emBARK on your pet’s health & health pets in need (giveaway ends 3/25/13) #sergeantspet


Paw Heart

For the past few weeks I have written a couple of posts about the emBARK on Pet Health. Your pet’s health is very important. Without regular check ups, vaccinations, healthy nutrition and regular exercise, your pet cannot be expected to live a long or healthy life. As a pet parent you need to be 100% committed to doing all you can to take care of your pet’s health.

I’m the “mom” to six pets – five cats and a dog (some fish too). I can tell you first hand how much is involved in caring for pets. Pets are not something you can expect to “fend for themselves”. They need YOU to provide them with food, water, shelter, exercise and health care. Let me tell you from experience, health care can be expensive but well worth it to keep your beloved pet healthy and to help them live out a long life with you and your family.

We have one cat, Bella, who requires a lot of medical tests, office visits and medications. Currently I am saving up to take her to a cardiologist in New Jersey (we live in NY) because she needs another Echocardiogram with a Doppler. She also needs a scope down her throat to look for any blockage and a test on her Thyroid. The Echocardiogram with Doppler is $577 and the office visit is $165. I’m still waiting on the cost for the other procedures.

People think I’m crazy to spend so much money on my pet’s health. Our pets are a part of our family and therefore we do what we can to keep them healthy. Yes, it can cost a lot, but as long as my family is not suffering then it’s worth it. So what if we have to give up ordering pizza, going to the movies or buying frivolous things. Our pet’s health is worth every penny. A pizza or a decorative pillow is not going to give you unconditional love like a pet would.


Not all pets are lucky enough to have a forever family that will do whatever they can to keep them healthy. There are plenty of beautiful pets living at shelters across the country hoping to find a family that will love and care about them. That is where Sergeant’s comes in. Their emBARK program is going to help supply 5,000 pet care product kits to shelters across the country to help pets in need.

Here is more information about the program.

There are nearly 70 million dog owners and 74 million cat owners in the  United States, and while many of these pet owners know it is important to keep  their pets healthy, they don’t necessarily think about the things they should be  doing on an ongoing basis to ensure that health. Sergeant’s  Pet Care Products, a  leading pet care product company, and actress and animal advocate Tiffani  Thiessen, are joining together to emBARK on Pet Health by educating and  empowering these families during Responsible Pet Owners month (February).

The emBARK on Pet Health campaign asks pet owners to take a simple  pledge to become more mindful of their pet’s ongoing needs at www.emBARKonPetHealth.com.  Each pledge will trigger the donation of a Sergeant’s Pet Health Kit, which – with the help of the American Humane Association – will be sent to help one of  the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes at local shelters  nationwide. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products is committed to donating up to 5,000  kits, which will ensure that these animals are sent home with all the products  they need to get started on a healthy and happy life together after  adoption.

Each kit consists of the following products:

  • Sergeant’s Whiff Shampoo
  • PurLuv Sizzlin Strips
  • SENTRY Petrodex Dental Kit
  • SENTRY Calming Collar for dogs with Good Behavior pheromone technology
  • Sergeant’s Vetscription Joint Eze Plus
  • Coupons for Flea & Tick Products

I received one of these kits as well for my participation in this campaign, however I opted to donate mine to our local animal shelter. I figured they could use it more than we could.

If you have even a moment of time to spare please consider making the pledge. It just takes a minute of your time, it’s FREE and they don’t ask for any real personal information. The link is above (emBARKonPetHealth.com).

emBARK Pet Kit

I also have a giveaway for a lucky reader. The winner will receive the same emBARK kit mentioned above (the same kit being sent to shelters). Thank you Sergeant’s.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen on their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me a little about your pet/pets.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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*I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign. I also received a pet kit which I donated to our local shelter. All opinions expressed are my own and were no influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Jeana O'donnell-Murphy says:

    I have a Lab dog who is going to be 6 yrs old this year

  2. I have dogs and cats, love them all

  3. Kimberly Schotz says:

    We have a Chocolate Lab and cat who is colored like a Cremesicle

  4. I have a 3 years old Lab dog and two cats

  5. I have the cutest puppy mixed with 3 breeds.

  6. r. paris says:

    I have two dogs. Sid and Oliver. Sid is a thai ridgeback and oliver is a pappilion

  7. Tabitha P. says:

    german shep puppy about 7 weeks and so cute!!
    1 cat

  8. Kelly Ann T. says:

    We have to large mixed breed rescue dogs, Kouga and Artie.

