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National Cat Health Month: Tips on Keeping Your Cat Healthy

February is celebrated as National Cat Health Month. This month encourages cat parents to keep in check with their cat’s health. It is a month to focus on the health […]

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5 Best Heartworm Treatment For Dogs

As dog parents, we do a lot to take care of our pet’s health, such as feeding them nutritious food and grooming them. However, we often overlook the fact that […]

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8 Useful Tips to Train Your New Puppy

Whether you’re going to become a first-time dog parent, or are getting a companion for your pet, bringing a new puppy home is always overwhelming. While you are excited about […]

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Tips for keeping your pets safe this Christmas

The holiday season is here, and it is crucial to make sure that everyone, including your pets, has a joyful and festive time over Christmas and New Year’s. Here are […]

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National Cat Lovers’ Month

December is the month of dotting and loving your cat more than usual. After all, it is National Cat lovers’ Month! This month is solely dedicated to celebrating your cat’s […]

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Top 5 Winter Safety Tips for Pets

We enjoy curling up in blankets with our favorite hot beverage by the fireplace or binge-watching the newest Netflix series during the chilly winter months. But sometimes our pets feel […]

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National Pet Cancer Awareness Month-  November

November is marked as National Pet Cancer Awareness Month by pet lovers. It is an excellent time to learn more about the symptoms and treatments of cancer. It is also […]

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Dog Bad Breath Problems: Causes and Treatment

When your dog enters the house to snuggle, do you find yourself pulling away or apologizing to visitors for the smell? Bad breath is extremely typical in our canine companions, […]

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Best Ways to Bond With Your Bird

Having a bird as your companion may not sound as common as dogs and cats, but it certainly brings a great experience with it. For someone who has just adopted […]

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Comparing Nexgard And Frontline Plus

Protecting our canine companions against fleas and ticks is the first thing any dog parent would consider doing. To achieve this goal, one would look at the treatment options only […]

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Tips For Traveling With Elderly Pets

Is your favorite road trip buddy now a senior? Traveling with an older dog or cat is possible—and fun! You just need to make a few adjustments. Here are our best tips for traveling with your elderly dog or cat.   Wait! Who Are You Calling Elderly? You might not think of your pet as […]

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Tips For Enjoying Wine Country With Your Dog

Planning a trip to California’s wine country, and hoping to take your dog? There’s so much you can do together! And with these tips, you can be sure you’ll both enjoy your vacation.   California is the leading producer of new world wines, and boasts a climate that is perfect for growing those luscious grapes. […]

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What To Do If Your Puppy Gets Motion Sickness

You’ve got the perfect adorable puppy! He’d be a great travel buddy, except for one thing … he gets sick riding in the car. But don’t give up just yet! There’s a lot you can do to help with puppy motion sickness.   Why Do Puppies Get Motion Sickness? Nobody knows for sure why dogs […]

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Traveling With Pets To Canada From The U.S. – Tips For Crossing The Border

Traveling with your pets from the United States to Canada is easy! Learn everything you’ll need to know for a pet friendly road trip across the border.   The idea of traveling with your pets to Canada might make you nervous. But there’s really no need to worry! We’ve traveled across the border with our […]

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Cold Weather Tips For Travel With Pets

Is cold weather travel with your pets in your future? Maybe you’re planning a winter vacation in a cold climate? Or visiting family in the great frozen north? These tips will help!   Why Travel In Winter With Your Pet? Winter is a great time to travel with pets. Unless you’re visiting a ski resort, […]

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America’s Best Dog Friendly National Parks

For Americans and their pups, visiting a dog friendly national park makes a great vacation. Unfortunately, finding a national park where your furry travel companion can have fun with you is ruff!   Most of America’s national parks have strict pet policies, limiting pets to only the most developed areas. But there are some that […]

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National Park Free Admission Days In 2023

Take your furry travel buddy to a pet friendly national park, monument, or historical site on these five days in 2023 when admission is FREE!   Is your dog or cat hoping to visit a pet friendly national park this year? If so, we have some great news! The National Park Service has scheduled five […]

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DIY Indoor Enrichment Games For Dogs

There are a lot of reasons to keep your dog busy indoors! It could be the weather, an injury, or an illness that prevents you from taking a nice, long walk with your pup. Whatever the reason, these enrichment games for dogs will keep your pooches entertained until you get back to their regular routine. […]

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Tips for Traveling with Pit Bulls

Planning a trip with your pittie? Breed discrimination can make it difficult. But these tips for traveling with Pit Bulls will help!   Breed-specific legislation (BSL) has a big impact on pet travelers with bully breeds. But BSL affects more than just Pit Bulls. These laws, passed in jurisdictions across the country, target more than […]

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Pet Friendly Fun In Tombstone, Arizona

If you’re a fan of all things “wild west,” you’re not going to want to miss a trip to pet friendly Tombstone! Home of the OK Corral, the town is steeped in history and embraces its frontier heritage.   We discovered pet friendly Tombstone, Arizona by accident. Our preference is to avoid places that seem […]

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6 Essential Cat Products Every Cat Owners Must Have
Having a cat in a house is both rejuvenating and entertaining for the owners. Cats are incredibly dignified creatures yet have a sense of humour that makes us light-hearted and relaxed. To keep up their spirit and enthusiasm in furry friends, every cat owner needs to have certain accessories which also maintain the wellbeing of…
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6 Indoor Games You Can Play With Your Dogs this Winter
Winter can be harsh, and it can also make a morning walk difficult for both dogs and their owners. The early mornings are too dark, and taking a long walk with the dogs isn’t that feasible. However, one can’t compromise on a dog’s physical exercise requirements as the lack of it affects their physicality and…
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Catnip:  Everything You Need to Know of This Wonderful Herb
Although many people might have heard about Catnip, most still don’t know what exactly it is. One of the reasons why people have an interest in Catnip is why cats go crazy after “experiencing” it. Once you fully understand this fascinating herb, you will also see how it cures several behavioural disorders in felines too. …
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8 Tips to Keep Dogs and Cats Comfortable During Winters
Winters are a time where we humans are most concerned about our health and do all the things possible to keep us safe from the cold wave. The same care is needed for pets like dogs and cats as they only have their skin to protect themselves during the winters. Some of the signs that…
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Dog Training: How To Completely Train Your Dog
Are you ready to train your dog? Training dogs isn’t always easy if you’ve ever had a dog. It can be downright frustrating. However, if you’re really willing to put in the time and effort, you’ll be able to have a pet who listens to every command with ease. Dog training is a skill that…
- Akhil Krishnan
14 Reasons You Should Adopt A Greyhound
Greyhounds are known for their exceptional speed. Other than speed, they make good friends and obedient ones too. Unfortunately, not all Greyhounds have the opportunity to live in typical homes with great pet parents to take care of them. Some end up in foster homes waiting for families to adopt them and allow them to…
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How And When To Switch From Puppy To Adult Dog Food
A dog’s lifespan can be categorized into three age groups: puppyhood, adulthood, and senior years. As it ages, your dog’s dietary requirements transition to accommodate its changing needs. Also, their appetite may transform as they mature. This is why it’s essential to know the best time to switch brands and types of kibbles that’d suit…
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Flat 10% Discount on Pre-Ordering IAMS Cat Foods, Don’t Miss The Golden Chance!
Heads up all Cat Parents, Globally renowned pet food brand IAMS is now launching their cat foods in India on April 22nd 2022. The brands’ success with dog foods was so emphatic, now the cat lovers are really looking forward to buying their cat foods. If you are a proud cat owner, then here is…
- Akhil Krishnan
Why is Breed-Specific Dog Food a Better Option than Standard Dog Food?
If you are the owner of a purebred dog, then you would probably be looking for the best diet for your four-legged friend. From German Shepherd to Labrador, every species is unique in its way. When feeding a breed-specific dog, you need to consider their different genetic traits and nutritional needs, so that you can…
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Is It Possible to Train a Cat? Here is All You Need to Know
One of the main common questions which is asked by almost all cat lovers is whether cats are trainable or not. Which cat owner doesn’t want their beloved cats to do some amazing skills while listening to all their commands? If your pet is listening to you, people who are coming into your house would…
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10 Best Cat Beds, Scratchers, and Trees For People Who Love Japan

Are you exploring your Japanese-American roots? Have you adopted a tri-colored Japanese Bobtail or Mi-Ke (pronounced "mee kay")? 

From instant noodle cat beds to cherry blossom-shaped cat trees, here are 10 pieces of cat furniture that will help you pay homage to the land of the rising sun. 

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How to Bottle Feed Your Newborn Kitten: A Beginner's Guide

Maybe, you have found a litter of newborn kittens outside. Or maybe, you have signed up to foster abandoned kittens for your local animal shelter. No matter the case, bottle-feeding kittens can be very difficult.

That is why we worked with Stephen Quandt, a fear-free certified cat behavior consultant, to put together this five-step kitten feeding guide. We also discuss weaning orphaned kittens and address common bottle-feeding problems.

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10 Best Tea Gifts That Will Delight Crazy Cat People
Tea is not just a caffeinated beverage. From Buddhist monks to the British monarchs, tea reigns supreme as the world’s queen of drinks. Love tea on the same level you love your cats? From affordable cat tea cozies to whimsical cat tea infusers, we have rounded up 10 cat-themed tea gift ideas. 

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- Cherese Cobb
How To Determine the Sex of Your Kitten — 3 Easy Methods

Determining the gender of your new kitten can be challenging. The difference between female and male kittens can be confusing even for the most experienced cat owners

We sat down with Stephen Quandt, a fear-free certified feline behavior consultant, to learn how to determine the sex of kittens. He explains how urine flow, coat color, and genital shape can be used to tell if your kitten is a girl or a boy. He also answers questions about feline reproduction, cat birth, and kitten personality.

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- Cherese Cobb
Meet Narnia: The Rare “Chimera” Cat That Has A Perfectly Split Face
Narnia was born with electric blue eyes and a perfectly split gray and black face. He has a black body with tufts of white on his chest and hind paws. The 5-year-old British Shorthair might have a rare genetic condition called chimerism.

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- Cherese Cobb
Hosico Cat Is a Gold Scottish Straight From Russia With Millions of Fans
With dreamy blue eyes and hamster-like cheeks, Hosico Cat has amassed a whopping 1.9 million Instagram followers. This cuddly czar-of-cuteness is an 8-year-old golden Scottish Straight from Moscow. 

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- Cherese Cobb
Licorice Root for Cats: Uses, Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects, and More

Licorice root may soothe your sore throat, curb your hot flashes and relieve inflammation. But is it safe to have licorice plants, licorice tea, licorice hydrosol, licorice essential oil, or black licorice candy around your cat? Licorice root is safe for most cats in low doses for a short time. We spoke with Melissa M. Brock, a board-certified veterinarian, a full-time veterinarian and an animal welfare expert at Pango Pets. She explained what types of licorice are safest for your cat.

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- Cherese Cobb
10 Waving Lucky Cat Gifts (Maneki Neko) That Will Bring You Good Luck
The Maneki Neko, or beckoning cat ( 招き猫), attracts wealth and prosperity. Are you feeling down on your luck? Need a powerful good luck charm for the cat lover in your life? From traditional to kawaii, here are 10 Maneki Neko gifts that will turn the wheel of fate in your favor.

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- Cherese Cobb
German Chamomile: An Annual Herb That Will Soothe Your Cat’s Anxiety
Chamomile might lower your blood sugar, boost your immune system, and help your wounds heal faster. But is it safe to have chamomile around your cat? We spoke with Dr. Iram Sharma, a full-time veterinarian and feline welfare expert at Happy Whisker, to find out what forms of German chamomile are safest for your cat.

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- Cherese Cobb
Top 200+ Black Cat Names (With Their Meanings)
Have you fallen in love with a panther-esque cat? From classic to magical, here are 200+ names that will match your black cat’s slick dark fur. 

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- Cherese Cobb
6 Best Japanese Manga About Cats

Cats are a pure shot of serotonin. They're unabashedly cute, whip-smart, and sometimes downright devilish. Don't have a cat in your line of sight right now? These 6 Japanese manga will help you embrace your inner cat person.

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- Cherese Cobb
Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats
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Lavender is mildly toxic to cats, so be cautious when using it around your BFF.

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Related to the mint family, lavender includes 39 different species with 450 varieties. The most common types of lavender are: English lavender, French lavender, and woolly lavender.", "url" : "https://www.munchiecat.com/blogs/news/lavender", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "articleSection" : "Health Benefits of Lavender for Cats", "articleBody" : "There’s limited research on the health benefits of lavender for cats.

Researchers at the University of Pisa used a blend of English and Portuguese lavender to treat ear infections in cats. Because lavender oil is antibacterial, it can be used as an alternative treatment for feline ear infections caused by fungi.

Veterinary nurses Samantha Goodwin and Helen Reynolds also used lavender aromatherapy to calm hospitalized felines. Cats were less stressed out by previous negative veterinary experiences and unfamiliar sounds and smells.

A 2010 study in the Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science found that certain scents enrich the lives of house cats. Researchers at the University of London gave 150 cats lavender, rabbit, and catnip-infused cloth. While they responded to the lavender-infused cloth, they had stronger reactions to the catnip and rabbit scents. They caused the indoor cats to actively explore their environment and experience deep sleep", "url" : "https://www.munchiecat.com/blogs/news/lavender", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "image" : "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0228/9614/8544/files/Munchiecat_Cat_in_Lavender_36ac479d-b248-4513-9c36-011d3580bf44_600x600.png?v=1654480929", "articleSection" : "Are dried lavender plants safe for cats?", "articleBody" : "“Not all cats will react to lavender in the same way,” LaRock says. “Some may find the scent calming while others may be bothered by it.”

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These pretty purple flowers contain toxic compounds called linalool and linalyl acetate. Your cat’s liver doesn’t have P450 cytochrome enzymes, so it can’t break down the components of lavender plants.

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“If you have a fresh lavender plant, make sure the leaves are out of reach, so your cat doesn't nibble on them,” LaRock says. “Small amounts of fresh or dried lavender flowers rarely cause severe problems in cats.” Don’t want your kitty to have a belly ache? Stuff these bright purple blooms in a sachet pouch", "url" : "https://www.munchiecat.com/blogs/news/lavender", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "articleSection" : "Is lavender oil safe for cats?", "articleBody" : "Lavender oil has a stronger smell than the lavender plants it comes from. This colorless or yellow liquid contains concentrated forms of linalool and linalyl acetate. That makes it more dangerous than fresh or dried lavender plants.

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Diluted lavender oil is safe for your cat to breathe in, as long as she doesn't have asthma or other breathing problems. But you should never confine her to a room where lavender oil is being diffused. Make sure she can escape to another room to get away from the essential oil diffuser.

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“Depending on the concentration of the lavender oil and how sensitive your cat is to strong smells, using lavender oil topically may cause skin irritation or even an allergic skin reaction,” LaRock says.

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If lavender oil isn’t weakened with a carrier oil, it can cause your cat to have liver failure or chemical burns. "Your cat will also lick lavender off her body. This can have serious health consequences like breathing problems,” LaRock says.

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You shouldn’t let your cat eat lavender oil. It can burn your cat’s lips, gums, and tongue. Researchers at the University of Arizona studied the chemical compounds in lavender oil. Cats that licked lavender oil had excessive drooling, muscle tremors, an uncoordinated gait, depression, and hypothermia.", "url" : "https://www.munchiecat.com/blogs/news/lavender", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "image" : "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0228/9614/8544/files/Munchiecat_Cat_in_Lavender_1_600x600.png?v=1654480996", "articleSection" : "Are lavender-scented products safe for cats?", "articleBody" : "Lavender-scented products are safe for cats. “Not all lavender products are created equal, and some may be more potent than others,” LaRock says. Err on the side of caution. Talk to your vet before using any new lavender products — especially if your cat has a history of allergies or sensitivities", "url" : "https://www.munchiecat.com/blogs/news/lavender", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "articleSection" : "Can I give my cat human lavender products?", "articleBody" : "You should never use human lavender products on your cat. Lavender-based cat products like flea sprays have much lower concentrations of lavender than those made for humans.", "url" : "https://www.munchiecat.com/blogs/news/lavender", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "articleSection" : "Should I wear lavender products around my cat?", "articleBody" : "It depends on how much of the lavender product you’re wearing and how much it has been diluted. “Lavender hand lotion doesn’t have as many harmful substances that could be a problem for your cat, at least as far as inhalation is concerned,” LaRock says. “Avoid petting your cat if you have applied lavender-containing creams to your hands.” When your cat eats lavender skin products, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.", "url" : "https://www.munchiecat.com/blogs/news/lavender", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "http://schema.org", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "image" : "https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0228/9614/8544/files/nature-grass-plant-lawn-meadow-flower-799625-pxhere.com_600x600.jpg?v=1652487125", "articleSection" : "What should I do if my cat eats lavender?", "articleBody" : "“If your cat eats lavender, induce vomiting at home by giving her hydrogen peroxide or salt water in small doses,” LaRock says. “They should only be used if the situation is complex and you can’t get to your vet in time.”

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That’s because hydrogen peroxide can cause severe, life-threatening stomach ulcers. If your cat is a senior or has kidney disease, salt water can also result in kidney failure. Brachycephalic cats like British Shorthairs shouldn’t be forced to vomit. If your flat-faced cat breathes in her own vomit, it can cause the air sacs in her lungs to fill up with fluid or pus.

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Deodorizers For Pets: All You Need To Know

We've all experienced it before: entering a friend's house and BAM! You get smacked down with a heavy pungent smell coming from the pet and its crib due to pee or dampness.

But just because you sense it doesn't mean others are smelling it too. However, it's human for others to become insensitive to surrounding odors, especially if it's a long persisting odor.

 

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Even if you're aware of odor from your pets at home, the situation might be more difficult.

Although you pay close attention to your pet's cleanliness, you will have days when your pet stinks. This might be due to more than simply dirt or dust. It could also be due to moisture in the air. If you're attending any big event and wish your dog to look and smell nice, you'll need to invest in dog deodorizers.

Here's all you ought to understand about pet deodorizers for your home before you go out and buy one.

 

Why Use The Best Pet Deodorizers?

Are you aware that the air quality within the average home is 2–5 times worse than the air outside? The harsh chemicals and scents in the cleaning products and sprays you use are the culprit.

So what should you do? Opt out of using mediocre sprays and deodorizers at all costs!

 

Using The Right Fragrance

Even if your dog smells like it crawled out of the dumpster, you don't want to use a perfume that is excessively strong or unpleasant. Also, if you're not too fond of scents, you could wish to opt for something with a more natural aroma.

Most products aim for a pleasant unscented smell. However, some smells might be too strong at times. Therefore, it's essential to carefully consider how a specific fragrance will affect the odor and your pet. Generally speaking, if you have allergies, a subtle, natural smell is your best choice.

Chamomile and lavender are good alternatives for a more relaxing smell for your pet. Another perfume that isn't overpowering and equally helps freshen up your dog's fur is orange.

Here is one of the primary reasons you need to only opt for the highest quality pet deodorizers.

Now that it's agreed that you need to opt for nothing but the best pet deodorizers. Let's look at the top sprays and deodorizers available on the market.

 

King Klean pet bedding spray

 

King Klean Deodorizing and Sanitizing Cat and Dog Bed Spray - 12 oz

 

King Klean pet bedding spray has a natural lemongrass perfume that will leave your house and the car feeling fresh and clean. Most significantly, this mixture is fully alcohol-free and environmentally friendly.

 

WEE Away Odor Rescue Carpet Shampoo

WEE AWAY TM Odor Rescue Carpet Shampoo is a specialist carpet and upholstery cleaner that effectively removes all stains and filth. Manufactured with Natural enzymes and a proprietary recipe fuel, this deodorizer is eco-friendly, Green Certified, and all-natural.

 

Mauro MySpace Cat And Dog Deodorizer

A mild and delicate enhanced aroma-therapeutic blend meant to stimulate and reassure your dog's daily routine, and a sense of personal space, either at home or on the road.

 

Earth Friendly ECOS Skunk Odor Remover

Natural Pet Skunk Odor Remover is a natural method to remove scents from your pet, textiles, carpets, sealed wood floors, upholstery, tile, furniture, and any other non-water-affected surface. It doesn't cause skin irritation, nor does it affect the paws or coats of pets.

 

Boxiecat Dog and Cat Odor and Stain Remover

 

Boxiecat Cat and Dog Stain and Odor Remover Extra Strength - 24 Oz

 

BoxiePro Stain & Odor Stopper eliminates the need for scrubbing and makes cleanup a breeze. This multi-surface cleaner has a sophisticated combination of probiotics to combat any pet filth, old or new.

 

Choosing The Best Dog Deodorizers

Many individuals struggle to discover the ideal pet deodorizer for their homes and pets. That's due to how stressful the purchase process usually turns out. You must first identify a trusted supplier with genuine products before determining which product is ideal for your needs.

Usually, rating websites, word-of-mouth testimonials from friends or family, online forums where people discuss their experiences, online product reviews, and YouTube channels are excellent places to find out more about the best deodorizers. You can do the homework necessary to acquire the perfect products with these.

But given the list above, you can considerably cut down the research time. If you're wondering how to select the best pet deodorizers, consider the factors below.

 

Factors to Consider

 

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Specifications/Ingredients - Checking the ingredients and their percentages is vital when dealing with products like fragrances and sprays, whether for pets or personal use. Therefore, the primary goal is to choose pet deodorizers that lack harmful ingredients or are made entirely with natural components.

Features - The best pet deodorizers don't need to be feature-packed, but it's essential to look for some key features. These features include anti-itching, soothing scent, neutral pH, environmentally-friendly ingredients, etc.

Brand Value - To choose the best deodorizer for dogs or cats, you first need to look for the best brands. Failure to do this due to compromise on price could increase the possibility of purchasing a low-grade product.

Value For Money - They say you get what you pay for, and it's no different with pet deodorizers. However, it's not always the case that the most expensive product is the best. Thus, You need to ensure that the spray you choose and your initial budget aren't too far apart. Fortunately, each pet deodorizer on this list offers exceptional value for money.

Availability - Some previously popular pet products might not be available anymore, while some go out of stock. Hence, you need to choose a deodorizer that you can restock regularly, so your pet doesn't have to deal with new products every other day.

 

Conclusion

The Mauro MySpace Cat And Dog Deodorizer is the finest overall dog deodorizing spray since it stimulates and detangles hairs while leaving a lovely, fresher fragrance afterward. On the other hand, Boxiecat Dog and Cat Odor and Stain Remover is also an excellent alternative that's alcohol-free and suitable for dogs and cats with skin allergies, all at a highly competitive price.

Hopefully, the mention of these top five best dog deodorizing sprays will assist you in narrowing down the multitudes in the market by selecting the best product for your pets. Now, you'll be able to overcome any unpleasant pet odor in-between grooming sessions. Have fun shopping!

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Dry, Canned, Or Semi-moist: Best Dog Food Choices

Choosing the right dog food is not a matter of preference but what the pet requires. Depending on the dog's needs, vets may recommend specific food types, primarily wet and dry. Generally, though, wet foods are better than dry ones because they have more proteins that are easy to digest, and also, the fact that they have more moisture keeps the dog well hydrated.

 

Canine Caviar Open Range Grain-Free Buffalo All Life Stages Dry Dog Food - 4.4 lb Bag

 

What may be different is the brand you choose to buy since other manufacturers and companies have varied foods on the market. If you wonder which food to buy for your dogs, this article will help you know what matters. Keep reading to find out more.

 

Food Choices for Dogs

There are numerous food choices for dogs. These can be dry, canned, or most (semi-moist) foods. It is usual for a pet owner to wonder which food would be best for their pet. Fortunately, your vet is the best person to recommend the specific food type based on the dog's needs at any given time.

However, it helps to understand the pros and cons of each food type. This will make it easy for you to make the right decisions.

 

Semi-Moist Foods

If you consider giving your dog semi-moist foods, you should know that these food types contain a lot of added sugars and salts. Consequently, they are not suitable for all dogs, especially if you are interested in regular feeding. Most semi-moist foods also come with chemical preservatives, color, and flavoring.

These enhancers make such food only suitable for occasional treats when you want to reward the dog. It may also work when traveling since these foods are very convenient since all you need to do is open a pouch and pour it into the feeding bowl. Just find out the calorie proportions and the amount your vet recommends for your dog per feeding time.

 

Wet Dog Food From Petlife

There are numerous weed dog food brands you can choose from, but none beats the foods from pet life. These have been formulated to meet your dog's immediate needs. The foods are flavored perfectly to make your dog crave for more. But before we get into the specific choices you can make; you may want to understand these wet food types more.

As one of the top pet brands, you can be sure that you will get the right wet food choices easily at Petlife. The variety of brands includes Natural Balance, Blue Buffalo, and Nutro Weruva. Besides that, these wet foods also come in different textures, making it easy to choose what works for your pet.

If your pup is a picky eater, then the variety of wet dog foods from Petlife will be ideal. They come in various exciting flavors and are even more suited for older dogs who may need softer food since kibble is hard. One other reason to pick wet foods is that they are easier to digest than raw foods. What's more, they are a lot cleaner and fresher, with lots of tasty flavors too.

Healthy wet dog food brands offer a lot. For instance, wet food has a higher protein concentration than dry foods. This makes them more ideal for puppies. In addition, these foods are also well hydrated, which is a plus when feeding newborn puppies and younger pups in general. The foods also tend to have more natural ingredients and fewer preservatives, making them a healthier option for a pet.

If you are dealing with an old dog that suffers from indigestion and constipation due to poor digestion, you should consider getting wet food types because they are more appropriate. You can now understand why many households prefer wet foods from Petlife for their pups with all these advantages. Below are a few flavors you can get for all the textures your pup loves. Wet dog flavors from petlife can be categorized into two different flavors, namely the exotic and traditional flavors.

 

Exotic Flavors

These are the not-so-common flavors for dogs. They are excellent when considering changing the dog's foods or mixing the flavors for variety. Note that exotic flavors are not meant to replace the traditional flavored wet foods but should only work as a change. These flavors include:

Quail: This is an excellent substitution for dogs that may be allergic to chicken and beef. It is an excellent hypoallergenic food for pups with a problem with digestion. It is made of raw ingredients and makes it perfect for dogs. While some people believe that quail is better than chicken, it is all a matter of your pet's preference. Pheasant: This is another alternative for dogs who may be allergic. The flavor is exciting and will be one that your dog enjoys. It is free of artificial coloring and preservatives and highly recommended for sensitive digestion dogs. Rabbit: Rabbit-flavored wet dog food is excellent and more available. It works better for dogs that may be allergic to fish, chicken, and beef. Your dog enjoys a superb food choice just as they would in the wild.

 

Traditional Wet Dog Foods

This is a selection of wet dog flavors that are more common and readily available. They make the main meal and are more staple than exotic foods. They include:

Beef: This is a popular food flavor that is readily available. What's more, beef is a must-have for dogs at all stages of growth. They mostly come as chunks with flavored gravy. They are also excellent when mixed with kibble for boosting digestion. Chicken: This makes one of the three readily and most common available dog foods. Wet chicken is available in chunks and is often deboned, making it easier even for puppies to enjoy. Pork: This is an excellent choice, especially if your dog enjoys the taste. It is also the fattest food choice for your dogs that contributes to helping with omega-six fat supply for the dogs. You can choose to use this dog food type as a staple because it includes vegetables such as carrots, which improve flavoring and make the meal complete for a serving. Salmon: Salmon is one of the fish foods that work perfectly as dog food. It is excellent for both puppies and adult dogs and provides omega oils. Your vet may recommend it for specific dogs because of its richness. Turkey: This may be similar to chicken but different in nutritional value. It is leaner and has a more concentrated level of protein than chicken. It also has high concentrations of macronutrients, just as chicken has. Duck: Duck is a great traditional flavor that works perfectly for dogs with sensitive stomachs. This explains why some people consider it an exotic brand. It is available in chunks and purees, making it an easy choice for older and younger dogs.

Now that you have understood the available wet food flavors for your dog from Petlife, you will be pleased to know that there are numerous specific brands and foods to pick from. Below are a few you can choose from.

 

Grandma Mae's Country Naturals Dog Large Breed - 32 lbs

 

Nature's Logic Beef Tripe Canned Dog Food - 13.2 oz Cans - Case of 12 Ziwi Peak Chicken Pate Canned Dog Food - 13.75 Oz - Case of 12 Stella & Chewy's Lil' Bites Stew Chicken Turkey Wet Dog Food - 2.7 Oz - Case of 12 Evanger's 'Against the Grain' Nothing Else Pork Canned Dog Food - 11 oz Cans - Case of 12 Cesar Canine Cuisine Gourmet Filets Prime Rib Flavor Wet Dog Food - 3.5 oz - Case of 24

Before settling on what you consider the Best Canned Dog Food, consider feeding your dog a variety of foods in the wet category and observe what it likes best. You could also have a list of favorites and change the food choice after a while. The bottom line is to ensure your dog is happy and well-fed.

