Ask the Expert – March 2017

Should I adopt a pet from a shelter?

While many people shy away from picking an animal from a shelter, wary of the emotional baggage these animals may have, there are many great reasons to adopt a shelter pet. First of all, you will be saving a dog or cat’s life by providing a new home. Most dogs and cats are in shelters through no fault of their own. There may have been a death in the family, a divorce, a new baby or a move. Some animals may have had behavior problems that owners didn’t try to solve. Secondly, an adoption fee at a shelter is much lower than the cost of buying a dog from a pet store or breeder, and the fee helps support the shelter. The majority of shelter dogs are spayed or neutered before adoption, saving you the cost. Also, most shelters provide physical exams and vaccinations. Thirdly, an increasing number of shelters provide microchips to help you locate lost animals. Best of all, chances are you will find a dog or cat you will love, and no doubt they will love you.

Amanda Pearce Manager

Pet Mania
(919) 554-8898
924 Gateway Commons Cir.,
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Ask the Expert – February 2017

Why is my dog itching?

Dogs can itch for various reasons such as parasites, food allergies or environmental triggers (mold and pollen). The skin is the largest organ in the body and keeping it healthy will make your dog happier. Make sure to treat your dog for parasites such as fleas,ticks and mites year round. Look at the ingredients in your dog’s food. Food triggers can be corn, wheat, soy and byproducts. I would also add probiotics and fish oil to your dogs diet. This will boost the immune system which will make them less sensitive to allergy triggers. In addition, the fish oil will decrease shedding, make the skin healthier and the coat glisten!

Amanda Pearce Manager

Pet Mania
(919) 554-8898
924 Gateway Commons Cir.,
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Ask the Expert – January 2017

Why do I need to brush my dog’s teeth?

Just like people, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop plaque and tartar on their teeth by the age of 2. This build up is a result of bacteria in the saliva mixing with proteins, carbohydrates and food byproducts; forming plaque on the teeth. As the sticky dental plaque coats the teeth, even under the gum line, it hardens into tartar which can lead to bleeding gums, cavities, loss of teeth, kidney/liver damage and in severe cases, death. Daily brushing with pet specific toothpaste, or the use of no brush products, such
as PetzLife’s Complete Oral Care, will kill the bacteria and eliminate the buildup. The elimination of the bacteria and the brushing away of the sticky plaque will keep your pets mouth healthy and prevent expensive and potentially dangerous dental procedures.

Amanda Pearce Manager

Pet Mania
(919) 554-8898
924 Gateway Commons Cir.,
Wake Forest, NC 27587