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5 Tips for Celebrating Respect Your Cats Day

While your cat deserves to be respected every day, 28th March is an extra special day when you can celebrate your feline. This particular day is reserved for honoring our […]

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A Guide to Caring for Dogs with Food Allergies

We often come across people that are allergic to nuts, milk, and other food items. They always need to be cautious about their food intake as such allergic foods can […]

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Bravecto Plus vs. Revolution Plus: Which One is Better for Cats?

Choosing a flea, tick, and heartworm treatment for your dog isn’t an easy task. There are numerous well-known brands out there claiming to be the best for your cat. And, […]

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7 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Pet

Don’t you spend a lot of time each year coming up with novel ways to spoil your better half? This Valentine’s Day, why not try something new? Maybe it’s time […]

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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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- Pamela Douglas
Pet Friendly Drive-In Movie Theaters For More Summer Fun!

Pet friendly drive-in movie theaters are a great summer activity. What could be better than watching your favorite blockbuster without leaving your furry family at home?!   It’s hard to beat watching a blockbuster on the big screen. The only thing better is taking your pet along! Luckily, there are hundreds of pet friendly movie […]

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- Pamela Douglas
The Great Dismal Swamp Is Delightful AND Pet Friendly

Don’t dismiss the Great Dismal Swamp based on its name—it is a delightful place to visit with pets! If you’re planning a trip to Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, or North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the Great Dismal Swamp makes a terrific addition to your itinerary.   Located on the border between Virginia and North Carolina, the […]

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What Is Your Cat Saying? Better Communication For Happier Travels

What is your cat saying when their eyes get large? Or when they flick their tail high in the air? Pay attention. Because knowing what your cat is telling you can make your travels much happier.   Cats are mysterious creatures. They’re often independent, sometimes aloof, and usually do things on their own terms. You […]

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Tips For Visiting Yellowstone With Pets

Yellowstone is one of the most visited national parks in America – and for good reason! But if you’re traveling with pets, exploring the park requires a little more creativity. Read on to make sure your entire family enjoys the trip!   You probably already know that people who travel with their pets are more […]

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How To Make Your Traveling Pet Instagram Famous

Want to make your traveling pet Instagram famous? With consistency, great pics, and the right hashtags, you can do it!   Raise your hand if you love sharing on Instagram! Since the social media platform launched in 2010, its popularity has exploded. And what started as only a photo sharing site has become a place to […]

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Pet Friendly Museums To Enjoy With Your Travel Buddy

Do you have a sophisticated cat or dog who enjoys visiting pet friendly museums? Bravo! Pet friendly museums can be found all over the country. Read on to find one you can visit with your furry travel buddy on your next vacation!   Why Visit A Museum With Your Pet? Museums can be fun for […]

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How To Travel With A Hamster

Wondering how to travel with a hamster or other pocket pet? Learn from someone who has done it. After all, why should dogs (and cats) have all the fun adventures?   We talk a lot around here about traveling with dogs … mostly because that’s all we know! But people travel with all kinds of […]

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Toadstool Geologic Park: Nebraska’s Dog Friendly Badlands

Toadstool Geologic Park is a hidden gem you should absolutely add to your route the next time you’re in western Nebraska. Having camped and hiked here several times, it is easily one of my favorite places to visit! Here’s everything you need to know to have a fun adventure with your dogs at Toadstool Geologic […]

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Crash Tested Crates and Carriers To Keep Pets Safe

A crash tested crate or carrier is the safest way to travel with your dog or cat. But most dog crates and cat carriers would not protect your pet in an accident. Here are a few that can.   What Is Crash Testing? An accident is the worst way to learn if your pet carrier […]

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Top 5 Dog Friendly Things To Do In Cleveland

Few cities roll out the red carpet for dogs like Cleveland. And that makes exploring the city with your four-legged friend a special experience! Don’t miss our top dog friendly things to do in Cleveland during your visit.   There is no question that Cleveland is a city of dog lovers. In fact, two of […]