 

Dry Dog Foods

 

Cesar Canine Cuisine Savory Rotisserie Chicken Flavor with Bacon and Cheese Wet Dog Food - 3.5 oz - Case of 24

 

Besides wet foods for dogs, you also have the option of choosing to feed your dog with dry foods (kibble). Most pet owners prefer kibbles because they are more economical and easier to store. Besides, dehydrated foods are also straightforward to get, and they last longer. These foods do not require special storage like wet or freezer foods.

You can always find hard and soft dry dog food to match your pet's preference. With the numerous flavor types and varieties available at Petlife, you can be sure that your dog will find something that works for them, no matter how picky they are. Below are a few flavors for both traditional and exotic categories.

 

Traditional dry dog foods Beef: This is undoubtedly one of the staples you will find as dog food. The beef-dried foods are available either as air-dried beef slices or kibbles. You do not have to worry about finding a freezer for your dog to enjoy a completely healthy meal when you can purchase the dry beef kibbles. Chicken: Dried chicken is available and packed with beneficial nutrients for your dogs. In addition to the chicken, this feed also has added healthy ingredients such as chickpeas and oats. This makes the dried chicken meal a wholesome meal that boosts your dog's health. Turkey: Another popular dry dog meal for your dog would be the turkey flavor. It is an excellent option for a dog with extra fat since it is leaner than other feed choices. You can also add it to the grains and give your dog a wholesome meal. Duck: Duck is also nutrient-packed and works perfectly for dogs with limited food choices. It is perfect for dogs with sensitive stomachs and is highly recommended for allergic dogs. Salmon: This is a fish meal that works perfectly for your dogs, especially those deficient in omega 3, vitamin B12, and potassium. It is a rich source of nutrients and a worthy investment for your pet. Your vet may recommend it for anemic dogs and those with high blood pressure. Lamb: Making it to the list of favorite dry traditional foods is the lamb kibbles. These are high in omega 3 and are considered one of the options given to pets with fewer options due to their allergies. It has quickly become stable in the dog food industry since most pet owners pick it for their sensitive dogs.

 

Exotic Dry Dog Foods

 

Pets Global Zignature Pork Formula Dry Dog Food - 25 lb Bag

 

The exotic dry food section is also filled with several options. These foods should be picked as substitutes and not necessarily a total replacement of the staple foods. They are good for occasional treats as well. They include rabbit and sweet potatoes.

Generally, when choosing dry foods for your pet, go for foods rich in nutrients. Consider buying pet life brands because they come with clear labels, and you get to know what is in the food. What's more, the brands from petlife are all perfectly vetted and ensured to be safe. Some of the brands you can buy include:

Stella & Chewy's Raw Coated Wholesome Duck Dry Dog Food - 22 lbs Verus Puppy Advantage Dry Dog Food - 4 lb Bag Verus Adult Maintenance (Lamb & Oats) Dry Dog Food - 35 lb Bag Pro Pac Performance Dry Dog Food - 40 lbs Verus Life Advantage Dry Dog Food - 25 lb Bag Pets Global Zignature Kangaroo Formula Dry Dog Food - 25 lb Bag

 

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right dog food for your pet makes a huge difference. You want to select a product full of nutrients and easy for the dog to digest. Fortunately, there are numerous choices to settle for. Make sure you go for an affordable option, available and fresh. Try to mix both kibbles and wet foods if possible. The health and well-being of your dog sometimes depend on the food you choose for it, so make sure to make the right ones. Consult your vet if you must or when you are stuck on what food to pick.

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Guide To Buying The Best Dog Indoor Playpens

Getting your pet the playpen they need is something you ought to prioritize. Besides ensuring the pet is well-fed and properly vaccinated or checked by the vet regularly, it is essential to ensure that they enjoy an active lifestyle. Taking your dog for walks and playdates is good, but it may not be enough, especially if it is super playful.

 

Dog Crates and Gates

 

It may be necessary to create an indoor playpen to ensure that the dog does not damage your property or mess up the entire house as it jumps and runs from one section to another. A designated play section or area within the house is always a great idea. You can always know where your pet is and, at a safe time, have peace knowing that it is not destroying any of your essential items as it plays. So, how does one select the right playpen, and are there any brands that come highly recommended? Keep reading to uncover more.

 

What to Consider when Choosing a Dog Pen?

Generally, a dog Playpen gives your puppy or mature dog a safe place to play. However, it matters which pen you go for because they come in different shapes and sizes. Not all playpens are suitable for the dog you have at home. Here are a few things you may need to consider when choosing the playpen.

 

The Material Used

There are different materials used to make a dog playpen. Some of the most common materials include metal, plastic, and mesh. Meta is ideal for large, strong dogs that love to push and chew on things. It may be expensive, but it is also very durable and strong hence a worthy investment. They are also versatile to use since they give room to add more. Once you get the right Pet Playpen, add different products & interlink to accommodate the dog as it grows.

With metal pens, the investment is guaranteed since it does not go out of style or functionality. You can constantly adjust the size as the dog grows.

Dog playpen in blue color

On the other hand, we have affordable plastic pens, considering they are mid-point priced. Like metal pens, they are excellent for indoor and outdoor use. Many people seeking indoor pens will go for plastic since it does not cause any scratches on the floors. However, you need to be careful when choosing plastic for dogs fond of chewing items. It is also unsafe for puppies and dogs with teething issues since they will chew on it.

If you are looking for a temporary solution for your dog, consider getting the mesh playpens. These are the least expensive and also the least durable. They are suitable for old dogs who just want to relax and chill. Puppies and mid-aged active dogs may not survive in mesh playpens because they will be hurt as they bump on the mesh. You do not want to cause any injuries to the pet.

 

Size Matters

When choosing a playpen for dogs, go for a size that suits the dog. Not all dogs have similar dimensions. A pen can be too small or too large for a dog. If possible, invest in an adjustable pen to change the pen's size as the dog grows. This will save you a lot of time and avoid reinvesting in the same thing every few months, especially if your dog grows fast. When securing a pen-based on size, make sure that the pen allows the dog to stand, sit, lie down, and stay comfortably in its favorite position. What's more, it should be large enough to accommodate the size of your pet.

Now that you know what matters when choosing playpens for dogs, your focus should be on finding a pen that makes financial and functional sense for you. The following are a few examples that will be worth your investment. You can be sure that you will be getting value for money with these pens.

 

Pet Life ® Zippered Folding Collapsible Lightweight Pet Dog Crate

This is a lightweight crate for your dog and is perfect for indoor use. It is excellent for small dogs and is made of a nylon cover that is scratch resistant. The mesh used in making the crate is of excellent quality, making the crate suitable for indoor and outdoor use. You can also feel comfortable moving around with it since it is portable and lightweight. Your dog will enjoy having a great time in its own space.

 

Pet Life "Interlude" Folding Travel Pet Tent

Pet Life Interlude Folding Travel Pet Tent

 

This is a perfect dog crate with thermal controls. It's ideal for cold weather, and the dog or cat feels uncomfortable staying anywhere else. You can have the pets relax in this crate. It is safe and light in weight, making it perfect for when you have to travel. The convenience it offers is unmatched as you don't have to bring out several blankets just to ensure your cat is comfortable.

 

Pet Life ® Rectangular Mesh Wire-Folding Travel Lightweight Pet Dog Crate

This is a rectangular collapsible tent for your dog. The mesh canvas makes it light in weight and perfect for your small-sized dog. It has a double-sided mesh view and a nylon casing, making it easy to maintain. It works perfectly for indoor and outdoor settings, allowing your pet to enjoy some privacy as it plays and enjoys itself.

 

Pet Life 'Hush Puppy' Cooling Smart Pet House

If your dog has been great recently, you can go all out and get this fantastic smart pet house. The house is electronically powered and has excellent temperature control for heating and cooling. At the power of a button, your dog can have the time of its life. Make sure it counts.

 

Pet Life Hush Puppy Cooling Smart Pet House

 

Petlife has a variety of pen houses for dogs and cats. You can find one that suits your dog's needs at an affordable rate. All you have to do is check their website for more examples.

 

Final Thoughts

Getting your dog a playpen is a great idea. It is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your dog has a great time without destroying anything in your house. It could also come in handy when traveling, especially for the small portable ones. The good news is that there are different types of playpens for all dog sizes. Choose one whose material and size suit your needs ideally.

- Himanshu Sapra
Top 7 Savory Cat Treats Your Feline Will Love

After a hard day at work, chances are you’re looking forward to playing with your furry friend. Your bonding time with your cat will usually include a few delicious treats. Cats are highly food motivated and typically ready for treats when their teeth have grown in, and you've weaned them onto solid foods. The top cat treats are delicious and helpful during kitten training and as a reward for good behavior.

 

Grey cat

 

If you’re training your feline and dream of a day when your cat will shake paws and jump through hoops on command, it’s essential to choose a delectable treat your cat is willing to work for. Besides, delicious treats make your pet’s life more exciting.

If you love to pamper your cat and lavish it with treats and affection, your feline will love these top 7 savory cat treats:

 

1. Northwest Naturals Freeze-Dried Raw Turkey Neck Freeze-Dried Cat and Dog Treats - 4 count Bag

When you think of healthy treats for your feline, you probably think of natural ingredients, and Northwest Naturals contains just that. This cat treat features freeze-dried raw turkey neck. Cats are carnivores and need meat to remain healthy. Poultry is one of your best bets as it offers high amounts of protein and other nutrients your furry little friend requires in its daily diet.

These Northwest Naturals cat and dog treats contain only a single ingredient. And the gluten- and the grain-free formula is perfect for pets with food-related sensitivities. The treat is palatable and easy to feed your pet. The dried turkey necks come in convenient pieces so you can treat your pet while training it. It comes in a four-count pack that's portable to travel with. The soft texture lets you use these treats as a food topper. You can easily crumble them over your pet’s food to boost the nutritional value and make the food tastier.

The Northwest Naturals cats and dog treats are freeze-dried using high-pressure processing. The process takes out the moisture and locks in the nutrients and flavor. This makes it an ideal, relatively safe choice for those who would like to feed their cat raw or fresh food without being exposed to the disease and contamination associated with handling raw meat.

Benefits:

Four whole turkey necks An all-natural, single-ingredient raw treat for cats and dogs Grain- and gluten-free treats for cats with sensitive stomachs Easy to break into pieces Ideal as a food topper or whole treat 83 Calories per ounce Freeze-dried using high-pressure processing Available in 6. oz bags

 

2. Tiki Cat Soft & Chewy Tuna Cat Treat

Reward your feline friend with premium cat treats that offer him the protein he needs for daily energy. This Tiki Cat Soft & Chewy Tuna cat treat offers an enticing soft and chewy texture. With no fruits or vegetables, the low-calorie recipe is just a meaty flavor, making it a perfect reward for pets. The soft and chewy texture makes it easy to chew for cats with sensitive or small mouths, such as kittens or seniors with dental issues.

The tuna flavor of these Tiki cat treats is sure to entice even the pickiest eaters. And with only three calories each, you can indulge your furry friend as often as you want without feeling guilty. They’re great as meal toppers, training treats, or everyday rewards. These Tiki Cat Soft & Chewy Tuna cat treats are a top choice for pet parents looking for something delicious, rewarding, and highly nutritious.

Benefits:

The first ingredient is Natural tuna Small soft, and chewy cat treats packed in tuna flavor Low-calorie recipe – only three calories per treat No fruit or vegetables Free of artificial colors and flavor Great for cats of any size or breed

 

3. ProDen Plaque Off System Crunchy Bites Salmon Flavor Cat Dental Treats - 3-oz bags

Feed your cat’s craving for fish while cleaning its teeth simultaneously with ProDen Plaque Off System Crunch dental bites. These cat treats provide an easy complement to ordinary oral hygiene.

Made from specially selected algae and other 100% natural ingredients, ProDen PlaqueOff helps support your kitten’s gum and dental health and helps freshen the breath while tasting so yummy. These fresh-breath treats lean almost entirely on the “crunchy texture equals clean teeth” premise. The porous texture allows the tooth to penetrate it, delivering a quick, effective clean to reduce tartar buildup and remove plaque. The salmon formula contains apple fiber, coconut oil, potato starch, lecithin, etc.

You can add these bites to your feline’s food each day or give them as a rewarding treat or motivation during training.

Benefits:

Crunchy treats to support your kitty’s dental health Freshen your cat’s breath while cleaning its teeth and reducing tartar Available in 3 oz bags 3-8 dental bites daily Made with natural ingredients with a crunchy texture Gluten-free and gluten-free for little furry friends with sensitivities Excellent to use as treats while training your cat

 

4. The Granville Island Pet Treatery The Happy Moo'D Food Dehydrated Beef Liver Dog & Cat Treats - 3.17-oz bag

Keep your furry best friend in a happy mood with these Granville Island Pet Treatery dehydrated beef liver treats. For those looking for a meat-based treat to satisfy their furry friend’s cravings, the Happy Moo'D Food Dehydrated Beef Liver is a great choice. Beef liver is one of nature’s most concentrated sources of Vitamin A and contains B vitamins, boosting eyes, coat, and immune health. Research has found that beef liver is low in fat and cholesterol and makes for a particular cat treat.

Made with a single ingredient, these beef liver treats are rich in pure protein and offer a full meaty flavor that drives your feline crazy. These Granville Island cat treats are an excellent alternative to raw foods with the same health benefits. Dehydrated cat treats come in perfect travel sizes, so you can help your pet maintain healthy levels of protein intake. They’re light, chewy, and easy to feed your cats on the go, whether traveling or anywhere. Besides, these dehydrated snacks don’t require freezing or taking up space in your fridge.

Benefits:

Made from a single ingredient – beef liver It contains no artificial flavorings, fillers, or preservatives 100% all-natural human-grade beef sourced from Canada and inspected for safety Low in fat and cholesterol Rich in B vitamins and vitamin A Dehydrated on the heat for over 20 hours to remove moisture and preserve them naturally 48 calories per treat Suitable for cats and dogs Available in 90g bags

 

5. Get Naked Cat Grain-Free Treat Kitten Healthy - 2.5 Oz

Delight your kitten with the delectable, chewy Get Naked Kitten Heath soft cat treats. The kitten stage is an exciting time in your feline’s life, so it’s crucial to provide them with the essential nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong. These all-natural cat snacks are specially made for kittens, and the first ingredient is real chicken. The DHA omega-three content helps support your furry little friend’s cognitive development and overall health. It also contains vitamins and minerals, including taurine, that your kitten needs during this crucial growth and development phase.

In addition, Get Naked cat treats, purebites cat treats, fruitables cat treats are grain-free and contain no soy or wheat. Added taurine caters to kittens’ unique needs. These tasty treats are low-calorie for those concerned about their cat’s health. With only three calories per yummy treat, you can be sure your little friend will maintain a healthy weight while enjoying the nutritional benefits of these delicious kittens. These tasty rewards come in adorable heart shapes and are soft and easy on your kitten’s growing teeth to entice your kitten to eat.

Benefits:

Promotes your kitten's brain, skin, heart, and respiratory health Rich source of Omega-3 fatty acid DHA Free of added sugar, salt, and sweeteners Contains no soy, corn, or wheat Made with real chicken 3 Calories per treat Available in 2.5 oz bags

 

6. Purebites Shrimp Freeze-Dried Cat Treats - 0.38 oz Bag

Purebites freeze-dried cat treats feature only one simple human-grade ingredient: no grains, artificial flavors, or additives. If your cat has diabetes, allergies, or other sensitivities, these single-ingredient treats give you peace of mind. You are sure of what you're feeding your pet.

These Purebites cat treats contain 100% pure wild-caught shrimp and work as a real treat or food topper for your furry best friend. The shrimp has undergone the freeze-drying process when raw to lock in the aroma, texture, and freshness cats crave. And with only one calorie per average treat and high protein content, Purebites ensures your cat is getting 100% pure treats rich in nutrients for a healthy diet.

Benefits:

Only one calorie per treat High in protein Freeze-dried to preserve freshness and nutrition Only one ingredient - 100% human grade shrimp Available in 11g bags Ideal for cats with health issues or kitties who are diabetic,overweight, allergic, or on a restricted diet. No added preservatives Made in the USA

 

7. Fruitables Wildly Natural Salmon Crunchy Cat Treats - 2.5 oz Bag

Get your furry friend excited by treating them to the tasty flavor of this Fruitables Wildly Natural cat treat. These salmon-flavored treats' crispy, crunchy exterior and flaky interior delight your kitty's senses. Wildly Naturals contains a blend of 14 ingredients, including fruits and vegetables, cutting down on a lot of the "junk" often found in cat treats. At less than 1.9 calories per treat, these Fruitables cat treats help ensure your cat will weigh in at its most lean and healthy self.

Another thing your pet will love is the six-petal flower shape that provides an interesting texture that appeals to cats and adds to the snacking experience. This Fruitables Wildly Naturals offers up to about 180 treats per bag and comes in 2.5 Oz bags you can take along anywhere.

Benefits:

All-natural, salmon flavored treats The crispy, crunchy exterior and a flaky interior Free from wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors, and color About 180 treats per bag Six-petal flower shape appeals to cats Only 1.9 calories per treat

 

Factors to Consider When Buying Cat Treats

You want to treat your cat as a reward for good behavior or special occasions, but treats need the same attention as food. Checking labels and checking out certain ingredients will help you distinguish healthy cat treats from toxic ones.

Here are some tips for choosing the best treats for your "paw-friend.”

 

Look for High-quality Ingredients

Avoid artificial preservatives and colors as they add no nutritional value. Brands that use more natural ingredients, such as Crumps Naturals, are your best bet. You should also eat wheat and other grains, especially if your pet is allergic. Experts advocate a grain-free diet as the best for cats. Cats are carnivores and need nutrients supplied by fats and proteins. So meat-based treats and protein sources, such as salmon and chicken, are a good start. Ensure the treats are made explicitly for cats.

 

Consider Your Cat's Unique Needs

A flavor different from your cat's regular food could be an extra special treat. If your kitten likes variety, choose a different taste. However, it would be best to go for a flavor similar to your pet's favorite food.

Additionally, your vet could recommend prescription diet treats, dental treats, or even low-calorie food, depending on your cat's unique needs. If your furry best friend is on a special or restricted diet, ask your vet if the treats' ingredients are compatible with what you're feeding it.

 

Avoid High-Calorie Treats

Saying no to your cat could be problematic when they're begging for a treat. As a result, you could feed your feline too many calories in the form of treats. One way to cut down your pet's calorie intake is to go for treats low in calories. Checking the calorie content on the label will help you manage your cat's weight.

 

In Conclusion

Cat treats add fun to your cat's life and help improve bonding with your furry friend. They also serve as motivation when you're training your pet. The best quality treats can also help boost your pet's nutrition. These top savory treats are a must to satisfy your feline's cravings while ensuring they maintain a healthy diet.

- Himanshu Sapra
Pet Bowls & Feeders: Choosing The Right Ones

One of the essential aspects of pet parenting is feeding your pet dog. To ensure your pet has a healthy lifestyle, you must learn what is suitable for your pet and check the list of ingredients in their food. While we can be experts in selecting the right food for our pets, most pet parents overlook the importance of dog bowls.

In the post below, we’ll go over the best bowls for dogs, their benefits and features, and how to select the suitable bowl and pet feeders for your fur babies.

A few facts about your pet dog's age, size, jaw structure, breed, jaw length, and typical behavior should be considered when selecting the perfect bowl to provide your pet with the optimal feeding experience. With countless options for dog bowls on the market, it is even more critical to choose the best one for your pet.

 

A dog is standing with a Pet bowl

 

What to Think About Before Purchasing Dog Bowls and Feeders?

There are several things to consider before making any purchases. Consider the following issues before purchasing a dog bowl or feeder.

Space

If you have enough space in your home, getting a much bigger bowl than you feel you will require would be better. It slows your dog down and helps them avoid overeating. Also, it is easier for them to pace themselves when their meal is spread out on the bottom of the feeder.

Feeding Frequency

If you have to feed your pet multiple times a day, an automated pet feeder may be a good investment because it allows you to schedule all of your pet's meals. However, smaller, more regular meal portions can benefit many dogs. Puppies, for example, should be fed this way (about 3-6 times daily) to help regulate their glucose levels. Four months and older dogs fare great with one or two large meals per day, but smaller and frequent meals can also help obese or overweight dogs.

Bowl-washing Frequency

Dishwasher-safe bowls can help ensure that your dog's bowls are cleaned regularly. However, even if they appear clean, harmful microbes, especially bacteria, can grow in your pet's food and water bowls. Therefore, it's best to wash them daily, or at least every couple of days. However, if your dog feeds on raw food, you must wash their dishes twice daily. Hand-washing your dog's bowls may be more accessible in this case, allowing you to select nearly any style and material.

Your Pet's Age

When buying your pet’s bowl, it's critical to consider their age and any ongoing medical conditions. Age will help you determine how much your aging dogs can bend towards their bowl and eat. Every life stage has some challenges and requirements, whether puppies, adults, or seniors.

Senior dogs or cats have various medical issues that make it difficult for them to bend. Arthritis is one of these issues, and it is critical to select bowls that can fit a specific height. Puppies require a shallower bowl so that their tongue can reach every corner of the bowl, and they finish their food quickly. Adult dogs' jaws vary in size. Shallow bowls will suffice for the long snouts. These bowls keep their flappy ear outside and provide enough space to reach for their food.

 

a dog is craving for a pet bowl & feeder

 

Your Pet's Energy Level

If your dog is a more energetic breed, you might want to consider slow feeders for dogs. They can assist in stimulating dogs who require more exercise.

Bowl Placement In Your House

Most parents place pet bowls on hardwood or tiled flooring. However, we recommend putting them on a placemat. All dogs, especially adult dogs, can lose their footing on slick or smooth floors. In addition, the traction provided by a mat makes feeding more accessible to them and provides a place for them to lay down while eating, something some dogs enjoy doing.

Your Dog Breed

Your dog breed is another crucial factor to consider when selecting a bowl for your pet dog. Every breed is unique in terms of body structure, jaw size, and, most importantly, energy.

Your Dog's Chest-to-Waist Ratio

Each dog breed has a unique body structure and thus a unique chest-to-waist ratio. As a result, bloating in dogs can be caused by an uneven eating posture, which is especially common in barrel-chested dogs. "Barrel-chested" implies that your dog has the shape of a barrel, with a broader top and a lean or smaller bottom.

 

What Is the Best Bowl for Your Pet?

Here are the major factors to consider when selecting the best bowl for your beloved pet. We have made an effort to include both the advantages and disadvantages of each bowl type.

Steel vs. Ceramic vs. Plastic Bowls

Pros: Buying a metal dog dish shows you're serious about your pet. Unlike low-quality plastic dishes, these bowls will not break under pressure and are very accessible when cleaning. Even if your dog is energetic and messy, these dishes will last quite a long time. Ceramic dog bowls, however, can provide a stylish bowl design. In addition, ceramic is durable and comes in a much wider variety of styles and colors. Both types are excellent options for your pet.

Cons: Stainless steel dishes can be noisy, especially if your pet is a messy one. Plastic dog bowls of lower quality can bounce and slide on your floor. Hence it is best to avoid them long-term. On the other hand, Ceramics can crack without proper care and hence are not intended for use in extreme temperatures.

Hand washing and rinsing your ceramic dishes is usually a good idea to keep your dish in good working order. However, poor-quality ceramic dog bowls have been linked to lead poisoning, so opt for a lead-free, high-quality dog bowl.

 

a cat is taking a healthy pet meal

 

Metal vs. Wood Bowls

Pros: Wooden and metal bowls are typically more contemporary than ceramic or stainless-steel options. Pet parents are learning more about quality in terms of dog products and now realize that the least expensive option at any point in time may cost them more in the long run.

Both metal and wooden bowls are a little expensive, but they are more durable and add some style to your household. In addition, metal bowls, just like stainless steel, are longer lasting than wood. Wooden bowls are also non-breakable and can complement the wooden furniture in your home.

Cons: Metallic bowls, just like stainless steel bowls, are excessively loud, occasionally making unpleasant noises. Wooden bowls are long-lasting, but the amount of leftover water that does not enter your pet’s mouth can cause them to become warped or stained. Also, we all know that when dogs drink, they drool and slurp, which can damage wooden bowls.

Stylish vs. Simple Bowls

Pros: Stylish dog bowls are often more expensive than traditional and straightforward bowls; however, more people recognize that your pet bowl is very much a part of one’s interior design. Furthermore, stylish bowls are usually better quality and will last ten years or more. Finally, simpler bowls are ideal for moving around your home, whether outside or indoors, downstairs or upstairs, or wherever it may be around your house.

Cons: Stylish dog bowls may be more costly. However, if high-quality, they will outlast cheaper alternatives. Simpler bowls might not be as durable, and the replacement cost can quickly add up.

Raised vs. Regular Feeders

Pros: Elevated dog feeders can help your dog's digestive system while also preventing numerous health issues that might occur when eating from a regular dish. Mega-esophagus and dog bloat are two examples. Unfortunately, both illnesses are fatal.

An elevated dog feeder is also easier to clean because it allows your dog to make very little mess on the floor. In addition, Fido will be more at ease and have improved body form if he eats from an elevated feeder. It is also easier for Bruno to swallow when eating from a raised feeder, which often helps your pet slow down.

Cons: Higher dog pet feeders are typically more expensive. Furthermore, you can find raised feeders of various heights, so ensuring you have the correct height is critical. However, you can prevent these adverse effects by checking the best height or size according to your dog and purchasing a more stable feeder.

Slow feeders vs. Regular dog bowls

Slow feeders may appear to be a fad, another way for manufacturers to take advantage of stressed-out pet parents. Slow feeders, however, are not a gimmick and are beneficial to your dog's health for a variety of reasons.

Pet parents of deep-chested breeds, i.e., pets who are more prone to bloat, are advised to switch to slow feeders or puzzle feeders to reduce the amount of air the dog consumes.

Slow feeders, such as the Pet Life ® 'Tumbowl' Slow Feeding Pet Bowl, have the potential to save lives by lowering the risk factor for bloat. In addition, a slow feeder reduces the risk of indigestion-related medical issues. There are numerous shapes, ideologies, sizes, and colors choices. In addition, these puzzles come in a variety of designs and are interactive enough to help improve your pet dog's mental abilities. The following are the primary advantages of slow feeders:

They will grow accustomed to finishing their meals. Assist in enhancing their brain or mental level They will become enthralled by even the most mundane foods. Limit the number of spills.

Automatic Feeders vs. Gravity Feeders

Automated feeders store dry pet feed and can be scheduled to dispense a specific amount to your dog at a set time. Besides making it easier to feed your dog when you're not home, automatic feeders are excellent for overweight dogs. Most pet parents over-measure pet' food, so automated feeders ensure you aren't giving your pet excess food. Many automatic feeders come with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to control feeding frequency from your phone.

Gravity feeders, such as the Pet Life ® 'Auto-Myst' Snail Shaped 2-in-1 Automated Gravity Pet-Filtered Water Dispenser And Food Bowl, are similar to automated feeders, the major difference being that the food dispensation is not regulated, and you have no control over how much feed it administers. The bowl automatically refills due to gravity just as your dog empties it. As a result, gravity feeders might not be suitable for dogs given to overeating. They're better suited to dogs with weaker appetites.

Travel Feeders

Are you planning a trip? Don't forget your dog's travel bowls, whether you're flying, hiking, or on the road. Most travel bowls, such as the Pet Life ® 'dual Folding' Food And Water Collapsible Pet Travel Cat And Dog Bowl, are made of lightweight materials like plastic, silicone, or fabric so that they won't add bulk to your luggage. In addition, they're built to last, are more accessible when cleaning, and are safe for outdoor feeding.

Double Bowls

Why not combine your dog’s meal and water for a cleaner and simpler look? Elevated double-dog dishes, just like the Pet Life ® 'Couture Sculptured’ Dishwasher Safe Melamine Food And Water Double Pet Bowl, exist in various styles. They usually include dishes with the same holding capacity, so you might want to go sizes higher if you have a particularly thirsty or hungry dog. When it's time to clean up, just throw everything into the dishwasher, and you’re good to go.

 

Conclusion

Dog feeders and bowls can significantly impact your dog's feeding habits and overall lifestyle. They can also last you years if you choose wisely. Putting your dog's personality, needs, and lifestyle into consideration will assist you in selecting a superb option.

Dog bowls come in various styles and sizes, so there's bound to be one that's perfect for your pet. You can easily select the suitable dog bowl for your pet by doing a little research and planning, providing years of healthy eating, fun, and style. Your veterinarian can help you create a meal plan appropriate for your pet. If you combine suitable bowls or feeders with the right food, your pet is very well on his way to eating healthily.

- Himanshu Sapra
Bird Food 101: The Ultimate Guide

When you visit the supermarket and see all of the different bags of food, it's natural to get overwhelmed and question which seeds and mixes are ideal for your backyard birds. However, garden bird feeding can be a lot of pleasure for wildlife and bird enthusiasts of all ages so that you and the birds are both safe.

 

Selective Photography of Bird House

 

Whether you're new to bird feeding or annoyed by the quantity of food wasted at your feeders, you may expect to learn the following things today if you read:

What are the benefits of feeding your birds all year round? The ten most popular and widely used varieties of bird food. The nutritional value of each recommended meal and the kind of birds it will attract.

