It’s Almost Smoothie Season! – Travel Animal Doctor

It’s Almost Smoothie Season! – Travel Animal Doctor

Since it is almost smoothie season, what are you going to drink? -Travel Animal Doctor Swimsuit season is on my mind with the winter weather behind us.  This can only mean one thing: It’s almost smoothie season! Smoothies are a summer favorite in this household. Benefits of smoothies include: 1) Jam-packed with fruit and vegetables to help fulfill your daily requirement 2) Natural vitamins and minerals 3) Naturally sweet taste without having to use sugar Nutritious Basically, smoothies are both nutritious and delicious. This morning the Nutri-Bullet was dusted off and put to work. A specific recipe was not followed since there were a hodge-podge of ingredients in the fridge. It is fun to experiment with new combinations sometimes however you do not always know how they will turn out. Following a recipe that is tried and true helps you to find one that will appease your taste buds. The only con about following a recipe is having the necessary ingredients. Because it almost smoothie season upon us, I will be adding healthy recipes that I thoroughly enjoy as I try them. Until then, I would like to discuss my favorite smoothie ingredients. My favorite ingredients to smoothies are: Unsweetened Almond Milk Frozen Kale Original Greek Yogurt Chia Seeds Fruit Seeds and Nuts I did not have chia seeds for this particular smoothie. I like using chia seeds because they are a powerful addition to any diet. They taste great in a smoothie, and supplement omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and some protein into your diet. They can be found at any health foods store, but they can be slightly expensive. Other ingredients...
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear – Travel Animal Doctor

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear – Travel Animal Doctor

Thoughts of an ACL tear were on my mind this weekend when my friend took a fall. -Travel Animal Doctor She had similar clinical signs that a dog would have with a cranial cruciate ligament tear.  As I went on a hike with my husband and furry friend, I could not stop thinking about the disease, so I finally decided to come home and write about it. A cranial cruciate ligament tear is a common problem in large breed dogs, like our lab, Jade. This disease is simply put, a torn cranial cruciate ligament in the knee of your pet. In humans the term is anterior cruciate ligament, but in dogs, the same ligament is commonly referred to as the cranial cruciate ligament. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease: So what types of dogs often get a torn cranial cruciate ligament, and how can it occur? This disease can occur quickly or progress into a disease process A torn CCL occurs most often in Labs (like Jade), Staffordshire terriers, Rottweilers and Newfoundlands Your dog is at increased risk if it is overweight. How would you know if your pet may have a torn CCL? Is your dog holding up one back leg or favoring one back leg over the other? When your dog is hiking with you does “limping” get worse? Does one knee appear to be bigger than the other or do the two back legs look different from one another in size or character? What other diseases will a veterinarian have to rule out? There are many other problems that can occur which cause your dog to look similarly discomfortable. A few examples of...
Sopapilla Cheesecake – Travel Animal Doctor

Sopapilla Cheesecake – Travel Animal Doctor

My Aunt Jan gave me the sopapilla cheesecake recipe that is absolutely to die for. – Travel Animal Doctor Have you ever had sopapilla ice cream from a Mexican restaurant? This cheesecake reminds me of that type of ice cream, except it is not as cold on the inside, and it is creamier. It is hard to describe this recipe other than to say it is one of the most delicious dishes of dessert I have ever prepared. This gourmet dessert serves up to 12 people, but it sits well in the refrigerator and can be made for a group as little as 2. Since it is 12 servings, it did take us about a week to eat it all up. While it would be a pretty unhealthy breakfast, I could also see spoiling myself one morning with a small serving. Served with a few cherries or strawberries on the side, it could be a little bit healthier to eat for breakfast. It serves twelve people and takes thirty minutes to cook. Preheat oven to: 350 degrees Ingredients: 2 cans crescent rolls 8 oz pkg. cream cheese (softened) 1 tbsp. cinnamon 1 stick real butter 2 cups sugar Directions: 1) Spray “9×12” baking dish with PAM. 2) Spread 1 can crescent rolls evenly in dish. 3) Blend 1.5 cups sugar with cream cheese. 4) Spread mixture over rolls. 5) Open second can of rolls and spread over cream cheese mixture. 6) Melt butter and pour over rolls. 7) Mix remaining 0.5 cup of sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top until butter is evenly covered. My Review I have never...
“The Cat’s Guide to Enjoying Napping” – Travel Animal Doctor

“The Cat’s Guide to Enjoying Napping” – Travel Animal Doctor

The Cat’s Guide to Enjoying Napping is the perfect book to read to young children before they go to bed. – Travel Animal Doctor This book is a great night time story for a child who loves cats. Even if your child is an animal lover, for the reasonable price of the book, it would be worth giving this book a try. The Cat’s Guide to Enjoying Napping is a charming tale about how different kittens choose to take their naps. Pictures of these cats give proof that not every cat goes to sleep the same way. And although they may be more comfortable sleeping one way rather than another, that is okay. Even without a storyline, the pictures in this book would be entertaining. Seeing the funny and unique positions that the cats sleep are sure to make any animal lover grin from ear to ear. The sentences are easy to read. I can imagine that the book would be a great book to use to teach children how to read. The Cat’s Guide to Enjoying Napping has a photograph of different cats on each page with one sentence rhyme about the picture. – Travel Animal Doctor My Niece’s Naptime I can see reading this story to my niece right before nap time. She eagerly looks forward to being read to, and hands a pile of books to you to read to her. Whenever she Skype’s my family, she gets extra excited when she gets to see the cat at my parent’s house.  It would be fun to try and read this story to her to see what she thinks of the story. With...
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