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7 Tips to Make Your Cat Adapt to Their New Home Quickly
Cats are wonderful pets who offer unconditional love, companionship, warmth and a whole lot of entertainment. Besides, they will respect your privacy as they too love being alone for sometime. From the largest of villas to the smallest of apartments, cats can make themselves comfortable anywhere. Having said that, the first few months of a…
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7 Toys to Keep Your Cat Busy & Entertained
Cats are extremely playful creatures who like to keep themselves invested in fun activities. If they are made to sit in one place, they can quickly get bored. They may indulge in destructive behaviours like chewing on bedsheets, scratching on furniture, repetitive licking, chasing or fighting household pets etc. Besides, good physical and mental stimulation…
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7 Essential Things to Know Before Travelling With Your Dog
Dogs are great trip buddies as they make your journey both joyful and social media worthy. You can take plenty of selfies with them on all the beautiful landmarks you visit and make new friends. They are called man’s best friends for a genuine reason.  However, there are some essential things to know before you…
- Akhil Krishnan
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…
- Akhil Krishnan
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…
- Akhil Krishnan
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. …
- Akhil Krishnan
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…
- Akhil Krishnan
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…
- Petsworld Team
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…
- Cherese Cobb
Best 10 Japanese Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Cat Products

Cherry blossom season is not just a feast for the senses. This springtime phenomenon has inspired many limited-edition cherry blossom (or Sakura) cat products.

From cherry blossom cat carriers to Sakura-colored litter boxes, we have rounded up 10 cat products that will delight any diehard Sakura lover. 


- Cherese Cobb
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. 


- Cherese Cobb
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.


- Cherese Cobb
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. 


- 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.


- 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.


- 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. 


- 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.


- 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.


- 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.


- 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. 


- 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.


- 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" : "", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "", "@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" : "", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "image" : "", "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.”


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.


“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" : "", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "", "@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.


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.


“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.


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.


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" : "", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "image" : "", "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" : "", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "", "@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" : "", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "", "@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" : "", "publisher" : { "@type" : "Organization", "name" : "Munchiecat" } }, { "@context" : "", "@type" : "Article", "name" : "Lavender: A Mediterranean Herb that Calms Cats", "author" : { "@type" : "Person", "name" : "Cherese Cobb" }, "image" : "", "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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massage with essential lavender oils may soothe your anxiety, beat away your blues, and improve the quality of your sleep. But is it safe to have lavender oil and lavender flowers around your cat?

We spoke with Amber LaRock, a licensed vet tech and animal welfare expert at Pet Worshiper, to find out what types of lavender are safest for your cat. 


- Cherese Cobb
Celebrities & Cats: Interview with Rebecca Metz from Showtime's Shameless and FX's Better Things

Rebecca Metz is best known for playing Tressa on FX’s Better Things and Melinda on Showtime’s Shameless. But she's landed supporting roles in everything from Scrubs to Criminal Minds. But behind the scenes, she’s an outgoing and open-minded cat mom. We spent an afternoon chatting with Metz about her cats: Gabi, Harper, and Tallulah. 


- Cherese Cobb
19 Cat-themed Gifts Under $25 That Will Make an Impact Without Breaking the Bank
For proud cat parents (or cat ladies and dudes, BFFs, fans, staff — whatever title you prefer), we've rounded up 19 purrfect (Sorry again!) cat-themed gifts for under $20.  With no litter boxes to clean or hairballs to pick up, your cat-loving friends and family might enjoy them just as much.


- Cherese Cobb
What Is Cat Grass? 4 Possible Reasons Why Your Finicky Feline Eats Her Greens
While the cat food choices are endless, there is another snack for your little meat-eater…cat grass. Why would my finicky feline eat grass, you may be asking? What is cat grass, and is there more than one type? Are leafy greens safe for my kitty? Here is what you need to know about cat grass.


- Cherese Cobb
Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica): A Powerful Catnip Alternative

If you have ever lived with a cat, you probably know about the big daddy of kitty herbs: catnip.   A recent study found that 32% of cats do not react to the stuff. If your kitty ignores catnip toyssprays, and leaves, have no fear: Tatarian honeysuckle can send your cat to blissville. 


- Cherese Cobb
Why Do Cats Purr? Here Are 6 Reasons Your Cat Makes This Soft, Deep, & Throaty Rumble, According to the Latest Research.