Let's get started by answering what and why.

 

How Do Birds Feed?

 

Three birds on the ground surrounded by snow

 

Insects, seeds, and fruits make up most of a songbird's diet. These are the delicacies you may use to greet our feathery friends and prepare the table for them. Offering food in a tube, hopper, or platform feeder is the simplest and most common approach to start drawing birds to your yard.

Different birds enjoy different seeds. However, the black-oil sunflower attracts the highest number of species. This is because this seed contains a significant meat-to-shell ratio and, despite its small size, provides a lot of nourishment. Other small-quantity seeds to search for are golden and white safflower, peanuts, sunflower hearts, white millet, and maize.

Therefore, oil-rich seeds like sunflower hearts, whole sunflower seeds, and peanut granules are found in the finest mixes. So, anytime you consider bird food to page into your shopping cart.

Dunnocks, House sparrows, finches, collared doves, and reed buntings like tiny seeds like millet, while blackbirds prefer flaking maize. Sunflower hearts, peanuts, and sunflower seeds are favorites of tits and greenfinches.

Big chunks or entire nuts in mixes are only suited for winter feeding since tiny and immature birds can choke on large bits.

 

Why It's Crucial to Feed Your Birds Throughout The Year?

 

American Goldfinch Bird Eating Black Bird Food

 

You don't have to be a bird feeding guru to figure out that an empty feeder won't attract many birds. So preferably, keep your feeders stocked with tasty birdseed and food to keep your birds happy!

For various reasons, nourishing your birds all year is an excellent idea.

You may provide more food and water to parental birds in the spring to ensure that their young chicks grow during the breeding season. Although our backyard birds have a variety of food sources throughout the summer, dry ground and a lack of water can cause birds to become dehydrated and unable to obtain the additional delectable fat treats (such as mealworms) they require. Many migrating birds come to bird feeds hungry in the second part of the year, and most birds in our gardens prepare themselves for the winter months by seeking out more fatty nutrition.

Late in the summer, birds begin to shed their feathers and develop new ones, all the while staying warm during molting, which takes a lot of energy. As a result, supplying an energy-dense food source is critical for the birds' health and survival at all times of the year. While food scarcity can arise at any point during the year, the benefits of garden feeding are most remarkable in the winter and spring as natural food supplies are at their lowest.

However, you must exercise extreme caution while purchasing bird food! Many companies entice you in with low costs by convincing you to buy a 50-pound bag of "General Birdseed" mix with lovely cardinal and finch photos on the package.

 

The top Choices of Bird Foods to Purchase

Unless you can only serve one type of food at your feeders, sunflower seed would be your choice! Sunflower is not only loved by a variety of bird species, but it's also easy to come by and quite affordable.

Whether you believe it or not, there are three types of sunflowers available for bird feeding, each serving unique benefits and purposes.

 

Kaylor of Colorado Conure & Lovebird Sweet Harvest Bird Food

 

 

Kaylor of Colorado Conure & Lovebird Sweet Harvest Bird Food - 4 lb Bag

 

In 1977, Sweet Harvest was created and released for the first time. There was a relatively limited assortment of natural items for birds and small animals at the time. The bulk of the items on offer was just artificially colored and flavored. Sweet Harvest was the first to use all-natural ingredients to produce its vibrant look. Kaylor of Colorado additionally adds vitamins to its mixes, utilizing a proprietary application method that offers a balanced benefit for all dogs. When you feed Sweet Harvest foods to your pet for the first time, you will notice positive changes in their health and emotional well-being.

 

Zoo Med Laboratories Can O' Mini Size Crickets

Great for freshly acquired chicks, heat-stressed backyard hens, and companion birds during difficult adjustment times!

Hydration, neuron and muscle activity, and other biological activities are all regulated by electrolytes. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is beneficial to the immune system. Beta-carotene assists in feather pigmentation and is converted to vitamin A, an antioxidant. B vitamins aid in the healthy functioning of the metabolism and energy levels. Probiotics require prebiotics as a source of energy. Probiotics are beneficial to gut health. It contains a source of four live (viable) microorganisms that exist naturally. There aren't any fat-soluble vitamins! Use in conjunction with a regular vitamin supplement regimen.

All these and more come in crickets of smaller size. Most tiny birds and other small creatures will thrive on this nutrition.

 

Higgins® Spray Millet Birds Treats

Indeed, every bird adores Higgins® Spray Millet. This feed has a natural delight and an antique gold hue and is Non-GMO, pesticide-free, selected by hand at harvest. Higgins® Spray Millet is also unprocessed, with no preservatives added. Plus, it is a nutrient-dense natural forage delight.

 

Lafeber's® Avi-Cakes

 

Lafeber's® Avi-Cakes for Cockatoos & Macaws - 1 Lbs

 

Avi-Cakes are a 50/50 mix of quality seeds and nutritionally balanced pellets manufactured with non-GMO ingredients and bound with a delicious molasses binder. Its square form is ideal for your cockatoo and macaw to grab, tug, twist, and chew to stimulate the foraging instincts of birds.

 

Conclusion

Serving high-protein live or dried mealworms as a supplement is a delight among most backyard birds, particularly around nesting season. However, don't get disheartened should you set up a new feeder and don't see any birds immediately away. Birds are creatures of habit, and it might take up to a month for them to notice a new feeder.

 

- Himanshu Sapra
How To Groom Your Cat At Home: Benefits And Tips

Cat grooming seems like a simple task. However, not everyone can do it properly. It's a skill that needs time and practice to perfect. It involves more than brushing Figaro or bathing him.

If you observe your feline as they groom themselves, you'll notice how they spend a lot of time on it. They stroke their fur carefully with their tongue to ensure that the process serves its purpose.

As a cat parent, you should strive to groom Kitty as excellently as you can. Sure, it's a chore if you're not used to it. However, you can pull it off with the right cat grooming tools and skills.

 

groomed orange baby cat

 

How and Why Felines Tidy Themselves?

Cats have a reputation for being clean creatures. It's one of the many reasons why most people love them so much as pets. You probably don't have to worry too much about them making your home dirty.

Cats clean themselves frequently. They spend at least one-third of their waking hours cleaning themselves. If Chloe sleeps for approximately sixteen hours each day, she grooms for an impressive two and a half hours daily.

The licking action you see them doing to their fur is called 'grooming.' Their tongues have raspy hooks called papillae that keep their fur from matting as they lick it to remove debris, excess hair, and parasites.

Grooming is not only essential for them to stay or get clean, but for staying healthy as well. It stimulates the skin beneath the fur, which is vital for kittens as it helps them pee and poop as often as they should.

 

Allogrooming and Autogrooming: What Do They Mean?

Simply put, allogrooming is when kitties clean each other. It often happens when they live in a cat colony or multi-cat household. It starts at a young age, and the mother cat is the one who introduces it.

Autogrooming is the exact opposite- a cat cleans itself. It also begins while they're young and proceeds to adulthood. They might resort to allogrooming as they get older due to conditions like arthritis.

Interestingly, pet research, a higher-ranking feline grooms a less dominant cat. They clean around sensitive parts like the face, head, and neck.

 

orange baby cat and silver tabby cat

 

Benefits of Grooming Your Cat

Cats love grooming. It relaxes, calms, and comforts them, and they tend to be in a good mood after a good grooming session. Besides making sure that your cat is clean and healthy, there are other benefits of grooming them:

Trims their nails- When you brush their fur regularly, you also help trim their nails. How? The process pushes the nails back, which makes them wear away gradually. Prevents hairballs- grooming eliminates dead fur before it can end up in their stomach after self-grooming or allogrooming. It helps distribute their natural oils evenly, making the fur softer and less likely to end up in hairballs. Builds the bond between you and your feline- When you take the time to groom your cat, it helps build a strong bond between the two of you. As you brush their fur or massage them, they'll start to trust and feel comfortable around you. It helps you tackle tangles in your feline's fur before turning into unpleasant mats.

 

How to Groom Your Feline at Home?

The best way to clean your cat at home is by using the right products and following a specific routine. Doing so will ensure that the process is as smooth as possible for you and your cat.

Here's what you need:

A good quality cat brush- Look for one that has natural bristles like boar hair as they gently remove the dead fur without irritating the skin. A comb- It will help you eliminate any knots or tangles in their fur. A shedding blade- You can use this instead of a brush if your cat doesn't let you brush them. It's a large-toothed comb that you can use to remove dead fur. Cat shampoo and conditioner- Only use products specifically designed for cats, as regular ones can dry out their skin or make their fur oily. A cup or bowl- This is for wetting their fur before you start shampooing them. A few old towels- You'll need these to wrap your cat in after the bath and dry their fur. Pet-friendly wipes- These come in handy for cleaning your cat's face and bottom.

 

After you've gathered all the supplies, you need to follow these steps:

Prepare everything before you start bathing your cat. This will make sure that the process is as smooth as possible. Start with wetting your kitty’s fur with lukewarm water using a cup or bowl. Apply cat shampoo to their fur and avoid getting any in their eyes, ears, or mouth. Gently massage it into their hair and work up a lather. Rinse off the shampoo thoroughly using lukewarm water. Be sure to remove all the suds from their fur. Apply conditioner to their fur and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Wrap your cat in a towel and gently pat their fur dry. You can try using a hairdryer on the lowest setting to dry the hair. Be sure not to hold it too close to your pet’s skin. Once their fur is dry, you can use a cat brush or comb to remove any knots or tangles. Begin from their head and work your way to the tail. Use pet-friendly wipes to clean your cat's face and bottom. Be sure not to get any in their eyes or ears. And you're done! Your cat should now be clean, fresh, and ready to take on the world.

 

a groomed white cat sitting on brown couch

 

 

Tips for Grooming Your Cat

Here are a few tips that will make grooming your cat a breeze:

Choose a time when your kitty is happy and relaxed. Avoid doing it when they're hungry, thirsty, or tired. Start slowly and gradually increase the time you spend grooming them. This will help them adjust to the process and make it less stressful for both of you. Be gentle and patient while grooming your cat. Avoid using forceful or harsh motions, which will only make them anxious and stressed. Use their favorite treats or toys as a means of positive reinforcement, especially when clipping their nails. This will help them associate the grooming process with something pleasant. First-time clipping can be uncomfortable since they're not used to it. You can prepare them several days before the procedure by touching their paws. You can rub your hands up and down their legs and then mildly press or massage each toe. If your cat gets agitated or stressed, take a break and try again later.

 

How Often You Should Groom Kitty

The frequency of grooming will depend on several factors, such as the type of fur, length of hair, and whether your cat goes outside or not. Cats with long hair need to be groomed every day to avoid mats and tangles.

You can groom short-haired cats every week or two. If your cat goes outside, they may need to be brushed more often to remove dirt, debris, and any parasites they may have picked up.

The best way to know how often you should groom your cat is to consult with your veterinarian if all else fails. They will be able to give you specific advice based on your cat's needs.

 

How to Tell That Your Feline is Enjoying Grooming

There are several ways you can tell if your cat is enjoying the grooming process:

They'll have a relaxed and contented look on their face. They'll purr or make other happy vocalizations. They'll remain relatively still and not try to squirm away or hide. They'll allow you to groom them for extended periods without getting agitated. They'll actively participate in the grooming process by licking themselves or helping you brush their fur.

If your kitten displays any of these behaviors, they are most likely enjoying the grooming process. However, every cat is different, and you know your feline best.

 

Quality Grooming Products for Your Cat

Of course, not just any cleaning item will bring out the best in Figaro. Here are some of the best cat grooming products that'll give satisfying results:

 

Pet Life 'Clip Tronic' LED Lighting and USB Charging Precision Cat and Dog Nail Clipper

The Pet Life 'Clip Tronic' boosts effectiveness by allowing you to see Bella's nail bloodlines so you won't cut into their fragile nail beds. It makes this possible with its inbuilt LED illumination.

It also features a strong file and a USB port to charge it in less than ten minutes. Its impressively lightweight characteristic is an added advantage. Additionally, its rubberized handle grip ensures that you maintain complete control of the clipping experience.

 

Pet Life 'WAGNIFY' 360 Degree and Multi-Directional Modern Grooming Pet Rake Comb

With this Multi-Directional Modern Grooming Pet Rake Comb, you won't have to worry about ruining your furry baby's precious coat. It has a circular rake that can clear even the most stubborn tangles and knots on fur.

It also has a rubber handle for a better grip and stainless steel blades for durability and extra combing strength.

 

KIN + KIND Organic Skin And Coat Oatmeal Calming Cat and Dog Shampoo- Rose- 12 oz Bottle

This shampoo is USDA organic and boasts of being alcohol, SLS, paraben, and cruelty-free. It's also vegan and gluten-free for a health-conscious pet parent.

It contains ingredients like aloe vera, oatmeal, and chamomile to cleanse your feline friend's coat while leaving it soft and shiny. It's also great for sensitive skin as it's free of harsh chemicals. You can use it on both long-haired and short-haired cat breeds.

 

brown and white groomed cat lying on grey textile

 

Pet Life 'Knuckler' Handheld Travel Flexible Grooming Pet Rake Comb

The first thing that'll capture your attention about this grooming Pet Rake comb is its convenient size and inner rubber lining that keeps your fingers and knuckles pressure-free as you brush Figaro's fur. The rubber lining also serves to offer a firm grip during brushing.

The rake bristles are impressively soft yet firm to work through the fur without agitating your cat's skin. It's impressively easy to use, and the bristles' length allows you to use it on long-haired and short-haired cat breeds comfortably.

 

Pet Life 'Aero-Groom' 2-in-1 Electronic Pet Dryer and Pin Brush

Cats hate it when their fur catches water. Luckily, the Pet Life Pet Dryer and Pin Brush is all you need. It brushes and dries the coat in minutes. Thanks to its overheating security mechanism, you can clean your furry companion without stress.

Additionally, its manufacturers created it with durable and robust material to ensure that it serves its purpose effectively and for a long time. It's gentle on your adorable fur ball and is impressively lightweight for easier handling and use.

 

TrueBlue Cat and Dog Conditioning Shampoo- Creme Aloe and Avocado- 12 oz Bottle

The TrueBlue Cat and Dog Conditioning Shampoo is a favorite for many reasons. First, it's made of gentle and safe ingredients for your cat's skin and fur. These include creme aloe, avocado oil, jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, and chamomile extract.

It's also soap-free and has a pH-balanced formula perfect for your feline's delicate skin. The creamy and rich lather it produces makes bath time a fun experience for you and your cat.

 

Pet Life Flex Series 2-in-1 Dual-Sided Pin and Bristle Grooming Pet Brush

The Pet Life Flex Series pet brush has a simple yet practical design that makes working with it easy. It features a unique patented flexible hinge for a smoothing brushing experience while putting as little pressure as possible on Bella's fur.

The product's lower bristles are firm and work into the fur to make it softer equally while spreading the natural oils all over the beautiful coat. The upper strands have blunt ends to brush hair effectively without hurting your furry baby.

The item comes in a variety of colors, and its ultimate feature has to be the rubber handle that keeps your hand firmly on the brush no matter how long or tough Figaro's fur might be.

 

Conclusion

As a pet parent, you want only the best for your beloved feline. Luckily, many great products on the market can make maintaining your cat's coat easy and fun. The seven products reviewed above are among the best and will leave your cat's fur looking shiny and healthy.

Try any or all of them today and witness the noticeable, pleasant difference in Bella's overall appearance.

- Himanshu Sapra
Healthy Dog Treats: How and When To Give Them

Every pet owner loves treating their canine friend to some delicious snacks once in a while. With 69 million US households owning a dog, it is no surprise that entrepreneurs have flooded the market with some delicious and healthy dog treats. Each fills a particular niche, with products ranging from healthy dog treats to grooming equipment.

 

hand putting Dog Treats on Bowl

 

Our article will guide you on when and how to give your pet the best quality dog treats based on the recommendations from dog owners and the top brands.

 

Things To Keep In Mind While Buying Treats For Your Pet

Pet owners should exercise caution in choosing and feeding pets with treats. Some of them are made using risky sources like dead animals, which are cheap but can cause infection. So, always feed your furry friend the best quality healthy dog treats.

To give your dog the best nourishment, you should consider a few factors. These include local manufacturing since food items regulations are tighter than in certain nations. They should contain recognizable ingredients since unethical producers can mask harmful ingredients such as butylated hydroxyanisole with less familiar names. Treats formulated with all-natural products are preferable, such as Crumps dog treats.

Ideally, healthy snacks should have a low-calorie count. Many pets are at high risk of obesity nowadays, especially if they are strictly indoor, so smaller treats are encouraged since they have fewer calories. Additionally, they should be free from pesticides, artificial preservatives, and flavors because they are linked to cancer, neurological conditions, and digestive issues.

Spending within your budget is vital. While many customers prefer premium products for their pets, you can also buy reasonably priced, high-quality pet treats.

 

Dog food in a glass container

 

How To Give Dogs Treats?

Handing your pet treats from the bag may seem very easy to do. However, you should know the proper treats to food ratio, what type of food, and the best time to give them. Below are some tips on how to give dogs healthy treats, so please keep reading.

Hold It Towards Them

Dogs have a strong sense of smell, so you don't need to hold it close to their nose. An over-excited dog may jump around and drool all over you, so remember to give it to them once they are calm to train them to be submissive. Training a dog to be calm will help stem behavioral issues and promote discipline.

Try Fruits and Vegetables

Our furry friends are not picky eaters. From vegetables to fruits, dogs are open to all these options and don't care if it's meaty. You could give them steamed broccoli, carrots, peas, or green beans. Steaming them makes it easier on their teeth, thus preventing dental damage. You can also occasionally feed them fruits such as bananas, berries, watermelon, and apple slices. If Fido is a picky eater and runs away at the sight of fruits, try Grandma lucy's dog treats. They are available in various options, from oven-baked cranberries to apple slices.

Follow The 10% Rule

Dogs love treats, and dog owners love giving their dogs treats. It forms a good bonding exercise with your pet but can quickly get out of hand if you say yes once too many times. Treats should make up only 10% of your pet's calories. While dog treats may contain essential nutrients, they should not constitute their primary source of nutrition.

Your vet can help by providing a recommendation based on your pet's weight, likes, and overall health. A good brand to consider is Roam pet treats which are low in calories and rich in micronutrients.

Avoid Using Human Snacks

Human snacks may attract your dog's attention with their delicious smells. Their puppy face may cause you to give in to their demands, but this is not advisable. Fatty foods pose a significant health risk due to their high-calorie count and low nutritional value. Some of them, such as chocolate, are also toxic, so place these snacks out of their reach.

Instead, consider giving your pet something like Granville island dog treats to boost their immunity and improve their overall health.

 

Dog Treats Laid on Brown Cardboard

 

When to Give Dog Treats?

Use Treats As Rewards To Reinforce Good Behavior

Typically, dog owners use treats as a positive reinforcement when the dog performs a desirable behavior. This includes actions such as (but not restricted to) biting, hyperactivity, disobedience, chasing, digging, barking, peeing in inappropriate places, and growling.

According to psychologist Ivan Pavlov, classical conditioning using positive reinforcement leads to increased occurrence of the desired behavior and is far more beneficial to practice in the long run. So, if your dog expects rewards for good behavior with tasty treats, they are more likely to please you than simply looking for ways to stay out of trouble. Many trainers recommend positive reinforcement because it helps form a better relationship in the long run with your pet.

Do Not Give Them Before or During Mealtimes

Treats can be filling since some treats, such as Einstein dog treats,  contain real peanut butter.  For this reason, treat time should not coincide with regular meals. Dog food contains a full spectrum of nutrients like protein, vitamins, water, fats, carbs, and vitamins. Although there are some healthy dog treats, one must not replace meals with treats. Maintaining a regular feeding schedule will help keep your pet’s health in the long run.

Ensure you give your dog treats a few hours after breakfast, lunch, or dinner. At that point, their stomachs have digested the food and can accommodate a few treats.

 

A woman training his dog

 

Conclusion

Providing your pets with the best nourishing food is essential to their well-being. While this may sound simple enough, you should also consider that your pet has needs similar to humans. They get bored of the same meals and may want some small bites during the day.

Just follow our easy tips on when and how to feed your dog healthy treats for a more active, healthy, and happy canine, who will live longer to form more pleasant memories with you.

- Himanshu Sapra
Supplements And Vitamins For My Dog: Are They A Good Idea?

Pet owners want nothing more than their furry friends to live a long and happy life. After all, we consider dogs to be part of our families. For this to occur, you need to provide them with the best of healthcare, high-quality dog food, and living conditions. Some owners have even begun giving their pets vitamins and supplements to boost their health.

 

white short coated dog

 

Due to the high numbers of pet owners, it is no surprise that several entrepreneurs have entered the market, claiming to offer the best products for your furry friend. But is there any truth to this, or is it just another money-grabbing fad that offers little to no benefits for your pet? The following article will examine just that.

 

Definition

Vitamins are organic substances that contain micronutrients necessary for proper metabolic functions. Manufacturers will consider what dogs need, including choline and vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K. These foods also cater to different life stages and eating habits. For example, you may have noticed puppy, adult, or senior dog food on sale.

On the other hand, we have supplements that boost physical and mental health using functional ingredients. They include chamomile, CBD, glucosamine, mussel, and probiotics. This helps alleviate both physical and psychological health conditions, hence their popularity.

As such, we can say that dogs need vitamins and supplements, but there are some things you need to understand before purchasing them.

 

annamet enhanced dog supplements - 240gram

 

 

Why Dogs Need Them?

As you may know, vitamins are essential to health. However, our furry friends may lack sufficient nutrients due to parasites, poor quality canned or homemade food, age, illness, malabsorption, genetics, poor soil, water quality, or reaction to the medication.

Some pharmaceutical products deplete nutrients by speeding up the metabolic process. For example, antacids interfere with gut microorganisms and vitamin B12 absorption. Additionally, genetics can cause poor methylation where folate(B9) is not methylated, leading to miscarriages, detoxification issues, cancer, cardiovascular, reproductive, kidney, and digestive disease.

Malabsorption increases the risk of illnesses such as Colitis and Crohns, but stress is an additional trigger. Many commercial foods have a low nutritional count since they are cooked at overly high temperatures. At the same time, homemade meals may lack nutrients since the owner may be unaware of what a proper diet constitutes.

Once your dog falls victim to any of these causes, they become deficient and exhibit lethargy, excessive thirst, drooling, shedding, skin conditions, weight loss, and joint disease. You need to regularly keep tabs on your dog's diet and take them for vet visits to detect issues before they spiral out of hand. Deficiency can lead to adverse health effects which take the joy out of your pet's life and dent your wallet with additional medical expenses.

Supplements offer your dog several benefits that aid in their comfort. For example, many dogs get agitated and anxious when hearing loud sounds, suffer from joint injuries and discomfort, and have poor digestive systems. A caring pet owner would want them at ease and can provide supplements.

 

hand putting dog treats on bowl

 

 

Benefits

Manufacturers formulate vitamins focusing on certain key ingredients to solve specific health problems. For this reason, it is necessary to understand the vitamin your dog requires and the brand quality. Once your dog receives a vitamin deficiency diagnosis, they will prescribe vitamins and supplements from various options. One is vitamin A which helps in growth, fetal development, immune and cell function, and proper vision.

B vitamins are essential for neural development, enzyme function, hormone regulation, metabolism, protein synthesis, and gene activation. Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouch Bladder Dog and Cat Supplements are rich in vitamin B and will help your pet improve its metabolism.

For oxidation, you will need vitamin C and vitamin D for healthy bone growth, which brands such as Evanger’s EVX Restricted Diet: Senior and Joint Health can provide.

Your pet could also benefit from vitamin E, which helps with cell function and fat metabolism, or vitamin K for blood clotting. Finally, we have choline, which supports healthy brain and liver function. For this, you could try Dave’s Dog Food Bland Lamb Meal and Rice: Delicate Formula is rich in choline and vitamin C.

Concerning supplements, your pet can greatly benefit from consuming them. Your dog suffers from neuropathic pain, anxiety, and panic attacks. CBD-isolate dog treats can help alleviate all these and are free from any psychoactive elements which could make your dog high.

Moreover, chamomile biscuits provide calming effects and reduce itching and inflammation. You could also consider green-lipped mussels for joint support and probiotics for better digestion and immunity. Annamaet Impact Dog Supplements form an excellent source of probiotics, so be sure to try them.

All these vitamins come in different forms, ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to commercial products, depending on what your vet recommends. Fresh foods are known for providing enzymes, antioxidants, fatty acids, and phytonutrients, so they remain significant for your dog's health. These include yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, sardines, pumpkin, goat milk, bone broth, kefir, sweet potato, brown rice, broccoli, zucchini, peas, carrots, bananas, and many more.

Dry food options such as Essence Pet Foods Ocean and Freshwater Recipe also contain high fatty acid and mineral content for your pet’s needs.

With such a wide selection, your dog will enjoy at least some of them, boosting their health tremendously.

 

Safety

It is understandable to have concerns about your dog's diet. After all, you may not be an expert on pet nutrition. Additionally, many pet food brands have come under scrutiny for their 4D meats (dead, dying, diseased, or down). This leads to many concerns about the safety of pet food.

Ensure you purchase brands that have commissioned clinical trials of their products to ascertain their safety. Always look for products with reasonable health claims and those with quality control checks on their products. It also helps to be aware of the ingredients and vitamins you are looking for to avoid carrying the wrong item home. Finally, consider how much of an element is in the food, and choose prescription doses that contain therapeutic levels of the supplement.

 

annamet endure dog supplements - 200 gram

 

Conclusion

Your dog could live a long and healthy life if provided with all the essential nutrients for their health. This can be done using vitamins and supplements, which you can find in plants or commercial foods.

Vitamins and supplements offer numerous physical and mental health benefits and are widely available. However, it is necessary to exercise caution and only go for high-quality products with ingredients you are sure of. So, buy some today, and start your dog on the road to better health.

- Himanshu Sapra
Chomp-Worthy Chews: Are They Good For Dog's Dental Health?

It's uncommon to find a dog that doesn't like chewing on something, be it a toy, stick, or something discovered on your regular walks. However, not everything you put in your dog's mouth is suitable for chewing. In reality, many objects that dogs find on their own and those offered in stores can endanger your pet's dental health.

 

brown dog is eating dog food

 

Dental health can influence a dog's general health, including the heart and digestive system. Every pet parent who likes doggie kisses is well aware that tartar and plaque development may cause foul breath in even the prettiest of dogs.

Some commercially made chews can damage your pet's overall health, from cracked teeth and punctured gums to intestinal blockages and tummy discomfort. You can select your pet's best dental chew items by following these guidelines.

 

How Dental Chews Works?

Most dental chews eliminate plaque and tartar by scratching the surface of a dog's teeth. Anytime your dog chomps on its chews, its chewy texture enables the teeth to dig in for optimum contact with large areas of the tooth, resulting in a mechanical washing and scraping of the tooth surface.

For example, delmopinol, an anti-plaque chemical, reduces the stickiness of plaques, diminishing plaque cells' capacity to adhere to the tooth surface. Before plaque sticks to the tooth surface, enzyme cleaners break down plaque cells in different ways.

 

Benefits of Dog Dental Chews

hand putting dog treats in a bowl

 

Dogs, like their human counterparts, suffer from dental hygiene issues:

Pain Foul breath Germs, drool, and food buildup on teeth (plaque) Irritated, bleeding, swollen gums Harsh yellow or brown tartar formation on teeth

 

The following are the principal ways these chews help combat these dental issues:

 

Improve Dog Teeth And Gum Health

The best dog dental chews produce less plaque accumulation. Furthermore, some dental treats for dogs can reduce plaque by up to 70%. As previously indicated, the chewing mechanism can make a difference. According to one study, a 50% increase in kibble diameter resulted in a 42% reduction in tartar. In the same study, the chemical coating of polyphosphate on the treats reduced tartar by 55%.

 

Getting Rid of Foul Breath

It's fairly common for a dog's breath to be a little unpleasant. Germs in the mouth commonly cause this, suggesting that your dog needs better gum or dental care. However, you should consult your veterinarian to ensure that poor breath isn't because of something more serious.

Some dog treats are developed to aid enhanced breath in addition to expert cleaning and regular dental brushing. Hard chew toys could also be beneficial. Check with your veterinarian for advice.

 

The Best Dog Dental Chews

short coated white dog chewing a teddy shaped dog toy

 

Crumps' Naturals Sweet Potato Chews - These are all-natural snacks created from sweet potatoes cultivated in North America. You find no preservatives, additives, or artificial colors in these delectable snacks. Each treat is chock-full of fibers, minerals, and vitamins and is an excellent alternative to rawhide chews. Gaines family sweet potato dog chews - Gaines Family Farmstead is committed to making chews with only one ingredient that your dogs will appreciate. Each piece is entirely composed of sweet potatoes cultivated in the United States and fashioned into a bone shape for additional fun munching. The sweet potatoes are cultivated in Vardaman, Mississippi, just a short distance from the food-grade production plant that cleans and slices them before blanching and drying. Indigenous dog dental chews - Indigenous Dental chews have a VOHC stamp of Approval and a revolutionary structure for cleaning teeth for fresher breath while battling tartar and plaque build-up. They're convenient and easy to digest for dogs of all types and sizes. Ascophyllum nodosum, organic kelp sourced from the clean, cold North Atlantic seas of Iceland, Canada, and Norway, is used to make these dental health chews. Ark naturals dental chews - Brushless Toothpaste from Ark Naturals is a gluten-free dental chew that contains natural herbal components to assist in between teeth cleanings. Plaque and tartar are removed safely and abrasively by the outside ridge of the dental chew. The chew's inner contains Ark's unique toothpaste core, which aids in the killing of germs that cause foul breath and remove tartar and plaque formation in the mouth. Pet naturals of Vermont calming dog chew - This chew’s research-backed recipe allows you to double or triple the dose safely. This calming dog chew isn't a sedative. Hence it won't give your pet any unpleasant side effects like sleepiness, dependence, or mood swings. Therefore, dog owners don't have to worry about long-term changes in their pet's health.

