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Our Pets: A Visit to the Vet for Cujo

Today was a day (more like half an hour) at the vet for our princess.  She has a tendency to drink water from strange places like random puddles (she's an indoor/outdoor cat). This tendency has led to a few painful bladder and kidney infections in the past. It's almost like clockwork: the weather gets warmer, she starts going outside more often and then a few weeks later she comes down with an infection.  This time I think we've thankfully caught it early. The treatment is a two week round of antibiotics (Clavaseptin) and then we'll take a look to see how she responds. Clavaseptin has worked well in the past so I feel it will do the job again.  A big...

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Pet Health Tip: The Importance of Hydration

Most of us usually focus on feeding our pets well, but how well do we keep them hydrated? Our cat, Cujo, has had two fairly major urinary tract issues in the past, both having to do with her water intake. Her first issue came out of nowhere when one day I found her crying out in pain, peeing blood in random spots around the house. This happened about nine or ten years ago and it was definitely not a good sight to see. After a trip to the Riverdale Animal Hospital on the Danforth and some x-rays, Cujo was found to have had a large crystal in her bladder, causing an extremely painful blockage when she tried to urinate. This...

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Attention and Connecting to What Matters

I just read an excerpt from Arianna Huffington's new book, Thrive and I definitely resonate with her idea of redefining success. She calls for a need to soften our compulsive focus on monetary success and our desire to become successful solely by climbing the career ladder and acquiring things. Instead she says we should look to broaden our focus so that it includes other aspects of our lives, including truly connecting with ourselves and those we love.  The notion of connecting really resonated with me, especially as a husband, brother, son and as a person who shares his life with many pets. I can say from experience that the most beneficial thing I can give to those I share my life...

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