While purring is the hallmark of a happy cat, it doesn’t always mean that your cat is simply content. Cats purr for many different reasons, including when they’re hungry or hurt. Here are 6 reasons your cat may purr.


- Cherese Cobb
Small Business Profile: Katzenworld, the U.K.’s Most Popular Cat Blog
Marc-André Runcie-Unger is the founder of Katzenworld — the largest cat blogging website in the United Kingdom. It covers everything cat-related from cat cafes to poetry. 


- Cherese Cobb
Top 10 Adorable T-Shirts For Cat People

Ready to share your "purrfectly" imperfect relationship with the world? These 10 feline-inspired tees will add some cat-titude to your closet. (Furballs are not included.)  


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The Alluring Siberian Forest Cat: History, Traits, and Care

The Siberian forest cat is a kind and devoted breed that makes for a wonderful companion because they get along so well with everyone, including children and other pets. The Siberian cat is simply so sweet-natured that you’ll appreciate having them around all the time. At last who can avoid such a beauty of grace?...

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Freedom or Restraint? A First-Time Pet Parent’s Guide to Chaining Dogs

Dog chains are the easiest and most popular way of keeping your dog in control. Dogs do not follow our commands all the time, especially when they are excited or angry (while seeing other dogs or outsiders). They may frantically attack someone or at least jump on someone which can be very scary for someone...

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Every year we are ecstatic to celebrate the festival of the year – Holi. Vibrant colors, music, water balloons and so much more. The whole atmosphere is filled with Holi celebrations and laughter. Family and friends have the best times during Holi. But what about our pets? Many people indulge their pets also with color,...

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Animal NGO – Rescue Journey  

Over the years, there has been quite an awakening when it comes to adopting animals. People are becoming more and more aware of boycotting the practice of buying and selling animals. Instead, the idea of adopting pets is becoming trendy. The whole credit goes to Animal NGO – the Non-government organizations that are constantly working...

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Do Dogs Like Wearing Clothes? What You Need to Know!

If you’re a pet parent, sooner or later someday you’ll definitely have the absolute urge to dress your pet. Who doesn’t like to imagine how adorable our pet will look in a cape or a cute sweater? It just looks extremely charming. Four paws, a wagging tail, and those eyes are already quite mesmerizing for...

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Sheela Fish/Barracuda Complete Guide | Price in India, Lifespan

The marine world is full of amusement. With adventure and new discoveries, even after years of advancement, there’s still so much which is a secret to us. As this amusement continues, let us unravel a very popular and common fish breed found in water “Sheelavu fish also known as cheelavu or Sheela fish”. We have...

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It is now compulsory for all pet owners in the nation to register their pets with the local municipal authorities. This is a significant advance in making our communities pet-friendly. Registration of pets has many benefits from helping pet owners to obtain a legitimate identity for their pets to maintaining data to track information area-wise....

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Indian Homemade Recipes for Dogs with Healthy Diet

One of the main struggles for millennials is the ongoing confusion of what exactly to feed your dog. Over the centuries in Indian households, we’re seen pet parents feeding dogs basically the leftovers of milk and chapatti. Indian kitchens have restricted food options for dogs, and pet parents often forget the importance of the nutritional...

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Cockatoo Price in India | Kolkata | Chennai

Cockatoos are a group of parrots that are known for their striking plumage and distinctive crests. There are 21 species of cockatoo, which are native to Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Cockatoos are known for their intelligence and their ability to mimic sounds, including human speech. They are social birds that form strong bonds with...

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Top 25 Smartest Dog Breeds in The World

Have you landed up looking for the most intelligent dog breeds? It is difficult to determine the “smartest” dog breeds because intelligence can be defined in many different ways and can vary within breeds. Some breeds may excel at certain tasks, while others may excel at different tasks. That being said, here is a list...