 

Precautionary Measure with Dental Dog Chews

As a result, not all dental dog treats are created equal. Some are more helpful or healthier than others. Consider the following aspects when selecting a dental chew for your dog:

Pick The Perfect Match - Adjust the treat or chew to your dog's size, taste, and disposition. For instance, aggressive chewers may prefer a tougher product.

Limit edible treats - Per the brand you decide to purchase, your edible chew could dissolve too quickly to fully impact your dog's teeth. Furthermore, these sweets can quickly accumulate a large number of calories. The general guideline is that the tinnier the dog, the less the treats should be. In any case, consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

Choose compressed chews with care - For instance, rawhide chews taste great and are also good for dogs' teeth. However, some breeds, especially vicious chewers, may swallow whole pieces or eat them too quickly.

Avoid Pig Ears And Hard Bones - Hard plastic chews, cow hooves, or sterilized beef bones will likely harm your dog's teeth strength. Even though dogs may adore pigs' ears, research has shown that they do not provide any dental advantages but increase the possibility of bacterial contamination.

 

Conclusion

Per the VOHC, dental treats for dogs decrease tartar and plaque by approximately 15–20%. Provided you get the right dog chews, you can use them to enhance the effects of brushing using an authorized toothpaste and decrease tartar and plaque by up to 25%. Fortunately, the VOHC Seal of Approval has been given to the aforementioned dental treats. So, you can shop for each one with confidence!

- Himanshu Sapra
Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Buying A Dog Bed

Dogs are one of the best pets to have. As a dog owner, you will want to create a comfortable and happy lifestyle for your dog. You might need to shop for several dog accessories like dog mats. But this can be catastrophic if you make the same mistakes that so many dog owners often make, buying the wrong bed.

 

brown and white long coated small dog lying on a dog bed

 

The wrong bed can ruin your dog's sleep quality, and like humans, dogs' moods are also affected by poor sleep. You will notice that your dog is sadder when it doesn’t sleep well. So, what should you consider when buying a good sleeping mat for your dog?

 

Mistakes To Avoid Making When Buying A Dog Bed

 

touchdog performance max dog bed

Buying The Wrong Sized Bed

Dog size differs with the breed. Choosing the wrong size of a bed is one of the biggest mistakes that many dog owners make. Imagine sleeping a whole night with your body squeezed in one position. It sounds uncomfortable, right? If you buy a small bed, your dog will have to sleep in a squeezed position. Resting in such a position might be painful for them and damage the body long-term.

A big bed for a small dog like a chihuahua can be unnecessary and might take up extra room space. To Avoid buying your dog a bed that is too small or too big, measure your dog from its head to the point where its tail meets its body, preferably when sprawled out sleeping. If it is a puppy and you are unsure what size it will eventually grow into, please consult your vet. A perfectly sized bed should allow the dog to sleep naturally. It is the best for your dog and will be comfortable.

 

Buying A Poor Quality Bed

Cheap is expensive. You might want to cut costs when purchasing dog accessories. Yes, you will save some extra coins from buying dog beds, but what about the quality? If you buy a low-quality bed, it will wear out faster, and soon, you will have to buy a new one.

Also, a poor-quality bed will not create a comfortable sleeping environment for your dog. A high-quality bed is comfortable and durable. This means it's advisable to buy a high-quality Bed even if it might cost you more.

The bed should also fit perfectly with your house decoration. After all, it does become part of your furniture. And a high-quality bed will retain shape and color even after several washes.

 

Buying The Wrong Shaped Bed

 

brown and black yorkshire puppies

 

Every dog has a variety of sleeping positions. Observe your dog's sleeping positions to avoid buying a wrongly shaped bed. Take a few days and closely monitor the various sleep positions of your dog and choose a dog mat that will suitably accommodate all those sleeping positions. A round-shaped mat will be best if your dog loves to sleep in a curled-up position and a matted bed is ideal if your dog loves to sleep in a stretched-out position.

Avoid buying a bed shaped not to suit your dog. The shape of the bed you buy should adequately fit your dog's resting habits. If the bed accommodates the dog and all its sleeping positions, you will be guaranteed a happier and healthier dog.

 

Purchasing A bed That Is Not Chewing Proof

pet life neutral carpentry antibacterial designer dog mat

It’s the nature of dogs to chew on anything and everything. Puppies will do it to ease the pain of teething. Adult dogs do it to sharpen their teeth. Or they might do it because they are just bored, need attention, or are stressed.

Chewing destroys the bed so fast. And you end up finding yourself needing to buy a new one too soon. Also, there is the risk of your dog getting hurt by the contents from the bed. For example, an item may stick to their teeth, or they might swallow something that may injure their intestines.

Therefore, when purchasing a bed for your dog, consider buying a bed made from a PVC pipe or aluminum and is covered by a canvas fabric for your chewy dog. Be cautious of material that your dog may be allergic to.

 

Buying A Bed That Is Not Suitable For Your Dog

When buying a dog bed, you should consider the breed of the dog. It will help you buy a bed that perfectly suits your dog. The goal of purchasing a bed is for the dog to find a haven to sleep and relax. If you buy a bed that does not suit your dog, it will undoubtedly find a better place to sleep.

If your dog is too furry, you should consider buying a bed that keeps warmth only for a short period to prevent your dog from feeling too hot while sleeping. And if your dog is not furry, you should buy a bed with a thick coat that stores heat. Purchasing a bed that suits your dog guarantees quality sleep for the dog, and you also get good use for your money.

It would be best to consider special needs if your dog has any. For example, if your dog is aging, it might suffer from sore joints. For such, you should consider buying an orthopedic mat. Also, opt for an orthopedic bed if your dog is suffering from hip dysplasia or recovering from an injury.

Make sure to buy a bed that is removable and washable. This will help create a hygienic resting place for your dog and house.

 

Conclusion

The process of choosing a dog bed can be stressful. Should you find yourself stuck, check online for guides that might give you the assistance you need.  On factors to consider, place your dog’s bed in a comfortable position for the dog (do not place it in the hallway!) and also for you. Keep observing your dog’s interaction with their new bed. It will help you know if the bed is right for them or not. If you notice your dog displaying any signs of discomfort, please do not hesitate to change or return the bed.

- Himanshu Sapra
Dog Grooming Tips: 5 Ways to Make It Fun

Whether you own a sporting dog or a toy breed, the importance of regularly grooming your canine friend cannot be emphasized enough. Forget the many publications you’ve read that suggest some dogs can do without grooming. Despite his age, breed, or fur size, every dog requires regular grooming.

Grooming your dog serves various crucial purposes. First, it’s an excellent way to keep your pooch parasite-free. Grooming also allows you to examine your dog for any issues that could potentially degenerate into full-blown skin conditions. Most importantly, grooming helps you bond with your furry friend.

However, all dogs aren’t made equal. While most canines have a high affinity for water and will gladly walk themselves into the bathtub, some dogs can be so skittish as to resist any grooming gestures.

That notwithstanding, dog grooming can be a fun and rewarding experience. You only need to know how to approach the exercise.

Listed below are the top five ways to make every dog grooming a fun-filled activity to always look forward to.

 

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Start Early

The first tip to make every dog grooming session a fun-filled experience is to start early. This means introducing grooming sessions earlier in your dog’s life.

There’s no standard rule on how old a dog should be before you can start grooming him. The conventional wisdom is to introduce grooming sessions as soon as the dog is weaned. You can even start earlier, provided that the nursing dog can let you mingle freely with her litter.

The good news is that dogs are generally water-loving pets. So, your canine friend will likely be more welcoming of grooming than opposed to it.

That said, your dog’s temperament and personality can play an instrumental role in making him more receptive or averse to grooming. As we already mentioned, skittish dogs may require more time before they can fully embrace the idea of grooming.

 

Use Pet-safe Grooming Products

There are several items you require for a successful dog grooming session—these range from a dog comb to dog shampoo and even dog deodorizer.

It’s best only to use pet-safe grooming items for your dog. Pay particular attention to shampoos and deodorants.

Some shampoo products could leave your dog’s skin dry and itchy, depending on the ingredients used. Itchiness after every grooming session might cause your dog to associate the exercise with unpleasant experiences. Your pet may blatantly oppose any grooming attempts on a long enough timeline.

That underscores the importance of investing in pet-safe shampoos. Shampoos containing moisturizing properties that don’t trigger allergic reactions are usually safe for pets.

As you endeavor to select the best shampoos, also give some thought to deodorants. Insist on products formulated with compounds not known to trigger respiratory reactions in dogs. A bonus point is to prioritize deodorizers that contain naturally-soothing herbs, such as lavender.

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Understand Your Dog’s Fur and Coat

Understanding your dog’s fur size and coat type can go a long way in making every grooming session fun-filled.

For instance, Shih Tzu breeds have long, flowery coats that may dry out and even start to flake if groomed using strong shampoos. If you have a Shih Tzu or similar dog breed, your best bet would be to consider dog shampoo specially designed for pets with sensitive coat types.

Fortunately, numerous brands offer pet shampoos intended for dogs with longer furs and tender coats. Once you find such a brand, be sure to read the product’s label to establish that all the ingredients are considered pet-safe.

Kin and Kind dog shampoo is a noteworthy recommendation when looking for the best shampoos for dogs with sensitive coats. This product is formulated with pet-approved ingredients, including moisturizing compounds like coconut oil, olive oil, and glycerin. You can use Kin and Kind shampoo without worrying about your dog developing allergic reactions, which happens to be a common concern with standard dog shampoos.

Dogs like Bloodhounds have an all-weather coat. Such dogs secrete sebum that keeps their coats moisturized. The sebum acts as a water-proof layer, preventing water from penetrating the dog’s coat.

 

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Tire Your Dog Down

Dogs are hyperactive creatures with plenty of pent-up energy. Regular exercise helps them release this energy to lead a healthy life free of destructive behaviors like obsessive digging and scratching.

Regular exercise is also recommended for your dog’s overall well-being. It promotes the healthy function of vital organs, particularly the heart, muscles, and brain.

Exercise has been cited as one of the most effective natural ways to avoid canine mental conditions like separation anxiety. That’s due to its ability to trigger the release of endorphins, chemicals associated with happiness.

It seems there’s no limit to the benefits of exercising your pup regularly.

Like humans, dogs feel their best when happy. The fact that exercise triggers ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters mean it can make your dog happier and psychologically disposed to grooming.

Exercise may also help tire your dog down for a necessary training or grooming session. Approaching a grooming session before walking your dog or playing the game of fetch together means the animal will have too much energy, hence easily distracted.

 

Keep the Sessions Short

Dogs have a shorter attention span than humans. Your canine friend is bound to become disinterested in grooming despite your best efforts if the sessions go on too long.

Therefore, it’s essential to keep every grooming session short. 5 to 10 minutes would do.

Although, 5-minute grooming may seem too short for a dog with heavy fur and a thick coat. But it shouldn’t be too much of a problem if the dog gets groomed regularly.

Besides, there are several ways to make the sessions longer if need be.

For instance, you might consider doling out treats whenever you realize that your dog is losing interest in the exercise. Proper timing is vital. The goal is to ensure the animal can find a reason to last three or five minutes longer.

You could also get your dog a special grooming toy. A chew toy would work wonders here. It helps distract the dog while you work your fingers through the fur.

Lastly, shower your dog with compliments.

 

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Final Word

There are numerous ways to make every dog grooming exercise something you and your pup can always look forward to. We hope you can implement the above tips the next time you want to groom your canine friend.

- Himanshu Sapra
Here Are The Top 5 Interactive Cat Toys For Your Indoor Feline

Having your pet indoors requires you to be creative to keep them busy and active when you are on your daily activities or when you're busy. Choosing the best interactive toy for your cat will keep it contented, healthy, and active. When your cat is energetic and playful, there are high possibilities of protecting it from various diseases and some unnecessary body weights. In addition, the interactive cat toys will keep your cat busy and active in cold weather, especially if you're not in a position to play with your cat.   

There are thousands of cat toys online you can review before buying them. You can go through the reviews by other clients on their experience and outcomes of buying the toys to help you select the best cat toy.

Choosing the best cat toy for your feline friend will benefit physically and mentally stimulate it and give it an interactive session independently, with or without your presence. When cats get bored, they end up dragging anything they come across, making them nagging and a nuisance in the house. You do not want to have a cat all over you and nagging. Therefore, you have to select the best interactive cat toys to keep your cat active and train them on essential skills.  

The following article will take you through the best interactive cat toys for indoor cats that you can always consider. 

Windmill' Rotating Suction Cup Spinning Toy

The Pet Life Windmill rotating suction cup spinning cat toy is one of the best interactive cat toys that will keep your cat busy and active. This cat toy helps reduce your cat’s anxiety and improve its IQ.

Further, the toy is well designed with some ridges that your cat can use to massage gums and brush teeth as it plays around. The soft material used in making the middle part of the toy provides some comforting feeling to your cat while playing.  

In addition, the material used to make this cat toy are friendly and smooth; hence won’t harm your cat when playing around. The windmill rotating suction cap cat toy is dual-sided, which contains two catnip balls with one side having a led lighting ball.  

The two-sided rotating windmill provides an engaging and fantastic experience for your cat. You can also add two small bells on each side to attract our cat.  

This toy can be placed on any soft or hard surface, such as tiled, glass, wood, or plastic surfaces. It is available in various colors you can choose from depending on your preference.  

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KITIQUE 3-in-1 Retractable and Extendable Feathered and Laser Wand Kitty Cat Teaser

The Pet Life KITIQUE 3-in-1 is another fantastic interactive cat toy to keep your cat engaged. When a cat is lonely, it suffers from boredom and might even develop mental health problems. Hence it requires someone or something to play with and keep itself busy. This cat teaser is fun and unique as it comes with fantastic features that retract and detract.  

Further, this cat toy has features such as a pom-pom and feather, enhancing your cat’s teasing enjoyment. This toy is battery powered, operating the laser pointer for extended teasing for further fun. You can buy cat toys online and have them delivered straight to your home.   

Broom-Lick Plush and Jute Rope Squeaking Newborn Cat and Dog Toy

You can consider the broom-lick plush toy if you have newborn puppies and kittens. The features and materials used to make this toy are soft and safe for your young pets. The style and design of these toys make them more exciting and fun for your small pets.  

Interestingly, the toy comes with an in-built speaker that adds more fun and engagement for your feline. The polyester used to make the inner part allows your fur baby to gnaw while teething. Moreover, it is durable, and you can be sure of long-term service. The Broom-Lick plush toy will help your cat grow healthy, active, and have better cognitive skills. It can even help reduce anxiety and stress for your kitten.  

Broom-Lick Plush cat toy

Kitty-Tease Interactive Teaser Kitty Cat Puzzle Toy  

When looking for the best interactive cat toy, you must consider durability, safety, flexibility, and engagement. The cat teaser toy comes with a feature that will entertain your cat and keep it actively engaged.  

Apart from the fun your cat gets, the teaser kitty helps your cat improve its cognitive skills. This cat toy is safe as the material used to make it is non-toxic, and you can be sure of your cat's safety whether you are around or not. Further, the quality of the materials used is durable and well designed.  

The teaser cat toy is flexible and retractable, making it easy to store and carry around. You can even change the teaser to attract your cat more and kill the boredom. The teaser cat toy is beneficial to your cat's health as it helps your cat do long hours of exercise, keeping it fit and stimulating its senses. Further, it will help your cat learn jumping, chasing, and teasing skills. 

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Sticky-Swipe interactive suction cup kitty cat toy  

Cats love balling. If you want to keep your cat active and prevent obesity, sticky- swipe interactive suction cup kitty is the best solution. It comes with four balls; hence can even accommodate two of your pets.  

The balls are meant to roll around the inner track, which helps your cat to develop exceptional skills such as cognitive as it plays and gets entertained. This cat toy is durable as the material used to design it is strong and durable.  

The toy is portable, and you can travel with it anywhere and keep your cat busy as you go around with your daily duties. You can easily install the stick swipe toy on the wall or the floor. You can get the toy in any color that suits your preference.   

Sticky-Swipe cat toy

To wrap up 

The market has a variety of cat toys you can always choose from. However, you have to select the best toy for your cat, considering the safety and the health benefits. Further, the toy you choose for your cat should be interactive and keep your cat busy and moving. Before setting up the toy for your cat, kindly read the provided instructions. 

- Himanshu Sapra
Get Your Pooch Ready For The Monsoon With These 5 Raincoats

Ensuring the proper care of your beloved dog during the monsoons may be difficult. With torrential rainfall and excessive humidity, it's more necessary than ever to devote careful attention to your pet dog's sanitation. In addition, infections and allergies are more likely to affect your pet, causing discomfort. We've compiled a list of some of the most popular monsoon needs for dogs to help you pamper your pet throughout the rainy season. 

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Look at a list of monsoon basics for dogs to make your life as a dog parent a little simpler. Then, purchase a product that matches your requirements and enjoy pleasant walks and playtime with your pet. 

What is a Dog Raincoat? 

Dog raincoats, like raincoats for humans, are generally composed of water-resistant or waterproof material that helps keep dogs dry in rainy weather. Some come with hoods, while others are just designed to keep your dog's body safe. 

Dog raincoats come in various designs and features, including several closures and functions. Some models include a simple poncho shape that goes around a dog's neck but lacks sleeves to cover the dog's limbs. Others are secured with a vest or harness. These, too, protect a dog's back and torso while leaving the legs free. Dog raincoats with sleeves are also available, providing full-coverage protection. 

This collection of dog raincoats, on the other hand, may prove more troublesome to wear for your dog, and they may not enjoy the restrictions of sleeves when walking. 

Reasons Dogs Need Raincoats 

It's vital to note that some dog breeds, primarily those having thick double coats such as Newfoundlands and Labrador Retrievers, don't need wet wear outfits. Nevertheless, there exists more than one reason why you might need to shop dog raincoats for your pet. 

Keep Your Canine Dry 

Raincoats keep your dog dry on wet walks, although it sounds obvious the benefits are pretty many. This is particularly useful if your dog lacks a thick, protecting coat. For example, Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs might greatly benefit from the additional protection. Even if your dog has a double coat, you want to avoid the possibility of returning home with the stench of a wet dog or a soggy mess. 

For Cleanliness And Dog Hygiene 

Dirt often gets kicked up and splattered on dogs' coats as they play and run around through puddles or walk in the rain. During such walks, a dog raincoat becomes vital in helping keep your dog's coat clean. 

To Provide Warmth 

Cooler temperatures are associated with rainy weather. However, a raincoat may give a protective layer of warmth to a stroll with your pet in the rain when it's freezing outdoors. Many small and large dog raincoats have insulation to keep dogs dry and toasty while out on walks. 

Improve Visibility Outdoors 

Because visibility is sometimes reduced during rainstorms, some motorists may find it difficult to notice your dog while on the road. On the other hand, dog raincoats are frequently available in bright colors designed with reflective elements, allowing your dog to be spotted by passing motorists. These traits have the potential to save your dog's life. Therefore, you should not overlook them. 

Top 5 Dog Raincoats For The Monsoon  Dog Helios Adjustable Raincoat 

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The Dog Helios Waterproof and Adjustable Full Body Dog coat are hundred percent waterproof and ultralight. This coat is designed to survive the most severe weather conditions, including windy and wet environments. The outer cover is Nano-Stitched and carefully developed for maximum breathability. For additional night visibility or emergency protection, the outer shell is sewn with specifically reflective thread and reflective tape around the top and sides. Additionally, this raincoat has adjustable and customizable water stoppage jaw strings via the hood and over the waist for an adequately fitted jacket while avoiding water seepage. 

This raincoat also has specially constructed elastic banding across the entire length of the torso and on each sleeve for a more consistent and adaptable fit that adapts to the body while allowing for more development while keeping water out. A waterproof zipper can be located below the belly button for enhanced water protection and easy on and off access. When connecting a leash to a collar or harness, the top has Dual Waterproof Leash Zippers to keep water out. Get Outside with Helios the Dog! There are a variety of sizes and colors at your disposal. 

Helios Extreme Soft-shell Raincoat 

Winter fleece dog jackets are available from Dog Helios, and a classic example is the Dog Helios Extreme Soft-shell Performance Raincoat. It is both warm and comfy all around. For a complete warming system, these soft-shell dog jackets are outer-lined with a Water-Resistant brushed-like soft-shell and reversed with Polar Fleece, and also Inner-lined with exclusively designed Blackshark Insulation Technology - a thin inner layer that is warm, lightweight, Warm, impermeable, and Snow-Resistant — With Dual Adjustable Jaw-strings that's adjustable in four separate regions, it has a Neck Rise that reaches to sections of the face, covering most of the vital extremities.

Also, these soft-shell dog coats include elastic webbing along the length of the jacket to keep the cold out, as well as reflective tubing and printing for increased visibility at night. Winter fleece dog jackets come in a variety of colors and sizes. 

Pet Life Reflecta-Sport Raincoat 

The sleeves, hood, and tail-area of the Pet Life ® Reflecta-Sport Windbreaker Dog Raincoat Jacket are all adjustable in three sections. But it's not only the hood on this dog coat that you can remove and adjust. This dog jacket also has a reflective strip down the back for enhanced safety when walking your dog at night. Meanwhile, the inner lining is lightweight fleece, which makes it great for all seasons.  

In addition, the backside also has a leash-slit holder, and the belly has Velcro for easy on and off. You purchase these excellent raincoats for your canine today at an affordable price and in different sizes and colors.  

Touchdog Reversible Raincoat 

For those who love to please the eyes, a trendy designer print runs through the midst of the back of the Cloudburst' Reversible Fashion Waterproof Raincoat. As you might have guessed, this is just any dog weather jacket. With highlighted designer stitching across the body, it has an Exo-shell that's waterproof. The hooded pulls and back strings may require adjusting for a proper customized fit. 

Also, it comes with Belly-snap enclosures for handy On and Off access and the Touchdog embroidered seal of perfection on the reverse. These fashionable waterproof dog raincoats are for sale in various colors and sizes.  

Ultimate Folding Waterproof Raincoat 

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Waterproof Polyester and Super-Lightweight Nylon form part of the complete make-up of the Ultimate Folding Thunder-Paw Waterproof Dog Raincoat. When opened, the hood and tail-end sections of this Dog Raincoat may be adjusted, and it entirely folds into a little zippered bag that can readily serve as a compartmental zipped Dog Backpack pouch. Zippered belly Velcro closures make it simple to put on and take off. All pet travelers will find it convenient no matter the destination or dog breed. Like the others in this list, you get to choose between various colors and sizes. 

Measuring Your Dog

Not every dog has an outer coat to withstand snow and rain, and most dogs will require some protection while traveling through dirt and cold weather. Consider this from a more practical standpoint: while taking lengthy automobile drives to beautiful places, it's helpful to have a little cover to keep your pooch clean and comfy while in the car. 

Don't forget to accurately measure your dog before selecting the best dog rain suit. 

Three measures are required: 

Chest  Necks  Back 

Although no two raincoats are the same, they should all have one thing in common: they should be waterproof. Plus, they should feel natural on your dog and make them forget they're even wearing a coat. Also, depending on your location, puppy raincoats may be a must-have, but don't neglect to upgrade them as your puppy grows bigger. In addition, an ill-fitting coat can limit your dog's movement and enjoyment of his daily walks and, in the long run, may cause chaffing or soreness. 

The manufacturer's size guide is reasonably practical, and there's a very slim chance you'll buy the wrong raincoat size if you measure correctly. Just keep in mind that each manufacturer has its sizing chart. 

After the measurements have been completed, it is time to go through the top dog raincoats available by looking at some essential features.  

Key Factors to Ponder Before Choosing a Dog Raincoat 

Dog raincoats come in a variety of prices, styles, and materials. If you plan on using one frequently, invest in a coat that can withstand several walks in rainy weather and is simple to use and clean. 

When purchasing a dog raincoat, keep the following points in mind: 

Safety Closures 

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Ensure your dog's raincoat's fastening mechanisms are secure and that the coat stays in place. Closures that are too flimsy might cause the coat to slip off or move, defeating the primary purpose of wearing it in the first place. The last thing you'll want to do on a rainy stroll is to stop and adjust your coat, so look for something that fastens securely and stays in place.  

Reflective Components 

As formerly mentioned, dog raincoats may let your dog stand out when out on a stroll. Select a raincoat with reflective panels, patches, or stitching. In low-light, wet situations, this will assure your dog's safety. 

Harness Support 

Although not all raincoats include a harness opening, most dog owners these days carry a harness for their dogs, especially if they frequently go on long hikes in the woods. So, while it may seem odd, read the beginning of the dog jacket before you buy. You don't want the rain jacket to leak or be limited to a collared version. 

Lining Materials 

If you reside in a warm or tropical climate, you may not need or prefer a dog raincoat lined with insulation. If you live in colder weather, though, lining a raincoat can easily keep your dog comfortable and warm. The most frequent fabrics for these linings are wool, fleece, or a synthetic alternative. In addition, the ability to remove the liner might be an additional benefit, allowing for easier cleaning and usage throughout the various seasons. 

Full Body Protection

Despite the popularity of these kinds of dog jackets, they are just a tad more challenging to put on but provide more overall coverage. While no rain jacket can guarantee that your dog will always be clean, it can help keep the muck and snow away. It's preferable for those of us who live in harsher weather instead of tropical places.

Leash Availability 

Pick a good dog raincoat that enables you to link your dog's leash to his collar or harness with ease and security. This may sound insignificant. However, if the jacket makes connecting a leash for walks difficult, you'll be frustrated and unlikely to utilize it. 

Waterproof vs. Warmth vs. Lightweight 

When purchasing a raincoat, consider why your dog requires one. If your dog is tiny and easily frightened, it may prefer a protective barrier from the outside world rather than warmth, in which case an anti-anxiety dog coat should be your first choice. You may have to compromise certain waterproof features for a lovely warm, comfortable lining if you have short hair and a slender frame, like a whippet. A lightweight and breathable coat is also essential if you have a more giant dog, such as a Boxer or a Great Dane.

Conclusion

Walking your dogs is every pet owner's responsibility that you need to perform regularly. They're necessary for both physical and mental stimulation. So even if the weather is awful, you should neglect to take your dog for a walk. Fortunately, investing in a dog raincoat will keep your pup comfortable and dry during rainy outings outside. Even more than that, they look stylish and adorable. Seasons are changing, as they should be.

The good news is that you're in the right place if you're looking for a new coat. You won't find the quality of jackets in stock anywhere else. We offer coats and jackets to fit every weather, terrain, or occasion, from Pet Life to Helios and many other prominent brands. 

 

- Himanshu Sapra
Best Dog Food To Keep Your Pup Happy And Healthy

Every food meant for dogs would be created equal in a perfect world. Instead, dog owners are confronted with a puzzling assortment of choices, all professing to be the greatest dog chow available. It may be challenging to go through all the options to select a nutritious dog food brand with the necessary ingredients, reasonable cost, and delicious taste.

 

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Those who own a puppy should pay close attention to this topic. If you're considering puppy food, quality is of the utmost importance. When it comes to good nutrition, a dog's formative years are crucial, and providing your dog with the best food might certainly make things simpler down the road. In addition, provided you choose your dog food brands carefully, you may avoid some of the health issues that occur with a poor diet.

This post will go through the top markers to look out for when getting the best dog foods, including cost, ingredients, availability, and others.

 

What Characterizes "Good" Dog Food?

 

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A large percentage of dog owners feed their pets wet or dry dog food. These processed meals contain the elements dogs require to be healthy, even if they aren't appealing. Commercial dog foods of high quality are strictly regulated and have been thoroughly tested by veterinarians.

Dogs, unlike cats, are not solely carnivores. Cereals, fruits, and vegetables can provide the nutrients they need, but meat makes up most of their diet. These non-meat meals aren't merely fillers; they are high in fiber and other essential nutrients. So, fruits, meat, grains, and vegetables are components of a decent dog meal. The best diets have high-quality versions of these nutrients that are suitable for your dog's digestion.

 

Best Dog Foods Available on The Market

Best For Puppies - Verus Fresh Meat Formula

Dogs' dietary requirements change throughout their lives. The nutritional demands of puppies differ from that of adult dogs, hence requiring more care. Most dog food brands have specifically created puppy diets for each stage of a dog's life, which makes narrowing down your options easier. A puppy and an adult dog have different nutritional needs. This is particularly true in the case of big breeds. A puppy diet customized for large breeds can help since their growth must be closely managed to avoid bone and joint issues. With these considerations, the fresh meat formula from Verus is the best bet for most puppies. But see your veterinarian if you're unsure which dog food is ideal for your dog's life stage.

