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Downtown Vancouver's pet store for healthy pet food
Downtown Vancouver's pet store for healthy pet food

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Should you get Pet Insurance or bank cash

Pet Insurance or bank cash instead for your pet’s health?

We’ve been meaning to do an article on pet insurance for a while but a conversation with a customer recently spurred us to get on with it. They had a pet insurance monthly premium of over $100. Then their dog got sick and they got reimbursed 80% of expenses after paying the deductible, which is a fixed amount you pay before you can get reimbursed. However, soon after, the monthly premium for the pet went up by 30%. Usually, the standard excuse used is that vet prices in the area are changing necessitating changes in the prices of pet insurance instead of telling you that your claims caused your insurance to jump. However subsequently, the dog got sick again and the cost of their pet insurance jumped by another 23%, but this time, instead of getting reimbursed for 80%, they’d be only reimbursed for 10% of expenses.

What does this mean in simple math and in the case of a Minor Accident or Illness costing $3000?

For more information, check our blog at http://blog.moonlightdogcafe.com/2016/09/get-pet-insurance-cash/
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The City of Vancouver - Local Government is having a number of open houses geared towards developing a strategy on sharing Vancouver's parks between people and dogs. It is important for pet owners to provide input into the process either by taking the online survey at vancouver.ca/people-parks-dogs or attending an open house.
An open house already took place at Trout Lake. The next open houses are:
Sept 17 (Sat) - 10 am - 1 pm David Lam Park
Sept 21 (Wed) - 6 pm - 9 pm St. James Community Square
Oct 1 (Sat) - 10 am to 1pm Langara Golf Course Clubhouse.
There is also a discussion guide at http://vancouver.ca/…/people-parks-dogs-round-1-discussion-…, which shows what other cities are doing.
This hopefully starts a much larger dialogue about building a pet culture of respect between dog owners and non dog owners, and for the environment.
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September is pet health insurance month. Should you get pet insurance or bank cash instead for your pet's health? We've compared 4 pet insurance and chosen the most popular plan to show what they cost and cover.
What are you currently doing for you pet? Let us know if you have pet insurance, why you chose that pet insurance and if the company has lived up to expectation.

Moonlight Dog Cafe is a Vancouver Pet Store focused on healthy food and habits for both cats and dogs. Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/MoonlightDogCafe or on https://www.instagram.com/moonlightdogcafe/ for more posts on these subjects or for our Vancouver events.
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We just received a letter from our traditional vet about Shinji getting annual vaccinations. Thankfully, the letter stated that you could either get the shots for Parvo, Distemper, Adenovirus or have him checked by alternative means. We say ‘thankfully’ because our traditional vet recognized that annual vaccinations are not necessary and offered alternative means. Before we jump into what these alternative means are, let’s chat about whether getting “more” vaccinations is better. The answer is that you are probably not protecting your pet by getting annual vaccinations. Here is our quick guide to vaccinations for puppies, minimum immunity and also info about what to consider before taking the pooch in for an annual vaccination.
http://blog.moonlightdogcafe.com/2015/01/pet-vaccinations/
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Dr. Calland Unplugged: Discussing Natural Pet Health and Nutrition with a Holistic Vet

Have questions about specific health conditions and need help figuring an appropriate diet for your cat or dog?
Join us on Friday, November 27, 2015 for an open discussion with Dr. Richard Calland - Veterinary Consulting Service from 7 pm to 9 pm. Bring your questions and leave knowing you've been equipped with the basics to ensure your pet's maximum health naturally. LIMITED AVAILABILITY SO CALL 604.559.3680 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! We ask for a $10 fully refundable deposit to secure your spot. http://www.slowvetmed.com/index.pml 

Moonlight Dog Cafe is a raw pet food store located in downtown Vancouver, BC catering to dogs and cats. We also have high quality dehydrated, freeze-dried pet food and kibbles. Follow us on facebook for more dog and cat health and training tips. Visit our website at www.moonlightdogcafe.com for online shopping. 
#petstore   #Vancouver   #Yaletown   #dogs   #cats  
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Over the weekend, we took the Reiki session to VOKRA - Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association and also volunteered by helping clean the kitty cages. We fell in love with the amazing people at VOKRA. The process felt seamless and done with dedication as they went through intake of cats, fed the cats and cleaned their cages. Each cat is assessed and each day has a written log of whether they are eating, when the litter was changed and many other details. By noon, all the cats were in some form of sleep or just mellowed out as the combined effects of being fed and reiki from Tamara Fosty, took over. For ways to help support VOKRA, please see http://www.orphankittenrescue.com/volunteer or sign up for our Santa photo event on December 5, 2015 as $15 per photo shoot will be donated to VOKRA. VOKRA truly cares!
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Wellness Wednesday: New Raw Pet Food in Store!!