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Singapore is a beautiful destination for expats and their pets. With its pet-friendly environment and stringent animal welfare laws, the country is the perfect place to bring your furry friends along. However, some specific procedures and requirements must be met to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all animals and prevent disease transmission. This article […]
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Which Dog Breeds Live the Longest and Have the Best Health?
Considering adding a four-legged companion to your home? Not all dog breeds have the same lifespan and health conditions. We’ve compiled a list of canine breeds that live longer and healthier lives, so you can choose the perfect pet for your family and enjoy their company for many years to come. Chihuahua Chihuahuas are the […]
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Pitbulls are strong, energetic dogs with a muscular build, known for their loyalty and friendly demeanor. To maintain their overall health and fitness, a well-balanced diet is essential for Pitbulls care. One key component of a Pitbull’s diet is protein, vital in supporting their active lifestyle, maintaining muscle mass, and ensuring proper growth and development. […]
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There are so many adorable pets waiting for homes, but before you go ahead and adopt, there are some things you should consider. It will make your adoption a more successful experience for everyone involved. One thing to remember is that puppies and kittens can be very energetic and need lots of exercises. They also […]
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Service dogs are skilled creatures that facilitate the everyday life of humans with various medical conditions, including blindness, hearing impairments, mobility issues, seizures, autism, and psychical frustrations. These helpers are tutored to perform explicit tasks that help their keepers live more independently and safely. Service dog preparation is a long and challenging process that requires […]
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If you’re a busy pet owner who wants to ensure that your furry friend gets the attention, care, and exercise they need, dog day care can be an excellent option. However, not all dog day care facilities are created equal, and it’s important to choose the right one for your dog’s needs. In this article, […]
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Dogs tend to get messy. They spend their whole day playing in the garden and backyard and then come home with mud and dust all over their bodies. It is essential to take proper care of your dog so that they remain healthy. As a pet owner, you must know the basics of dog health […]
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Even though you take precautions to keep your cherished pet safe and harmless, there may still be times when it succumbs to illness or trauma. Occasionally a serious injury might also need complicated surgery. You need to take up the responsibility in order to cure the pet of such illness, get rid of dangerous toxins […]
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Pet food palatability plays an important role in the performance and profits of a pet food producer. In order to maximize profit margins, pet food producers must ensure that their recipes are not only nutritionally balanced, but also appealing to pets. While some pet food recipes can be designed to meet both nutritional and palatability […]
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The Flea Factor: Understanding When to Take Your Dog to the Vet
It’s no secret that dogs are one of the best companions you could ever have. They’re loyal, loving, and they always make sure to be there when you need them. Unfortunately, though, no matter how beloved your pup might be, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to take them to the vet eventually. But, more […]