 

Best Dry - Nature's Logic Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food has become readily accessible and the cheapest dog chows since it comprises about 10 percent water and 90 percent dry matter. It doesn't require cold storage, which is its principal advantage over wet dog food. It's much easier to store as a result of this. Ingredients such as meat and wheat are combined and cooked to make dry dog food. When you want an affordable but original and purely natural dog food that stores easily, look no further than Nature's Logic Original dry food.

 

Best Special Dietary Dog Food

 

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Dogs, like people, suffer from allergies, dietary limitations, and sensitive stomachs. It might not be easy to provide for dogs having unique nutritional requirements. In case of any doubts, please consult your vet for recommendations on the dog food that would best benefit them, given their conditions. Our top pick for this category is the Moxie Gluten-free chicken freeze-dried dog prepared with an assortment of different high-quality ingredients to taste so palatable.

 

Best For Older Dogs - Grandma Lucy's 3 Bears

Senior dogs, mainly those aged seven and up, have different dietary requirements. Younger senior dogs may suffer from obesity, while older dogs may battle underweight, which explains the wide range, making the Grandma Lucy's 3 Bears the apparent option due to its well-proportioned ingredients.

Nevertheless, deciding on the finest senior dog food boils down to your dog's preference. Many senior dogs like wet food, while others may want their meal to be reheated to bring out the scents. Lastly, your vet can assist you in selecting the best dog food for an older dog.

 

Best Wet - Tiki Dog Whole Foods

Wet dog food, popularly called canned dog food, is an excellent substitute for dry dog food. Wet dog food is more appealing than dry dog food and can help increase the appetite of fussy eaters, though it's pricier. Many of the same components are found in wet dog food and dry dog food, although not in the same proportions. A classic example is the Tiki Dog Whole Foods variety pack. Just remove the lid to give your dog a treat.

 

Nutritional Values in Dog Food

Your dog's nutritional requirements should be easily met, provided you get the best dog food. Although the better part of commercially produced most dog foods contain the primary dietary needs, you can't discount the fact that every dog's body has a unique nutritional demand.

Throughout their lives, dogs require a variety of nutrients in varying amounts. Because a puppy's nutritional requirements differ from an adult dog's, it's a good idea to give your young dog a puppy formula. The Merck Veterinary Manual states the essential nutrients for dogs in the appropriate quantity according to age and weight. So, if you're confused about the changes in dietary requirements between pups and adults, this is the perfect material to reference. In addition, the dietary needs of large breed dogs and pups differ from those of small breed dogs to puppies.

 

Myths and Misinformation About Dog Food

There are many dog food misconceptions and disinformation surrounding even the most delicious dog treats on the internet. It's easy to filter through it if you follow one basic rule: double-check your sources. Many well-intentioned people make assertions regarding canine nutrition that aren't backed up by scientific research. While conducting your research, always verify if the advice is substantiated by a trustworthy source, such as a recent scientific study, veterinarian, or canine nutritionist. Furthermore, it isn't wrong to stay on alert. If you find something too promising to be true, better avoid it.

Grain-free or grain-containing dog food, pea-free dog food, and dog meals containing animal byproducts are all topics that consumers are curious about. Supposing your dog has been identified with a grain allergy, you can follow your veterinarian's advice and provide him with a grain-free diet. Grains are a good source of nutrition for most dogs. Animal byproducts of high quality are also nutrient-dense. Organ meats and guts, for example, are frequently higher in nutrition than the muscle meat humans consume. Hooves, hair, floor sweepings, digestive contents, and feces are not regulated byproducts. Feel free to share any worries regarding your dog's diet with your veterinarian, just as you would with any other pet-related question.

 

What to Look for on a Dog Food Label?

 

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Checking the label is one way to tell if the dog food is any good. But it's trickier than it sounds since labels can be difficult to read owing to their nature and the inconveniences of transporting large bags containing dog chow from the vendor. Yet, as the Merck Veterinary Manual says, labels can be deceiving. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires labels on different pet edibles like dog kibbles to outline eight vital facts, and every state may have different labeling requirements:

Name of the product The product's net weight Manufacturer's name and address Assurance of analysis Ingredients' list Species of animals to be targeted (i.e., dog or cat) Nutritional adequacy statement Feeding recommendations

 

Product Name

Looking solely at the product name gives you a lot of information about the product's contents. For example, beef must account for at least 70% of the total product when the term "beef" is used. The words "beef dinner," "beef entrée," and "beef platter," on the other hand, only need beef to account for at least 10% of the total product. "With beef" simply means the amount of beef in the product is enough to flavor it, and "beef flavor" simply means that there is enough beef in it to flavor it (less than 3 percent). Other named ingredients, such as "chicken," also work the same way.

 

Ingredients

The ingredients' quality or origins is often left out of the dog food labels. Also, some producers break up the ingredients to ensure the allocation is more uniform. For instance, different varieties of corn can be written apart from each other, such as ground corn, kibbled corn, or flaked corn. Although the actual quantity of corn in the product is considerable, this lowers corn's ranking on the ingredient list.

Meat is another complex factor to consider.

Since whole meats include a significant amount of water, the overall proportion of meat after processing is smaller than it seems.

Nevertheless, a meat meal may seem less enticing to some people, but it contains a higher quantity of meat when compared to "whole meats" since there is no water weight to factor in. Whereas the ingredient list does not indicate the quality of the components, it does provide information about the food's contents. This is particularly crucial for dogs with unusual dietary requirements or allergies and owners who want to feed their pets specialized fiber, protein, or carbohydrate sources.

 

"Complete and Balanced" Dog Foods

The line "(Name of product) is developed to satisfy the nutritional levels set by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles." Hence, this factor is one of the primary things you should check when looking at a dog food label. However, this is more than a simple product catchphrase. The AAFCO, also known as the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), has stringent guidelines to ensure that food is complete and balanced for dogs. Complete and balanced meals need to provide the bare minimum of all essential elements for dogs, as stated in the "assured analysis." This approach indicates the levels of protein and fat and the highest levels of water and fiber.

However, scientific studies fail to outline the exact amounts of these components, implying that there is much room for error. Therefore, the manufacturer's average nutritional profile is essential when analyzing a product.

To learn more about the dog food company's goods, you can always contact them directly. A good vendor that cares about your dog should be delighted to answer your inquiries. Also, they'll go out of their way to inform you beyond what is provided on the product label and the internet. Fortunately, you can find the necessary questions to ask these companies and sales representatives in the handout issued by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

 

How Much to Feed Your Dog?

 

dog pet food bowl, kibble paws

 

Obesity in dogs is an increasing concern both for dog parents and veterinarians, and it has been associated with several health complications in pets at large. Fortunately for dogs, most pet owners are strict about monitoring their dogs' diets. It's difficult to know how much to feed your canine and what constitutes a healthy canine weight. Many pet owners unintentionally overfeed their dogs, explaining why it's crucial to take your pet in for frequent check-ups and discuss portion sizes with your veterinarian. The instructions located on the bag's back are simply what they are - instructions.

 

How to Choose the Best Dog Food?

It falls to owners to find the most suitable dog food for their dog. Since only you get to interact with your dog daily as the owner. However, if your canine's appetite is high while passing firm, healthy feces, then your dog food is generally okay.

During the purchase process, your veterinarian is a vital resource for information. They possess more knowledge about pet nutrition than most owners, and they have access to information and resources that most owners simply don't have. Your veterinarian enables you to narrow down your choices.

 

Conclusion

Dogs provide their owners unconditional love and emotional support, which pet owners appreciate even more during trying times. Apart from a proper dog bed, fun toys, and dog treats, serving your dog the perfect food is one way to show you care. In short, dogs deserve to eat correctly - in fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association ranks "suitable diet" fourth in their Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership. Providing adequate care, a nice place to sleep, and decent nourishment to your dog, whether you acquire a rescue dog or adopt an American Kennel Club–certified puppy, is a significant responsibility. Fortunately, everything you need to make the right decision is here in this guide.

- Himanshu Sapra
Smart Pet Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed

As a pet parent, it's good news to leverage technology to make your life easy. Whether it's grooming your pet, training, or keeping them as comfy as possible, there's a smart pet product to meet your needs. Products like self-cleaning litters, smart cameras, heating pads leave you wondering why you never thought of them before.

 

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The following pet supplies help you achieve your pet goals while maintaining a busy lifestyle:

 

1. Pet Dryer

 

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Bathing your dog at home has a lot of benefits, including more bonding with your pet and saving money on groomers. However, if you opt to go the home washing route, the drying part is one more task you have to tackle. You don't want your dog unleashing the mighty shake that sends water everywhere. And while you can use a towel, it might not get all the moisture out, and you have a wet dog running around.

It's best to invest in a blow dryer meant for dogs rather than using your hairdryer. Unlike hair dryers, dog-specific blow dryers don't generate heat but rather shoot air at high speed to blast water from the coat. A pet dryer is meant for home use to give your canine a professional and perfect grooming experience.

Here are some benefits of investing pet-specific dryer:

Cleaner: A wet fur will immediately pick up dirt if you allow your dog to run and play while it's still wet. Your dog's hair will be cleaner after a blow-dry. Better Appearance: Blow-drying will leave your pet's hair fluffy, straight, and clean. Pets look their best when their coat is "bone dry." Less Stinky: Blow drying reduces wet dog smell while keeping your pup's skin healthy as prolonged dampness or matted fur could result in fungus or infections.

 

2. Heated Pet Blankets

 

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Most dog owners want to keep their pets cozy and warm during the cold season by getting them heating pads or heated beds. In addition, veterinarians advise pet owners to provide an extra layer of warmth through heating, clothes, and blankets. And while you may have a heated blanket at home to keep you warm when you get cold, it's best to buy a pet-specific heated blanket for dogs due to the differences in our body temperature. A human heated pad could be much too warm and make the canine afraid of the heat source. Pet heated blankets work on low voltage, heating up safely and providing subtle heat for a pet's needs making them safe for canines.

Here are some incredible benefits of a heating pad or blanket for your pet pal:

A heating pad can soothe your canines pains and aches, which can be worse during the cold season. It may serve as a form of heat therapy for comfort, anxiety reduction, and relaxation for senior pets. Heat blankets help senior dogs with mobility issues by improving their range of motion during and after exercise.

 

3. Electric Dog Brush

 

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You are probably aware of how time-consuming brushing your pup can be. However, regular grooming helps prevent tangles and matting. Besides, removing by hand ensures less hair ends up on your floors, clothes, and furniture. In addition, frequent brushing is an excellent bonding opportunity.

An electric dog brush features a motor drive to gently remove excess undercoats and get rid of dead skin cells and let the skin breathe better. Some electric pet brush like the PetLife 2-in-1 Electronic Pet Dryer and Pin Brush comes with an air-pocketed cushion that's gentle and easier on the hair follicles. The fur becomes silky and looks well-groomed while your furry friend feels comfortable in its coat.

An electronically powered pet brush can offer you these benefits:

You save time Automatic stop mechanism makes the brush safe and straightforward to use Effortless brushing

 

4. Laser Cat Toy

 

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Keep your cat active and busy with a laser pointer. This laser diode emits a laser beam of visible light powered by its battery. Reports show that many cats enjoy chasing after red dots. A laser toy is a quirky toy that can stimulate and keep pets from getting bored. Its beam bounces randomly off your kitten, the wall, or the floor, mimicking a fast-moving prey.

Cats are predators and like to hunt everything that moves back and forth. So, this boredom beater appeals to the natural hunting instinct of cats. It not only encourages your cat to play but also stimulates physical and mental activities.

Benefits of a laser pointer include:

Challenges your cat to get moving as it tries to catch the light. Great for indoor cats who don't get enough exercise. Improves the bond between you and your kitty It fulfills your cat's natural prey hunting instinct. It stimulates the mental part of your cat and keeps the boredom away.

 

5. Remote Training Collar

 

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When it comes to training dogs, there are no one size fits. And some pet parents have great success teaching their dogs using training collars. Training collars provide some stimulation. It could be a vibration, beeping noise, or static pulse that's designed to capture your dog's attention. Even when your pet is far away from you, a long-range training collar is helpful for off-leash training or sporting.

A remote training collar sends a wide range of electronic haptic signals communicated to the dog through radio transmission. This ability allows you to touch your dog at a distance without being physically tethered to it.

Contrary to some people's beliefs, not all remote collars are shock collars. Most of these devices available for purchase feature the vibration mode. This is gentle enough to be paired with a treat as a "good dog" signal. You can also use it to get the attention of hearing-impaired dogs. The non-vibration modes can serve as a gentle warning to your dog to teach "never do that again."

Here are some reasons to include a training collar in your smart pet supplies:

Teach basic commands such as Sit, Stay, and Come. Train off-leash from up to 10,000 yards away. Caution your dog from engaging in destructive habits such as chewing, pulling, and digging Caution your dog from engaging in destructive habits such as chewing, pulling, and digging

 

Conclusion

There are tons of smart pet accessories that can help improve your furry friend's quality of life. With these products, your pet is well taken care of in different capacities such as grooming, movement, and interaction without breaking your schedule.

- Himanshu Sapra
5 Purrfect Cat Beds For Your Kitty

Although it may not appear to be an essential factor in feline care, selecting the ideal bed for your furry baby as a cat parent is vital. Cats naturally like making themselves at home wherever they're comfortable. What better area to do so than in a kitty bed?

Perhaps you already have some cat beds lying around, but they are either too small or too low. Your precious feline deserves so much better. There are many options on the market, making purchasing the right one seems like a task.

We know, and that's why we've made things easier for you by providing Premium Cat Beds. Of course, there are many things you should consider as you buy a kitty bed. The article below has all the information you need to buy the right kip for Figaro.

 

 

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Manufacturers create cat beds for sale to fit all types of cats. These beds are comfortable, are made from all kinds of materials, and can last for a long depending on the producer.

 

Types of Cat Beds

There are several different cat beds and loungers, and all of them vary in design and construction. Some feature a particular material, such as velvet or chenille, while others focus on style and size. Your choice depends mainly on your kitty's preference and the space available.

Cotton Cat Bed: It's made from 100% cotton. These beds are usually filled with new materials, like fiber-like balls or fur. Some feature a combination of various fabrics to make the bed feel less flat and more comfortable. Chenille Cat Bed: These cat beds are covered in soft chenille fabric. Usually featuring dark colors like blue, purple, or black, they complement a bedroom. Most kitties find chenille beds very comfy because of the soft material. Wool Cat Bed: Naturally insulating, wool is an excellent material for kitty bedding. The thick fabric is perfect for keeping pets warm throughout the colder months. This bed is often waterproof. Cat Beds For Small Spaces: If you live in a small space, these types of cat beds are ideal for giving your furry friend the privacy they need without taking up too much room. They work well with more petite kitties who like to curl up into tight spaces. Gel Cat Bed: Gel beds are the newest form of cat bedding. They are made from gel material, so your pet will stay cool throughout summer and warm during winter. This type of bed is non-porous, so it's easy to clean if need be. Round Cat Bed: The round type of kitty bed is circular, with no sharp corners to get in the way. This makes it perfect for small spaces where your cat needs a lot of room to stretch out or curl up. Cat Caves: This type of bed is just a cave designed exclusively for your furry friend. Usually made from soft material, these are ideal for cats who love to relax in dark spaces. The downside is that they are designed to be relatively small, so don't expect it to fit two or more cats unless you have a tiny house! Tower Cat Beds: Tower-style cat beds are made from soft plush material. They have a broad base, but the top part is thin. These kitty beds are perfect for older cats who need an elevated place to comfortably rest their bodies throughout the hot summer months. Kitty Perches: Finally, perches are ideal for cats who like to rest on high surfaces. These comfy beds are perfect for giving your furry friend a place they can call their own. They arrive in all shapes and sizes, too.

 

Which are the Best Kitty Beds for Your Precious Furry?

Here are some of the cat kips that your feline will love despite how fussy they may be:

 

Pet Life 'Nestler' High-Grade Plush and Soft-Rounded Pet Bed

This cozy pet bed is perfect for your kitty. It has a plush upper surface for them to relax on, with an x-shaped cushion that secures their body in place. The bottom of the bed is made from non-skid material, so it won't move around when they hop up for a nap or at night. You can get it in different sizes and colors.

 

pet life nestler high grade plush and soft rounded pet bed

 

 

Touchdog' Lazy-Bones' Rabbit-Spotted Panoramic Cat Bed With Teaser Toy

If your feline loves to have something to play with when they are napping, they'll love this bed. The teaser toy acts as a feline magnet. It's easy to take off, so you can quickly switch it out for another one if they lose interest in it.

It comprises a Polyester-Cotton Outer shell rimmed with Sherpa edging by the entry and inner-lined with Fleece-Polyester.

touchdog lazy bones rabbit spotted panoramic cat bed with teaser toy

 

Touchcat' Molten Lava' Triangular Fashion Designer Pet Kitty Cat Bed House Lounge Lounger w/Hanging Teaser Toy

If they like to perch on the top of furniture, this is the bed for them. It has a unique triangular design that works well in corners or against walls. The outer surface is soft and comfortable for your kitty to lay against, while the inside is lined with polyfill and smooth fleece material.

It also has an inbuilt stitched rope toy that's soft and enjoyable to play with. You can get it in white and black colors.

 

touchcat molten lava triangular fashion designer cat bed

 

Touchcat' Exquisite-Plush' Premium Kitty Fashion Designer Pet Cat Bed Lounger Mat Lounge

If your kitty loves soft and plushy bedding, this is the perfect bed for them. It's made from premium faux fur material that feels smooth against their fur while keeping them comfortable at the same time. The inner lining is lined with T/C fabric, which keeps them warm in cold weather.

It has a water-resistant bottom and comes in small, medium, and large sizes. Plus, it's available in beige and brown colors, and you can use it indoors and outdoors.

 

touchcat exuisite plush premium kitty fashion designer pet cat bed lounger mat lounge

 

 

Touchcat' Claw-ver Nest' Rounded Scratching Cat Bed w/Teaser Toy

If your cat loves scratching, they'll love this uniquely-shaped cat bed. It has a cylindrical outer design that they can comfortably fit in, and the material is covered with durable 100% Cotton twill for them to scratch their claws on when they get bored.

The teaser toy has a creative pom-pom appearance for interactive play. Its producers inner-line the inner cushion with High-grade Polyfill for unmatched comfort when your furry relaxes. Its cushion zips open easily and enables you to put the inner cushion directly into the wash.

 

touchcat claw-ver nest rounded scratching cat bed teaser toy

 

Below we have answered some questions that pet owners often ask before investing in a kitty bed-

 

Should You Buy One for Luna?

It's best to observe her tendencies before running out and getting the latest bed. Verified animal consultant Amy Shojai advises that you should 'ask' her and see what she does naturally.

If she likes to sleep, then yes, you should. If you notice that your cat gets sleepy in the house during the day, it is the perfect time to buy them a bed. It can invite them much closer to home, meaning longer hours spent with you.

 

What's More Important: Size or Shape?

It depends on your furry friend. Cats are pretty versatile in their habits, so ensure that the cat bed you choose for them is of a reasonable size. You should pay attention to the material it's made from and whether or not it is waterproof.

 

Is It Necessary to Buy One with Catnip?

Catnip isn't an essential ingredient in cat beds. However, some do include it in their design. This is especially true of waterproof ones, where manufacturers like to add a bit more pizazz by including catnip to the mix. You must think about your furry friend's safety above all else when buying one for them.

 

 

cute cat is playing with a plant

 

 

Where Should You Put the Bed?

It's best to place the bed in a quiet area of your home. If possible, cat beds and loungers should be placed away from any food areas. Also, ensure that the chosen room is not near their litter box, as most cats will automatically avoid anything that smells like their bathroom!

 

 

cute cat is sleeping in her premium cat bed

 

 

How Regularly Should You Clean or Replace Figaro's Kip?

Regularly changing and cleaning your cat's bed is an essential part of good pet care. A good rule is to switch out the bedding once a week or whenever it begins to look dirty or worn out. Place it in the washer with some warm water and detergent to clean the material. You can also wash it by hand.

If you have a perishable material, such as wool bedding, use a cold water cycle when washing them to protect the texture. Kitties love the soft fabric, so it is recommended that you buy one or two extra beds so you can cleanse one while the other is drying.

 

What Other Items Should You Add?

Once you have an excellent selection of cat beds for sale around your home, you'll want to think about something that can provide a little extra comfort. Kitties love to curl up in plush blankets or cushions to sleep and relax in.

These are perfect for giving them a little boost when it comes to finding a comfortable spot to nap. You can also get your cat one of those fancy self-warming kitty beds. These are perfect for ensuring that your furry friend doesn't get too cold in the winter or too warm during summer.

 

What Are Some Tips For Buying One?

When buying a kitty bed, it's essential to consider your pet's age and if they have any injuries. Older cats, for example, may need beds with lower sides so they can quickly get in and out of their bed without much effort.

Also, make sure that the cat bed you purchase is at least two inches larger than your kitty when she's completely stretched out. This ensures that she has room to move around and get comfortable.

 

What Else Should You Think About?

Some other things to consider are as follows:

shape depth and material of the bed you're thinking about buying for your furry friend.

For example, if they like cuddling up against walls, you should try to find one with straight sides. They should also be wide enough for your kitty to fit her whole body onto the bed, but not too big that it becomes difficult for you to move around.

Try to avoid buying overly fluffy and very soft cat beds as well. While some cats like these beds, they can encourage cats to urinate on them. This is especially true for older cats with health conditions, such as urinary tract infections or kidney disease.

 

How to Make Your Furry Baby Get Used to Their Kitty Bed?

When you first bring home Premium Cat Beds, your cat may be hesitant to use them. Thankfully, some tricks can help them get used to their bed and hopefully enjoy using it for years to come.

Start by placing the bed in an area where they already like to sleep and play around. Put a familiar blanket or cushion on it to help them get used to the new bed. Be sure that you leave it in its original packaging for a while before removing all of the plastic. The idea here is that your feline can come to check out their new bed and see if they like sleeping on it with all of its different feels and textures. Once your kitty starts to take an interest in their new bed, it's time to remove the plastic. After that, start placing your kitty's other favorite bedding materials on top of the bed. This may include a familiar blanket or cushion that they sleep on at home. Once you notice them sleeping on the bed more often than not, you should feel confident removing the other bedding materials. Again, your cat should start recognizing that their new kitty bed is where they like to sleep!

Remember not to rush or force your cat to start using the bed as soon as you'd want. Allow it to take its time so the attraction can come naturally. You should go for an attractive bed with excellent features for the pull to be quicker.

 

 

cute cat is sleeping in her premium cat bed

 

 

Conclusion

Your cat deserves the best sleeping products available. That's why the alternatives above are available. The key is to get one that works for them and stick to it. Go for a bed within your price range and watch in satisfaction as your adorable furry lies curled up in it and purrs.

- Himanshu Sapra
What to look for When Buying A Harness For Your Furry Friend?

Taking your puppy for an evening walk can help tire them out and provide some much-needed fresh air. However, it can be a source of frustration if your dog pulls on the leash. A harness can help restrain the dog by evenly distributing the pulling force across its body, making it easier to control.

 

 

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Dog harnessing can also be necessary when you are out in the park. Investing in a quality dog leash will not only keep your pet safe but also make walks more enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.

 

Why and When Is Harness Necessary?

Sometimes, you may wonder if you need a leash before taking your dog for exercise. Why not use the collar your pup always wears?

Collars are essential dog accessories, but a harness becomes vital when you want complete control over your pet. Some dogs can pull hard on their leashes, and this can cause a collar to break, choke or even hurt the dog.

A harness for dogs makes it easier for you to control your pet when they start pulling on the leash. The device helps prevent choking and injury to your pet's neck, spine, or trachea.

You can use a dog harnesses to stop your pet from jumping on people or other animals. When visiting a public park or a friend's house, you can use the harness to keep your pet in control and prevent them from causing trouble.

Security dogs also need harnesses to help with their work. Police dogs, for instance, are typically fitted with bulletproof and stab-resistant vests and a harness. This safety gear will protect the dog while performing their duties, and they also make it easier for them to apprehend suspects or pursue criminals.

Apart from that, a harness can help prevent your dog from running away. The device can attach to a seat belt, which will keep the dog safe in the car. A harness also stops the dog from distracting you while driving.

 

Types of Dog Harness

Dog harnesses come in different types. Your harness choice can determine your dog's safety and how much control you have over them when out and about.

 

1. Body Harness

This harness covers the entire body of the dog. It usually fastens with a buckle or clip. This type of harness is best for dogs still learning how to walk on a leash, as it gives you more control over them.

The body harness also prevents your pet from slipping out of the collar, which can be dangerous if they run off or get into a fight with other animals. It is ideal for dogs that pull too hard on the leash, as it will distribute the force evenly across their body.

The body harness is one of the most common dog harnesses, and it is easy to find an option suitable for your pet. When choosing this type, look at how secure the fastenings are. You do not want a buckle that might snap under strain.

 

2. Neck Harness

A neck harness is a dog accessory that goes around the dog's neck and attaches to the leash. It can also be used together with a collar.

The neck harness is not as popular as the body harness but can be ideal for certain dogs. For example, dogs that do not pull on their leashes can use a neck harness without any problem.

A neck harness is ideal for walking dogs learning to walk on a leash. The device is simple and easy for them to get used to.

 

3. Step-in Harness

A step-in harness could be the solution you need for the dogs that hate restrictions. The name of this dog accessory comes from how it is worn.

This type of harness can be put on by stepping into it. Then, you will need to pull the straps back over the dog's body and secure it. This process is quick and will not take long, making the step-in harness ideal for dogs that hate having anything tight around their necks.

The step-in harness is also perfect for excited dogs that like to jump on people. When you are out on your walks, your pet will be much more contained than when wearing a collar.

 

4. Safety Harness

 

 

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Safety harnesses are the best choice for people who love traveling with their pets. This type of dog accessory will attach to your car's seat belt, securing your furry friend in place.

The safety harness is also great for dogs that like to run around in the car. You can focus on driving without worrying about them by keeping them restrained.

The safety harness is a simple device but could save your dog's life during an accident. Always ensure you buckle your pet in when using this type of harness.

 

What Do You Look For In A Harness?

When you want to shop dog harnesses, it is prudent to find one that helps you achieve your goal and make your furry friend safe. So many details determine what type of dog harness you will buy. It is vital to have every information right to avoid disappointments and regrets.

Here are a few vital points you need to consider:

1. Size Of The Harness

The size of your harness is crucial in ensuring your dog's safety. Buying a harness too tight or too loose can be dangerous for your pet. For instance, a tight one can cause your dog to suffocate.

On the other hand, a loose one will slip off easily and become useless. You can determine the size of harness you need by measuring your dog's chest and neck.

 

2. Type Of Harness

There are different types of harnesses for you to choose from. Each type of harness has its advantages and disadvantages. Knowing the right one for your furry friend is crucial in picking the best dog accessory.

You can pick the best dog harness for your furry friend according to the event or activity you will be using it. For example, a harness suitable for walking your furry friend may not be ideal when traveling in the car.

For example, a body harness is the best type of harness for a dog that pulls on its leash. It will distribute the force evenly across their body and prevent harm to your dog's neck. Also, a body harness is perfect for dogs that jump about when walking outdoors.

 

3. Style Of The Harness

The style of your dog harness is an essential factor that you should consider when buying one. There are various styles of harnesses on the market. Your choice will determine how successful you will get in harnessing your pooch.

To determine the best harness style, you will need to think about what you and your furry friend are most comfortable with. You can also pick a style that complements your dog's personality.

One of the best styles you may consider is a harness with a backpack feature. It will make it easier to carry your furry friend's supplies when going on a walk. For instance, you can pack the dog's identity, health record, and vaccination certificate in the backpack.

Another popular choice is the mesh harness because it is lightweight and breathable. It will be perfect for dogs that like to exercise in hot weather. When going out during summer, a mesh harness is the best choice for your furry friend.

It will keep them cool and prevent overheating. Minimize the use of this harness style when it is cold outside because it will not keep your furry friend warm. If you have to use it, consider some dog jackets to keep them warm.

Also, choose between a buckle and a clip-on harness. A buckle harness will have a strap that goes around your dog's neck and another one for its chest. It is easy to put on and take off. However, it can be a choking hazard for dogs that try to pull away from their owners.

A clip-on harness has two clips that attach to your dog's collar. It is perfect for dogs that do not pull on their leash because it can release the clip. It is also easy to put on and take off.

 

4. Material

The material used for making the harness affects its durability, usability, and price. You will want to determine if the material you buy will last long to avoid frequent purchases. Also, some materials are not suitable for all weather conditions.

 

 

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For instance, a nylon harness is perfect for rainy days because it is water-resistant. However, you must avoid using it during summer because it can irritate your furry friend's skin.

Another suitable material is leather, perfect for cold weather because it is heat-resistant. It will also last longer and does not require a lot of maintenance. Leather comes in different colors and styles, making it a popular choice for dog harnesses.