From the charming small town of Erin, Ontario comes Bold Raw and Mega Dog! For raw feeders who do not want any veggies in their pet food, Bold Raw provides a blend that includes grass-fed beef tripe, packed full of amazing digestive enzymes, high in fiber and with the perfect calcium to phosphorus balance of 1:1. They also hand trim the fat off their tripe!! wink emoticon For the bigger dog, they offer Mega Dog tubs that you can scoop the food from and is very economical. Mega Dog includes veggies instead of tripe. Did we also mention that their meats are free of hormones or antibiotics, for human consumption only, have no chemicals/preservaties and are free range/cage free? Well, now you know. For hard to resist food, be bold and try either our Bold Raw or Mega Dog.


Moonlight Dog Cafe is a raw pet food store located in downtown Vancouver, BC catering to dogs and cats. We also have high quality dehydrated, freeze-dried pet food and kibbles. Follow us on facebook for more dog and cat health and training tips. Visit our website at www.moonlightdogcafe.com for online shopping. 
#petstore   #Vancouver   #Yaletown   #dogs   #cats  
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Wellness Wednesday: Natural Flea prevention!

As the weather turns chillier, it may seem that we are no longer at risk of our pets getting fleas. Not true! Think of fleas as opportunistic ninjas of the pest world jumping between heat sources meaning that although it may be freezing outside, they may remain as eggs all around your warmed up house till your pet passes by. :( Adult fleas will die within about five days at -1°C. Eggs on the other hand can remain at low temperatures for a while. If you already have an infestation, there are tons of resources on cleaning your home and your pet. The focus of this Wellness Wednesday is on natural tips to minimize/prevent fleas on your pet.

1) Keep your pet healthy as fleas are attracted to unhealthy animals first. This includes feeding a high quality bioavailable (preferably species appropriate/ raw) food and exercising your pet. B vitamins are important for a healthy nervous system and raw meat is one natural source. Brewer's yeast is also another source but we do not recommend it as allergic dogs like Shinji will react to it.
2) Wash your pets frequently (drowns fleas if they are on your pet). We'd suggest once every two weeks for healthy animals to more frequently for allergic animals. Kitty may not be happy with you but this is a great way for also lessening allergens on your dog or cat. Our vet has pointed out that although oatmeal shampoos are often recommended as soothing for the skin, they do not work well for dogs with allergies to grain or yeast overgrowth. The carbohydrate feeds the yeast or bacteria. Herbal Shampoos such as Cloud Halo or Black Sheep Organics, which is a local shampoo are some of we'd highly recommend at Moonlight Dog Cafe. OregaPet's Bed and Body Spray is another topical treatment for fleas. Note that some of these have or are essential oils and should NOT be used on cats.
3) Talk to your holistic vet about adding fresh ground/chopped/minced garlic to your dog's food. Garlic is a powerful antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-fungal and the list goes on. The concern about garlic poisoning is due to the thiosulphate in it, which is lower than what is in onions. Cats, however, are more sensitive to thiosulphate than dog so please talk to your holistic vet about dosing right. At the right dose, garlic is beneficial to your dog. We'd recommend grating fresh garlic and letting it sit for about 10 min before feeding as it forms an enzyme called allicin, which is great for repelling pests and active for about an hour before becoming unstable.
4) Do not overvaccinate your pets, for more information on see Dr Shultz (expert in vaccinations recommendations) http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/10/27/new-canine-vaccination-guidelines.aspx
5) Lastly FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous earth can be spread over your pet to dry out the fleas from outside in and can also be put into the food to expel pests.

So why not use use the spot-on treatments. Well simple, because the US Environmental Protection Agency, which normally has no jurisdiction on pet medication has jurisdiction for spot-on products as they are considered PESTICIDES. As such, this will be rubbed on your couch and indoor environment, absorbed through your pet's skin and we'd rather avoid it no matter how safe it is supposed to be.

Moonlight Dog Cafe is a raw pet food store located in downtown Vancouver, BC catering to dogs and cats. We also have high quality dehydrated, freeze-dried pet food and kibbles. Follow us on facebook for more dog and cat health and training tips. Visit our website at www.moonlightdogcafe.com for online shopping. 
#petstore   #Vancouver   #Yaletown   #dogs   #cats  
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Vancouver Pet Wellness Wednesday!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and there is a lot to be thankful for especially when you have loving non-judgmental pets. smile emoticon We also love the pumpkin and turkey that goes with Thanksgiving.
Thankfully, pumpkin is not just a good decoration or for pies but also great for our pets. As you may know pureed organic pumpkin (raw or cooked and not sweetened or spiced) is great for both cats' and dogs' digestive health. Pureed pumpkin is the fiber wonder for both diarrhea and constipation. For cat owners, pureed pumpkin is also recommended in aiding cats pass furballs through the backdoor and into the litter box. 1 tablespoon per 10 lb of body weight is usually recommended as part of their meal to make them regular or in case you need help firming up their stool after a bout of diarrhea.

