The Millennium Pet: Can Pampering Cut Your Vet Bills?

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October 9 “Natural Paws-A-Palooza” Pet Event in Tampa will focus on helping owners learn a variety of wellness techniques to minimize pet injury and illness.

Some may think that fancy fillips like organic pet food and doggy massage therapy are only for besotted owners who spoil their furry friends rotten, but consider this: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that U.S. pet owners spent $12 billion last year on veterinary bills, and advanced surgical procedures for pets can now cost as much as $10,000 or more. According to Yvonne Guibert of Groovy Cats and Dogs all-natural pet boutique in Tampa, it is therefore not surprising that pet care is trending toward a host of wellness-focused techniques and practices aimed at cutting the cost of both the emotional and financial toll of avoidable pet injury and illness.

"Preventive care is really key to keeping pet medical costs in line," says Guibert, "Wellness-oriented vet visits are extremely important. Diet is vital. An all-natural diet is more efficient at delivering important nutrients without empty calories and unhealthy fillers -- which helps with allergies, immune-related diseases, digestive problems, weight problems and related diseases such as diabetes, and so much more. Obedience training can help prevent emergency vet visits due to accidents such as running into traffic or ingesting dangerous items. Even regular visits to the groomer, for example, can head off problems with infection or allergic reactions. There's really a lot a pet owner can do to prevent injury and illness before they ever become an issue."

And the doggy massage? Shiatsu for your Shih Tzuh? “Relaxed dogs are happier and healthier,” says Guibert. In addition to reducing tension and promoting a sense of wellbeing, “canine massage can improve circulation, increase muscle tone and range of movement, encourage healthier skin and coat, and speed healing after an injury,” she explains.


In one of an ongoing series of events designed to share expert advice with pet-owners first-hand, Tampa pet nutrition expert Yvonne Guibert and Groovy Cats and Dogs will host “Natural Paws-A-Palooza” Saturday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free canine massage, information and tips on nutrition, pet therapy, natural wellness, pet behavior, and more. Local rescue groups will be on hand with adoptable pets including Suncoast Basset Rescue, G.R.E.A.T. Greyhound Rescue & Adoptions of Tampa Bay and Florida English Bulldog Rescue. In addition to free admission and parking, guests will enjoy:

  •      free food and treat samples (for pets and their owners)
  •      low cost shot clinic
  •      coupons and special offers
  •      free canine massages
  •      Ask the trainer - cats and dogs
  •      prize raffle
  •      adoptable pets
  •      meet other local area pet businesses
  •      goodie bags to 1st 25 guests!!

Groovy Cats & Dogs, an all-natural pet boutique located in Carrollwood, is focused 100% on all-natural, premium pet foods and treats for cats and dogs. The boutique is located in the Carrollwood Center at 10213-B Lake Carroll Way in Tampa and is open 7 days a week, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leashed pets are always welcome.

For more information, visit or call 813-265-1333.

Media Contact: Yvonne Guibert, owner, at 813-265-1333.


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