It is of utmost importance that you spay or neuter your pet. Don’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by not spaying or neutering your pet. The pet overpopulation problem is one of the most important animal welfare issues out there and spay/neuter programs need to be mandatory in multiple cities. Read information about spay and neuter programs here and why they are so important. [Image courtesy Nicole Marcellino]

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February is Responsible Pet Owners Month

Posted on February 2nd, 2013

How to be a “pawsome” pet parent in six easy steps

Including a pet in your family can be incredibly rewarding. But leading a happy, healthy pack is also a large responsibility. February is “Responsible Pet Owners Month,” so it’s an opportune time for all of us to brush up on our pet parenting skills.

“It takes lots of love and commitment,” comments Don Tomala, Managing Director of Matrix Partners, a Chicago-based marketing firm that’s been Passionate About PetsSM since 1987. “You’re entering into a lifelong relationship when you bring a pet into your home.”

Fortunately, there are some surprisingly simple steps to becoming a more conscious, caring pet owner. Here are just a few:

1. Spay or neuter your dog, cat, rabbit or ferret. To prevent the companion animal over-population problem from getting worse, spaying or neutering is the most effective means. The ASPCA estimates that five to seven million animals enter shelters nationwide each year… Do your part to save a few – spay or neuter your pet please.

2. Schedule an annual veterinary checkup. Most animals are experts at concealing pain and illness, that’s why it’s so important for your pet to visit the vet each year for a full check-up. Remember, a healthy lifestyle and regular vet visits are the first steps to a long, happy life with your pet. I know plenty of people who say that they have never taken their pet to a vet because he’s never been sick; this may not be the case. PLEASE GET ANNUAL CHECK-UPS AT THE VERY LEAST.

3. ID and/or microchip your pet. Current ID tags on your dog or cat’s collar can help ensure that they get home safe and sound if they should wander out of your sight. Also, talk to your veterinarian about getting a microchip for your pet. If your pet is ever lost, a quick scan will provide rescuers with important phone numbers and addresses to help them reunite you with your pet. God forbid your pet ever gets lost, a microchip can literally be a life-saver.

4. Be prepared. Most first-aid kits can be purchased fully stocked, but no kit is complete without The Company of Animals’ Baskerville Ultra Muzzle. This ultra-comfortable muzzle is perfect for when introducing pets to new situations or when trying to restrain and treat a wounded or hurt pet. The Baskerville Ultra Muzzle is the first of its kind that allows panting, drinking and treating. Plus, it provides two secure attachment points with an optional over-head safety strap for added comfort and security. For more information, check out:

5. Travel Safely. You wouldn’t ride without using a seat belt and neither should your pet. Also from The Company of Animals is the CLIXTM CarSafe, a dual-purpose lead and harness that easily clicks into the car’s seat buckle. Besides riding in safety, your pet will enjoy the CLIX’s unique “X-Cross” design made from double-sided adjustable buckles and soft neoprene padding for optimum fit and comfort.

6. Pet proof your home. Dogs and cats are curious by nature, so there’s always the possibility that they’ll get into anything. Because of this, it’s important to avoid bringing potentially hazardous products into your home. Being educated about the dangers of certain houseplants (yes, there are some plants that are lethal to pets) and choosing more “bio-friendly” products are usually a good place to start.

Today’s most advanced, responsible pet products are made from safe, eco-friendly materials – like Swheat Scoop® natural, clumping cat litter. Made from naturally processed wheat, Swheat Scoop is completely biodegradable and a 100% renewable resource. Swheat Scoop is clay and chemical free, unlike other litters on the market that are mined and never decompose. Through Swheat Scoop’s patented process, the wheat’s natural enzymes destroy odors instantly, while the natural starches form firm and fast clumps when exposed to moisture. Swheat Scoop’s granular texture means less dust and tracking around the house, and is recommended by veterinarians for kittens and post-surgical cats. Newly reformulated for even more effective performance, Swheat Scoop is available in Original Formula, Multi-Cat and Lightly Scented varieties at fine pet supply retailers near you.

7. Feed your pet right.Today, pet parents have more healthier options than ever when it comes to selecting a proper diet of dinners, treats and supplements for their furry friends.

