we here at Espree want to make sure that all our furry friends are at their healthiest. On average, six million dogs and six million cats will be diagnosed with cancer in a given year, with dogs leading in more forms of cancer. Knowing that, it is important that as a responsible pet owner, you can recognize signs of cancer early on in your pets. Remember that early detection can mean the difference in saving an animal’s life.

Just like humans, your pets can suffer from a variety of cancer types. From skin and bone cancer to lymphoma and cancerous tumors; each one can affect your furry friend in different ways and each one can give different signs.

  • Always be on the lookout for lumps, especially one that continues to grow. While a lump or growth is not always a sign of cancer, we recommend you take your pet to the veterinarian just to be safe.
  • Weight loss. A sudden decrease in weight can be a sure sign that your pet is sick. This goes hand in hand with loss of appetite. Most pet owners know how much their animal eats regularly, so if you notice that they aren’t eating over the course of a couple of days, make an appointment right away.
  • Bathroom habits changing. A dog who suddenly can’t make it outside in time or a cat that is missing the litter box consistently can be a troubling sign.
  • Lethargy or slower moving activity. A dog who suddenly has no desire to play and sleeps a ton can also be a troubling sign.
  • Outward signs of pain. Perhaps your pet is limping when walking or playing, or yelps when a certain spot on them is touched. This can be a sign of something more severe, so always follow up with a visit to your vet.

Remember, not all of these signs are necessarily an indication that your pet has cancer, but it is always best to be on guard. Even if you are vigilant in checking the health of your cat or dog, it is vital that they receive regular check-ups to ensure that you aren’t missing anything.

If it turns out that your dog or cat does have some form of cancer, don’t start worrying right away. Cancer treatment for animals has come far in the last few decades and many pets are living longer lives because of this. Discuss all treatment options with your veterinarian and see what will work best for your furry companion.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month is a time to become more in tune with your animal’s health and Espree hopes that by educating people about pet cancer, more animals will be saved. So go out there, give your dog and cat a hug and do your best to keep your pet family staying health.

Tips to Ensure your Pet is Taken Care of in the Event of a Disaster!

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National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is a great reminder that while people can be prepared for most disasters, they need to ensure their pets are also taken care of. Below are several ways that can help you and your pet family stay safe and secure in the event of a disaster.

High up on the list is to alert any potential rescuers that you have pets in the home. There are several signs or stickers you can purchase to place near your front door that will let people know how many animals you have and what they are. This can be especially useful in the event of a fire, even more so if you aren’t there when it occurs. The ASPCA even offers them for free by filling out this form online and ordering them.

Next is to always have a plan of action according to the disaster. Your area may be prone to earthquakes, tornados, floods, wildfires, hurricanes; all of which present their own unique problems to deal with.

Since tornados and earthquakes generally have the least amount of warning, you will need to have a prepared room in the house (or separate storm shelter) where you and your pets can be safe. While some pets may not like it, it can be crucial to practice a few times so that you are ready in the event of a disaster. Every animal has a certain place they like to hide, especially when scared. Learn where your pets hiding spots are so you can get to them quickly. When you are up against disasters with more warning, albeit equally destructive potential, make sure you have prepared disaster supplies ready for your family and your pets. Bowls, five days of water and food, plus first aid are all very much needed. Carriers and leashes also need to be close by, even for cats. They may not like the leash, but at least they won’t get away from you.

Sometimes disasters aren’t nearly as destructive, such as snowstorms or blackouts, but can cause similar issues to crop up. You still need to maintain backup food and water for your pets at all times and we recommend restocking your supplies at least every six months.

Expanding on this, make sure all of your pets are wearing collars with a good contact number in the event that they do get away and to double up extra security, we highly recommend getting your pet microchipped. It is generally not too expensive and will ensure that should your pet ever reach a vet or animal shelter, they will find their way back to you.

Please keep in mind that while your pets are animals, they are domesticated and depend on you for survival. If you couldn’t survive the upcoming disaster, they probably will not either. Never leave them behind for any reason.

Your animals are part of your family and we here at Espree want them to be as safe as possible in any situation. Hopefully you will never have to worry about a disaster affecting you and your pets, but it is always important to be prepared.