  9. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I made the pledge, and I will keep it too.

  10. Mallory H. says:

    We have 3 rescue dogs. Karma, Cleo & Autumn… Love them!

  11. Susan Broughton says:

    I have 2 dogs. One small one named Sugar and a basset/beagle named Ollie. Both are wonderful animals and are 10 this year. However, thay are opposites of each other. One stays outside and doesn’t like to go inside and the other wouldn’t think of going outside. But both are best friends

  12. Susan Broughton says:

    Took the Pledge and shared it to all my friends

  13. All my animals are rescues. I have 2 dogs and 5 cats.

  14. Josephine D says:

    We have shelties, a rescue cat and a rescue chihuahua. They are all spoiled; the cat loves the dogs and the shelties think the chihuahua is an alien rather than another dog. 🙂

  15. Debra Hall says:

    i also have 5 cats 2 males and 3 females ,but my 14 year old siamise rules the house

  16. I have a lot of pets….I have two rescue kitties, one of which just showed up and never left, the other I found in a bank parking lot when he was just a baby kitten and brought him home and bottle fed him and kept him….and I have eight doggies, three of them are rescues, one came from a lady who had too many small children and too many large dogs and no time for a small breed puppy (her words not mine) and another rescue was adopted from the local pound who was going to put him to sleep because he was very underweight and also had pneumonia from untreated kennel cough. My other rescue dog is a pit bull I found wandering the streets. He was emaciated and had been badly abused as was suffering with broken ribs and had internal bleeding and was only 12-14 week old puppy! I also have a rescue pair of ducks rescued from someone keeping them in a rubbermaid container in the bathroom who didn’t realize how big they would get??? I was beyond shocked hearing this as I couldn’t believe someone would think cute Easter baby ducks would stay small and fluffy….I also have a rescued bearded dragon and several rescued dwarf bunnies…..so a wide variety of rescue pets in addition to my other dogs…I love animals and am lucky to have the time and space for them all and an animal lover hubby too!

    • I forgot the fish….we have several fish tanks and a heated koi pond also….
      I also took the pledge!

  17. I have a 5 year old dog.

  18. Cathy Truman says:

    I have a black cocker spaniel named Bailey he is one year old
    I have a cat named Jasmine she was a stray we took in, she is 4 years old.
    I have a bird named Doodle he is 18 years old.

  19. Cathy Truman says:

    I took the pledge.

  20. We have a nine week old Morkie, Mattie and an 8 year old, Lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever cross, Bear. 🙂
    Kristie recently posted..Our Possible Home Renovation

  21. My dog, Lola, just turned 5. We adopted her where she was just 6 weeks old.

  22. natalie nichols says:

    We have a miniature dachshund named Sophie

  23. My dog, Dexter is 2.5! He is a Vizsla/Pointer mix, and we got him when he was just 6 weeks old. We still go visit his Vizsla mom on her farm every month or so!

  24. I took the pledge – #1510!

  25. I have a one eyed rescue dog named Rotten!
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  26. I recently rescued a sweet and lovable shih tzu from an abusive home. I named her Lucy Diamond.
    HilLesha @To the Motherhood recently posted..Heidi Klum’s Truly Scrumptiou​s

  27. clarissa says:

    we have an 11 year old 165 mutt mix which we believe is a lot newfoundland, his name is Noah
    we have a 1 year old golden retriever/lab mix named Giana
    we have a black long hair cat named Butter (yeah a 4 year old named her!)

  28. Crystal Warren says:

    I’ve got 2 shelter rescue M&M’s (marvelous mutts), Juno and Banjo. Juno’s the funniest dog ever and Banjo is the happiest!

  29. Monique Rizzo says:

    I have a sweet loving Black Lab named Ty and a energetic bouncy weiner dog named Oscar.
    Thanks for the chance

  30. Vicki Wurgler says:

    we have a beautiful black lab named Jackson-he is 10 years old

  31. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I took the pledge

  32. steve weber says:

    I have 1 year old chug named Nancy.
    chug= half pug half chihauhua.

  33. I have a 7yr old Havanese named Molly and a 3yr old Tibetan Terrier named Cooper!

  34. I have 2 chihuahua’s one is 15 and one is 13

  35. I took the Pledge

  36. I have a 9-year old Jindo mix that I got at the humane society a year ago.

  37. I have two lab mixes!

  38. Annmarie W. says:

    We love our Ozzy! He’s an 8-yr old black lab/border collie!