The benefits of pumpkin also extend to the seeds. Ground raw organic pumpkin seeds are rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and especially zinc. It is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antioxidant support (may prevent cancer) and also a great dewormer. An amino acid called cucurbitin in pumpkin seeds eliminates tapeworms and other intestinal parasites. Did we also mention that they may be good for skin and coat, as well as urinary tract health but not as bioavailable as other sources we could recommend for those purposes. We'd recommend a 1/4 teaspoon per 10 lb of body weight for ground organic pumpkin seeds sprinkled on your pet's food. Alternatively, for dogs, you can feed them the raw seeds as treats if they are not fussy eaters.

Since pureed pumpkin does not keep for more than a week in the fridge, we've taken to freezing them in ice cube trays and popping them out as needed for meals. In case, the dog or cat gets into your turkey dinner and is not feeling well, we have in stock at Moonlight Dog Cafe, the 15 oz Nummy Tum-Tum - Organic Canned Pure Pumpkin as well as 3P Naturals' 100% raw ground pumpkin. Add a pumpkin seed boost to your pet's health to show them how thankful we are to have them!

For free pumpkin-carving stencils of dogs see Better Homes and Gardens for more ideas http://www.bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-carving/

Moonlight Dog Cafe is a raw pet food store located in downtown Vancouver, BC catering to dogs and cats. We also have high quality dehydrated, freeze-dried pet food and kibbles. Follow us on facebook for more dog and cat health and training tips. Visit our website at www.moonlightdogcafe.com for online shopping. 
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Wellness Wednesday!
We've run into a few instances of resource guarding in the store where a dog picks up a toy or treat, another dog approaches and it degenerates into a fight. Not as depicted in the photo smile emoticon Resource guarding is a natural instinct for dogs and most animals. You've probably come across this in parks when a ball or a human with treats become the resource that dogs guard or at home when feeding a dog can either mean immediate danger to all humans or other dogs in the house.
Let's take a typical scenario where the dog chewing the resource indicates through growling or some other signaling behaviour that the interrupter (other dog/ human) should back off. The best scenarios would be if the dog chewing the resource deescalates by either ignoring the interruption or dropping the resource for the interrupter to pick up or alternatively, the interrupter could also calmly walk away and then there is no confrontation. When the interrupter keeps barging in despite the warnings, it can result in a confrontation; interrupter is acting inappropriately. In other cases, the dog guarding the resource could be guilty of aggression if it escalates without giving any signaling indication (hair raised, growling etc) or waiting for an appropriate response from the interrupter.
Depending on the situation and the severity of resource guarding, we find there are 2 approaches that we try to use in the store. Note that we are not certified dog trainers but have to make quick decisions to ensure dogs are not hurt.
The first thing is to identify who is being inappropriate. If your dog is a resource guarder and is being inappropriate, you need to either manage the situation by ensuring the trigger (toy, ball, stick) is not around during a play session. The second approach regardless of whether it is the resource guarder's fault is to modify the behaviour by trading something of perceived higher value than the resource your dog is guarding. You could use their favourite treat (e.g. tripe seems to work very well although it smells awful) to trade. Never take away the resource that your dog is guarding without a perceived better exchange or it may reinforce the tendency to guard. Start at home by trading higher-valued items with things your dog is less likely to guard gradually working towards things they are more likely to guard, all the time ensuring that your dog does not get to 'aggression.' You could use words like "Drop it" as your cue word for trading and over time modify the environment to include another dog etc with the aim of showing that sharing is awesome.
Although our focus has been on the resource guarder, what if your dog is the interrupter and behaving inappropriately? Punishing your dog by pinning it down as we have sometimes seen may just lead to confusion. I'd still recommend owners to train their dogs to "Leave it" as a cue to get your dog to focus on you interrupting the instance they may behave inappropriately. For our dog trainer friends or dog owners who've dealt with these situations, how would you train these situations?

Moonlight Dog Cafe is a raw pet food store located in downtown Vancouver, BC. Follow us on facebook for more dog and cat health and training tips. Visit our website at www.moonlightdogcafe.com for online shopping. 
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