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February 2020 Pets of the Month

LAYLA (7 months old) & WILLIE (3 years old)

Another new client this year. During our initial interview I could tell that Layla was gonna be fun. Before leaveing I was already feeling her claws on my socks as she played with my feet. Willie was more sofisticated and observed me from afar. From the first day I visited we all become good friends. With cat toy in hand I was the prey and they were the hunters!


What is that Pink Residue in my Pet's bowl?

Ever notice a discolored stain or film in your pet's food dish?

When eating and drinking, pets leave behind their saliva and food particles in their dishes.  The term for this concoction is biofilm.  Bacteria loves it and grows rapidly.  NSF International conducted a study in 2011 and found that our pet’s dishes were the 4th dirtiest and germ filled place in the home.

Dishes should be thoroughly cleaned with hot water and soap, rinsed thoroughly, and refilled at least once a day. Simply rinsing won’t kill the bacteria.  In addition, it’s best to use a separate cloth or sponge to clean the pet dishes to minimize transference to people.

What is this bacteria?  The most common bacteria found in pet bowls is Serratia Marcescens, an eager pathogen found naturally in water, soil, and the digestive system in people, cats, and dogs.  

Pets with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible to getting ill from an over abundance of any bacteria. 

Even if you don’t see it, there’s a good chance this bacteria and others like yeast, salmonella, and e.coli can thrive if left alone to grow. Pet bowls are a paradise for germs, and this can have a negative impact on the health of our pets.  

The type of dish is important too.  Plastic is porous where bacteria can hide and multiply.  The preferred kind of bowl is stainless steel or porcelain which are non-porous and easy to clean thoroughly.

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