Animal Clinic of Kalispell - March 2023

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The Sweet Scents of Spring

Pet food has changed a lot since I first began practicing veterinary medicine. There are now countless brands on the market, and many more products are backed by the science of pets’ nutritional needs. But that doesn’t mean all pet food is created equally — what you feed your furry family still matters. Most of the foods our clients feed their pets are good quality, but not everything sold in a store is healthy for your dog. Federal guidelines

3 Potpourri Mixtures You Need to Try

Many have heard about using a stovetop potpourri to simmer oranges, apples, and cinnamon to make your home smell like Christmas. But you can also fill your home with fresh scents that remind you of spring. The best part is that you probably have most of the ingredients you need at home or in your garden! But first, what is potpourri? Potpourri combines fruits, spices, herbs, and other edible ingredients to make rich scents that spread throughout your home. It’s one of the most natural and cheapest ways to freshen the air you breathe. Here are three stovetop potpourris to make your home smell like springtime. Lemon and Rosemary To make this sweet-smelling scent, you need three things: lemons, rosemary, and vanilla extract. Add 2 sliced lemons, a handful of fresh rosemary, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract in a large pot filled with water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and enjoy the fresh and clean scent! Lime, Mint, Ginger, and Thyme Add 3 sliced limes, a handful of fresh mint and thyme, and finely sliced ginger to a pot for this mixture. When the ingredients come to a simmer, you’ll immediately smell a citrus-mint aroma that will spread throughout your home.

dictate that pet food must be safe, manufactured in clean conditions, and accurately

labeled. Everything else is up to the pet food company making the product — and since many companies buy the food from another manufacturer and package it, even they may not necessarily understand what they’re selling. Fortunately, pet foods generally adhere to nutritional standards regarding proteins, carbohydrates, and other dietary needs. But a product can have the correct ratio of ingredients without being highly

digestible — meaning those ingredients are going in and coming out while doing little in between. Further, ingredients can vary

Leafy greens are packed with essential nutrients for dogs, and your pooch will love these green pupsicles for St. Patrick’s Day and all year long. Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day Frozen Dog Treats

Lemon, Cinnamon, Mint, and Thyme This mixture is perfect if you want to add a hint of spice and warmth to your fresh spring scent. Combine 2 sliced lemons, a handful of fresh mint and thyme, and 2 cinnamon sticks in a pot before bringing the water to a simmer. One of the best things about potpourri is that the mixture will last a couple of days. Once you turn off your stove and drain the water, you can keep the ingredients in the pot and reuse them. All you have to do is add more water and bring it to a simmer again. Alternatively, you can prep your ingredients in advance, store them in an airtight container like a mason jar, and refrigerate them until you’re ready to use them.

So, fill your home with sweet fragrances to usher in a joyous spring!



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