Spooktacular Boo-Berry Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

Spooktacular Boo-Berry Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

  This spooktacular boo-berry smoothie was the perfect quick and healthy breakfast for my husband and I on Saturday, to kick off our Halloween festivities. Following breakfast he and I got in the car and drove to Hollin Farms to pick our own pumpkin, apples and veggies. The farm was bustling with fellow Halloween lovers who had the same idea. Among the Halloween lovers were many dog lovers who brought their pets with them on their quests to pick the perfect pumpkins. Knowing that our dog, Jade, is allowed, we are eager to bring her with us to pick pumpkins next year. We spent three hours picking pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, apples from the apple orchards, and vegetables from the garden. I thank the boost of energy from the spooktacular boo-berry smoothie to get us through the event-filled day. The spooktacular boo-berry smoothie contains a nutrient-rich variety of fruits and veggies. Health Benefits: The kale, edamame, and walnuts used in the spooktacular boo-berry smoothie are great vegetarian food sources, rich in protein and fiber. Blueberries have strong antioxidant properties, and also are a good source of fiber. Blueberries support heart health, by helping to lower blood cholesterol. The Vitamin C found in blueberries and the orange in this smoothie also support heart health, as well as supports the immune system. Avocados support heart health, and is high in folates which lower the risk of depression. Ingredients: 1 c. kale 1/3 c. edamame 1/2 avocado 1/8 c. walnuts 1 mandarin orange 1/2 c. blueberries 1 1/4 c. water 3 ice cubes Serving Size: 2 servings   Directions: Put 1/2 an avocado in the bottom, which serves...
Traveling with Your Dogs- Travel Animal Doctor

Traveling with Your Dogs- Travel Animal Doctor

If you are planning to travel with your dogs, there are some things you should keep in mind. Are you planning a long road trip with your dogs? After years of traveling with dogs, I have learned there are some essential things to bring along. Follow along for 13 quick veterinary tips for traveling with your dog: 1. Buckle Up Safety first! Remember to put on their seat belts before you start your drive. When dogs get excited they may try to get in the front seat with you or impede your driving. 2. Car Seat Covers Are you concerned about getting fur all over your clothes? Do you pick up friends in your car and get embarrassed with the fur they get on their clothes from your car? Avoid getting hair all over the backseat by purchasing a car seat cover for your car. 3. Portable Water There are a number of bowls that you can keep in your car so that when you are on the move, your car can stay hydrated. I have seen a number of water bowls made out of material that can easily fit in a a car seat pocket. We use a water bottle with a lid that turns into a bowl from which Jade can drink. We also keep a collapsible bowl in a car seat back pocket. 4. Avoid Toxins Prevent unintentional pet poisoning. Make sure gum, fast food, and caffeinated drinks are not in the same vicinity as your canine friends. 5. Air Conditioning Keep your pets cool. You can avoid overheating by ensuring plentiful airflow to your puppy dogs. 7. Bathroom...
9 Quick Tips for taking Extra Long Road Trips with your Cats

9 Quick Tips for taking Extra Long Road Trips with your Cats

When traveling involves taking your cats along, it can become difficult when you need to take extra long road trips with your cats.   Not only do you need to be concerned with the road, but you also have to make sure that your cats are safe throughout the road trip. Just as significant as keeping your cats safe, is the age old dilemma of where your cats are going to go to the bathroom. While you and human passengers can just stop at a gas station, it is not as easy for your furry feline counterparts. A cat should not have to hold his or her bladder during long trips. It is important to give your cat access to a litter box on the road. Forcing your cat to “hold it” can cause bladder infections. If you have kittens, their bladders will be even smaller. Besides the problem of where will your pet pee, you do not want to deprive him of water during the long trip. Your cats should stay hydrate and cool throughout the trip. Avoid overheating by ensuring air circulation is always present for your pets. Supply water in a bowl that cannot spill to avoid dehydration. Here are nine quick tips for what to remember when you need to hit the road with your felines in the backseat. 1. Cage Fit a cage large enough for your cat/cats in the backseat, with a litter box and water. Water Bowl Use a bowl that can hook to the side of the cage to avoid water spilling. 3. Water Bring extra water in case you need to refill the bowl throughout...
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

Try this delicious pumpkin pie protein smoothie just in time for Halloween. With the addition of fruit, this pumpkin pie smoothie has a taste of healthy and natural sweetness. This pumpkin pie protein smoothie has the protein vegetarians need while offering a healthier October dessert option than straight up pumpkin pie. If you enjoy pumpkin pie but are trying to watch your sugar intake the pumpkin pie protein smoothie may satisfy the pumpkin pie flavor you yearn for. I always look forward to pumpkin chai latte season, and the time has finally arrived. What recipe better to start autumn off, than the quick, healthy and easy to make recipe of a pumpkin pie protein smoothie? Using allspice and cinnamon perfects the phenomenal pumpkin spice flavor in this smoothie recipe. The best thing about this recipe is that you can choose to follow it completely or loosely, adapting the cinnamon and all spice to your heart’s content. Ingredients: 1 pear (fresh) 2/3 c. pumpkin (fresh or canned puree) 1/2 c. fresh or frozen peaches 1/2 tsp. allspice 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 c. Almond or coconut milk 1/2 c. ice 1/2 c. frozen peaches 2 TBS pure maple syrup Yogurt For vegetarians: 1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt or plain greek yogurt For vegans: 1/2 c. vegan coconut yogurt chia seeds or sunflower seeds for additional protein source Prep Time: 5 Minutes Serving Size: 1 extra large smoothie or 2 regular smoothies Directions: Combine the vanilla or plain greek yogurt, fruit (pear and peaches) and pumpkin puree into a blender. Add the ice, almond or coconut milk, and spices (ground cinnamon and allspice) over the bulk...
Kitty – Proofing Your House for a New Cat with Lids – Travel Animal Doctor

Kitty – Proofing Your House for a New Cat with Lids – Travel Animal Doctor

Kitty – proofing the home for a newly adopted cat can sometimes be a challenge. – Travel Animal Doctor The adventure continues with our family and our new cat, Poseidon. Our domestic short-haired cat, Poseidon, was recently adopted by our family from the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. As soon as we got him we knew that our lives had changed forever. Soon after we brought Poseidon home, we realized he was an extremely curious cat. We shut doors to closets and rooms so he would not be over- stimulated, and so that he could get used to one room at a time. Even with the doors shut he has had a way of getting into everything that he can. The following are a few things our family has done in order to kitty – proof our house. 1. Lids to Your Yarn While we were already warned that Poseidon loves toilet paper, we did not think to cover our yarn. In a flash he found the basket of yarn and went crazy with the array of colorful strands that he could unroll. 2. Lid to the Litter Box We ordered a self- cleaning litter box before we took Poseidon home. He ended up coming home with us before it got here so we got the second litter box set up for him but did not bother to get a lid since the expensive one was on the way. We also heard he loved to climb so we went to Home Depot to buy shelves to build on one of our walls. While we were gone Poseidon decided to make a disaster...
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