- Spring NaturalsTM is a fresh approach to nurturing pets, offering a complete line of natural canned and dry dinners for dogs. Real meat, poultry or fish is the first ingredient, plus a balanced blend of whole vegetables and fruits – like spinach, blueberries and carrots. And because their recipes are made with more real meat, poultry and fish instead of rendered meals, no high-glycemic ingredients need to be added such as corn, wheat, soy, tapioca, potato starch or rice. Since launching in January of 2012, Spring Naturals has been recognized by Pet Product News International Magazine, Pet Business Magazine and was added to The Whole Dog Journal’s “Top Recommended” list. Available in Whole Grain and Grain-Free varieties, Spring Naturals products are made by a family-owned company, right here in the USA. Look for them at an independent pet store near you.

- Lickety StikTM and Feline Lickety StikTM are liquid treats uniquely packaged in a roller-top dispenser bottle to offer dogs and cats an incredibly tasty reward without all the calories of conventional biscuit treats. Simply remove the cap, give the bottle a shake and get ready to interact with your pet in an entirely new way. Made with 100% all-natural ingredients, Lickety Stik is ideal for treating on the spot, and is a favorite among groomers and trainers. Plus, you can feel good that you’re providing a between-meal treat that won’t pack on excess pounds. Lickety Stik and Feline Lickety Stik serve only one calorie in every 10 canine licks, or 20 feline licks, and are available in a range of savory flavors. Exclusively from PetSafe, purveyor of innovative pet solutions and services since 1991. For details, check out one of my fave pet product sites:

- Wholistic Pet Organics has made it their mission to maximize the health and wellbeing of pets since 1998 with their superior supplements for dogs, cats and horses. Insisting on using only the finest ingredients, the majority of which are not only Certified Organic but also whole, unprocessed foods to retain their potency and taste appeal every step of the way. New Canine CompleteTM Soft Chews are the latest addition to the all-in-one supplement line and provide a complete daily nutritional regimen for Total Body Health™ in an easy-to-serve form. And because each batch of products is blended and packaged in the Phillips’ family-owned and operated New Hampshire facility, pet parents will love serving these healthful chews as much as their pet enjoys snacking on them.

Royal Canin® Introduces You Share, We Give Campaign to Support Intro of SPAYED/NEUTERED™ Feline Formulas

Posted on August 29th, 2012

Program Teams with Pet Expert Steve Dale and Urges Facebook Fans to “Share” Knowledge in Support of Royal Canin’s Donation to the American Humane Association

It’s no secret – spaying and neutering improves the quality of life for both cats and their owners – providing America’s 76 million pet cats with longer lives, preventing unwanted litters and creating a friendlier disposition.

However, most owners don’t know that the procedure can also lead to hormonal and behavioral changes that can cause cats to become overweight, due to decreased energy needs and an increase in appetite.

Fortunately, Royal Canin, a leader in science-based nutrition for pets, is introducing its new SPAYED/NEUTERED™ line of feline formulas that includes balanced nutrition and appetite control to help manage these changes – providing a new way to feed cats in the U.S.

To celebrate the product introduction, Royal Canin is launching a national campaign called You Share, We Give, which benefits the American Humane Association. The program, found on, encourages cat owners to “share” information about spaying and neutering, in exchange for free SPAYED/NEUTERED food samples. Beginning today, each time a fan “shares” the Royal Canin infographic, the company will provide the owner with a free sample of the SPAYED/NEUTERED canned formula (up to 25,000 cans), and also is donating $25,000 to the American Humane Association in support of feline health research.

“We are proud to team up with Royal Canin in this effort to share valuable knowledge with cat owners that can help improve their pet’s quality of life,” says Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association. “We share a common goal for the better health of all pets, and we’re proud to accept this donation to help fund future feline health research.”

To further educate pet owners about the lesser-known effects of spaying and neutering and the solutions provided by the new SPAYED/NEUTERED foods, Royal Canin is teaming up with nationally-known pet behaviorist, radio host and syndicated columnist Steve Dale to launch the You Share, We Give campaign.

Steve Dale video – You Share, We Give 8.27.12

“Many owners may notice that their cat seems lazy, has an insatiable appetite or begs for food. What they don’t understand is that decreased energy and increased appetite are a major side effect of spaying and neutering,” says Dale, host of Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. “This new food from Royal Canin is the simple solution to help spayed and neutered cats maintain weight and therefore promote better health throughout their lives.”

Royal Canin Introduces SPAYED/NEUTERED Feline Formulas

Independent research has shown that spaying and neutering can, in many cases, cause up to a 30 percent decrease in energy1 among cats, and up to a 20 percent increase in appetite2 as early as the week following surgery. This means that spayed or neutered cats are about 3.5 times more likely to be overweight3 than other cats, putting them at increased risk for obesity. In addition, obese cats are more likely to develop additional health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis and non-allergic skin conditions.

