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Cats Can’t be Vegetarian – Here’s Why

We love animals at Pets Plus (of course!) and understand why many people choose to be vegetarian or vegan for ethical, and/or health reasons.  Unfortunately, a vegetarian diet goes against nature for our feline friends. Meat-free diets are dangerous and unhealthy for cats, and here’s why. Cats are obligate carnivores. Both wild and domestic, cats must eat meat and organs to meet their nutritional needs as the main component of their diet. Cats can eat small quantities of plant-based foods, but true carnivores simply aren’t designed to digest

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Keep those Pets Hydrated in the Summer with Wet Food

We are always happy to answer questions and point you in the right direction for your particular pet. Nowadays, the variety of dog and cat food available makes the “what do I feed my pet?!” decision feel daunting, but it’s not as complicated as it seems. Many pet owners are opting to feed their pets a variety of foods to maintain a balanced diet that is closer to nature’s intention. When choosing the type of food(s) you want to feed your

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Hurricane Season: Prepare your Pets!

Hurricane season is here! For years, Pets Plus has been advising pet owners on the best ways to prepare for a hurricane when pets are involved. The following tips are simple and easy to do, but get started NOW so you’ll be ready… just in case! Dogs / Cats Kennel: Keep in mind that most hurricane shelters will not allow you to bring your pets. However, if you must seek safety and higher ground with friends or relatives, we recommend that you

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Summer is coming… Sunshine, Picnics, Baseball, Swimming, and FLEAS!

Ugh, fleas. They make pets’ lives miserable, and their human parents begin to itch just at the thought of them. Pet consultants are often asked what method of treatment works best to eradicate a flea problem. The true answer is that there is no “magic bullet” that will make your entire problem go away overnight. However, the good news is that with a little understanding of your foe and their characteristics, along with carefully following a few key steps, your

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Freezer Foods are super healthy for pets!

Pet owners: have you heard the term “BARF”? This acronym stands for Bones And Raw Food, and is a feeding method that is highly recommended by many veterinarians and pet care professionals. This diet is supposed to mimic how an animal would consume food in the wild, providing pets with a diet that closely resembles their natural eating habits. Raw food formulas are species-appropriate, and highly digestible, which allows for easy absorption of essential nutrients. Believe it or not, raw foods are easy to feed! Many come ready-to-serve,

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Litter Box Issues?

There are many reasons why your cat may not be using their litter box. Location and privacy are key. Try putting the litter box someplace quieter and safer. Maybe that downstairs or little-used bathroom, or a quiet corner in the laundry room. Try a covered litter box if you can’t relocate the litter box itself. Does every cat in your house have its own litter box? In a multiple cat household, if someone is missing the litter box, that could be

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Does your pet have allergies?

Here’s what you can do to help It’s that time of year again: the spring breakers are here, and so is the oak pollen. It’s not your imagination; your pet may be showing signs of an allergy, too. Scratching is one of the most common signs that your furry friend may be experiencing allergies. Itching can be a sign of other problems, though; so it’s important to get a diagnosis from a veterinarian. If your pet, indeed, is found to have

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

There is much to celebrate in February, from glorious Florida weather, to Valentine’s Day, to Customer Appreciation Day (February 16th at Pets Plus! Join us!) February also happens to be National Pet Dental Health Month. Dental health is vital to a pet’s overall health, as mouth issues can lead to more serious secondary diseases, like heart or kidney disease. The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will develop some form of

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Lost Pet: Return to Sender!

Gate left open?  Bolted after squirrel? Spooked by fireworks? Wandered off to see the neighbors barbecue? There are lots of reasons that your pet goes missing. Keeping some sort of ID on your dog will go miles towards getting him back. When finding a lost pet, the first place most people will look is the collar for a tag or embroidered information. We have a brand-new machine that will make a tag while you wait, with many fun styles to choose from.