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Now at BFF a Quarterly Subscription

Posted on March 04, 2018 | 0 comments

At BFF we always try to provide services that our customers want. One thing we have heard from customers is that they would like a subscription that offers fewer deliveries so that they do not have to stock pile toys and treats.

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Bath Day for Queenie

Posted on February 04, 2014 | 1 comment
Sunday was bath day for Queenie, my English Mastiff. I always bathe her outside as bathing 150 lbs of dog is much akin to washing a Mini Cooper. A cold front was moving in and I did not look forward to drenching myself nor the dog with freezing water, so I had the bright idea to bathe her in our bathtub. I get her leash, which always alerts her to the impending doom of a bath and I walked, no pulled her into the bathroom. I had my towels and bath soap ready, now all that remained was getting this beast of a dog to climb into the bathtub. Once in the bathroom I gently pull her toward the tub and indicate where I expect her to deposit her body. She looks at me as if I was quite daft and deposits her rather large bottom on the floor. Next, I decided to climb into the tub and coax her to follow me. Thirty minutes later I am still patting the side of the tub and calling in my highest and nicest voice "here Queenie, Queenie". She has not moved her massive rump in this entire thirty minutes, except to wag her tail. Realizing this approach is not going to work, I decide that I will lift her front feet and then push the hind quarters into the tub. Queenie did not get a bath today and I am now nursing a pulled back muscle.

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Why Pet Nutrition Matters

Posted on January 10, 2014 | 0 comments

The First Step in Preventative Care

With more than half of all dogs and cats overweight or obese, pets are increasingly at risk for a number of chronic health problems, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). An appropriate, balanced diet can make a significant difference for a pet’s overall health, reducing the risk for chronic health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other types of chronic pain.

Nutrition counseling and weight management are an essential part of every veterinary wellness exam. Just like humans, dogs and cats have unique wellness needs. A one-size-fits-all approach to dietary management overlooks important aspect of nutrition counseling. Today’s veterinarian makes dietary recommendations based on a pet’s specific needs, such as weight loss, organ function, mobility restrictions, or a chronic pain condition. A veterinary nutrition evaluation will also take into account a pet’s medical history, food preferences, and current activity level.

For some health conditions, dietary management can completely resolve the problem, no medication or surgery required. For example, consider the case of Max, a dog who was overweight and suffered from disc-related back pain. Max had been on chronic pain medication, including muscle relaxers, but was still unable to be active. Dietary management helped Max safely lose weight and today he romps in the neighborhood dog park like he was never in pain. The lesson here is simple: nutrition and dietary management matters.

Dietary management should start as soon as pet owners introduce a new pet into their family. Puppies and kittens have unique nutrition requirements in order to grow into healthy adult pets. For example, large-breed puppies should be fed a large-breed puppy food; this food helps these puppies safely grow slowly over time. Rapid weight gain should be avoided as it can strain the musculoskeletal system and increase the risk for skeletal and joint problems, including hip dysplasia.

In addition to considering which pet food to use, the AAHA also reminds pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets’ treats. Treats can be a sneaky source of calories and sabotage a pet’s weight management diet. Positive praise is just as effective and calorie free.

An extra few pounds may seem insignificant to us, but those pounds can adversely affect a pet's health. Veterinary care that proactively monitors a pet's weight and diet is the best way to keep pets healthy and active throughout their lives.

Sources:

American Animal Hospital Association, “Nutrition: The First Step in Preventative Care.”

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All About Catnip

Posted on January 03, 2014 | 1 comment

Catnip: Why Cats Love It

Few things stimulate a cat's pleasure faster than catnip. Exposure to this simple herb can reveal a new side to their feline personality. Many cats will go crazy at the smell of this plant.

Catnip has a reputation of being a feline drug and many cat owners wonder if it is safe to give it to their pet. Giving catnip in small doses does no harm. Using it as a treat can be quite good for your cat's emotional health. It relieves stress and can help them get rid of nervous energy.

What is Catnip?

Catnip is a type of mint plant found in many countries throughout the world. It can grow up to three feet high and has many branches filled with purple flowers and heart shaped leaves.

The catnip plant has an aromatic oil called nepetalactone. When cats smell this compound, it triggers the part of the feline brain that responds to happy pheromones. This is why cats react the way they do.

Many cats seem to go crazy when they smell catnip by rolling, rubbing and running around. Eating catnip seems to produce the opposite effect. Cats often become mellow when they ingest the plant. This response to catnip usually lasts up to 10 minutes before the cat loses interest.

Catnip as a Training Tool

Creative cat owners can use catnip as a reward or incentive to promote good behavior in their felines. Rubbing dried catnip on a scratching post or cat tree can entice your cat to go there when they need to sharpen their claws instead of tearing your couch to shreds.

Lacing a cat toy with some catnip can be beneficial for inducing an indoor cat to exercise. It will encourage them to be more active and play and prevent obesity. These cat toys should be stored in an airtight container when not in use, so the catnip stays fresh longer.

Growing Catnip

You can grow your own catnip plants in a home garden. You can buy more mature plants from a nursery or plant the seeds after the last major frost of the season. It is important to put the plant in an area where it has plenty of room to grow. Take steps to protect the growing plant from your cat so they don't tear it out of the soil before it is fully mature.

 

Sources:

"Catnip Confidential," Veterinary Practice News. February 1, 2012

 

 

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The Week Before Christmas

Posted on December 10, 2013 | 0 comments

The Week Before Christmas

 

As you bolt through your home –

You check all your lists as you talk on the phone. 

 

You have wrapped all the packages and baked till you’re blue.

But you have that funny feeling there is still something to do.

 

You made a list and checked it twice

And already decided who was naughty and nice.

 

Something is nagging, but what can it be?

There are packages for everyone under the tree.

 

When out runs the dog with the cat in pursuit.

Oh No! There’s something missing from Santa's loot.

 

The fog is lifted and now it is clear.

The thing that was forgotten had just zoomed through here!

 

The dog and the cat had no presents to see.

There was nothing for them under the tree.

 

This will not do. It cannot be.

The dog and the cat must have something under the tree.

 

You run to the computer and type as fast as can be

To order some presents for under the tree.

 

When Bunny's Furr and Feathers FunPacks appears on the screen, the answer is clear.

You know what do -order the presents – they’ll soon be here.

 

The dog and the cat will have presents to see

Wonderful pet presents under the tree!

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