As pet owners, we only want what’s best for our fur babies. Of course, there are moments when we unintentionally get things wrong and cause our four-legged friends unnecessary stress. So, let’s make sure we’re all on the right path, and take a look at a few things that you should never do when it comes to caring for your pet:Read more »
For pet owners, often when we sit down to have a snack or eat a meal, and there are some lingering eyes on us (or at least our plates). It’s your pet. They smell something tasty, they see you enjoying it, and they want whatever you have. So, they look up at you with those sweet big eyes, just begging for you to toss them a bite (though some may be more aggressive in their tactics, simply jumping up and taking a bite for themselves). That look is just heart-melting! And of course, many of us cave to those desperate looks because we love them, and we eventually break down to share a special treat with them. Of course, this isn’t a healthy habit and can in fact be dangerous for your pet.
Not all human foods are safe to share with your pet. Some pose very serious risks that can result in everything from stomach upset, to seizures and even death. We know it’s hard to resist giving your pet a table treat when they flash those innocent eyes and start whimpering. But, you must resist, as there are several food items that are absolute no-no’s, no matter how much your pet begs. Here are just a few of the most common human foods that you should never feed your pet:Read more »
Is there anything worse than dirty, smelly, sometimes painful, matted dog hair? For dogs suffering from it, we’re pretty sure they’d agree that it’s a terrible thing to have to work around. And unfortunately, once matted dog hair starts, it can snowball out of control in no time at all and can even become a very serious health issue.
For dogs with long hair, all it can take is a hike in the woods, a few romps around a stream, getting caught in the rain, or just a roll in the yard, and they can end up with some seriously matted fur. But, what’s the best way to deal with this? Do you brush? Do you cut? It takes a bit of patience, the right tools, and the skillful hands of an attentive caregiver. So, let’s take a look at some grooming tips to help you better deal with your dog’s matted hair:Read more »
Your pet is a member of the family. They’re our best friends, roommates, dinner dates and often our favorite companions for adventures. But, unlike other members of your family, your pet can’t tell you when something’s wrong or that they’re unwell. So, how do you know when it’s time to seek medical attention? Is your pet really sick, or are they just being moody? Are they limping due to a sprain, or is there an underlying infection? Are these possible symptoms something I should monitor, or does my pet need immediate emergency care?
When assessing your pet’s health and/or illness, a good rule of thumb is to always watch for any dramatic behavioral shifts. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following signs, especially if they last more than one or two days:Read more »
Have you ever wondered why your dog just starts howling? Even if you don’t own a dog, you’ve seen, or rather heard, a dog howling inside of a home, behind a gate, in the park, outside of your building or any number of other encounters at all hours of the day and night. So, what’s going on? What is it that they’re trying to communicate? Are they simply establishing dominance, plotting an attack, or perhaps singing?
There are many reasons why dogs howl, and it all goes back to their wolf ancestry and their very genetic code. So, whether howling is an act of naïve expression of a shared ancestry or a lingering remnant of pack life, one thing is for sure. It all seems to be some form of communication. Here are a few things they may be trying to say:Read more »
Nothing turns those sweet snuggle moments with your dog sour faster than the smell of their bad breath. Bad dog breath isn’t just gross; it could actually be an indication of health problems.
Bad breath can be a sign of any number of things going on with your pet, from bad oral hygiene habits that have resulted in periodontal disease, to bad dietary habits, to diabetes, kidney disease and more. So, it’s important to do some research, and get to the bottom of your pet’s foul breath before you just throw a breath refresher in their mouths.
Of course, today’s post is all about finding natural treats to combat bad doggy breath (once you’ve identified the source of the problem, that is) so that you can keep on snuggling and sharing the love with your favorite K9 companion. And, these homemade doggy muffin treats are great for treating bad breath. It’s a specifically formulated recipe that’s designed to naturally freshen breath through holistic digestive aids and natural deodorizers. Here’s how you make them:Read more »
An often-overlooked factor when it comes to your pet’s well-being and your own, is that of pets and fire safety. And, we’re not just talking about emergency considerations in the event of a fire; we’re actually talking about how to keep your pet from starting a fire, which should be of real concern to all pet parents.
We all know that pets are very curious creatures. And, when we’re not around to monitor their every action, they can get bored and get into all sorts of trouble, both intentional and accidental. But, stringing toilet paper down the hall or digging through the trash is nothing compared to the serious damage that they could potentially get into with hot stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, candles and any other potential fire hazard.
It’s estimated that nearly 1,000 house fires are accidentally started each year by animals, including homeowners’ pets. And, when you look at the often inquisitive and determined behaviors of pets, it’s not surprising that they could accidentally start a fire. Just think about it. Have you ever left food on the stove and turned around to see your pet jumping up on it for a bite? See, it can happen just like that!
That’s why we’re sharing these tips for keeping pets and your home safe from accidental fires:Read more »
We all love those Fourth of July picnics, BBQs, fireworks and other fun traditions. But, all of these festivities don’t pose the same fun for our pets as they do us. In fact, they can be quite frightening and even dangerous for our pets. All of those loud noises from the fireworks and crowds can startle pets and cause them to run away. Even those delicious human foods that we all look forward to around the holidays can be dangerous to pets when left in the open. And, don’t forget about all of the potentially dangerous debris that can end up lying around on the ground where your pets play and eat.
So, whether or not you’re planning any Fourth of July celebrations, be sure to take the necessary precautions to keep your pet safe. Here are some tips to help you plan and protect your pet from potential hazards as you celebrate America’s birthday:Read more »
Ticks – No one likes them, especially not your pets! But, it’s that time of year again when we really have to start watching out for these clingy little critters. Now that the temperatures have risen, our pets are spending more time outdoors playing, relaxing in the sunshine, or going on long walks. Sure, all of that fresh air and exercise is great for your pet (and you), but you do have to be aware of those outdoor risks, like ticks, that can bite your pet and make them sick.
Ticks are cunning, and they manage to hide in the hardest of places to find. That’s why you should check your pet after every single outing. Whether you go for a walk, a hike, head to the beach, or just chill in the backyard, make it a habit to check all over their bodies each time they come back indoors. The good news is that if you take a few precautions before you and your pet head outside, you can help keep these nasty pests away. Here’s the best way to look for and combat ticks:Read more »
Now that hurricane season is officially upon us, it’s once again time to ask – are you prepared? Most families have some sort of general emergency plan in place should a hurricane evacuation be ordered, but for those toting pets, it’s important to have a plan that includes them as well. Our pets are family members too, so keep them in mind during your discussions and preparations to keep everyone together and out of harm’s way.
When making emergency plans for any kind of natural disaster, like a hurricane, there’s much to care for and consider. And, your pet should be a part of that plan from the start, not left as an afterthought. Care for pets in general can require quite a bit more attention and thought, as they simply can’t do it for themselves. So, be sure to think ahead towards all of those possible obstacles you and your pet might face during a hurricane evacuation (e.g. Will your pet be allowed to stay at your safe destination? Will you have access to all of their medications?). Having a solid, pre-prepped plan of action just might save your pet’s life!Read more »