Summer is an exciting time that we all look forward to when we can have some fun in the sun with our pets. But, it’s also a time when there are many pet dangers that you must be aware of as well. If you’re planning to spend any time outdoors with your furry best friends or plan to let them frolic around in the sun on their own, then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind to ensure that they stay comfortable and safe in the hot summer sun. So, help your pet beat the heat this summer with these must-know safety tips:Read more »
Dog owners often appreciate those loving, slobbery kisses that greet them every time they come home. But, have you ever wondered the real reason behind those licks?
Dogs use their senses a bit differently than humans. Although smell is their main good sense, licking also serves all sorts of purposes in a dog’s world ranging from love, to submission, and may even be due to a possible medical condition. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why your favorite K9 companion may be licking:Read more »
So, you’ve adopted a new furry friend – congratulations! Welcoming a pet into your home is such a beautiful way to share your love. But, are you all set to bring them home?
A lot of prep goes into making a home happy and safe for a new pet. So, make sure that you’re fully prepared. Here’s your shopping check list for bringing home your newly adopted pet:Read more »
It’s easy to assume that cats know what’s best for their health seeing as they’re so self-sufficient. But, the fact is, there is one thing that they sometimes aren’t doing in their best interest and that’s staying hydrated. A lot of cats simply don’t drink enough water on their own. It may seem harmless enough at first glance, but it can actually turn into a medical emergency fast.
While dehydration can be an emergency in itself, cats can also develop life-threatening urinary stones from lack of water. Now, we know it’s not always easy to get cats to do something that they don’t want to do, but the key to keeping your cat in good health and avoiding these serious issues, as is the case with humans, is to make sure that your cat is drinking plenty of water.
If you suspect your cat isn’t drinking enough, there are some creative things that you can try to get them to drink more:Read more »
Urinary tract infections in cats is a surprisingly big deal. It’s tough on both your pet and all family members, as it can be quite stressful and financially burdensome. In fact, urinary tract issues are one of the most common reasons cats are given up to shelters, or worse.
Fortunately, you can get ahead of a more serious situation and seek medical solutions if you learn the signs and symptoms of urinary tract disease.Read more »
If you have a new puppy or plan to bring one home soon, you know that they are just bundles of happiness and energy! Of course, you probably also know that puppies can be quite challenging at times, especially when it comes to potty training.
Often, puppies just can’t wait to use the bathroom outside. They’re just too excited and distracted to pay attention to where they are and aren’t allowed to go – yet, anyway. But, the good news is that they will learn to go outside with a bit of training. And, to speed that process up, we’ve put together some basic potty training tips to help them learn to go outside to do their business. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
- Spend Lots of Time with Them – It’s important to spend as much time with your pup as possible in those early days. This helps build your bond, yes, but it also allows you to catch your pup when they try to go to the bathroom indoors so that you can correct their actions immediately, and take them outside. They’ll learn pretty quickly that doing their business indoors is bad and won’t want to continue to do it in front of you.
- Stick to a Schedule – All pets need a routine. You can start by taking your pup outside every day at the same time, whether they have to go potty or not. Get in the habit of taking them out first thing in the morning, when you come home from work in the afternoon, before bedtime, etc. This will teach your pup that there are specific times when they can expect to be let out to use the bathroom.
- Take a Potty Break After Every Meal – To help your pup get a hang of his or her routine quickly, get in the habit of taking them outside after every meal or snack, and wait for them to go to the bathroom. This solidifies the need to go outdoors to do their business.
- Designate a Potty Spot – When you first start training, always take your puppy to the same spot outdoors. This helps them to associate a specific area with potty time.
- Reward a “Job” Well Done – If your puppy goes to the bathroom outdoors, give them a reward for a job well done. Praise and treats lend to positive reinforcement for good behavior.
- Crate Train – When you’re out of the house, train your puppy to stay in his or her crate. Dogs won’t go to the bathroom where they sleep, so this is a good way to keep everyone and everything happy and clean. Then, when you let them out of the crate, take them outside immediately so they can go to the bathroom.
- Get Rid of Odors – Your puppy will have an accident indoors. It’s kind of a given. But, when they do, clean the area immediately to remove stains and odors. This ensures that they won’t return to the same spot to potty again.
Raising a puppy is a wonderful experience, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. They require great love and care and will look to you for guidance. One of the most important things that you can do for them, as well as yourself, is to train them early on. Teach them to be housebroken, so they can live happily and comfortably by your side for many years to come.
Our dogs are our best friends. They’re there for us when we need them, they share affection, keep us on our toes and most of the time, respond to our requests. At least, that’s how it should be. But, what do you do when your dog just won’t listen? How do you know if they need obedience training?
The truth is, even the best of pets can develop behavioral problems, especially in those early years. So, when issues pop up, it’s best to start obedience training right away to prevent bad behaviors from becoming more serious and continuing throughout adulthood. Here are some key signs to look out for to know if your dog is in need of obedience training:Read more »
Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s like herding cats?” It’s often used as an expression of exasperation, and well, they don’t just say it to be funny. It’s because cat’s have a reputation for doing their own thing; they have a mind of their own, and they only do what they want to do. So then, is it even possible to train a cat, or is it just wishful thinking?
Surprisingly, it’s not impossible to train a cat. But, you should think of it more as convincing than training. You see, when it comes to training a cat, the key is in the treat. You have to find the right “must-have” treat that will convince them to co-operate. If you find the right treat, they just might be more willing to obey your wishes.
So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at three vital tips to successfully train your cat:Read more »
There’s so much to love about Easter. It’s the start of spring, egg hunts, Easter baskets with gifts, sweets and celebrations with family and friends. Of course, the festive treats of this fun-filled holiday can also present certain hazards to your pet, so do be on your guard!
Easter is a time when many bring different festive items into their homes to aid in the celebrations, like chocolate candy wrapped in foil, small, plastic toys, poisonous plants and synthetic grass to adorn the carefully decorated Easter eggs. Unfortunately, all of these items pose very real health risks to your pet were they to get ahold of them and ingest them.
That’s why you must be mindful of what you bring into your home and what you leave out around the house. So, before you start hiding the eggs and putting up those pastel streamers, take a look at these most common Easter hazards that you should keep in the forefront of your mind:Read more »
If you’re bringing a new pet into your home, and you already have pets, the thought of that initial introduction can be a little stressful. You just never know how they might react to one another. Whether you’re adding a newly adopted furry member to your family or moving in with a new roommate, family member or spouse who has pets, combining households can be a tricky transition. Sure, you might see it as them gaining a new brother or sister, but they might see it as a stranger stepping on their territory.
Whatever has brought you to this new introduction, here are some tips that will help make the transition easier on everyone:Read more »