“Since the vast majority of America’s pet cats – 88 percent, in fact – are spayed or neutered, there is a great need for a diet that addresses the decreased energy and increased appetite that result from the procedure,” says Dr. Brent Mayabb, veterinarian and manager of education and development at Royal Canin. “We are proud to introduce the most comprehensive health nutrition solution that can help control appetite and support a cat’s decreased energy needs, which is now available at your local pet specialty store.”

All of the new SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas contain controlled fat levels to maintain weight and added antioxidants promote health through every life stage. The line features four dry formulas for cats and kittens, as well as a canned formula that can be used as a meal or as a complement to the dry kibble. The SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas include:

- Royal Canin® KITTEN SPAYED/NEUTERED formula promotes growth, while supporting healthy weight , natural defenses and digestive health for spayed and neutered kittens between the ages of 6 – 12 months

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED Appetite Control contains a unique blend of fibers to help cats between the ages of 1 – 7 years  feel fuller longer, in response to their decreased energy and increased appetite

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED Appetite Control 7+ formula promotes appetite control, increased vitality and weight maintenance for spayed and neutered between the ages of 7 – 12 years

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED 12+ formula promotes weight  maintenance and healthy aging and joint support while helping to support kidney health for spayed and neutered cats 12 years and older

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED Canned Formula can be fed as a meal, or as a complement to dry kibble, the formula features an ideal balance of vitamins and minerals and a moderate energy level to help spayed or neutered cats over 1 year maintain a healthy weight.

Royal Canin’s SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas are available now at pet specialty stores such as PetSmart and PETCO, as well as independent pet stores nationwide. For more information on the You Share, We Give program, visit

About Royal Canin USA

Royal Canin USA is a forerunner of nutritional and technological advancement in dog and cat food. With more than 40 years of experience in the animal health and nutrition industry, the company prides itself on putting knowledge and respect for the animal first. Royal Canin collaborates with nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world on impartial and relevant research to ensure dogs and cats receive the best nutrition. For more information, find Royal Canin at or visit

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

1  Belsito KR, Vester BM, Keel T, Graves TK, Swanson KS, 2009. Impact of ovariohysterectomy and food intake on body composition, physical activity, and adipose gene expression in cats. J Anim Sci. 2009 Feb;87(2):594-602. Epub 2008 Nov 7.
2  Fettman MJ, Stanton CA, Banks LL, Hamar DW, Johnson DE, Hegstad RL, Johnston S, 1997. Effects of neutering on bodyweight, metabolic rate and glucose tolerance of domestic cats.  Res Vet Sci. 1997 Mar-Apr;62(2):131-6.
3  Scarlett JM, Donoghue S, Saidla J, Wills J. 1994, Overweight cats: prevalence and risk factors. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1994 Jun;18 Suppl 1:S22-8

$1 Million Spay/Neuter Grant from Petsmart Charities® Saves Lives of Pit Bull Terriers

Posted on July 30th, 2012

Nation’s Most At-Risk Pets – Pit Bulls – Aided by National Grant Program, “Primp Your Pit”

PetSmart Charities®, the country’s largest funder of spay/neuter efforts, will sponsor the “Primp Your Pit” (Bull) promotion during the month of August as a result of a $1 million national spay/neuter grant program aimed at saving the lives of pit bull terriers, one of the most at-risk pet populations of being euthanized due to overcrowding in shelters.

This campaign/promotion allows Pittie parents to take advantage of high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and in turn, celebrate the lives of their beloved pets.

The grant program, which builds on PetSmart Charities’ efforts to improve spay/neuter rates, reduce shelter overcrowding and increase pet adoption, provides clinics resources to spay or neuter pit bulls.

During the month of August, 63 non-profit spay/neuter clinics nationwide will provide spay/neuter surgeries for a special rate of $20 including a free nail trim with a goal of reaching a total of 6,750 pit bull terriers in 30 states – from California to North Carolina! (Click here for full shelter list.)

“Our national grant program gives much-needed help to pit bull terriers that are especially at risk,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “Through the ‘Primp Your Pit’ promotion and our ongoing efforts to make affordable spay/neuter surgeries available to the public, pet parents can prevent unwanted litters and ensure their pet lives a long, happy life.

Primp Your Pit Ad from PetFix NE Ohio

Through the promotion, spay/neuter clinics receive: grant funds to help lower the cost of spay/neuter for the public; professionally-developed marketing materials to educate the public; and funding and support to advertise and promote the campaigns in local communities.