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Introducing a new pet to your home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Still, taking the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition for your new and existing pets is essential. Here are some tips for introducing a new pet to your home.
Take it Slow
The key to a successful introduction is to take it slow. This is especially important if you have existing pets in your home. Introducing a new pet too quickly can cause stress, anxiety, and aggression. Start by introducing your new pet to one room in your home and gradually allow them to explore more areas as they become more comfortable.
Provide Separate Living Spaces
When introducing a new pet, it's important to provide separate living spaces for each pet. This can be done by using pet gates or pet doors to separate different areas of your home. This will allow each pet space to eat, sleep, and play without feeling threatened or overwhelmed.
Supervise Interactions
When it's time for your new pet to meet your existing pets, it's important to supervise their interactions. This can be done by keeping both pets on a leash or in separate crates or rooms until they become more comfortable with each other. It's important to watch for signs of aggression or anxiety and to intervene if necessary.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is a great way to help your pets feel more comfortable around each other. This can be done by rewarding good behavior with treats, toys, or praise. It's important to avoid punishing your pets or using physical force, as this can cause more harm than good.
Allow for Individual Time
It's essential to allow each pet to have individual time with you. This can be done by taking your pets on separate walks or spending personal time playing with each pet. This will help each pet feel loved and valued and reduce feelings of jealousy or competition.
Introduce Scents
Introducing scents can be a great way to help your pets become familiar with each other. This can be done by rubbing a towel or blanket on each pet and then swapping the items. This will allow each pet to become familiar with the other pet's scent without feeling threatened.
Keep Calm
It's essential to remain calm and patient during the introduction process. Pets can pick up on your emotions, and if you're stressed or anxious, it can make the introduction process more difficult. Take deep breaths, remain patient, and focus on positive interactions between your pets.
Seek Professional Help
If you're having difficulty introducing your pets, seek professional help. A veterinarian or animal behaviorist can provide guidance and support to help you successfully introduce your new pet to your home.
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Pets can bring immense joy and companionship into our lives, but choosing the right pet for your lifestyle is essential. Choosing the wrong pet can lead to stress, frustration, and even harm to you and the animal. Here is some information to consider when choosing the right pet for your lifestyle.
Consider Your Living Space
The first option to consider when choosing a pet is your living space. Some pets require more room to move around than others. For example, a large dog may not be suitable for a small apartment, while a cat may be perfectly content in the same space. If you live in a small area, consider pets requiring less room, such as hamsters, birds, or fish.
Evaluate Your Schedule
Your daily schedule is another essential factor to consider when choosing a pet. Some pets require more attention and care than others. Dogs, for example, need to be walked and played with regularly, while cats are more independent and can often entertain themselves. If you have a busy schedule or travel frequently, consider a more self-sufficient pet, such as a cat or fish.
Consider Your Energy Level
Your energy level is also an essential factor to consider when choosing a pet. Some pets require more physical activity than others. For example, a high-energy dog like a Border Collie or a Siberian Husky may not be a good match for someone who prefers a more laid-back lifestyle. On the other hand, a low-energy dog like a Bulldog or a Basset Hound may be a better fit.
Consider Your Budget
Pets can be expensive, and it's essential to consider your budget when choosing a pet. The cost of food, vet care, and supplies can add up quickly. Some pets, such as exotic birds or certain breeds of dogs, may be more expensive to care for than others. Make sure you can afford the ongoing costs of pet ownership before bringing a pet into your home.
Consider Your Allergies
If someone in your household has allergies, it's essential to consider this when choosing a pet. Some pets, such as cats and dogs, are more likely to trigger allergies than others. If you have allergies, consider a pet with less fur, such as a fish or a reptile.
Research Different Breeds and Species
Before bringing a pet into your home, research different breeds and species to find the right fit for your lifestyle. Each breed and species has unique characteristics and needs. For example, a Golden Retriever is known for being friendly and sociable, while a Chihuahua may be more protective and vocal. Similarly, a fish may require less attention than a bird or a hamster.
Consider Your Family
If you have children or other pets, it's essential to consider this when choosing a pet. Some pets may be better suited for families with young children, while others may be more compatible with other pets. If you have children, consider a gentle and patient pet, such as a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever.
Consider Adoption
Adopting a pet friend is a great way to find the right pet for your lifestyle. Animal shelters and rescue organizations often have a variety of pets available for adoption, and staff members can help you find the right match for your lifestyle. Adopting a pet can also be more affordable than buying a pet from a breeder.
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Pets are involved in our lives; they are members of our families. As pet owners, we are responsible for ensuring they receive the best care possible. This includes caring for their health, diet, nutrition, exercise, grooming, and medical conditions. This blog post will discuss these topics in detail and provide tips and recommendations for pet owners to ensure their pets live long, healthy, and happy lives.
Diet and Nutrition
A pet's diet and nutrition are critical to its health and well-being. As pet owners, we must make sure that they receive a well-balanced and nutritious diet. A balanced diet will give your pet the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to support their growth, development, and overall health.
There are two types of diets for pets: commercial and homemade. Commercial diets come in dry food, wet food, or semi-moist food. These diets are designed to meet your pet's nutritional needs and are easy to prepare. Homemade diets, however, require more preparation and planning but can provide your pet with a more personalized and customized diet.
When choosing a commercial diet, it is essential to consider the ingredients used. Look for diets that contain high-quality protein sources, such as meat, fish, or poultry, and avoid diets that contain fillers or artificial preservatives. Consider your pet's age, size, and activity level when selecting a diet. Puppies, kittens, and seniors may have different nutritional requirements than adult pets.
If you choose to feed your pet a homemade diet, it is essential to talk with a veterinary to ensure that the diet is balanced and meets your pet's nutritional needs. Homemade diets may also require supplements to ensure your pet receives all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Exercise is essential for a pet's physical and mental health. Regular exercise can help to prevent obesity, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce stress and anxiety. The type and amount of exercise required will depend on your pet's age, size, breed, and activity level.
Dogs require daily exercise, including walks, runs, or playtime in the backyard. The amount of training needed will depend on your dog's age and breed. For example, a high-energy breed like a Border Collie will require more exercise than a smaller, less active breed like a Shih Tzu. Conversely, cats may require less structured training but will still benefit from playtime and toys that encourage them to move and play.
Grooming is an essential aspect of pet care. It not only helps to keep your pet looking and smelling good, but it can also help to prevent health problems. Regular grooming can help to avoid skin irritations, infections, and other skin and coat problems.
Your pet's grooming needs depend on breed, coat type, and activity level. Dogs with long, thick coats require more frequent grooming than those with short, smooth coats. Cats with long hair will also require more grooming than cats with short hair. Regular grooming should include brushing, bathing, nail trimming, and ear cleaning.
Medical Conditions
Pets can suffer from various medical conditions, including allergies, dental problems, and chronic conditions like arthritis. As pet owners, it is essential to be aware of these conditions' signs and symptoms and seek veterinary care when necessary.
Allergies are a common problem in pets and can be caused by various environmental or dietary factors. Signs of pet allergies include itching, redness, and skin inflammation. Treatment for allergies may include changes to the diet or environment and medication to manage the symptoms.
Dental problems are also common in pets and can lead to very serious health problems if left untreated. Signs of dental problems include bad breath, difficulty eating, and swollen gums. Regular dental checks and cleanings can help prevent dental problems and keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy. Chronic conditions like arthritis can be managed with medication, weight management, and other lifestyle changes. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help your pet maintain its quality of life.

