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Long Dog Fat Cat bakery now available to online customers

At Long Dog Fat Cat, we always want our dogs to have the best all natural dog treats, hand made and locally sourced goodies we want to eat for ourselves.

Long Dog Fat Cat’s freshly baked dog cookies and cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients without any added sugar or other unhealthy ingredients. We use ingredients like fresh bananas and carrots, real strawberries and natural lemons for our pup to be healthier while enjoy the taste of our baked treats. Your pup will surely enjoy our delicious healthy dog treats.

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The Best Ways To Help Your Cat Fight Kidney Failure

Kidneys are some of the most important organs in the body. Dealing almost strictly with blood, kidneys control blood pressure, filter out waste and excess water, stimulate red blood cells, and help maintain a proper balance of acids and minerals. Without kidneys, your system is much more susceptible to urinary tract infections, diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy, among other things. This post will be covering the topic of kidney failure in cats, detailing exactly what it is and how to treat it.

There are two types of kidney failure that cats experience: Acute renal failure, and chronic renal failure. Acute failure is usually caused by the ingestion of a poison (like antifreeze or pesticide), trauma, dehydration, blood loss, or infection. It flares up very quickly, and can be deadly if left untreated. If you notice your cat vomiting an unusual amount, urinating less than usual, having a general lack of energy, or experiencing a loss of coordination, take her to the vet right away. Acute renal failure is not hard to cure if it is caught early enough, but the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to treat.

The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for chronic failure. Developed by years of wear and tear, kidney failure becomes chronic when the kidney tissue is actually replaced entirely by scar tissue. This condition is untreatable, and is often caused by simple old age, although it can also be brought about by trauma and infection. Life expectancy after diagnosis is a few months at best, and prolongment of life is rare. Treatment of chronic kidney failure is more about alleviating pain than curing the illness, although sometimes proper care can slow the spread of the symptoms. As your cat ages, notice her weight, energy, and urination habits, all of which can indicate chronic renal failure.

When treating kidney failure of any kind, diet is the most important thing. Look for a food that has a low amount of high-quality protein, like turkey, duck, or eggs, preferably a limited ingredient food. These are usually single-source proteins packed with beneficial nutrients. Most limited ingredient foods are designed specifically for pets with health problems, so finding the right one to support your cat shouldn’t be a problem.

Both kinds of kidney failure can be brought on or aggravated by dehydration. Cats don’t naturally drink a lot of water because in the wild, they get their moisture from the raw meat they eat. Needless to say, they aren’t getting any moisture at all from their dry kibble. Supplementing a canned or dehydrated food every few days will be a good way to ensure that your cat is getting properly hydrated. You can also try mixing some warm water into her kibble.

While these methods might not entirely cure kidney failure, they will help your cat’s system fight the symptoms and greatly reduce the pain she is in. Kidney failure is a serious problem and we’d love to do what we can to help you and your cat fight it. Please let us know how we can help by emailing eric.nault@longdogfatcat.com, or by calling one of our stores.

 

 

Eric Face

 

Eric Nault 

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Just Eat It! 5 Appetite Stimulators For Dogs And Cats


A lacking appetite is one of the most common problems I run into among dog and cat owners. It’s a very confusing and concerning issue, and people have spent thousands of dollars trying out new foods or medicines to make their pet eat. In this post, I’d like to provide you with a list of appetite stimulants that should get your best friend eating again.

 

  1. Hot food.

Heating your pet’s food will enhance the flavors and smells, making it that much more enticing. This method works especially well with canned and dehydrated food. Just stick it in the microwave for fifteen seconds and you should be good to go.

  1. Exercise

The body craves food that it has worked for. Nothing makes a boring old PBJ taste better than a long, uphill hike through the heat. A long walk before mealtime can make your dog’s regular old kibble seem very tempting. If your cat is playing consistently throughout the day, she is much more likely to eat what you put down.

 

  1. Goat’s milk

Raw goat’s milk is packed full of natural probiotics, proteins and other nutrients that make it ideal for healthy weight gain. Its small fat molecules make it very easily digestible, perfect for dogs and cats suffering from malnutrition. Just pour it over their regular food, or serve it plain.

