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How to Keep Your Cats and Dogs Healthy

You Can Keep Your Cats and Dogs Healthy

We enjoy the trend of posting daily during the month of November about what we are thankful for.  That’s an easy one for me because I am always thankful for my three dogs and their good health.  We make a commitment to keeping our dogs healthy. Here is how to keep your cats and dogs healthy. 

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All lined up, pretty as a picture: Luke, Daisy Mae and Trooper

  • Perform a snout to tail assessment daily (Learn how via Pet Tech)
  • Feed your cats and dogs high quality pet food (the best you can afford)
  • Exercise with your cats and dogs daily
  • Brush your pets’ teeth several times every week


keep your cats and dogs healthy

Toothpaste and brushes for dogs

  • Practice with your pets on maintaining their skills and tricks several times every week
  • Take your cats and dogs to the vet for their annual or twice yearly checkups to catch any issues early
  • Have the vet clean your pets’ teeth every year 

November Health Watch Issues for Your Cats and Dogs

You can keep your cats and dogs healthy by being aware of diseases and their symptoms.  If your cats or dogs present with symptoms of specific illnesses check with your vet.

November is National Pet Diabetes Month. If your cat or dog is drinking excessively, urinating excessively and acting lethargic, it’s time to visit their veterinarian to rule out the possibility of diabetes.

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  Click on the link for a brief discussion of cancer in dogs.  Click the next link to learn more about cancer in cats.

Finding Homes for the Cats and Dogs

There is nothing more important than a stable home for the health of our cats and dogs.  After all, being homeless and on the streets or in a noisy shelter is not conducive to good health.  There are wonderful shelters and 501(c)(3) rescue organizations in our community.  You can find a cat or dog of any type or breed and any age.  Visit the shelters and check out the adoption fairs held regularly by our local rescues. 

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Rescued Kitty


Older cats and dogs face the most difficulty when they become strays or are surrendered to a shelter. November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month.  Learn the joys of adopting senior cats and dogs.  Meet our favorite senior dog Mia Bryant-Bedard. Mia says, “Senior Pets Rock!”

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Mia Bryant Bedard

November 1-7 is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week.   A great way to show your appreciation is to begin collecting items to donate during our Presents 4 Pets 2015 campaign.  Once again we are collecting  items for the pets served by Iredell County Animal Services, Lake Norman Animal Rescue and Catering to Cats and Dogs

A Little More About Presents 4 Pets 2015

We are members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS).  One of the multiple ways we give back is by coordinating this annual campaign to collect needed items for the cats and dogs in local shelters or foster homes.  Click to see the wish lists of our local shelter and rescues.

Here’s a list of our partners that are providing  space for you to drop off your gifts:

The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson  in Davidson

Main Street Veterinary Hospital  in Cornelius

Q Nails in Mooresville

Shear Performance Hair Salon in Mooresville

Pretty Pups Pet Grooming in Mooresville

Village Animal Hospital in Mooresville

Randall Veterinary Hospital in Mooresville

Lake Norman Animal Hospital in Mooresville

Barks and Rec in Mooresville

Village Paws and Claws in Mooresville

Last year the generous residents of the Lake Norman community donated items valued at over $1500.  With your generosity we can once again help all the cats and dogs in our community be healthy and feel the love.

keep your cats and dogs healthy

Great presents 4 pets!!