Durable dog harnesses may be expensive, but you will get your money's worth in its lifespan. You will not need to replace it often. The material used for making the harness also determines how easy it is to clean.

For instance, if the harness is made of leather, you will need to condition it regularly. Otherwise, it will become rigid and uncomfortable to use. The material used in a harness will also determine how easy it is to manage your dog's shedding.

 

5. Price

 

 

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The pricing of a dog harness relies on the quality of the product. An expensive harness may not necessarily be perfect for your furry friend, and a cheap one may offer you value for money. But, generally, better-quality items tend to be more expensive.

When buying a harness, you should consider how much use it will get. If your dog is constantly pulling on it, a harness made of durable material will be perfect. However, if you only use the harness occasionally, you may consider a cheaper one.

Production cost, handling and shipping fees, and other associated costs also affect the price of a dog harness. You may be able to find discounts when buying online, but you should consider the quality of the product.

 

How to Buy a Harness for Your Dog?

When you know the type, design, material, and price you want in a harness, it is time to buy one. But how do you go about purchasing the perfect one?

The best way to buy a harness for your dog is by trying it on them. It will help you determine if the harness is properly fitting and comfortable. That will require you to visit a local store with your dog.

Another thing you can do is to measure the circumference of your furry friend's chest and neck. Measurements will help you to find the perfect harness size. Also, look for a harness with adjustable straps to get the ideal fit.

You can also find online reviews of dog harnesses to see what other pet owners think of the product. Most people are honest about their experience, and it will help you make an informed decision.

Another advantage of buying a harness online is that you can get discounts. You can also find a wider variety of designs and colors. However, not all online stores offer free returns, so be sure to check the store's terms before buying.

Apart from that, you would not need to spend too much on gas driving around to find a harness. The delivery services should not cost you much.

 

Conclusion

A dog harness is perfect for managing dogs that pull on their leash. It will ensure they do not hurt themselves when they pull or run. It will also make it easy to manage your dog's instincts, such as chasing and sniffing everything during a security operation.

When buying a harness, you should find a durable one, which is comfortable, and fit well. Also, consider the price and whether you can find discounts online. Buying a harness should not be difficult, especially when you know what to look for.

Also, remember that not all harnesses are perfect for dogs of a specific breed—research well when finding the right one for your furry friend. You can also ask friends for recommendations.

- Himanshu Sapra
Best Dog Treats And Chews For Your Dog's Dental Health: Know Everything!

Your dog's dental health is crucial. Taking your pet to the doctor for a proper dental treatment once a year and brushing their gums at least twice a week at home is vital. During cleanings and brushings, however, the measures you take might be just as crucial in keeping your pet's mouth hygienic. Dental treats are a terrific (and entertaining) way to ensure dental hygiene for your pet.

Do the best dog dental sticks help clean teeth without any fuss? How do these treats work?

Dog dental nibbles are treats for your dog to help prevent plaque and tartar accumulation on their teeth. They function like chewing pulp to aid in preventing tooth disease.

 

 

person holding brown and white wooden stick

 

 

There are numerous dental treats and snacks on the market, but only some are truly worthy. You can even find vegan dog dental chews if your fur baby is on a diet restriction. Since each dog has specific requirements, choosing a dental treat can be difficult. Here are the finest recommendations of the best dog dental sticks for your furry friend:

 

Greenies Dental Chews:

According to studies, over 80% of dogs will have some dental illness, mainly gum disease, by the age of two or three. Plaque is a sticky material formed when food particles and saliva combine.

It accumulates on the teeth and is impenetrable to the human eye, making it difficult for dog owners to detect. If left unchecked for an extended period, plaque hardens into tartar, which a veterinarian can only eliminate.

Greenies for dogs come in various sizes, ranging from 3 oz to 54 oz, and are recommended for dogs weighing from 25 to 50 pounds.

The dental dog chews have a bone-like form on one end and a toothbrush-like shape. They feature a unique texture that attacks plaque and tartar down to the gums while refreshing their breath. The chews are made from natural, easily digestible components and are rich in many nutrients.

 

Merrick Fresh Kisses:

Merrick is a well-known, respectable brand that is somewhat more expensive than other alternatives. Merrick Fresh Kisses are part of a line of dog coaching treats and meals that have received excellent reviews.

The double brush design on these dental chews is distinctive. A brush is present on either end of the goodie, pointing in opposite directions. This implies that the bristles rotate in a twisting manner as your dog chews, effectively cleaning both the upper and bottom sets of teeth.

No matter which flavor you pick, Merrick Fresh Kisses are crafted with all-natural components that are healthful, flavorful, and filled with benefits for your dog's mouth and general health.

Furthermore, they are one of the few treats that are gluten- and potato-free, making them ideal for dogs with food sensitivity.

 

Himalayan Dog Chew:

Everything about these snacks would appeal to you. They are free of preservatives or chemicals and are made with healthy ingredients. These treats are produced ethically and adhere to the same fair-trade rules that you require from your food.

They last longer than other chews. Ideally, they will last hours, if not days, if you choose the correct size reward for your dog (depending on the aggression of chewing).

Although big dogs can devour these chews in a matter of hours, a medium-sized dog would consume the most considerable size of this snack in days. You can even put leftovers to good use by microwaving tiny pieces of this chew to make another nice treat for the pets. Overall, it'll be a terrific purchase for your pets.

 

 

person holding white and brown small long coated puppy

 

 

Emerald Pet Twizzies:

Twizzies are another chewing snacks that make dogs go crazy. Even though these dental dog chews are entirely digestible, you should continually monitor your dogs while giving them these snacks.

Ensure they don't bite off large portions, and if they get very eager, divert them and put the food away until the following day or two.

Twizzies are available in three sizes: 6 inches, 9 inches, and 12 inches. Give the Emerald Pet treats sparingly and not too frequently if you want to keep them exceptional for your pets.

 

Crumps' Naturals Plaque Buster:

Plaque Busters Dental Chews from Crumps' Naturals maintain healthy teeth and gums while also giving your furries long-lasting, delicious chewing enjoyment. These tasty chew sticks include just four all-natural ingredients that work together to keep your dog's teeth clean and gums healthy.

Simple, natural components come together to provide a robust tooth-scrubbing solution that your dog will enjoy. They're also ideal for dogs on restricted-ingredient diets since they're free of additives, pesticides, and artificial colors. Add Crumps' Naturals Plaque Busters Oral Chews to your dog's dental care routine for plaque reduction.

 

 

How To Keep Your Dog's Teeth Healthy?

Dogs' oral hygiene is as vital as human oral healthcare. Poor dental hygiene may cause major health problems, including damage to your pet's kidneys, liver, and cardiovascular system.

Exercising excellent oral treatment at home will provide more benefits for your furry friend; your dog will live a satisfied, wholesome, and longer life. Cleaning your canine companion's teeth is surprisingly easy even on a strict timeline.

Even the busiest dog parents may easily include these techniques into their weekly routines, ensuring that your four-legged friend's pearly whites shine for years to come. There are some methods to guarantee that your dog's dental hygiene is impeccable. Here are two things you must check for in your pet regularly:

 

Examine your dog's breath

Take a whiff of your dog's breath. Your dog's breath will never smell peppermint fresh, and that's just natural. Suppose your dog's breath is particularly nasty, and they seem to be having a lack of appetite, nausea, or excessive drinking/urinating. In that case, it's time to take them to the vet to be evaluated for infections.

 

Examine Teeth and Gums:

Do a periodic check of your dog's gums and teeth while brushing the teeth, or even once per week. Ensure there are no symptoms of swelling, bleeding, or discoloration, and your puppy's gums should be pinkish, not white, red, or brownish.

 

Brown dog on orange background with treats

 

In Conclusion

The finest dental treats for dogs can help maintain your dog's teeth and oral hygiene, as well as freshening their breath. The products given above should assist you in your quest, but you should always contact your veterinarian before introducing anything to your dog's meals!

- Himanshu Sapra
Cat Dental Products: Importance Of Dental Health For Your Kitty

Most pet owners ignore their cat's oral health. Sure, they check their teeth once in a while and feed them, but they're not consistent in their efforts to ensure that their furry babies' whites are in good condition.

Some put effort into getting cat teeth cleaning treats for their pets, but they're not always the right ones. Veterinarians always say that cat dental products are essential to your cat's health. That being the case, it would be best if you took your time to find reliable and quality items.

Perhaps you're a cat owner who has never taken pet oral hygiene seriously and are wondering why it's vital for your cute four-legged friend. Keep reading to learn more on this.

 

white and brown cat love

 

What Is Dental Health?

Dental health is defined as the state of your or your cat's oral cavity, which includes the following:

Teeth Gums Palate

You need to take your cat for a dental checkup at least once a year or more frequently if required. Why? Because veterinary dentists (yes, they exist) say that periodontal disease can spread through your cat's body if left untreated.

Bacteria from the gums and teeth may enter your cat's bloodstream and affect its organs, joints, or kidneys.

 

Healthy Teeth: Why Do Cats Need Them?

A picture is worth a thousand words. And cats' mouths are proof of that statement - most often than not, you'll find it hard to look at your cat's teeth and gums if they're in bad shape.

The good news is that with the right cat dental products, you can make a difference and improve their oral health gradually rather than immediately. And by doing so daily (or nearly every day), you ensure that your furry buddy doesn't have any problems eating or drinking.

Remember that a cat's teeth are not like ours - they're honed for tearing meat, and their back molars are used to grind food. A good oral health routine helps them maintain proper chewing action, preventing periodontal disease, tartar buildup, and bad breath.

 

Symptoms of Poor Dental Health in Cats

There are many ways to tell that Figaro's teeth are in bad shape. Some of them are:

Tartar buildup throughout the years Bad breath (halitosis) - often described as a "fishy" smell, several factors can cause it: Cancer, periodontal disease, infection, tooth resorption, and others. Drooling (ptyalism) - watch out for drool with blood as it can indicate cervical line lesions or other dental issues. Receding gums or loose teeth Itching and pain around the mouth - a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal disease. Dark teeth color due to the accumulation of bacteria on the tooth surfaces, which darken as they accumulate. Lack of appetite or difficulty eating- cats with poor dental health often don't want to eat due to the pain they feel when chewing. Meowing or withdrawing when you touch it close to the mouth- gingivitis and resorptive lesions can cause so much pain that your feline may get aggressive or withdraw when you scratch it on the chin or pet it on the head. Rubbing or pawing at their face- when you notice Bella rubbing her face on objects such as furniture or pawing at it, it may be time to rush her to the dentist. Little to no self-grooming- an oral problem like gingivitis can make self-grooming painful.

 

one of the cats, vladimir. He is from Russia. He has an instagram, if you want to see his instagram then you can see at @Vladimir_Purtin

 

Which are Some Other Causes of Feline Oral Aches?

There are many other causes of cat oral pain aside from gingivitis, resorptive lesions, and periodontal diseases. Some of them are:

Malocclusions- teeth don't align properly and rub against each other. Fractured teeth- since cats' teeth are not designed to last for a lifetime; they may fracture when Figaro bites on something hard like a toy or piece of furniture. Stomatitis- an inflammation of the gums usually caused by a foreign body in the mouth, food allergies, or a viral or bacterial infection.

 

How Frequently Should You Brush Your Cat's Teeth?

Proper daily brushing is the best way to go. If you've been putting this off for a very long time, don't worry as it's never too late to start - keep in mind your cat needs a bit of patience and practice.

 

Which are the Best Cat Dental Items?

Here are some of the best cat dental products that can help in preventing and even treating feline dental issues:

 

Pet Life 'Denta-Clean' Dual-Sided Action Bristle Pet Toothbrush

Manufacturers created this product to combat gingivitis and plaque by enclosing and focusing on each tooth while making a nice foam. It has a flexible neck to reach every area in your cat's mouth and a zero-slip handle to help you maintain a steady grip as you brush Figaro's teeth. Use it with Rinses, Pastes, and Gels for best results.

 

pet life denta clean dual sided action bristle pet toothbrush

 

TropiClean Fresh Breath Made In USA Oral Care Drops For Cats

This item has a powerful solution that producers created to handle tartar and plaque instantly. Put several drops of it into your cat's mouth. Its fast-acting characteristic ensures that your furry baby gets their fresh breath within seconds.

 

Plaqueoff Cat and Dog Dental Care- 40g Bottle

Here's another item that creators designed to fight bad breath (plaque). It has an appealing taste that'll make administering it to your kitty easier. It also acts fast and spreads to every area in Luna's mouth for quick fresh breath delivery. It is meant to be used daily.

 

Emerald Pet Stixx Chicken Dental Cat Treats

What will you get when you mix creativity with healthy feline treats? Emerald Pet Stixx Chicken Dental Cat Treats. This item is high in protein and chock full of chicken flavor that your cat will love. Its primary purpose is to reduce plaque buildup and encourage clean teeth while giving them a healthy, tasty treat.

 

Tropiclean Oral Care Gel For Cat

This is a package of two 5-fluid ounce bottles of gel featuring an advanced formula that targets tartar and plaque. Its makers designed it with a fresh minty taste to mask the taste of medication as you brush your cat's teeth. It has no side impacts and is mild on your cat's mouth.

 

emerald pet stixx chicken dental cat treats

 

Conclusion

Your cat's dental health is essential. That's why you should strive to maintain it with the quality cat dental products above. They all have different mechanisms and features, but they're designed to do one thing- clean your feline’s teeth and fight oral problems that can affect their health in the long run.

Your kitty doesn't have to have poor dental health to enjoy the products above. Remember, prevention is better than cure!

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- Britt Kascjak

Recognizing the marketing power of Instagram, many online businesses are exploring ways to use Instagram to promote their products or services. One struggle that many small pet business owners share with us is the challenge of trying to come up with Instagram posts for business. How do you fill your content calendar? Why Promote Your Business on Instagram? Surveys show that approximately 50% of users are discovering new businesses on the platform. This makes it a powerful option for reaching new potential customers, building your brand recognition, and sharing what you have to offer the pet-loving community. Instagram also allows you to really connect with your community through comments, messages, and sharing user-generated content (UGC). Unless your Instagram account is 100% UGC, content creation will be an important part of your Instagram strategy for business growth. This content can come in several different forms including traditional image posts, carousel posts, or short form video with Instagram reels. A well-rounded Instagram marketing plan will include a variety of different content types. Whether you’re new to using Instagram for business or a long-time user struggling to come up with ideas, it can be difficult at times to come up with what to post. Especially if you are trying to stay consistent with your posting schedule (which is recommended). But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! We have put together a list of content ideas to help you decide what to post on Instagram for your business. Check Out These 8 Different Instagram Posts for Business: #1 – Share Your Products or Services This is one of the most obvious ways to use Instagram, but it still deserves to be mentioned. If you’re looking for a content idea for your Instagram account, why not start by sharing pictures of your products and services? If someone is browsing your company’s social media pages, they are interested in learning more about your business. Take some high-quality photos and videos that showcase what your brand has to offer. Don’t forget to share how your product or service can benefit them. Get creative with your product (or service) photos. Try changing up the location, adding different props, experimenting with action shots, or including models (human and/or pet). While you can hire a commercial photographer to take your photos, you can also stick to a budget by taking photos yourself. With the impressive quality of smartphone cameras today, you can even take your pictures right from your phone without compromising on quality. #2 – Invite Customers to Submit Their Photos and Videos This is a great option for anyone that is feeling overwhelmed with content creation. Rather than trying to create all of the content that you need yourself, you can take the opportunity to share photos and videos made by your customers showcasing their love of your business. To collect this content, make it known that you are looking for submissions. You can do this by creating a post asking for submissions or adding a line […]

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- Christy Castillo

The look and feel of an Instagram post determine how people perceive it. The design conveys the message, tells a story, and influences the audience’s opinion about your small business. Understanding how to use layout and composition can help you create eye-catching Instagram graphics, which is important, considering you only have a few seconds to capture your audience’s attention. With these principles in mind, you’ll be able to create stunning visuals for your Instagram account.   Why is Graphic Design Important on Social Media? Graphic design is an essential part of your social media strategy since your posts are the first thing that people see when they visit your profile. The look and feel are a visual representation of your company’s brand on social media, and they can make or break your success on each platform. There are common elements that can vary between social platforms. Graphics on Instagram can range from a single post to a carousel of up to 10 screens. Carousels are helpful in condensing your content into bite-sized pieces. While Facebook allows you to include several graphics in a single post, they don’t present in a carousel on the platform as they do on Instagram. And while you can simultaneously post your Instagram content to Facebook, it’s important to keep in mind your audience’s user experience when consuming content.  Taking this difference into consideration when you make Instagram graphics will ensure your message doesn’t get lost in translation between platforms. Important Principles for Instagram Graphic Design Graphic design is an essential element of your Instagram presence. To ensure your posts convey the right message and are visually appealing, you must understand the principles of graphic design. This includes knowing which brand fonts and colors to choose and which stock photos to use. Making the right selections for your brand  will help you create a consistent look for your content. Layout and composition The awesome thing about Canva templates is that the layout and composition of graphic elements are already provided for you. It can be tempting to select a template that looks visually appealing without taking into consideration the content. But if you have an idea of the content that you want to create first, you can browse through templates with that content in mind. For example, If you have 5 lengthy points you want to make in a single post, a template for a carousel would be more beneficial than a template for a checklist.  Fonts  Creating a cohesive aesthetic is important in creating consistency for your audience, which means committing to a set of fonts and colors for your brand. Brand fonts are an important part of any business branding. They can help convey the right message to your audience and make your brand memorable. Ideally it’s a good idea to have at least 3 fonts selected for your heading, subheading and body copy  Colors Every color has a meaning and a message behind it, both consciously and subconsciously to an audience. That’s why it’s […]

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- Britt Kascjak

As the popularity of a social media platform grows, so too will the number of people trying to manipulate the system and hijack the success of others. A clear example of this in action is the recent rise in stolen pins on Pinterest. The good news is that there are steps that you can take to protect your business and continue to leverage this powerful traffic-driving platform! Why Use Pinterest for Your Small Business? Once stigmatized as nothing more than a place for housewives to search for recipes and craft suggestions, Pinterest has evolved and grown into a powerful tool for marketers and small business owners. In fact, Pinterest reports over 430 million active users. Consider, for a moment, the potential reach that a platform of that size can offer. It provides small businesses with the opportunity to put their content and products in front of many new eyes by simply uploading and sharing a pin. This makes it a popular choice for marketers and small business owners looking to drive traffic back to a specific website with little to no monetary investment. What Are Stolen Pins on Pinterest? For those that are new to Pinterest, a pin is a single piece of visual content (a photo or video) shared by ‘pinning’ it to a board on your account with the option to add a title, description, and a link. When you search for something on Pinterest, you will see a screen full of these pieces of content. Clicking on one of these images or videos will bring you to a third-party website, which is how they drive traffic back to your site as a small pet business owner. A stolen pin on Pinterest occurs when someone shares your content, however, the associated URL is different. By doing this, they use your content to fool the platform’s users. As they click through a pin expecting your website or article, they are then brought to a completely different site instead. For example, look at this pin from our BlogPaws Pinterest account. As you can see, the graphic was made by us with our branding, as shown on the left. We can tell this is a valid pin and has not been stolen because the link that it directs traffic to, on the right, is our blog URL. However, if you see a pin where this information doesn’t match, that is an indication that the content has been stolen. How Are Stolen Pins Created? There are two different ways that stolen pins may be created and uploaded to the Pinterest platform. Understanding this is important, as not all stolen pins were created intentionally by those that have shared them. First, you may come across a pin that was intentionally made to steal your traffic. This happens when someone saves your pin graphic and uploads it directly to Pinterest from their own account. Instead of uploading the pin with your details, they include their own URL effectively directing users to their site. This […]

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- Britt Kascjak

With over 60% of the global market share, there is no arguing that Google Chrome is the most popular web browser. But what sets aside this browser from the other options available? One exciting feature is the ability to leverage a growing list of Chrome extensions for every aspect of our lives. This includes Chrome extensions for small businesses, larger corporations, solopreneurs, and even our private lives. There are over 130,000 extensions and 35,000 themes available for download on Chrome. With so many options, where do you start? We’ve got you covered! In this article, we will share a list of chrome extensions that we believe could benefit you and your small pet business. This includes extensions for social media, SEO, productivity, and more. What are Google Chrome Extensions? Chrome extensions are software that can be added to your Chrome browser to customize the features available while browsing the web. Each function will serve a single and specific function, although there may be several capabilities associated with that function. For example, you may have an SEO extension that tracks backlinks and provides keyword data, but it will not also post to social media. To meet your needs, you may need to install several extensions. How to Remove Chrome Extensions Step-By-Step There may come a time when a Chrome extension is no longer helpful for you or your business. It could be that you no longer need the features it offers or have found another extension that performs what you need even better. If this is the case, the best thing you can do is remove the extension from your browser. Open your Chrome window and look for the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. This is your menu icon. When you click on it, select “More Tools” and then “Extensions.” This will open a list of all the extensions that you currently have installed. Locate the extension in question and click the “Remove” button. You can also temporarily turn an extension off using the toggle button if you are experimenting with different options before deciding which to keep. A confirmation screen will pop up. You need to click “Remove” one more time on this screen before the extension will be removed. Check out these 40 Chrome Extensions for Small Business The following Chrome extensions can be used to enhance your experience while using the browser or provide new features to support your needs. But remember that each extension you install will require resources to run. This means that installing too many extensions could negatively impact the performance of your browser, especially if you are currently using an older or lower-spec computer. Best Chrome Extensions for Business Productivity As a small pet business owner, you will be required to wear many different hats. We are marketers, customer support, content creators, accountants, and more. Keeping up with all this work can be challenging. The following extensions can help improve your productivity when working in your business. ToDoist: Create color-coded to-do lists […]

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- Emily Hall

We all know that social media is a visual game. To succeed on social, whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, you name it, you need to have high-quality photos, videos, and graphics. Imagery is everything!  Thankfully there are several excellent photo and video tools out there to help you take your visuals to the next level. Keep reading for more info on why videos and graphics are important for your small business, as well as our list of recommended photo and video tools (both free and premium).  Are Social Media Graphics Important?  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, you are probably well aware of the need for social media photos and videos. But have you ever put much thought into your social media graphics?  Graphics are a great way to share information with your audience. Not as many people read your social media captions as you might hope, so you can instead convey information through graphics. For example, you could create an Instagram graphic carousel that outlines the services you offer as a pet sitter or a graphic to share to your Instagram stories that advertises your most recent blog post. Well-done graphics make your social media aesthetic pop, which is important if you want to stand out against the crowds of competitors and get more eyes on your posts. Graphics are also a great place to use your brand colors so your brand becomes recognizable. We all recognize Netflix red and Starbucks green. Those brands and their colors go hand-in-hand. You also want people to associate you with YOUR colors. Not only do solid brand colors make your brand more recognizable, but they also give you a more professional look. Why Should You Create Social Media Videos for Your Small Business? In addition to a solid graphic and photo social media strategy, we recommend a strong video strategy. Regardless of how you personally feel about video content, it has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reach new people online and grow businesses. Here are some stats to prove it: 91% of Instagram users watch videos each week 2 billion people interact with Instagram Reels every month YouTube is the second biggest social media platform in the world, behind Facebook YouTube is the second biggest search engine, behind Google If those facts don’t accentuate the importance of video content, I don’t know what will! The masses clearly consume video content in large numbers, and if you want to reach them, you should take advantage of video’s popularity. (To help you out, here are some ideas for how you can use Instagram Reels for your business.) Some of the most common reasons we hear from small businesses about why they balk at the idea of creating video content are because: They’re afraid of being on camera and showing their face. They don’t feel like they have the skills to create quality videos. They don’t have the time to dedicate to creating […]

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- Lindsay Pevny
Does your dog bark up a storm, chew up your furniture, or run out into the street? Bad habits can range from mildly annoying to seriously dangerous. No matter how …
- Lindsay Pevny
Nothing beats the pure joy of a new puppy… but they can bring so much mess & stress, too. Puppy potty training requires consistency, patience, and determination, but even seasoned …
- Lindsay Pevny
After puppyhood, when your dog has had their core vaccines and isn’t suffering from any chronic health issues, it’s tempting to skip their annual wellness visits. In times when our …
- Lindsay Pevny
Does your dog ever get nervous or worked up – and suddenly give off a pungent, fishy, almost metallic or iron-like odor? Then you, too, have been a victim of …
- Lindsay Pevny
January brings a time of introspection for a lot of us, and this year I found myself turning down a path of trying to better understand people who are totally …
- Lindsay Pevny
Every cat-cohabiting dog’s favorite thing about their roommate: that wonderful box of kitty crumpets. Cat poop, to dogs, are irresistible truffles. Since cat food generally has more protein and fat …
- Lindsay Pevny
If you get trick-or-treaters at your house, you’re bound to see a few four-legged visitors accompanying their little humans. Don’t get caught without some goodies for the pups, too – …
- Lindsay Pevny
How embarrassing! Have you ever brought your totally, long-ago potty-trained dog over to your friend’s house, only for them to pee or poop in their home? This is something I’ve …
- Lindsay Pevny
When I was a kid, the old dog books I’d pore over in the library would say to ignore your dog when you first come home. It’s one of the …
- Lindsay Pevny
You’ve probably seen your dog kick their back legs after pooping. Many pet parents wonder if their dog is trying to – without success – bury their poop. Sometimes, your …

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- Animal Wellness
National Pet Dental Health Month: Oral health tips and tricks!

It’s that time of year again: National Pet Dental Health Month. The purpose of this incredibly important month is to serve as a reminder to take your pet to your veterinarian to get a checkup on your pet’s dental health. Why is it critical to do this? Dental disease is a HUGE driver of overall […]

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- Hannah Arington
Sous Vide for Dogs and Cats

Gently cooked food made using the sous vide method is a healthy option for dogs and cats. And it’s growing in popularity. Dog and cat parents have more choices than ever before when it comes to deciding what to feed their animal companions. One of the newer dietary options on the pet food market is […]

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- Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC
Keeping the Geriatric Dog’s Brain and Body Fit with Exercise

From improving memory and cognition to strengthening muscles and enhancing quality of life, regular exercise is beneficial to the health and well-being of your geriatric dog.  by Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC, and Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CAVCA We’ve all seen it. The 80-year-old ladies lifting weights, doing Tai chi, going for […]

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- Hannah Browsky

Dog parents have endless options these days when it comes to pet brands, but not all pet products are safe or ideal. These tips about nutrition, toys, and supplements will help dog parents find the best pet brands and make better decisions for their fur babies! Finding dog food, toys, and accessories can be extremely […]

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- Animal Wellness
Best Dog GPS Collar Trackers For 2023

A growing and important purchase for dog owners and prospective dog owners is dog GPS trackers. Our dogs are precious to us, and the thought of losing them can keep us up at night. Because our pets are family, we naturally worry about things happening to them. That’s why many pet owners have considered purchasing […]

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- Sally E. Bahner
Why Cats Need Play

How to keep your feline friend interested in play as she grows from kittenhood into an adult cat. Watching a kitten playing with a furry mouse never gets old. She tosses it in the air, bites it, and attacks it with vigorous bunny kicks. Play is an integral part of kittenhood, as any cat parent […]

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- Erin Mullen
5 Best Dog Beds for Back and Joint Problems

Just like us, dogs need a comfortable place to lie down when their backs or joints are sore. Picking the right style of bed will help your four-legged friend rest easier. When your dog is in pain, so are you. A variety of ailments plague the canine, but pain of any kind is high on […]

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- Animal Wellness
Best Portable Dog Fences: Reviews & Buyers Guide

Let’s say your family wants to plan a day at the park, a drive across the country, or a camping trip. Whatever the scenario, you would like to feel secure knowing your dog is safe and sound.  Leashing your dog is useful sometimes, or keeping them in a small crate, but that often becomes impossible. […]

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- Animal Wellness
The Easy Way to Improve Dog Digestive Health

Digestion is crucial to your dog’s overall health and wellbeing, from the point of their snout to the tip of their tail—inside and out. There are ways to help your dog maintain a healthy digestive tract, including high-quality digestion support supplements. Your dog’s gastrointestinal tract is like the engine that powers all their adventures. Food […]

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- Judy Morgan, DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT
Complementary Therapies for Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs and Cats

Among the most common cancers in companion animals, mast cell tumors respond well to lifestyle changes and complementary therapies, from vitamins to herbs to medicinal mushrooms. No one wants to hear that their dog or cat has a mast cell tumor. Unfortunately, this type of cancer is the most common malignant skin tumor in dogs […]

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- Animal Wellness
Why the carnivore diet is the best for your pet

Diet is at the core of your pet’s health. A high protein, raw carnivore diet for your dog or cat is what will help your pet thrive no matter what stage of life they are in. Not convinced your pet should be on a raw carnivore diet? Here are the main reasons why a carnivore […]

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- Animal Wellness

$510,000 grant will fund training program for shelter veterinarians. Gainesville, FL (January 18, 2023) – The Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine will receive a $510,000 grant from national nonprofit Petco Love to address the increasing shortage of shelter medicine veterinarians to assure shelter pets have access to timely […]

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- Tim Hockley

Pet Poison Helpline Also Announces 2022 Toxin Tails Winner MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Jan. 18, 2023) – With a name like Professor Sweetcheeks, you wouldn’t think he needed mood medications. When this rascally rodent got his paws on some sertraline, the active ingredient in Zoloft, however, the drug made its way into his cheeks faster than you […]

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- Amy Snow
Supporting Your Dog or Cat’s Digestion with Acupressure

A good diet and healthy digestive system are vital to your dog or cat’s well-being. Here’s why, along with an acupressure session that will help improve and maintain the health of his GI tract. by Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis When it comes to our dogs and cats, a species-appropriate diet helps support good digestion. […]

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- Animal Wellness

Did you know that bond between dogs and their people can have profound effects on canine behavior? Dogs see their humans as a “safe haven” and therefore look to us for protection, guidance and comfort in unfamiliar or stressful situations. The dog-human bond may even have an influence on canine sleep patterns, according to a […]

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- Animal Wellness
The ONLY Dog Treats Formulated for Your Dog’s Temperament (Try the Pet Health Assessment Today!)