- Ezra Cohen
How to Properly Train while correcting behavior

Pet Training and behavior modification are two essential components of responsible pet ownership. They help to ensure that pets are well-behaved, happy, and safe in their environment. If you have a new puppy or an olderer dog with behavior issues, training and behavior modification can make a significant difference in your pet's life.


Training your dog or cat is the process of teaching your pet new skills and behaviors. It's essential for all pets, but particularly important for dogs. Without proper training, they can develop destructive behaviors, this can be chewing on furniture, digging holes in the yard, or barking excessively. In extreme cases, they may become aggressive towards people or other animals while there are behavioral and training aids that combat this problem they don't solve the underlying habit or cause.


Training can help to prevent these negative behaviors and create a positive relationship between you and your pet. It's important to start training your pet as early as possible, even if they're just a puppy. Puppies are like sponges and can absorb new information quickly. Training them early can set the foundation for good behavior throughout their life.


Behavior modification is the process of changing your pet's existing behavior. This is particularly important if your pet has developed negative behaviors, such as aggression or fear. Behavior modification can help to retrain your pet's brain, so they can learn to react differently to certain situations.


Behavior modification requires a deeper understanding of your pet's behavior and motivations. This involves identifying the root cause of the behavior and then developing a plan to modify it. For example, if your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, the root cause may be fear or a lack of socialization. A behavior modification plan would involve slowly introducing your dog to other dogs in a maintained and positive environment.


Behavior modification can take time and patience. It's important to work with a qualified trainer or behaviorist who can help you develop a plan that's specific to your pet's needs. With the right plan, behavior modification can be very effective in changing your pet's behavior.


There are many different types of training and behavior modification techniques. Positive reinforcement is one of the most popular and effective techniques. Positive reinforcement involves rewarding your pet for good behavior, such as giving them a treat or verbal praise. This skill is based on the idea that animals are more likely to repeat behaviors that are rewarded.


Negative reinforcement is another technique that involves removing something unpleasant to encourage good behavior. For example, if your dog jumps up on people, you could turn away and ignore them until they calm down. This skill is based on the idea that animals will avoid behaviors that lead to negative consequences.


Punishment is a technique that involves giving your pet a negative consequence for bad behavior. While punishment can be effective in stopping bad behavior, it can also have negative consequences. It can lead to fear and anxiety, and in some cases, can even make the behavior worse. Punishment should only be used as a last resort and with caution.