Each year, about 8 million pets end up in shelters and half – about 11,000 a day – are euthanized. Many of these homeless pets are a result of accidental litters from pets that are not spayed or neutered.

Today, 35 percent of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered yet the procedure is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population, which I have talked about on the blog before. Pit bulls, in particular, end up in shelters in large numbers due to the myths and negative media and public perceptions that are associated with the breed.

“Spaying/neutering a pet is the most effective step a pet parent can take to prevent unwanted litters of pit bull terriers,” said Timy Sullivan, founder of PetFix NE Ohio. “Within two weeks of announcing the ‘Primp Your Pit’ promotion, we filled all 72 appointments available and had wait lists of pet parents eager to provide their pit bull terriers these life-saving surgeries made possible by the PetSmart Charities’ grant.”

PetFix NE Ohio, which is geographically near ThoughtsFurPaws and works with six large OH counties, is a non-profit dedicated to ending pet overpopulation in the northeast OH region by promoting the importance of spay/neuter and making spay/neuter surgeries affordable and accessible to low-income pet owners, feral cat caregivers, and shelters, rescues, and animal control agencies placing animals for adoption.

So everyone should help spread the word about the “Primp Your Pit” promotion to help save the lives of pit bull terriers across the US! After all, this is not the first time PetSmart Charities has done this!

To find high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services locally, you can go online to and click on Spay/Neuter to access a free searchable database made possible through  a partnership between PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

How to Donate to Save Pets’ Lives

Donations allow PetSmart Charities to offer these types of grant programs and resources that support local clinics and shelters across the nation. Members of the public can support these programs by making a donation online, by email at or via phone at 623-587-2826 to help save the lives of homeless pets across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Donations may be tax deductible.

Follow PetSmart Charities’ other remarkable, nationwide pet-saving endeavors through Facebook and Twitter.

Royal Canin’s New Cat Food: Spay/Neuter Formula Treats Special Needs of “Fixed” Kitties

Posted on July 26th, 2012

Much to the delight of many a cat owner, Royal Canin has created a quite inventive new Spay/Neuter wet and dry formula for kitties. Royal Canin formulas are now the most comprehensive health nutrition solutions for spayed and neutered cats at every life stage.

Spay/Neuter (to be shortened to SN for this post) are common procedures that have the potential to change a cat’s life. Besides eradicating pet overpopulation and a million other pet issues that I won’t get started on, these simple operations have been linked to several life-changing benefits, including:

-          Longer life expectancy

-          Preventing unwanted litters

-          Friendlier demeanor toward other cats/pets and humans

-          Less fighting and marking among male cats

However, the same hormonal changes that lead to all of these benefits for SN cats can also cause energy requirements to drop by 30% and appetite to increase by 20% within the first 48 hours after surgery and well into the cat’s life.

In other words, SN cats have big appetites, but no so big energy needs…

This combo has a tendency to lead to weight gain obviously. In fact, SN cats are 3.4 times more likely than other cats to be overweight.

Luckily, Royal Canin created the complete line of spay/neuter cat foods to help you raise a healthy spayed or neutered cat.

There are formulas for every life stage:

-          Kitten: Controlled fat levels help maintain a healthy weight while added protein, antioxidants and prebiotics help growing cats thrive.

-          Adult: A unique blend of fibers helps spayed and neutered cats feel fuller longer, and donut-shaped kibble slows ingestion.

-          Adult 7+: This reduced fat formula features a unique fiber blend to help cats feel fuller longer, added antioxidants for increased vitality and low phosphorous levels to support healthy kidneys.

-          Adult 12+ (Senior): With increased antioxidants, glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support and even lower phosphorous levels to help support healthy kidneys, this formula is ideal for helping your cat age gracefully.
In addition, or to review:

-          The new line features four dry formulas and one canned formula.

-          The four dry SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas contain controlled fat levels and a unique blend of fibers to support the decreased energy and increased appetite of spayed and neutered cats.

-          The foods also include added antioxidants to promote health in growing and aging cats.

-          The SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas are available starting in August at pet specialty retail stores, including PetSmart, PETCO and independent pet stores nationwide.

About Royal Canin
Founded by a veterinarian in 1967, Royal Canin is a leader in the scientific advancement of pet nutrition. With more than 40 years of experience in the animal health and nutrition industry, the company prides itself on putting the pet first. Through partnerships with pet nutritionists, veterinarians, and breeders, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process to ensure they receive the best nutrition. ROYAL CANIN® brand diets are available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide. ROYAL CANIN® is a subsidiary of Mars, Inc.