Discover how Eastern Food Therapy and the right ‘temperature’ dog treats can improve your dog’s temperament and well-being. You already know how important it is to feed your dog clean food that’s right for the body. But what about food and treats that are right for your dog’s temperament? When you combine Eastern Food Therapy […]

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- Animal Wellness
Give Your Dog a Fresh Start with Fresh Food!

Pet parents often feel torn between feeding their dogs kibble and finding a fresh, convenient alternative. PawFoods creates wholesome, ready-to-serve meals that are healthy and delicious—a perfect balance between easy and nutritious! Given the choice between eating processed food pellets or freshly cooked meals every day, which would you choose? Likely, your dog would also […]

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- Robert J. Silver, DVM, MS, CVA
Can CBD help dogs with cancer?

While the research is limited to date, in vitro studies are showing that CBD may be effective against certain cancer cell lines in dogs. by Robert J. Silver, DVM, MS You may have heard that cannabidiol (CBD) is good for cancer in dogs. Stories abound about dogs with hopeless diagnoses of terminal cancer living far […]

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- Luke Pigeon
Pet Food Transparency

With so many pet food companies out there, how do you know which ones are transparent when it comes to their ingredients and label claims? This DIY rating system can help you figure it out. When you buy a package of pet food for your dog or cat, how do you know you’re getting what […]

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- Animal Wellness
Pharmacological treatments for separation anxiety: they’re all the same, right? Puddin’ says “no!”

Separation anxiety is an emotional and behavioral disorder that creates distress not only in pets, but also their caregivers. Dogs with separation anxiety often vocalize, cause destruction in the home, injure themselves, and/or eliminate in the house when left alone. Each of these problems could be caused by other issues so it is important the […]

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- Elizabeth Muenzen
Ear Mite Treatment for Cats

Ear mites are surface parasites that live in the ear canals of cats and dogs. They are quite common in cats. Although they are not life-threatening, they can cause irritation and other health complications.  


What are the symptoms of ear mites in cats? 

Unlike internal parasites like tapeworms, ear mites are surface parasites that live on the surface of a cat’s skin and ears. 

There are a few common symptoms to look out for if you suspect your cat has ear mites:

Heading shaking Inflammation around the ears Discharge from the ears Red, irritated ears Constant scratching  Dark brown coating in the ear  Drooping ear flap 

How do cats get ear mites?

Ear mites are contagious and can easily spread from one infected animal to another. Outdoor cats and cats in animal shelters are at an increased risk of getting ear mites from another cat or animal. 

Ear mites can also come from contaminated surfaces such as bedding or grooming tools used for an infected cat. 


How to treat ear mites in cats

If you suspect your cat has ear mites, it’s important to take your cat to the vet to determine the cause of their symptoms. 

Your vet will examine your cat’s overall health to rule out any other conditions that may be causing your cat’s symptoms. 

They may take a scraping of the ear to look for mites or eggs. Ear mites are very treatable with systemic or topical solutions, or both. 

In addition to cleaning your cat’s ears with a topical solution, your vet may prescribe one of the following:

Selamectin Moxidectin Ivermectin Milbemycin 

If your cat experienced any secondary infections, such as a bacterial ear infection from scratching, your vet will treat that as well. 

It is important to administer systemic treatments for the duration prescribed by your vet, even if symptoms start to clear earlier. It takes about three weeks for ear mites to clear after beginning treatment, sometimes longer. 

Can humans get ear mites from cats?

Humans cannot get ear mites from cats. Ear mites are however contagious to other pets, so it’s important to take all your pets to the vet for treatment and diagnosis if you suspect one pet has them. 

Many vets will recommend treating all pets in the home if one has ear mites, even if they are not all displaying symptoms. 

Want to learn more about your cat’s behavior? Find out why your cat sleeps so much and why they won’t stop meowing

- Elizabeth Muenzen
How to Keep Your Cat Away From Your Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year again…when the Christmas tree goes up it’s time to figure out how to keep your cat away from it. 

There are a number of steps you can take to deter your cat to keep them safe and keep your tree intact. 

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#1: Use Citrus. Cats do not like citrus scents, so an effective way to keep them away from the tree is to spray it with cat-safe citrus spray. 

If you do not want to purchase a spray, you can even just peel some oranges and place the peels throughout the branches of the tree.

#2: Aluminum Foil: Aluminum foil is another option for deterring your cat. You can wrap some foil around the base of the tree and lay it on the ground around the tree. 

#3: Keep Electric Cords Contained. Dangling cords and lights are a hazard for curious cats who see them as a fun dangly toy. 

Try to push strings of lights deep enough into the tree that they aren’t easy for your cat to play with. Cover any electrical cords on the ground with tape to prevent chewing. 

#4: Secure the Tree. Despite your best efforts to deter your cat, they may wind up by the tree and it’s important to prevent them from pulling the whole thing down. 

Use a heavy tree base that will prevent the tree from getting knocked over. You can even attach the tree stand to a heavy piece of plywood to keep it stable.  

Tip: if your tree base has water in it, make sure it is covered so that your cat doesn't drink from it and get sick. 

#5: Decorate Strategically. Avoid decorating the lower half of your tree with dangly ornaments that look like fun new toys to your cat. 

Any ornaments that are within your cat’s reach should be shatter-proof and large enough that they aren’t a choking hazard.  

#6: Keep Your Cat Occupied. One way to keep your cat away from the tree is to keep them occupied with lots of toys, cat trees, and scratchers of their own. 

Check out the best toys for cats here. You can also take a look at these ways to keep indoor cats happy for more ideas.  

#7: Give Them Some Cat Grass. If you have a fresh Christmas tree it’s important to note that the oil, sap, and resin from evergreens are poisonous to cats. 

Ingesting pine needles is also hazardous as it can cause blockages in their digestive systems.   

To keep your cat from munching on the Christmas tree, try giving them another option like cat grass. Find out here how much cat grass your cat should eat.  

cat sitting on a pole

Ultimately, keeping your cat away from your Christmas tree may prove to be a challenge. 

A great option is to opt for a fake tree and use cat-safe ornaments in the event that your cat gets ahold of them. 

- Elizabeth Muenzen
All About Spotted Cat Breeds

There are a few domesticated cat breeds with beautiful spotted markings almost resembling a mini-cheetah. Spotted cats are not as common as other colors of house cats.  

orange cat

Spotted cat breeds are often sought after for their beautiful marking and wild appearance. Here are some spotted cat breeds you may have come across:

Bengal Cat

A Bengal cat is a domesticated cat breed from a hybrid of the Asian leopard cat and domestic cats, particularly the Egyptian Mau.

Bengal cats can be traced back to the early 1900s when breeders first cross domestic felines with Asian leopard cats. 

Aside from their markings, Bengals are known for their loyal, caring attitudes and intelligent minds. 

Egyptian Mau

Once revered as a deity by pharaohs, the Egyptian Mau has a distinct spotted coat. These cats have smaller, cheetah-like spots on their coats (whereas Bengals have leopard-like, larger spots).

This breed is one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domestic cats and is considered a rare breed to encounter. 

Ocicat

The Ocicat breed is a breed that originated from a cross between a Siamese cat with an Abyssinian cat. 

These cats have small spots along their coats and rings around their tails, resulting in a wild appearance. They are often affectionate and loyal pets. 

Serengeti

The Serengeti cat was bred in the 1990s to resemble the African Serval cat. However, this breed does not actually have Serval ancestry. 

Serengeti's are a cross between Bengal and the Oriental Shorthair breeds. This breed is athletic, intelligent, and can be quite vocal. 

Savannah

Unlike the Serengeti cat, a Savannah cat actually does have Serval blood. This large and lanky breed has Serval and domestic cat ancestors. They have vibrant spotted coats and a tall build. 

There are various generations of Savannah cats, some with much less Serval influence in their genetics. While more distant generations make great house pets, F1 and F2 first-generation Savannahs are not for beginner cat owners. 

Pixiebob

The Pixiebob is a spotted cat breed resembling a Coastal Red bobcat. This breed originated in Washington state as a cross between various spotted cats and short-tail cats. 

Pixiebobs are stocky and have short, stubby tails. Their coats are typically very similar to a standard brown tabby. 

Interested in learning more about cat markings? Find out if all calico cats are female here. Check out the top female cat names for some inspiration if you’re adopting a new female cat. 

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Can Cats Have Peanut Butter?

While peanut butter is not poisonous to cats, it can cause some severe health issues, especially if it is fed on a regular basis. Peanut butter is high in fat, sodium, and calories, which are unhealthy for your cat. 

cat sticking tongue out

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their diet consists mostly of meat and they have little to no need for carbohydrates in their diet. Human treats like peanut butter offer no nutritional value to a cat’s diet. 

Peanut butter is high in trans-fatty acids that keep it shelf-stable. This type of fat is not healthy for a cat, particularly a cat who is already overweight. 

The high sodium and calorie content in peanut butter also makes it unhealthy for cats to consume. Additionally, peanut butter poses the following health risks for your cat: 

Allergies: That’s right, just like humans can be allergic to peanut butter your cat can be, too. The severity can vary from itchy skin to anaphylaxis.  Stomach upset: Peanut butter can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort in cats.  Xylitol poisoning: Some peanut butter options have xylitol instead of sugar. Xylitol is extremely toxic to animals so it’s important that your cat never consumes peanut butter that contains this harmful additive.  

 

If you want to give your cat some tasty treats straight from your kitchen, here are a few alternatives to peanut butter:

 

A piece of cooked lean meat such as beef, chicken, turkey, or lamb. Make sure it is fully cooked and unseasoned.  A piece of plain, cooked fish.  A small portion of cooked egg (scrambled or boiled). 

 

Ultimately, peanut butter is not a safe treat for your cat. If you suspect your cat consumed some peanut butter and they are exhibiting any side effects, contact your veterinarian right away. 

Want to learn more about cats? Check out these articles: 

Why do cats sleep so much? What are the best toys for cats? What is a self-cleaning litter box?
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There are lots of decisions to make when you get a new cat: what to feed them, which litter box to get, and which vet to take them to. 

The decision of what to name your cat can prove to be a tough one. You may choose to stick with the name they came with, or maybe it doesn’t fit their personality. 

We’ve put together a list of the top adorable female cat names for some inspiration:

Luna Bella Maddie  Lily Lucy Daisy Sasha  Lola Cleo  Chloe  Sophie  Zoe  Molly  Ginger  Rose Roxy Lady Tessa  Violet Trixie  Scout  Sierra  Muffin  Olive  Peaches  Penny  Piper  Zillow  Yara  Winter  Xena  Taylor  Madison  Zen  Snow  Lacy   Pepper  Raven   Ruby  Iris 

We hope this helped give you some inspiration on what to name your female cat. Wondering if you should get a pet door? Check out the best cat doors of 2022

If your cat is indoors only, here are some ways to keep an indoor cat happy

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes for Cats

Cats are wonderful and relatively low-maintenance companions. However, many cat owners will agree that scooping litter boxes is not the most enjoyable aspect of their care. 

You may have heard that there is such a thing as a “self-cleaning” cat litter box. But what does that really mean and is it a good idea to get one for your home? 

We’ll discuss the pros and cons of self-cleaning cat litter boxes so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.

two cats

What is a Self-Cleaning Litter Box?

An automatic self-cleaning cat litter box detects when your cat has used the litter box and scrapes the litter to clear away any waste. 

Typically, the waste is pushed into a drawer beneath the space where your cat goes. Some options even indicate when the drawer is full and needs to be emptied.    

Pros of Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes:

Cleans your cat’s waste if you are away all day and not there to scoop it yourself  No more scooping smelly cat litter Options from different brands to fit your budget  Immediate cleaning keeps home smelling fresh 

Cons of Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes:

Expensive  Prone to malfunction  Noise can scare cats Reduced chance of noticing health issues

As detailed above, self-cleaning cat litter boxes are great for eliminating the need to manually scoop litter. However, you’ll still need to clean the litter box and replace the litter periodically as recommended by the manufacturer for the brand you purchase from. 

This can be a great option for multi-cat households because the automatic litter box cleans waste away immediately so the box is always fresh for the next cat. 

It’s also a convenient choice if you have long work days or are away on a trip and can’t scoop the litter box multiple times per day. 

However, one thing to keep in mind with automatic self-cleaning litter boxes is that you won’t see your cat’s waste, which can often be an indicator of any health issues. 

For instance, if your cat has tapeworms or another intestinal parasite one of the key steps is examining feces to check. It’s also important to know the state of your cat’s waste to know if they are experiencing digestive upset and need to see a vet. 

Self-cleaning cat litter boxes also range from $150 - $500, so they are typically not a budget-friendly option. Additionally, the noise they make while scooping can also scare some cats and prevent them from using the litter box. 

Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to invest in a self-cleaning litter box will come down to your unique station and needs. Check out some more ways to keep your indoor cat happy here. 

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Why Won’t My Cat Stop Meowing?

Excessive meowing in cats can be the result of a number of different factors. Whether your cat is hungry, afraid, bored, or sick, it’s important to address the root cause of the meowing. 

two cats side by side

 Here are some reasons for excessive meowing in cats:

 

Attention Seeking

Meowing is a basic form of communication for cats. If your cat is following you around and meowing, they may be seeking attention. If you notice this behavior when you are occupied with work or other tasks, then attention-seeking may be the cause of your cat’s meowing.  

 

Boredom

Sometimes cats will meow constantly out of boredom. If you suspect this is the reason for your cat’s meowing, check out these ways to keep your indoor cat happy. Creating a rich indoor environment helps keep your cat occupied with toys and cat trees. 

 

They Want You to Feed Them 

A common cause of meowing in cats is begging for food. Work out with your vet to determine if you're feeding your cat the right amount.

A great option for cats who often beg for food is to use puzzle toys for treats or food. This slows down their eating and makes meal or treat time more engaging. Preventing overeating is very important to keep your cat at a healthy weight. 

 

They Want to Go Outside 

Indoor cats will often meow when they want to be let out. A cat door is a great way to let your cat come and go on their own terms and to minimize meowing to be let outside. If your cat is indoor only, you can always leash train them to get them out for some fresh air. Providing some cat grass is also a great way to bring a taste of the outdoors inside. Find out here how much cat grass your cat can eat

 

Health Concerns

If you’ve ruled out boredom, attention seeking, and other correctable issues and your cat is still meowing excessively, it’s probably time for a trip to your vet. Taking your cat to the vet to rule out any health issues is very important if this behavior starts suddenly or persists for a long time. Stress and aging are common causes of meowing in cats. 

Make sure you don’t ignore you cat if they are meowing constantly. Once you get to the root cause, you can correct the issue or treat them for any underlying health problems. 

- Elizabeth Muenzen
The Best Toys for Cats

It’s important to play with your cat frequently to exercise their mind and body. A big part of keeping indoor cats happy is providing them with a variety of toys.

two cats side by side

With so many options out there, it’s hard to know which toys are the best. Here are some great cat toy options for your feline friend:


Catnip-Filled Toys: Catnip is a leafy green member of the mint family. Some cats (though not all) respond to the Nepetalactone in catnip when they smell it in a plush toy. Catnip-filled toys encourage couch potato cats to run, chase, and pounce. 


Learn more about what catnip does to cats


Wand Toys: Wand toys are a staple cat toy option. They are perfect for getting your cat up and moving around the house for some good exercise. Wand toys come in lots of varieties and colors so you can choose your favorite. 
Find out here if cats can see color


Cat Grass: While not a toy in the traditional sense, cat grass is a great way to enrich your cat’s life. You can buy cat grass at the pet store or you can grow it yourself! You’ll likely see your cat take a few bites of the leafy grass. Not to worry, cat grass is completely safe for cats. 


Here’s how much cat grass a cat should have


Food Puzzles: Food puzzle toys are a great way to slow down fast eaters. They’re also a great way to keep your cat’s mind sharp. In the wild, cats have to work for their food. Using a food puzzle is a great way to emulate this process and cater to your cat’s natural instincts.

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Are All Calico Cats Female

A calico cat is a domestic cat of any breed with a tri-color coat. A calico coat is typically white, orange, and black but could have three different colors in its coat. 

calico cat

If you’ve met a calico cat before chances are it was a female. There’s a common conception that all calico cats are female. Is this really true, or is it an old wive’s tale?


The answer boils down to genetics. Orange coloring in cats comes from a gene in X chromosomes. Males have XY chromosomes and females have XX chromosomes, so realistically either a male or female cat can have orange coloring. 


However, female cats are commonly calico, tortoiseshell, or orange tabbies whereas males are typically solid orange tabbies. Excluding rare cases, only cats with an XX chromosome can be calicos or torties. That’s why there are so many male orange tabbies and so many female calicos and torties. 


Are calico cats ever male? Although it is rare, it is possible for a male cat to be calico. According to a study by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, only around 1 in 3,000 calico cats are male. 


In rare situations, a male cat will have three chromosomes, XXY. This condition leads them to have calico coloring because they have the two necessary X chromosomes. Male cats with XXY chromosomes are known as Klinefelter males (named after the endocrinologist Henry Klinefelter who discovered this condition in the 1940s). 


A tortoiseshell color male cat would have the same chromosomal makeup. The condition remains so rare because the majority of afflicted cats are sterile, so they cannot pass the genetic trait onto their offspring. 


Want to learn more fun facts about cats? Check out the articles below:


Can Cats See in Color  Can Cats Drink Milk Do Female Cats Spray 
- Elizabeth Muenzen

It can be a huge challenge if you love dogs but suffer from allergies. Luckily, there are some great hypoallergenic dog breeds that are perfect for this scenario. 

Hypoallergenic dog breeds generally shed less than other breeds. They also typically have curly coats that trap hair and dander so that it sheds less into the environment. We’ve got you covered with a list of the best hypoallergenic dog breeds for people with allergies:

Bichon Frise Schnauzer Yorkshire Terrier Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Maltese Shih Tzu West Highland Terrier Irish Water Spaniel   Lhasa Apso

The above dog breeds would make great companions for anyone with allergies. Regular baths and haircuts will also keep shedding and dander down to improve allergy symptoms. 

Just adopted a new pooch? Here’s when you should start training your dog

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Is Yogurt Good for Dogs

Yogurt is a tasty snack for people to enjoy. You may have caught your dog looking longingly at you while you enjoy some yogurt and wondered if they can have a taste. 

yellow lab smiling

Most dogs can safely eat yogurt, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they should. Yogurt is not toxic to dogs but it does contain lactose. 


Many dogs are lactose-sensitive or lactose intolerant, meaning they have trouble digesting lactose-containing products like milk and yogurt. However, some will tolerate a small amount of yogurt just fine. 


Health Benefits of Yogurt for Dogs 


For dogs who tolerate lactose, there are some health benefits of yogurt. It is high in calcium and protein for stronger bones. It can also act as a probiotic which helps ease the digestive system.


If you give your dog yogurt, make sure it is plain Greek yogurt and doesn't have any added sweeteners. Xylitol is a common additive to yogurt and it's toxic to dogs. Flavored yogurts are also not a good option for dogs.


In general, small dogs can have about a spoonful of yogurt every now and then as a treat. Larger dogs can have one to three spoonfuls per serving.    

dog in front of hale pet door

Risks of Yogurt for Dogs 


The main risk of giving yogurt to your dog is that they will have some digestive upset. Lactose can cause diarrhea, gas, and vomiting for dogs. Yogurt is also high in fat, so if you are feeding it as a regular treat, your dog may be getting too much fat in their diet to maintain a healthy weight. 


Additionally, lots of yogurts have additives like Xylitol that are not dog-friendly. It’s best to start with a small amount to first see if your dog tolerates it.


It’s always important to discuss additions to your dog’s diet with your vet before making any changes. 


Want to learn more about what your dog can eat? Find out if strawberries are good for dogs and if cinnamon is bad for dogs

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Is It Safe to Burn Candles Around Dogs?

There’s nothing better than getting cozy during the fall months with some candles. While candles may seem harmless, they are not without risk if you live with dogs. 

woman throwing ball for dog

While candles generally don’t pose a significant health risk for dogs, there are a few hazards to be aware of. If you have a candle, they may:  

Get knocked over by your dog if placed on a low surface  Contain irritating or harmful chemicals  Exacerbate respiratory problems like asthma

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to safely burn candles around your dog. Always place candles on tables and counters that your dog cannot access or bump into. It’s important to be physically present when you have a candle burning. 

Additionally, choose a candle that is made from natural, pet-safe ingredients. Unscented candles made from soy, beeswax, or vegetable wax are a great option to keep your dog safe. A lightly scented candle will typically be okay, but avoid these scents that dogs hate

If your dog has asthma or another respiratory condition, it’s best not to burn candles at all. Switching over to LED candles is a great option for a similar ambiance without the risk of irritation.

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Do Dogs Smile?

A happy dog often looks like they’re grinning ear to ear. Is your dog really smiling? And does it mean the same thing it does as when humans smile?

yellow lab smiling

Determining whether dogs smile requires understanding canine emotions. Thanks to MRI technology, we now know that dogs do experience emotions—often in very similar ways to humans. 


Research has shown that dogs experience an increase in oxytocin when their people pet them. Oxytocin is a hormone that is released and has soothing effects. Oxytocin has a similar effect on people and dogs, so we know that dogs experience these feel-good emotions in a similar way. 


Do Dogs Smile?


Although dogs experience emotions, they don’t exhibit them in the same way as humans. Dogs don’t necessarily smile the same way people do. However, there is certain body language in a dog that can be equated to a smile.


A dog’s smile will display relaxed facial muscles and posture. Their mouth will often lift slightly and their eyes will squint slightly. This is often accompanied by a wagging tail. 


Many animal behaviorists recognize a dog’s smile as an adaptive facial expression that is encouraged by people. When your dog smiles, there is often a positive reaction: treats, peets, laughter, and attention. This encourages your dog to exhibit the same expression when they are feeling happy and calm in the future. 

yellow lab in grass

Canine Body Language 


So it seems dogs really do smile! 


However, decoding a dog’s emotions requires looking at their body language too, and not just their teeth. In fact, dogs will bear their teeth out of aggression or submission, which is not the same as a happy smile. 


When a dog greets another dog they like, they’ll often do a full-body wag, wiggling back and forth and displaying a happy, smiling face. The same can be said when a dog greets their favorite human. When dogs smile at us we also smile back, reinforcing the behavior. 


Want to get your dog smiling? Here are 10 tips for being a great pet owner and 5 ways to improve your dog's health

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Ever wondered why your cat spends so much time sleeping? On average, cats sleep 12-16 hours per day. Plenty of cats sleep even more than this—kittens can sleep up to 20 hours per day!

two cats sitting side by side

So why exactly do cats sleep so much? Most of it boils down to their instincts. One of the main reasons cats get so much shut-eye is to store energy. Cats are stalk-and-rush hunters, meaning they are active in short bursts when hunting. After a meal, they typically nap and then get back to it. 


Unlike humans who sleep a full eight hours at once, cats take shorter but more frequent rests throughout the day. A lot of energy goes into hunting in the wild. Although domestic cats aren’t hunting, the urge to rest up for bursts of activity is hardwired into their genetics.


Cats are also very alert to their surroundings even when they’re asleep. Even though they appear to be in a deep slumber, you may notice their ears twitching in response to a nearby sound. Learn more about your cat here:

Can cats see color Can cats drink milk Do female cats spray  
- Elizabeth Muenzen
How to Prevent Indoor Cats from Escaping

While some cats are content surveying the great outdoors from the safety of a cozy window perch, others are determined to experience it firsthand. Unfortunately, this means a lot of frustration and worry for any cat owner with an escape-artist kitty.

This article covers some tips & tricks for when your indoor cat keeps trying to escape, including: 

Why cats try to escape Preventative measures Safety precautions cat Why Indoor Cats Try to Escape

Have you ever wondered, "why does my cat want to go outside?” Has your cat's escape attempts ever made you wonder "is my indoor cat happy?" 

Don’t worry. It’s completely natural that your indoor cat wants to go outside. However, the outdoors poses a number of risks for cats, including busy streets and wild animals. Here are some reasons why a cat might try to escape:

Searching for prey:

Cats are natural hunters, so it’s not unusual for them to look outside for something to chase. If you have a cat in search of prey, escape attempts could become a common occurrence.

Assessing their environment:

Similar to their natural tendency to hunt, cats also like to assess their surrounding environment for mates or potential dangers. If your cat is not fixed, this tendency may be amplified, so we recommend spaying or neutering your cat.

Curiosity:

Plain-old curiosity is reason enough for a cat to try and explore what lies outside of the front door. Naturally, cats will want to know where you’re off to when they see you step outside, increasing the chance that they’ll follow suit.

multi-colored cat looking out of cat door How to Prevent Cats from Escaping

Understanding the reasons why your cat wants to escape is the first step towards learning how to keep a cat indoors. Below, we’ll discuss a few preventative measures that explain how to stop a cat from going outside.

Create Barriers:

If possible, try to block access to your cat’s preferred escape route. A tall indoor enclosure is a good option. While most cats will be able to jump over it, the walls will buy you some time to get through the front door before your cat can slip out behind you.

If your cat is escaping constantly, getting them spayed or neutered might be necessary. When a young cat suddenly wants to go outside, it could be because they are searching for a mate (this is particularly true for male cats). Once you rule this out, it’s time to start behavior training:

Clap your hands when you see your cat clawing at the door to get out, making the doorway seem as unappealing as possible. Be sure to stop as soon as you see your cat walking away from the door and reward them with a treat. To keep your cat away from the door, try Motion-Activated Pet Deterrents—orange or lemon sprays work well, as most cats do not like the smell of citrus. Place some aluminum foil along the doorway area. Many cats find the feeling of walking on it unpleasant and will steer clear.

Distraction:

If you struggle with your cat slipping out behind you as you leave for the day, finding something to distract them is a great idea. Here are a few suggestions:

When you leave your house, try guiding your cat away from the door with a laser pointer, or throwing a toy into another room to occupy them. Make staying inside more appealing with lots of treats, toys, and comfy hideaways in rooms far away from any exit points. Hang bird feeders next to a window perch so your cat can enjoy the excitement of the outdoors from the safety of your home.  grey cat eating a cold treat

Try a New Feeding Schedule:

Strategically adjusting your cat’s feeding schedule combines behavior training and distraction. Try feeding your cat as soon as you leave in the morning and right when you get home for the day. This distracts them as you step out the door and gives them an incentive to stick around for dinner when you get back home.

Allow Limited Outdoor Time:

If you’re comfortable with your cat having some outdoor time, letting them out for a few hours a day is a good way to reduce escape attempts.

Try a harness and leash to safely take your cat outside. Make sure to take them out through one designated door that they can associate with outdoor time (to prevent them from dashing out every door they see). Any DIY-enthusiasts out there? Consider building a catio! A catio is a safe outdoor enclosure for cats that you can fill with cat trees and toys. For catios built outside of a window, check out our full list of cat doors for windows. If your home already has an outdoor screen enclosure, that can be a great place to let your cat explore. Check out our cat doors for sliding doors and cat doors for screens to give your cat their own door through which to access the screen enclosure. grey cat using cat door for screens Install a Cat Door

If you find that your cat escapes, but always comes back home a few hours later, it might be worth considering an indoor-outdoor lifestyle for them. Installing a cat door is a great way to allow your cat outdoor access at designated times. Check out our Pet Door FAQs to learn about some frequently asked questions ranging from cat doors for windows to cat doors for 'people doors'. Here are some of our recommendations:

CatMate Elite 305 Super Selective Cat Door:

cat mate elite super selective cat door

 

The CatMate Elite Super Selective Cat Door is perfect for cat owners who want to control access to the door. It features timer control for up to nine cats for customizable entry and exit—perfect for keeping one cat in while letting another out. The LCD screen displays the location of up to three cats and the time that they entered or exited the house.

Read about the differences between the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door and the Cat Mate 305 “Elite” Cat Door to decide which would better suit you. See our full selection of electronic cat doors for more options like the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door and the Cat Mate Elite Super Selective Door.