One of the most vital things to remember when it comes to training and behavior modification is that it requires consistency and patience. Pets don't learn overnight, and it can take time to see results. It's vital to set realistic goals and celebrate small victories along the way.


In addition to working with a trainer or behaviorist, there are also many resources available to help pet owners with training and behavior modification. There are countless books, videos, and online resources that provide helpful tips and techniques for pet owners.

- Ezra Cohen
Escaping with your Pets

Pet travel and adventure can be a fun and exciting experience for both you and your furry friend. Whether it's a road trip or a hike in the mountains, there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors with your pet. However, there are also some things you need to keep in mind to ensure your pet's safety and comfort. In this blog, we will discuss some tips and tricks for pet travel and adventure.

Before you hit the road, it's important to make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations and has a clean bill of health from their veterinarian. You should also consider purchasing a travel cat or dog carrier or crate for your pet, as this will help keep them safe and secure during the journey. In addition, make sure you pack plenty of food, water, and any medications your pet may need. It's also a good idea to bring along a first aid kit in case of any emergencies.

When traveling with your pet, it's important to make frequent stops for bathroom breaks and exercise. This is especially important for dogs, who need to stretch their legs and burn off some energy. Make sure to bring along waste bags to clean up after your pet and dispose of it properly.

If you're planning a hiking or camping trip with your pet, there are a few extra things to keep in mind. First, make sure the area you plan to visit is pet-friendly and allows dogs on the trails or campsites. You should also bring along a leash to keep your pet under control and prevent them from wandering off. Additionally, bring along plenty of water and food for your pet, as well as a comfortable place for them to sleep at night.

Another important consideration for pet travel and adventure is the weather. If you're traveling during the summer, make sure your pet has access to shade and plenty of water to avoid heat stroke. In the winter, make sure your pet is kept warm with appropriate clothing or blankets, especially if you're traveling in a cold climate.

If you plan on traveling by plane with your pet, there are some additional things to keep in mind. First, make sure to research the airline's pet policy and any fees associated with pet travel. You should also make sure your pet is comfortable with being in a carrier or dog crates for an extended period of time. Finally, make sure to label the carrier or crate with your pet's name, your name, and your contact information in case the carrier or crate is lost.

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Why Grooming and Hygiene is crucial

Pet grooming and hygiene are important aspects of pet care that should never be overlooked. Proper grooming can help prevent infections and diseases, while also keeping your pet looking and feeling their best. Here are some tips for effective pet grooming and hygiene.


Regular Bathing


Regular bathing is essential for maintaining good pet hygiene. How often you should bathe your pet will depend on their breed, coat type, and activity level. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors or that have long hair may require more frequent bathing than indoor pets with short hair. In general, it's best to bathe your pet every 4-6 weeks.


When bathing your pet, use a gentle pet-specific shampoo and warm water. Be sure to rinse your pet thoroughly to remove all shampoo residue. Avoid getting water in your pet's ears or eyes, and use a towel or blow dryer on a low setting to dry them off.


Brushing and Coat Care


Regular brushing is an important part of pet grooming, especially for pets with long or thick coats. Brushing helps to remove loose hair, tangles, and dirt, and it also promotes healthy skin and coat. Use a pet-specific brush or comb that is appropriate for your pet's coat type.


In addition to brushing, it's important to trim your pet's nails regularly. Overgrown nails can be a discomfort and even lead to infections. If you're not comfortable trimming your pet's nails yourself, take them to a professional groomer or veterinarian for help.


Dental Care


Dental care is another important aspect of pet hygiene. Just like humans, pets can develop dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, as well as bad breath. To maintain good dental hygiene, brush your pet's teeth regularly with a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. You can also offer your pet dental chews and treats to help keep their teeth clean and healthy.


Ear Care


Proper ear care is important for preventing infections and other ear problems. Check your pet's ears regularly for signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice any of these signs, bring your pet to a veterinarian to have your pet checked out.


To clean your pet's ears, use a gentle ear cleaner specifically designed for pets. Never use cotton swabs or any other objects to clean your pet's ears, as this can cause injury.