  39. Ally Marie says:

    i have a thai ridgeback and he is awesome

  40. Kimberly W says:

    I have two dogs, some cats that think they are dogs and a cat that thinks I am here to serve her but I love them all

  41. charlotte says:


  42. I love my dog, He’s a poodle mix, and also a sweetheart.

  43. Roxann Berni says:

    A beautiful Great Dane named Savannah, along with four little rats. I love my pets, they are the best.

  44. Diana Stanhope says:

    We have 4 dogs all rescued and a cat who thinks he’s a dog.

  45. Steve Stone says:

    I have mini bull terrriers

  46. Cat, dog and 4 budgies.

  47. cheryl bowman says:

    we have a mini dachshund bell and a border collie/ lab we think Gabrielle that came to our house and just never left they are my babies

  48. s riches says:

    I have a manx cat who is four years old.

  49. s riches says:

    I took the pledge

  50. Jennifer Reed says:

    We have a very special Jack Russell name Cody.

  51. i have a 1 year old black/brown dobie! he is a handful, spoiled rotten but SWEET as can be.

  52. Angela W says:

    We have two orange tabbies and a beautiful Golden Retriever

  53. My Dog is 12 years old and needs a little extra dental help.

  54. sandy weinstein says:

    i have 3 min. schnauzers-all girls-evie-11, tressa-3, harley-2….they are the best little girls in the world. i am thinking abt getting a new breed just recognized by the akc, the new russell terrier- so cute.

  55. Kari Flores says:

    I have two dogs, a boxer Bella and a Siberian Huskie puppy, Loki. I also have a black cat, named Mia.

  56. Michelle Boor says:

    I had two dogs, one got old and had to leave us. So now I have one dog.

  57. jen gersch says:

    I have a lab, maggie and shephered mix, rags

  58. Stephanie Larison says:

    I have a female beagle who is 10, Belle. I got her when I was a teen and love to watch her now play with my 3 year old daughter. They really are part of the family! 🙂

  59. Barbara S says:

    Ralphie is a 7 yr old chocolate lab who is my best friend in the whole world he is an awesome dog.

  60. Ann Council says:

    I have a terrier named Sam who loves the Andy Griffin Show. Everytime he hears the whistling at the beginning of the show, he comes running.

  61. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I have a doxie named blue

  62. Amy Orvin says:

    I have 2 dogs, 5 cats and 2 sugar gliders. They are all indoors only and resues. They are all very happy and I love them all so much!

  63. Tonya Dean says:

    We have 2 wonderful dogs, Rose and Puggy

  64. Carolyn Daley says:

    Black Lab mixed named Riley and Boxer named Copper.

  65. Carolyn Daley says:

    Pledge #1634 to help & protect

  66. Michelle W says:

    I have dogs and cats but my cat Spencer is the king of the house

  67. Pam Schad says:

    I have two Shit-zus that I love. I retired from my job of 30 years on a disability and they keep me company. Don’t know what I would do withou them.

  68. kathy pease says:

    we have 2 dogs minnie and chico and 4 cats gilla, sanchez, wolfie and baby kitty
    Lets just say we run a zoo 🙂

  69. Nicole C. says:

    We have a dog, 2 cats, a guinea pig, and a rabbit!! Needless to say, we are crazy about animals!!

  70. Lori Walker says:

    I have a six year old ACD Jade and a four year old Husky Kayla – they are our babies and we love them

  71. Nicole Lancaster says:

    I have 2 mini Dachshunds named Tucker and Lexi.

  72. i have a fos terrier and she is so sweet, she is black and white and her name is babe

  73. I have a 9yr old Jack Russel

  74. Vikki Billings says:

    I have Winnie, she is 8yrs old and is part cocker/part schnauzer, I have had her since she was 8 weeks old. I also have Elvis he is 3yrs old and is a Mini Pincher, I have had him since he was 5 weeks old.

  75. Vikki Billings says:

    I made the pledge!!

  76. Lisa Fonseca says:

    I have 4 Chihuahas (2 long-haired – Pookie & Nemo, 2 short-haired – Cow & Nemo) and they all have their own (wacky) personalities. They are like my children/grandchildren and make us laugh somehow every single day. This would be great to win! 🙂

  77. Lisa Fonseca says:

    I made the pledge as well.

  78. I have two dogs, a poodle mix named Gnarly and a mutt named Miles. They are quiet the pair and very attached to each other and my husband and I. I love my little doggies, they are very spoiled and love us very much!

  79. Heather S says:

    I am a dog person though I just met a nice cat but I have always had dogs