- Easy setup and includes tank, top, light filter, and filter pump
- Power compact and LED light bar, with a programmable timer for your day light, dusk, and nighttime lighting
- Integrated wet/dry biological filtration that can be customized with any filter media you wish.
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build our reefs!
Meet some of our new marine friends:
Stop by and check our all the other inhabitants we have, some bold and beautiful, some not so noticeable!
High quality foods are nothing new here at Wilmette Pet. In fact, they are standard for us. Every single food here is made with human grade meats free of by-products, does not contain corn, soy, or wheat, and unnecessary fillers.
Our newest food Open Farms has all of this, and goes a step beyond by being the first ethically sourced food, ensuring that the animals they use are raised in the most humane way possible. “We source all of our meat ingredients in a way that is consistent with our core value that all animals should be raised with kindness and respect. Not only does this result in happier and healthier farm animals, it leads to a higher quality of meat for ourselves and our pets.”
- Proper diet, consisting of quality vegetarian diets free from antibiotics and hormones.
- Stress free, enriched environment with plenty of room to roam, with clean resting spaces and free access to food and water. Crates, cages, and ties are forbidden. They even ensure that the poultry they use has 6 hours of sleep every 12 hours!
- During transport, handling and stress are kept to a minimum, and the people involved are trained to ensure ethical and humane handling.
It’s a food that you can feel really good about feeding to your pets!
They are the first pet industry partner of Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) and they are the first first Certified Humane pet food. What does this mean? This third party non-profit group focuses on animal welfare and constantly audits the entire supply chain to ensure that strict standards are met every step of the way. To learn more about HFAC, visit www.certifiedhumane.com
They are also partners with Global Animal partnership and their 5 step animal welfare rating system. When you see the GAP 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating labels, you can be assured that the farmers and ranchers under the program must focus intently on the welfare of their animals, meet comprehensive standards and be subject to third party audits. To learn more about GAP, visit http://www.globalanimalpartnership.org
This company even has a recycling program for its bags; just bring them to the store, and they’ll come by, pick them up, and reuse them in future batches!
Stop by for some samples of this amazing food, and let us know what you think!
On Friday, our good friends from Midwest Greyhound Adoption are going to be with us, showing off their embassa-dogs, and talking about what amazing companions they make.
Then on Saturday, our partners in adoption, Adopt-A-Pet, will be there with some new friends looking for their forever homes. They’ll also have some great arts and crafts and treats to help homeless animals. Joining them in their mission to help rescue cats and dogs is Maddie, offering adorable and cool face painting – and all proceeds are being donated to Adopt-A-Pet!
are, sadly, often considered a throw away pet, but a properly cared for hermit crab can live 15 years or more! We’re here to change that perception and help you get the most out of your new crustacean friend!
A few tips to get you started:
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In our last care sheet we talked about a common problem with cats: kidney problems. Cats are susceptible to another problem, called feline lower urinary tract disease, FLUTD. It is not a specific disease, but a term used to describe any number of conditions that can affect cat’s urinary bladder and/or urethra.
FLUTD, formerly known as FUD, is one of the more common diseases seen in cats. Any cat can get it, but it does seem to be more common if the cat is older, neutered, over-weight, or eats a dry kibble diet.
- Increased frequency of using the litter box
- Urinating outside of the litter box or in unusual places. This can be caused by pain and irritation that causes an urgent need to go and they cannot get to their liter boxes in time.
- Difficulty, straining, or pain when going to the bathroom, due to the inflammation.
- Over grooming and hair loss, especially around their perineum. Many cats will over groom and lick themselves as a way to deal with the pain associated with FLUTD.
- Blood in the urine. Blood in the urine may be microscopic (only detectable by your vet using tests) or may be more severe and obvious (you may see red discoloration of the urine).
Causes of FLUTD:
Bladder stones – These stones can form because of an imbalance in a cat’s pH and from a build-up of magnesium ammonium phosphate (struvite) and calcium oxalate crystals. This is less common in cats now, as most diets are formulated with limited magnesium and designed to produce acidic urine.
Bacterial infections – Bacterial infections causes a lot of inflammation but it’s relatively uncommon in cats, although it is seen more frequently in older cats.
Urethral plugs – A buildup of proteins, cells, crystals, and debris in the urine can build up and form a plug that cannot be passed. The severe inflammation from another issue can cause muscle spasms, which block off the urethra.
In rare cases, a tumor might be the culprit. It’s more common in older cats that have a history of inflammation and trouble urinating.
Idiopathic – Up to 60 – 70% of cats have no underlying disease to explain why they have problems urinating.
Diagnosis and Treatments:
Because there can be a variety of causes, diagnosis of FLUTD can be difficult. A vet will run various tests, including urinalysis, blood work, and x-rays. Treatment all depends on the cause: a diet that increases acidity can help dissolve some stones, surgery may be needed to remove stones or plugs, or medications, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, may be proscribed. Getting a proper diagnosis and treatment is important, as FLUTD can be fatal in male cats.
- Feed small meals on a frequent basis.
- Provide clean, fresh water at all times.
- Provide an adequate number of litter boxes (usually one more than the number of cats in the household).
- Keep litter boxes in quiet, safe areas of the house.
- Keep litter boxes clean.
- Minimize major changes in routine.
For regular readers of our care sheets, it should be no surprise to learn that one of the best things you can do to help prevent FLUTD is by feeding a high protein, grain free, high quality diet, especially raw and canned foods. The extra moisture in these styles of food is important for cats, as they typically do not drink enough water to maintain a healthy urinary system. Check out this care sheet for more details.
In cats that already have FLUTD caused by stones, avoid fish in their diet. Salmon and tuna are common sources of struvite crystals, and can exacerbate the inflammation already present.
FLUTD and other urinary problems can be a source of major aggravation for both you and your cat. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. A biologically appropriate diet is the foundation of great health for your feline friend. As always, stop by any time and talk about your cat’s nutritional needs with our staff!