For more cat door recommendations—manual & electronic—take a look at the Best Cat Doors. You'll see many great cat door options there, including the Whiskers and Windows dog doors

Teaching cats to use a cat door isn’t always easy! Once you’ve found the perfect cat door for your home, see how to train your cat to use a cat door.

multi-colored cat coming out of endura thermo sash cat flap Safety Precautions

In the event that your cat escapes, it’s important to be prepared with a few safety measures:

Make sure your cat has a collar with their name and address. It’s also a good idea to get your cat microchipped just in case they lose their collar. Ensure they stay up to date with vaccinations and regular vet checkups. If you choose to let your cat outdoors, take a look at some springtime safety tips for outdoor pets.

We hope these tips helped explain how to keep your cat from escaping and how to safely allow them some outdoor time with a cat door. Show your feline friend some extra love today! See Six Ways to a Cat’s Heart and check out our full selection of pet doors

- Nick Pullano
Tips for Pet-Friendly Holiday Decorations

The holidays are an exciting time for everyone! Trimming trees, hanging mistletoe, the sweet scent of cookies, and other delicious baked goods lingering in the air and so much more. There are several precautions, however, that need to be taken in order to keep your precious pets safe and happy this holiday season. Whether you own cats, dogs, or other types of pets, it is important to ensure that your home is pet-friendly during this festive time of year. That's why we've compiled a list of holiday safety tips for every pet parent who wants to keep their pets safe during the happiest time of the year.

 

Mav and Loki in a great dog santa costume and dog christmas outfits posing for dog christmas photos

Pet Friendly Holiday Decoration Tips: 

Avoid tinsel and imitation snow. This can cause serious internal irritation for cats and dogs if ingested. Skip the holly berries. These innocent berries are potentially toxic if consumed in large quantities by a curious pet and can lead to significant medical complications. If you have cats, avoid having poinsettias in your home. While these beautiful red flowers bring Christmas cheer to any room, they are anything but cheerful for the felines in your life. These flowers are poisonous and cats can become very ill (even to the point of kidney failure) if they eat them. If someone does give you this holiday plant, keep it out of reach so your pets are not at risk. If your cat ever eats a toxic plant, call the ASPCA animal poison control center immediately. Learn more about  cat friendly plantsMany people use strings of popcorn and candy canes to decorate their Christmas trees, but as a pet owner, you should make sure these decorations are high up on the tree where it's out of your pet's reach. It is never a good idea for pets to ingest human food as it might make their stomach upset at best and cause intestinal obstruction at worst. This doesn't mean they have to miss out on all the fun though! Gifts for dogs can be as simple as a packet of their favorite treats! Properly secure your Christmas tree. Your playful puppy and frisky kitten are not going to stop frolicking just because you have a tree in your home. A pet-proof Christmas tree is a must for the holidays, or else a fallen tree might lead to broken ornaments, pine needles everywhere, and split tree water. For a dog and cat safe Christmas tree, secure or anchor the holiday tree stand to the wall or floor. It's no surprise that puppies and Christmas trees don't mix! Consider blocking your tree off with an indoor enclosure to keep your pup (and your tree!) out of harm's way. A cat-friendly Christmas tree requires a little extra effort because they might try to climb up it, so make sure you work to prevent this. As the snow gently falls outside and the holiday music plays in the background, candles provide the perfect touch to the holiday ambiance in your home. Pet owners, however, need to make sure that all open flames are high up so that pets do not accidentally knock the candles over or burn themselves while walking by. Make sure your cats and dogs stay far away from your menorah or kinara. Cats love to climb and may want to treat your beautifully decorated Christmas tree as their own personal jungle gym. They will probably break your glass ornaments, which is why providing cats with an alternative climbing tree is a great idea! There are many different cat tree options available for purchase, or you can even make your own if you are a DIY kinda person. With their own tree, your cat will be less tempted to climb the "person" Christmas tree and knock down your very breakable ornaments. Make sure that your Christmas lights are out of reach. If your pet chews on the electrical cord, they can be at a serious risk of electrocution. You can also check out electrical cord guards that will protect your holiday lights and pets from disaster.

The holidays are a special time of year, and following holiday pet safety tips will make sure that your pets will get to enjoy the season as well. By putting in a little extra effort during the decorating process with these pet-friendly holiday decorations, you can ensure that your furry friends remain safe, happy, and warm well into the new year.

But enough about what NOT to do. Remember your dog or cat as you are picking out holiday gifts – every family member enjoys a special treat or a new toy once in a while. Plus, cat and dog presents are the most fun to shop for! Some of the best Christmas gifts for your dog are as simple as a pack of their favorite treats or an extra-special bone. And you get to decorate it in wrapping paper too!

A fun way to celebrate Christmas with your pets is to dress them up in cat or dog Christmas outfits. A dog Santa Costume is an absolutely adorable way to celebrate the holiday spirit, just make sure your pup is comfortable! Don't forget to take some dog Christmas photos like the one above to commemorate the special time. However you choose to celebrate, we would like to wish you and your pets a very happy holiday season!

As the holiday season gets closer, the weather gets colder! If your pet isn't blessed with a natural sweater, you can consider getting them a sweater for the chilly winter days!

- Nick Pullano
How to Stop a Dog from Chasing Cats

A black dog chasing a thrown ball across a grass field while it's owner shouts in the background

Most dogs experience the urge to chase cats, especially breeds with strong drives to pursue what they consider as prey (aka: small animals). For other dog breeds, they are overcome with their desire to play, often wrongly assuming that cats love to play tag and roughhouse as much as any other canine. However innocent your dog’s intentions may be when chasing cats, the pursuit causes stress and fear for our feline friends. Similarly, it also poses a threat to the dog, as the cat may claw in defense. We don’t want any scratched eyes or noses!

It is best to start training for good behavior when your new dog is still a puppy if you have the chance, but we all know that this is not always the case. From adopting rescue dogs to introducing a cat into the family after your dog has reached adulthood, the opportunity is not always available. Regardless of the situation you are in, the following training tips are some of the most successful tactics for ensuring the safety and happiness of both cats and dogs. Remember that this is a multi-faceted approach that won’t change your dog’s high prey drive overnight, but is a process that takes time for growth and development.

If you do have a family cat in the house, then it is important to make sure that they have a safe place to go to when they are feeling stressed or need a time-out. Cat towers or smaller cat doors that lead outside or to a separate room are great safe areas for cats. This way, your dog is not always in the presence of the cat, and you cat has a place to escape to until your dog start exhibiting calm behavior.

For times with limited pet supervision, it is recommended to use a playpen, exercise pen, or other indoor enclosure to separate the dog and cat, making sure that your cat avoids any stressful situations and your dog does not have the opportunity to misbehave. This is especially important if you have a new puppy who has yet to see a certified professional dog trainer or another dog behaviorist.

Redirecting Behavior:

According to animal behavior consultants, one of the most prominent indicators of initiating a chase is staring. If your dog is intently staring at the cat, there is a pretty high chance that they want to bolt after the cat. Keep an eye out for staring, because stopping the process as early on as possible is crucial in long term behavioral change.

As soon as you catch your dog staring, or making any other initiative notions such as whining or growling, get their attention by clapping your hands, whistling, and/or calling your dog’s name. This will help divert the attention away from the cat and shift the focus towards you.

Upon your dog’s attention toward you, make sure to reward them with praise and even a delicious training treat. Positive reinforcement is more effective than discipline in these cases, because dogs are more likely to stick to behavior that produces rewarding outcomes.

“Leave It” - A Positive Reinforcement:

If your dog has had any obedience training in the past, the “leave it” trick can be one of the most beneficial voice commands to prevent chasing. This tactic involves a two-step process. First, begin training with a treat in each hand, preferably of different types. Let your dog smell one of your hands so that they know the treat is there, ready to be eaten. Ignore their attempts to get the treat, saying “leave it”, until they stop begging for it. Once your dog has stopped pursuing the treat, reward them with praise and hand them the treat that was in your other hand. Make sure not to give your pet the treat that they previously smelled, as it will teach them that they will eventually get the thing that they were told to “leave.”

Once your dog has mastered the “leave it” trick with treats, you can begin to implement this tactic to teach your dog to stop chasing cats. Make sure that you supervise this, keeping a leash on your dog in the case that they do attempt to chase the cat. Have treats on hand to reward your dog for leaving the cat alone. When your dog expresses interest in chasing the cat, or the cat reacts in a way that might provoke your dog, use the command. The end goal is that your dog will want to obey the command in order to be rewarded, serving as positive reinforcement in their relationship with you, as well as with the cat.

Clicker Training - Another Positive Reinforcement Technique:

Dogs tend to associate actions with positive or negative consequences, which is the basis for understanding how clicker training works. The clickers allow your dog to divert their attention away from the cat and instead focus their attention on you. Start by letting your dog smell the clicker. Then click it and give them a high-value treat in order to show them that the clicker offers a reward.

Every time your dog displays the urge to chase a cat, use the clicker and immediately reward your dog with a treat as soon as they turn their attention toward you. The timing in this is key, because your dog needs immediate positive reinforcement to ensure that they understand why they are being rewarded.

For best results, start with keeping your dog on a leash to manage their behavior as well as keep your cat safe. Once the cat has entered the room, begin the training. If your dog does not respond to the clicker, your cat may be too close. If the cat is a greater distance away from the dog, the training process will be easier for your dog to get the hang of.

After a few days of dog training, your dog will gradually begin to view the clicker as a far more interesting subject than the cat, as the clicker lends itself to reward. As soon as the mindset of “obtaining a reward” is in place, your dog’s view of chasing the cat will shift, as there is not a positive effect as a result of the action. You can then try it out with your dog off-leash.

For the Slip-Ups:

Our dogs aren’t perfect, so there may be times when chasing the cat still occurs. In the case that this does happen, one way to resolve this issue is to temporarily isolate your dog in another room immediately after they chased. Without saying anything, put them in a room by themselves for a few minutes so that they are aware that this is the consequence for acting out. No need to keep them in there for very long—just enough time to ensure that chasing cats will not be tolerated.

 

- Elizabeth Muenzen
Are Strawberries Good for Dogs?

Strawberries are a great low-calorie treat for your dog to enjoy. Before giving your dog any new foods, check with your veterinarian to see if they have any concerns.

dog smiling at camera Health Benefits of Strawberries for Dogs

Strawberries have lots of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. They are low in calories, so they can be given as a sweet treat to dogs who are overweight. In fact, fresh fruit may help slow the aging process and strengthen the immune system, making them a great tool for long-term weight management.

Strawberries also contain malic acid an enzyme that can help whiten your dog's teeth and freshen their breath.

How Many Strawberries Can Dogs Eat?

Although they are healthy for your dog, strawberries do contain a lot of sugar, so just make sure to feed strawberries to your dog in moderation. Once you get the green light from your vet, below is the number of strawberries you can typically give to your dog based on their size.

Small Dog: 1 strawberry per day. Medium Dog: 3-4 strawberries per day. Large Dog: Up to 5 strawberries per day.

As with any new food you’re introducing to your dog's diet, start with a small portion to avoid digestive upset and check for any adverse reactions.

The best way to give your dog strawberries is to thoroughly wash the fruit and cut the stem off. Then cut the strawberry into small pieces to avoid the choking hazard. You can also puree a few frozen strawberries in the blender for a dog-friendly smoothie or to add to your dog's food.

Be prepared that your dog simply might not like strawberries! There are plenty of smells dogs hate, and strawberries might be on that list for your dog.

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- Mia Daniele
What You Need to Know About the Kennel Cough Vaccine

If you take your dog to a day care or regularly house them in an overnight dog hotel, then you probably have heard of the bordetella vaccine, also known as the kennel cough vaccine.

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Bordetella is a “noncore vaccine” (also known as unrequired) vaccine that is given to dogs that are frequently among other dogs. It’s often required by canine facilities like dog daycare centers, dog parks, boarding kennels, dog shows, and group training classes before your dog can attend them

The Bordetella vaccine is meant to protect against bordetalla bronchiseptica. Which causes inflammation in the upper respiratory system. This inflammation leads to what we know as kennel cough disease and other secondary infections.

Kennel cough itself is a term used to encompass many highly contagious respiratory diseases common among large groups of dogs socializing and boarding together. It spreads through aerosol droplets, which can contain toys, bowls, food, and the air your dog breathes. While it is non-fatal, it can lead to long-term health complications for puppies and senior dogs.

You can often tell that your dog has kennel cough based on their loud, honk-like cough. While that is the most distinctive symptom, infected dogs also suffer from:

Runny nose and sneezing Loss of appetite Lethargy Fever

If you believe that your dog has kennel cough, make an appointment with your vet immediately. The symptoms are similar to canine distemper and canine influenza virus, which are much more serious illnesses. Additionally, your vet may want to have your dog be brought into their office a certain way to avoid exposing other dogs.

Despite its contagious nature, kennel cough is very treatable. Your dog may be prescribed rest, cough medicine, and antibiotics. The treatment may be more aggressive if you have a puppy, senior dog, or an immunocompromised dog, as kennel cough could potentially lead to worse long-term problems.

Should I Get My Dog the Bordetella Vaccine?

Despite being a noncore vaccine, it’s generally recommended that your dog gets it if they are often in contact with other dogs, whether that be on a farm, in the household, or out in public at dog parks, daycare, or boarding facilities, and training classes. All of these put them at risk of contracting kennel cough.

Generally, dogs need the bordetella vaccine annually with some facilities requiring one that was administered less than six months ago. Ask your veterinarian what your options should be.

Additionally, while there are no harmful side effects to the vaccine, your veterinarian may recommend holding off if your dog is immunocompromised, sick, or pregnant. Like with humans, any of these conditions can lead to your dog suffering from an adverse reaction to the vaccine.

- Mia Daniele
Can Dogs Get Hiccups?

Hiccups are an annoying, but normal part of our lives. But did you know that dogs can also get hiccups?

Just like for humans, hiccups are a normal part of being a dog. They do not indicate any serious illness and will often go away on their own.

Hiccups are caused by spasms in the diaphragm, which are the muscles under the lungs. These spasms cause the opening between the vocal cords (the glottis), to close abruptly, resulting in a hiccup sound. 

Scientists have no clear idea as to why people or dogs evolved to hiccup. The prevailing theory is that hiccups are leftover from when we developed inside our mother’s wombs as a means of testing the breathing muscles. 

Hiccups are most common in puppies and will most often develop after your dog attempts to drink or eat too quickly. 

There are a few methods you can use to cure your dog’s hiccups:

Calm their irregular breathing patterns by rubbing their tummy while they lay on their backs Give them plenty of water to drink (but make sure they drink calmly and slowly; drinking too quickly causes more hiccups) Help your dog to eat more slowly by portioning out their food or putting it in a puzzle device 

If your dog has hiccups, make sure they actually are hiccups. If your dog’s hiccups last for more than a few hours and are accompanied by a wheezing sound, then take them to the veterinarian immediately. This could be a sign of serious breathing difficulties.

- David Smith
Newly Launched Dorwest Herbal Pet Care Products

We at CanadaVetCare have been raving about Dorwest Herbs for a while, and some of...

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- David Smith
5 Tips to Keep Your Cat Warm & Healthy This Winter

Your cat deserves nothing less than the best. So, in case you’re wondering, “How do...

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- David Smith
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month: All you need to know about Cancer in Pets

November is observed as National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer being one of the top...

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- David Smith
What is National Senior Pet Month and Why is Celebrated?

While we go looking for a pet to adopt, many prefer puppies or kittens, but...

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- David Smith
Bravecto or Frontline Plus: Which is the Ideal One for My Dog?

As pet parents we always want the best for our pets. All we want is...

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- David Smith
August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

It’s heartbreaking to lose a pet. Whether it is the daunting notion that the one...

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- David Smith
DIY Dog House Repair: Sheltering Your Dog Home

Our fur-babies reside in the house with us as family members, but we occasionally leave...

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- David Smith
High-tech Products for your Pets in 2022: The Best Pet Gadgets

Pets are a wonderful addition to every family or house, but there will be occasions...

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- David Smith
3 Ways to Earn Respect from your Cat

You don’t need a special day to respect your cat. It has to be very...

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- David Smith
World Pet Memorial Day

It’s never a dull day when you have pets in the house running around. This...

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Mars Ambassadors Help Austin Pets Alive! Save *More* Puppies From Parvo and Distemper

No Kill is all about innovation, and working together to save lives. That's why we were so excited to have two Mars Ambassadors join us at Austin Pets Alive! for two weeks, to help us save puppies with canine parvovirus and distemper—diseases that are often fatal, and for which puppies are routinely euthanized at many animal shelters and clinics because of the false belief they cannot be treated and adopted.

USPS Embraces Our Furry Friends with 'Love Forever' Stamps at Austin Pets Alive!

In a nod to America’s great affection for furry friends, the United States Postal Service unveiled two new ‘Love Forever’ stamps.  The stamp dedication took place at the Austin Pets Alive! Texas animal shelter, with adoptable pets available for the event, allowing participants and attendees to see the animals receive and benefit from the love of the community. 

Fireworks Can be Scary for Our Pets

In the US, New Year’s Eve has the second highest number of reported lost pets.  Keep your furry family safe this year by:

Letter from Dr. Jefferson: Saving Lives Together

As I write this letter, we are preparing for the dangerous Arctic cold front that is about to blast freezing temperatures into our community and throughout Central Texas, just in time for the holidays.

Christmas Week Cold Emergency in Austin - Help Needed to Protect Pets

Dangerous winter weather with temperature lows in the teens is predicted to hit Central Texas this week. With some of our animal enclosures exposed to the elements, temperatures this low severely strain our facility so we must get our Town Lake Animal Center shelter pets in warm homes by THIS THURSDAY. We’re calling on our community members for help needed NOW:

27 Roosters Rescued From Cockfighting Urgently Need Sanctuary Placement

Twenty-seven roosters who were rescued out of cockfighting, now need urgent placement at sanctuaries or approved homes. If they are not placed, they may be euthanized as soon as early next week.

2023 Neonatal Kitten Nursery Calendar Contest!
The Neonatal Kitten Nursery Calendar Contest is back!

Thanks for checking out some of the adorable cats and kittens that have come through the APA! Neonatal Program this year! As of early December, we’ve saved more lives than ever before. We’ve shattered so many records, and we couldn’t do it without your support! Your donation with each vote will help us continue our lifesaving efforts into 2023. The winning photos will be compiled into a calendar that will be available for purchase online soon. Help us choose our cover model kitties!

Quiet Young Kitten Needs a Cardiologist so She Can Run & Play

Kesha 21 is truly an Austin Pets Alive! kitten. This 3-month-old kitty was born in our care, and raised in the APA! nursery program. She's what we call a "neonatal graduate"—and yes it's all right to picture her sweet self in a teeny cap and gown.

Pancake

This is a story about a kitty cat who went on the lamb and is now back in our care, after taunting the staff and volunteers of APA! for over a year! We applaud her efforts, but it is time to get this little lady some medical attention.

Thanks to You, Tomato Paste Gets to be the King of His Castle!

Who would’ve guessed big boy Tomato Paste, who started losing his appetite at the shelter due to stress, would soon spend every day getting cuddles and wearing fun costumes in his new home? (Well, maybe we could’ve guessed!). Now affectionately nicknamed Tommy, this incontinent kitty is getting the peace, love, and routine he craves from his new family thanks to support from friends like you.

Austin Animal Welfare Policy in 2023

When I moved to Austin in the 90s, the city looked much different than it does today. The population stood under 600,000, what would become a booming tech culture was in its infancy, traffic was manageable, and the city's weirdly famous motto wasn’t even a thing. Austin was also more than a decade away from being heralded as a leading No Kill city in the United States.

Puppy Found in the River, Survived a Deadly Disease was Given Second Chance

In early October, Austin Pets Alive! received a call from another Texas shelter–– a man had just come in with a puppy he'd found floating in a box along the river, and he needed help the shelter was unequipped to provide.

We Need Your Help Ending Needless Euthansia!

It’s so important to me to give every vulnerable animal the chance at life they deserve. That’s why APA!’s No Kill mission is at the heart of everything I do, even at home. When my own pup Echo came to APA! during Hurricane Harvey, she and her brother had distemper, a dangerous virus with symptoms like tremors, lethargy, and fever.

Echo’s brother sadly passed away shortly after arriving at APA!, but Echo has been by my side ever since. If Echo had stayed much longer in another city without the resources to give her the round-the-clock care and mobility support she needed, she might not have grown up into the talkative companion she is today. Needless euthanasia is still an unfortunate reality for pets like Echo in cities that haven't adopted No Kill yet.

Without APA!'s experience and passion for saving pets like Echo, animals with severe illnesses or injuries might have nowhere to turn. Because of the lifesaving and innovative programs pioneered here (including for dogs with distemper!), vulnerable pets have a shot at recovery and the life they deserve. We can only save animals in need and give them the chance to thrive in loving homes because of the support of friends like you!

APA!'S Parvo Puppy ICU Began at Home

Austin was a very different city for vulnerable companion animals just 14 years ago. Some of the animals most at risk were puppies with parvovirus. Each day these tiny lives were needlessly lost because shelters didn't have programs set up to treat parvo.

Inside the Parvo Puppy ICU

Take a look inside our Parvo Puppy ICU! In June we partnered with Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. and they donated all their proceeds from their Rescue Roast to our Parvo Puppy ICU to help us save even more little lives. We appreciate your support!

Dog Behavior Training Program

Check out the amazing work our Dog Behavior Team does working with our dogs so they have the skills they need to thrive in a home! 

Heat Help Needed Now

Emergency Fosters


With temperatures soaring to ranges of 105-110 degrees and the possibility of rolling blackouts, our shelter is at great risk of losing power and we need your help! We’re calling on members of our community to foster a dog or cat for a minimum of 1 week starting now. Temperatures this high severely strain our facility making conditions dangerous for the most vulnerable animals in our care, even with our hot weather protocols in place. Willing to help?

APA! Thrift Stores
Shop for you, save a life.

APA! Thrift is a boutique-style shop – now with three locations – that sells high-quality new and gently used items for very low prices. In addition to the incredible deals on amazing finds, all net proceeds directly support the innovative lifesaving programs and animals of Austin Pets Alive!.

Share the Love with Subaru
Subaru of America’s Share The Love Event has donated more than 200 million dollars to charities nationwide. 

Locally, Austin Subaru selects organizations to support right here at home, and APA! is honored to be one of those partners since 2015! This generous company has firmly established a commitment to community involvement, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

Pet of the Week: Jaxx
This doggie will need help with stairs until he loses a little weight.
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Get information, stories and more at The Pet Shop blog at www.greensboro.com/blogs. Send events to people@greensboro.com.
Pet of the Week: Kiera
This little doggie is going to be a lapdog no matter what.
Pet Adoption Special: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 21, Burlington Animal Services, 221 Stone Quarry Road, Burlington. Adopt any dog or cat for $23. Adoption fees include spay or neuter and vaccinations. www.burlingtonnc.gov/pets.
Pet of the Week: Bun Bun
This little cutie is a picky eater but she loves treats!
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Pet of the Week: Kiwi
Kiwi is a stunning female born in July 2022 who came to SPCA of the Triad from a hoarding situation.
Get information, stories and more at The Pet Shop blog at www.greensboro.com/blogs. Send events to people@greensboro.com.
Pet of the Week: Rip
This little guy is a cutie pie.
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Pets of the Week: Grim and Torturo
These two are bonded and come as a pair.
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Pet of the Week: Jasmine
Jasmine is a 6-year-old who was adopted as a baby from a SPCA in New Jersey and brought to the SPCA in Greensboro. She lived with dogs for a while, but she is unsure about them now. She enjoys rubs…
PET EVENTS
Pet of the Week: Benny
The Animal Rescue & Foster Program's focus is kittens and puppies 12 weeks of age and younger. Community members who find a kitten or puppy in need of rescue should email the AFRP at savapup2@aol.com.
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Pet of the Week: Ella
This sweet girl has a lot of energy.
Get information, stories and more at The Pet Shop blog at www.greensboro.com/blogs. Send events to people@greensboro.com.
Pet of the Week: Bell
Bell is 2 years old but still a kitten at heart.

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet in February 2023

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then, if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! IMPORTANT: Dedicated Login As part of ongoing website upgrades, our login systems are now separate. To access your Shelter/Rescue account, be sure to use the dedicated Shelter/Rescue “log in” — not our adopter or […]

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Sharing adoptable pets on Facebook

If you are with a shelter or rescue and are looking for our “Facebook (Static HTML app) instructions” – Facebook has discontinued support of that feature. Please use either method below to share your My Pet List or individual pets. You can save a life right now by helping shelter pets get seen on your […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet in January 2023

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then, if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! New Badge for 2023 and Beyond Wait… is that a new logo? Yes! As an approved shelter or rescue account, you get to use the new stylish and sleek Adopt a Pet badge first! […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet in December 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then, if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day *see holiday hours info below*. Thank you! Adopt a Pet Holidays Support Hours We know animal shelters and rescues never stop, but we also know – burnout is real, so be sure to enjoy some holiday […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet in November 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then, if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! Copycat Idea: Community Partners You can copycat this great idea! The Kaua`i Humane Society is using a great idea to get their adoptable pets seen more in their local community: Supplying local businesses with […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in October 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you!   Tool to Try: Canva If you haven’t tried Canva yet, we think you’ll be impressed by this easy-to-use online graphic design tool. Canva is free for all users, and if you are a […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in September 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! Shelter & Rescues: Register NOW for this free webinar taking place TOMORROW Sep 14, 2022 starting at 5PM Central featuring our very own Ana De Luccia! Supported self-rehoming is a great way for organizations […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in August 2022

Service Notice: RescueGroups AutoUploads are processing slowly; updates may take a few days to appear. PetPoint & Chameleon are also experiencing delays. Our apologies for these technical issues! Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! Are adoptions really down nationwide? We’ve […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in July 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! This is Adopt a Pet Whether you saw the new logo or noticed some fun gifs on the homepage, searching for a pet on our site isn’t business as usual. We’ve dropped the .com […]

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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in June 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email helpdesk@adoptapet.com. We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! Uvalde, TX – Support Needed We know so many of you are at capacity already, but in this difficult time we are sharing a plea we received in our Adopt-a-Pet inbox from The Humane […]

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- Mary Myles

Thanks to the ingenuity from our North Country Initiative Adirondack Region Cat Adoption Center (NCI), we are excited to announce a new part of the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum that will help us save more lives — the Mutt-i-grees School Cat Foster Program.

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Lifesaving Gift Arrives Just in Time for Texas Pups

The fate of five puppies scheduled to be euthanized in an overcrowded Texas shelter on Christmas Eve hung in the balance. Fortunately, North Shore Animal League America knows that there are no holidays for animal rescue. Our Mobile Unit was already in the area, working with Paws4Life, to pick up 35 dogs and puppies that had been recently saved from shelters throughout Louisiana and Texas.

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Love Lost and Found

At North Shore Animal League America, we are specialists in healing broken hearts and spirits. For ten-year-old black Labrador Kimber and her new adopted family, finding each other made this holiday season especially joyful.

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- Beth Stern
Beginning the Year Right!

News flash: January 24 is Change a Pet’s Life Day, and in my opinion, it ought to be a national holiday. Close the banks, hold the mail, and only essential workers need to show up for work. Everybody else gets a paid day off to make the world better for pets, including Jessica Rabbit and Cocomelon who, like all of our nuggets, have returned the favor and changed our lives forever.

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- Elinor Molbegott

My kids were at my house alone and the Humane Society came there because someone called about my dogs being outside. They have doghouses, food and water, and weren’t out there for along time. When I called to redeem my dogs they told me because no one answered the door I wasn’t allowed to take them back home with me.

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- Elinor Molbegott

I purchased a puppy from a breeder in NC on Sunday, 11-13-22. Since having her she hasn’t eaten, she won’t drink and isn’t very active. I took her to the vet today, Wednesday 11-16-22 and was told that she’s infested with round worms and may possibly require surgery to remove them. No vet checks by breeder who self vaccinated and deworming of her animals ( I failed to question this prior to purchase). After informing breeder of these findings she continues to deny any wrong doings and insists that she dewormed all of her animals and they were free of worms.

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- Elinor Molbegott

Hello. I purchased a “doxie-poo” puppy from a pet store. After researching pet stores, I am disgusted at my mistake. I ran a DNA test on my puppy to determine if he was what they claimed. He is not. I’m wondering if I have any power here in getting some of that purchase refunded.

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- Elinor Molbegott

My dog went to the groomers two days ago and they sent him home with a broken paw. I just want to know what we can do.

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- Elinor Molbegott

Someone gave me a puppy to watch because she could not care for him. He was about 2 months old when I took him in. I have now had him for about 10 months, have paid for all his food and vet bills and care. That person now wants the dog back. He will not live a good life with her and he’s happy with me and my family. Do I have the power to keep him even if he is registered in her name?

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- Elinor Molbegott

My dog got out of our locked gate for the first time. Within 3 hours I'd located her at Animal Services and was ready to pick her up. Six hours later they called me and said I have to allow them to spay her or I cant have her back. Is this legal?? What are my rights?? I'm urgently trying to get this figured out because I only have a day or two before they then say I've surrendered her. Can you please help? I don't want her spayed ESPECIALLY without me present and not having chosen the vet to do it.

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