$1 Million National Spay/Neuter Grant Program from PetSmart Charities® Saves Lives of Nation’s Most At-Risk Fur-Babies

Posted on April 20th, 2012

Cats & pit bulls to benefit from low-cost spay/neuter surgeries

You, my beloved readers, can help put an end to a tragic situation…

Each year, thousands of kittens and puppies wind up in shelters as you know. Many are euthanized as a result of accidental litters from pets that are not spayed or neutered.

In fact, 11,000 pets in this country are euthanized daily – that’s half of the 8 million pets that land in shelters each year, according to a PetSmart Charities study.

Not all of these pets start out homeless.

Half of U.S. pet owners who’ve had a pregnant dog or cat say the pregnancy happened “by accident.”

Spaying/neutering at an early age is the best way to prevent unplanned litters and also has health benefits for pets. Many people don’t realize that operations as early as 8 to 10 weeks is safe for most pets – and waiting longer puts you at risk for an unplanned litter.

So I’m helping PetSmart Charities spread the word about early spay/neutering because it’s one the best ways (in the top three) to save homeless pets and curb the pet overpopulation problem in the US.

PetSmart Charities, the nation’s largest funder of spay/neuter initiatives, recently announced a NEW $1 million national grant program to fund high-quality, affordable spay/neuter operations to save the lives of pets that are at the highest risk for euthanasia: cats and pit bull terriers-these guys have that high risk due to overcrowding in shelters, which is due to overpopulation, etc.

Do you see how the circle works? If I were a graphic artist I would make an infographic but I’m not so I can’t. I did find one that’s to the right though from

The new PetSmart Charities grant program builds on the group’s efforts to:

- improve spay/neuter rates

- reduce shelter overcrowding

-increase pet adoption

Since 2007, PetSmart Charities has provided $26.3 million in grants that have subsidized almost 1 million spay/neuter surgeries in the United States.

Today, this year, the new grant program will help 65 nationwide non-profit spay/neuter clinics provide high-quality, affordable spay/neuter surgeries for more than 23,000 cats and pit bull terriers, ultimately reducing the homeless pet population by tens of thousands of at-risk cats and dogs that would otherwise wind up in shelters because of unplanned litters, according to Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc.

Four million adoptable pets are euthanized every year in the United States because they aren’t adopted.

“Approximately 34 percent of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered yet the procedure is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet overpopulation,” said Della Maddalena. “With our new national grant program and our ongoing efforts to make affordable spay/neuter available to the public, PetSmart Charities is addressing the root cause of pet homelessness and this will have a national impact on reducing shelter intake and, ultimately, the euthanasia of adoptable pets.”

Lori Redmon, president/CEO of the Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville agrees.

“Shelters do their best to find forever homes for all of their cats and dogs that are loving pets, but unplanned litters quickly lead to overcrowding, and tragically, too many wonderful pets are at risk for euthanasia. With the grant from PetSmart Charities, we will be able to perform 200 more spay/neuter surgeries and give some much-needed help to cats and pit bull terriers that are especially at risk.”

“Beat the Heat” and “Primp Your Pit”

PetSmart Charities’ new grant program will support two spay/neuter campaigns:

·         “Beat the Heat” was held in February 2012 to spay female cats before they go into heat, and prevented 17,000 unplanned litters during the “kitten season” spring months.

·         “Primp Your Pit” will be held in August 2012, giving clinics resources to spay or neuter pit bull terriers. This breed, in particular, ends up in shelters in large numbers due to the myths and negative media and public perceptions that are associated with pit bulls. Search BSL or pit bulls on for more information on that (don’t get me started about myths on these sweet, gorgeous, loving dogs…)

Through these special campaigns, spay/neuter clinics receive:

  1. grant funds to help lower the cost of spay/neuter for the public
  2. professionally-developed marketing materials to educate the public
  3. funding and support to advertise and promote the campaigns in local communities

To find high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services locally, the public can go online here to access a free searchable database made possible through a partnership between PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

How to Donate to Save Pets’ Lives

Donations allow PetSmart Charities to offer these types of grant programs and resources that support local clinics and shelters across the nation. Members of the public can join the fight to end pet homelessness by making a tax-deductible donation online, by email at or via phone at 623-587-2826.

Stay up to date on the lives that are being saved through PetSmart Charities’ Facebook page at

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of nearly 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).