Monday, April 15, 2019

Announcing NomNomNow:INSIGHTS: A Microbiome Testing Kit (A Window Into Your Cat and Dog's Gut Health)

NomNomNow has sponsored this post with product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own, read important disclaimers throughout this blog post.

Photo Courtesy of NomNomNow

When NomNomNow first began their goal was to enable pet parents to improve the health and wellness of their pets by "equipping them with excellent nutrition, acting as partners in the care of their pets, and providing a range of resources and services to make every aspect of being a pet parent as easy, convenient, and positively impactful as possible."


The NomNomNow:INSIGHTS, kit is an easy to use, at-home microbiome testing kit for pets that will give their parents an in-depth look at the health of their cat or dog's  gut bacteria


What is the microbiome?


"The microbiome, in humans and in our pets, is a unique population of microorganisms that live within and on us. The diversity and types of microorganisms help to keep our pets healthy. Similarly though, these microbes can contribute to pet illnesses if there are disruptions to a healthy balance in the microbiome. So clearly the microbiome is an important part of maintaining our pets’ health!"

Why test the gut?
"The microbiome of the gut is the largest and most studied microbiome, and has been demonstrated to impact a wide variety of different health-related systems including things like food digestion, immune system function, weight management and even mood and behavior."



 I am one who will ALWAYS listen to my Veterinarian FIRST, but agreed many moons ago to test this product, (because I misunderstood what it was and thought it was a DNA testing kit which it is not),  and decided to give it a go and see what it reveals. Regardless of what the results reveal, my Veterinarian is my ultimate "go to" and personally I would never take action in reference to anything pertaining to Cody and Dakota based on results from a kit. Everyone has to make their own informed decisions. I am featuring this product simply because I said that I would. For me, and many others, my Veterinarian is my ultimate source that I trust. That being said, this kit could not  have been easier to use!



Everything you need is in this kit when it arrives.


It comes with step-by-step instructions:


You first collect a stool sample. using the enclosed items:




You then put the sample in the vial and shake it up until the stool dissolves in the liquid.

You put it in the mailing enclosed bag:

You then register your sample on their website:


Put it in the enclosed mailing envelope and mail


 Their scientists will analyze the sample collected from Cody to evaluate the types of bacteria that reside in his  gut, then they will send me a report describing Cody's overall structure and how he compares to other pets. (When I receive my report I will let you know how I read it, they provide detailed instructions as to how to read it on their website.) The results will be sent to me within two to five weeks. Once I have the results, if there is anything at all that concerns me, rest assured I would CONSULT MY VETERINARIAN FIRST. Stay tuned!!!











Thursday, April 11, 2019

How NOT to Celebrate #NationalPetDay


Yep, you read this right! It's National Pet Day and Cody and Dakota are BOTH headed to the Vet today. Dad and I will both be joining them. Dakota is being groomed and is having blood work done for an upcoming dental in late May.

Cody is going for his annual first of his two-a-year senior exams. I am rather worried about Cody's exam because he has been having a weird issue for approximately the last month. It is almost like a reverse sneeze that happens a few times a week (never more than once in a day), and a couple of times he had "honking" with it. Please keep your paws crossed that all is ok with Cody.

UPDATE: 10:45 am..so far so good, Cody had xrays and hopefully it might just be a possible hairball issue, he had Xrays and nothing significant (might have a small kidney stone that we are watching at this point), thank goodness! They are both really well-behaved there....Cody takes it all in stride, just a few grumbles, no hisses, doesn't "sing" in the car, loves when the girls there cuddle him.....our Vet is wonderful! Cody went straight to his food bowl when we returned home. Now instead of Inmate $345 he was inmate $347 today.


So, while Cody and Dakota think it is cruel to take them to the Vet on National Pet Day, Dad and I think it is a loving and responsible thing to do. If we didn't have pets in our lives, I don't think that I could function.

Happy National Pet Day to all of you!  Seeing YOUR pets brightens OUR day EVERY DAY!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Not all "Siblings" Are of the Same Species!

Happy National Siblings Day All!

I know Dakota and I aren't "brothers" in the traditional sense, but we all know that sometimes those who aren't your blood (or species) oftentimes make the BEST siblings of all!



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Special Lady is Turning 80!!!!!

That special lady is  an active
blogger, (you can visit her at Marg's Animals. We love when she tells us stories about the MANY feral kitties she has rescued and cared for with all of her heart and soul. We also love her donkeys!!! Who is this special lady? Well, it is none other than MARG!!






Friday, April 5, 2019

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) Reduces Pet Adoption Fees April 5-13

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) is reducing and waiving adoption fees on many of its dogs and cats April 5-13, 2019.



“Our generous FAMD Board has donated funds to make sure some wonderful dogs, cats, puppies and kittens find forever homes,” said Elaine Greene, FAMD executive director. “To adopt, simply fill out an online questionnaire to meet with an adoption counselor and start the process.”

“Falling in love costs a lot less this month,” added Greene.
“The FAMD board of directors is committed to furthering our mission of saving all adoptable animals and inspiring healthy relationships between people and their companion animals and, therefore, has offered to financially cover adoption fees,” said MaryAnn Wright, FAMD board chair.

Descriptions and prices for the adoptable animals can be found on the FAMD website at www.metrodetroitanimals.org.  Most of the adoptable animals can be met in the new MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center at 16121 Reckinger Road in Dearborn, although some are in foster homes or one of FAMD’s Cat Adoption Centers.

All FAMD pets have been microchipped, neutered or spayed and received a medical exam and age-appropriate vaccinations before they go to their new homes. 


About FAMD

After 25 years of nurturing more than 50,000 animals, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit has launched their “More Love than Humanly Possible” capital campaign to construct Phase Two of their complex, adjacent to the MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption & Education Center.  For more information about FAMD, a 501 (c) 3 organization, visit metrodetroitanimals.org
 
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