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  • Finally my dog Brooke's UTI was treated effectively and her past bladder infections have not returned - Interview with Jennifer Norato

    Cranimals: Jennifer welcome. You have a very special story to share and some health tips for pet owners based on your experience. Tell us what you do?Jennifer: I work here at Ramapo valley animal hospital in Oakland, NJ and I have been working here for over 10 years now. I first started during my college years as a part time job and quickly grew into a passion.
    We are a small practice that has steadily been growing through the years. We currently are in a new building and have 2 doctors that specialize in small animals, mostly dogs and cats. We are located in northern New Jersey, which is mostly suburban life but our pets do encounter a lot of wildlife.Cranimals: Tell us about your own pets and their health challenges?Jennifer: I have two dogs, a 6 year old hound mix and a 14 year old Pomeranian and 6 cats! A hazard of my occupation is that I raise abandoned kittens and many of them don’t leave my house! It has never been a challenge keeping 6 cats happy though! They all love each other and play all night long.My hound mix, Brooke, hasn’t been the healthiest though. I adopted her as an adult and fought her chronic ear and dog bladder infections from day one.My old man, Mako, has had the happiest life, but not the healthiest either. One of his legs was amputated almost 8 years ago and has suffered from multiple related health issues.Cranimals: What made you look into Cranimals and where did you find us?

    Jennifer: I first discovered Cranimals in a pet magazine, advertising the benefits of the original formula. It couldn’t have come at a better time!

    My Brooke was suffering from another dog bladder infections caused by her constant struvite crystals. Working at an animal hospital, I had every diagnostic and treatment at my disposal, but still she got infections. She had countless urine tests, blood work, cultures, x-rays, prescription foods, meds, and even ultrasounds but nothing could keep her from making struvite crystals in her bladder.

    And then I saw Cranimals! I, of course, had tried cranberry supplements before to help Brooke’s bladder, but this product immediately seemed different than the ones that failed in the past. I immediately placed an order and patiently waited for my shipment!

    Cranimals: What seemed different about Cranimals from all the other products and treatments you tried?

    Jennifer: I loved the science that is behind the claims of excellence. The Cranimals products didn’t just say it would benefit my dog’s bladder health, it explained how it would. As a pet owner, I loved that the Cranimals company detailed why this supplement was scientifically proven to work so I understood why it would work. Other products I tried didn’t seem to have any scientific backing to their claims.

    Cranimals: You mention it was painful to watch Brooke suffer – tell us about that?

    Jennifer: Dog Bladder infections most commonly cause symptoms of urinating frequently and in small amounts. It feels like they can’t empty their bladder so they always have the feeling that they need to urinate. But in Brooke’s case, she had struvite crystals, which physically made it painful to urinate. So much so that she would hold her urine as long as she could! She just didn’t want to urinate because she knew it was going to hurt. And that starts the vicious cycle of bacteria collecting in her bladder, creating an infection.

    Cranimals: Did she eat it with no fuss?

    Jennifer: Brooke, being a hound dog, loved the taste of the Cranimals Original. I initially mixed the Cranimals with some plain yoghurt, which she was already eating for the probiotic benefits. But as I used it more, I realized she loved the flavor no matter how I gave it to her!

    Cranimals: And Ramapo valley animal hospital now stock Cranimals?

    Jennifer: Yes, getting my colleges on board with this new product was a breeze! They saw me suffering constantly with Brooke’s bladder problems and were amazed with how quickly she felt better. After a month of being free of bladder problems, it was decided to recommend this product to all our patients with similar problems.

    Cranimals: What health tip do you have for other animal lovers?

    Jennifer: My best tip of advice is to use preventative medicine! It is always better for your pet and more affordable for you, to prevent a health problem than it is to treat one.

    I am able to prevent dog bladder infections for Brooke by giving her two teaspoons a day of Cranimals Original and have saved me thousands of dollars in vet bills, let alone the pain and discomfort that would come along with her infections.

    Cranimals: Thank you Jennifer and thank you Ramapo Valley Animal Hospital.

    Comments or new interview suggestions to madeleine@cranimal.com
  • My Cat is addicted to Earl Grey - What's yours up to?

    Our Cranimal, Candy Floss is an 8 year old Persian cat. Besides being a male cat, he is a diamond. A precious and multi-faceted delight. When you just look at him, skew tooth included, an involuntarily warm smile would spread from your belly all the way to your heart. Because what you'd see is one of a thousand charming moments. That alone will make your day even better.

    Whenever we arrive home, he comes jogging out of his latest camouflaged garden spot, tail draped with dry leaves, meow-hello-ing loudly before he promptly rolls over onto his back. Paws up and clutching air to reveal an Angora like invitation to tickle his fluffy purring tummy. He is the most agile creature I know. An Agility Cat Championship?  - now that would be spectacular. Like your cat, he can do a tummy- rollover on a dime and not fall off.  Now our Labrador (Candy's best friend), Nala, thinks she should do it too (pic below)!

    Cat addicted to Earl Grey

    Candy, I promise, takes his VB Cranimals with yogurt every day. Despite that he has lately begun to steal sips of my Earl Grey tea. I now just have to walk to my desk - tea in hand and he comes running. He has my routine down to a ‘tea’ - I have to put my saucer on top of my tea cup to prevent him sharing in the left overs of my Earl Grey.  Being a cat of little prediction makes Candy fit perfectly into our slightly chaotic family of 5. Just when you think - ah he has a favorite spot - it changes. For example, whenever we purchase something new - within moment the packaging or empty box momentarily discarded, belongs to Candy. His sacred throne from which he, nestled in, with coy eyes smiling, mouthing inaudible little love meows to all who pass by. Thoroughly enchanted, for days we would walk around his new temporary abode (e.g. IKEA box) and 'meow love'  back until he finally moves off and we can feel free to finally put it in the bin.  And being groomed? Agh he positively loves it. You can brush his back and legs or stand him up on hind to reach his tummy, roll him over and brush to heart’s content. If he used words to talk I know he's be saying - " Excuse me darling, you missed a spot". Nala, our Labrador, taking her queue, helps too - gently pawing Candy down and gnawing  his Persian fur into further disarray. Oh gosh we love our pets don't we? So come on, tell us about your pet’s antiquities?! Submit your stories with a photo before 15 September 2011 on our www.facebook.com/cranimals page or email me at madeleine@cranimal.com and stand to win a Pet Story Cranimal Prize.

    Greetings from Mads

    Cranimals Europe :)

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