 

  1. Broth

With its strong odor and distinctive taste, a good chicken or beef broth will serve the same purpose as heating up the food, just making the kibble a bit harder to resist. This one does work with kibble a bit better than the heating method, as you can just stir it in to add some good texture.

 

  1. Natural food supplements

Ginger, mint, pumpkin, and cranberry will all greatly improve your pet’s digestion, which will make them more eager to eat. As they are better able to absorb nutrients and pass waste, their bodies will once again settle into a regular eating cycle.

These aren’t the only appetite enhancers by any means. If you try them all and they don’t work, please don’t worry. Email me at eric.nault@longdogfatcat.com if you have any questions or concerns, and keep this in mind: all dogs and cats are different, yes, but they are also similar. Chances are, if you are experiencing a problem, someone else has before too, and we can certainly help you find the solution. Again, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email, or feel free to call the store. We’d be more than happy to help you.

 

Eric Face

 

 Eric Nault 

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Why Groom? 3 Reasons To Get Your Dog Groomed Regularly

If you never took care of your hair, you probably would not be an especially happy camper. Your hair, matted and tangled, would accumulate grease and dirt that would be impossible to completely clean out. You would feel hot and dirty, and you honestly would not smell very good. A regular shower and haircut does wonders, not only for your appearance, but for your mentality.

SImilarly, a regularly groomed dog is a happier dog. Many people think that grooming is just about making your pet look pretty, but it is so much more than that. Our resident groomers, Steven, Tara and Reba, had a lot to say on the subject. Based on their comments, this is our list of the top 3 reasons to get your dog groomed regularly.

Health

First and foremost comes your dog’s health. Think of getting groomed as kind of like a checkup with your doctor. A professional groomer will be able to identify a lot of problems associated with your dog’s skin, such as rashes, bruising, cysts, and the like. They’ll also be able to inform you of problems with their ears, feet, and teeth, as they are going to be dealing with those a lot during the grooming process. Regular grooming will prevent a matted coat, which can cause serious damage to the skin and fur by cutting off circulation, and it can also work wonders on your dog’s joints, preventing early-onset arthritis that can be caused by unclipped nails. Consistent grooming will help your dog stay healthy and happy, and keep you a lot less stressed out. Keep in mind, however, that a groomer is not a vet, and shouldn’t be expected to give a diagnostic.

Nerves

Grooming is a lifelong process, just like going to the doctor is. Acclimating your puppies to the groomer’s touch will make it that much easier for them to be calm as older dogs. The stereotype is that all dogs hate getting haircuts and baths, but in reality, a dog that has been properly trained to accept these necessary steps will go along with them just as easily as a child does. Young children might squirm and complain when you stick them in the bathtub, but eventually, they will accept it as a natural part of life and even learn to enjoy it. Same goes for dogs. The more your dogs get groomed, the less they will struggle and fight about it.

Hygiene

Hair gets messy. Skin gets greasy. Ears get waxy and nails get dirty. A regular groom will ensure that these blemishes are dealt with professionally and swiftly, and that your dog doesn’t drag that infamous “wet dog stench” around with him wherever he goes. Letting him go too long without a groom would be like letting your kid to school smelling like body odor and last week’s tee-shirt. Nobody is going to be especially eager to pet a dog that stinks or feels like grease. Keeping up regular hygiene is essential to being able to fully appreciate all that your dog has to offer.

Grooming is a vital element of owning a dog, whether it’s a fluffy little Pom or a sleek labrador retriever. Come in a talk with our groomers about brushing, bathing, trimming, or anything else you’d like to know. They’ll give you regular upkeep tips and also scheduling advice. Reba, Steven, and Tarra are adept professionals and can answer any questions you have about the process and the details. To get in contact with us, please email eric.nault@longdogfatcat.com, or you can call the groomers directly.

 

Reba can be reached at 402-469-1917, and you can call Tara at 402-278-2775, and both can be found at our location on 90th and Center. Steven can be reached at 402-933-1123 at the store on 168th and Burke. 

 

Reba and Tara are independant contractors and are not on the LDFC payroll. Please do not contact them with questions about store policies or other Long Dog Fat Cat business related questions.

Eric Face

 

Eric Nault