Fleas and Tick Preventions


Flea and ticks can produce a range of health issues in pets, including skin irritation, infections, and disease. To prevent flea and tick infestations, use a pet-specific flea and tick preventative. You can also reduce your pet's exposure to fleas and ticks by keeping your home and yard clean and free of debris.


In addition to these basic pet grooming and hygiene practices, it's important to monitor your pet's overall health and wellness. If you notice any changes in your pet's behavior or health, take them to a veterinarian for a checkup.


In some cases, behavior modification may be necessary to help address certain pet hygiene issues. For example, some pets may be resistant to nail trimming or ear cleaning. In these cases, it's important to work with a professional trainer or behaviorist to help your pet become more comfortable with these grooming tasks.

- Himanshu Sapra
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.



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!

- Himanshu Sapra
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.

- Himanshu Sapra
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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?


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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.



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.


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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.


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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.


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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.



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.


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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.


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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



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.


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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.



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.


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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.



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.


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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.


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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

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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

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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.



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.


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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


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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


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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

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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.



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.  


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.  

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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.   

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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.


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. 


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- Britt Kascjak

There has been a lot of talk in the business world about the growing power of video online. With more people consuming video content than ever before, marketers are invested in the potential offered by YouTube for marketing businesses in all industries – and you should be too! Why? We will take a deep dive into YouTube as a marketing platform online and why you may want to include this tool in your digital marketing strategy. Why You Should Use YouTube for Marketing One of the biggest challenges faced by those trying to leverage the internet to grow and market their small pet business is the struggle to stand out. How do you position your business as a trustworthy and reliable resource in their lives? One way to do this is to meet people where they spend their time online the most, which data reveals is video content. 92% of internet users watch some kind of video content online each week (Hootsuite) 56% of marketers report YouTube is their biggest ROI, ranking second only to Instagram (HubSpot) YouTube is the second-largest search platform in the world, with more daily search queries than Bing, Yahoo, Ask, and AOL combined (Sprout Social) The data speaks for itself! People are turning to video content for information searches, to help them find solutions to their problems, and to aid in buying decisions. Creating a solid YouTube marketing strategy for your brand will increase your visibility online, help you build brand awareness and, ultimately, drive sales of your product or service. Tips for Creating Professional-Looking YouTube Videos The first step you will need to take to leverage YouTube for marketing your small pet business is to get started! That’s right – It’s both the most straightforward and most challenging step in the video marketing process. Luckily, the cost of entry for video marketing is lower than ever. Most smartphones and many laptops today have reliable cameras that are more than capable of recording high-quality video. You don’t have to invest in an expensive camera to get started. Of course, you can always take steps to improve the quality of your content creation and make it look more professional. These factors will help set you apart from your competitors and make your content stand out. Here are six simple tips to improve your video content and set you up for YouTube video marketing success: Plan Before Filming: Take some time to plan out what you are going to record before you start. This includes writing out the key points that you want to cover and identifying any props or visual aids you may need. Create Visual Prompts for Key Points: Make a prompt sheet containing the key points you have decided on. Keep it in point form to avoid reading straight from your sheet. Put this sheet up near your camera to make it easy to glance at your prompts without looking away from the camera the whole time. Remove Distractions: Before filming, pay careful attention […]

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- Emily Hall

As a solopreneur or small pet business, you are probably doing your best to juggle a million different things and wear a million different hats. Maybe you’re wondering how you’re going to manage all of the things and be in all of the places (particularly the social media places). Should you be on Instagram? And what about TikTok?! Here at BlogPaws, we are all about easing that burden and making things easier for ourselves, and one way you can do that is to repurpose your content so you can get more mileage out of your work. In regards to social media, specifically Instagram and TikTok, you can easily repurpose video content from one platform to the other, which will increase your reach and business growth without much extra work on your part. Sound good to you? Then keep reading, because we’re going to dive deeper into what it means to repurpose content and how you can do it with video on Instagram, TikTok, and even YouTube! What is Content Repurposing? Ever heard the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder?” When applied to content creation, whether it’s for a website or social media, one way you can work smarter rather than harder is by repurposing your content. Simply put, content repurposing is when you take a piece of content and reuse it in other ways to get the most bang for your buck. After all, if you’ve spent hours creating something, you might as well leverage it as much and in as many ways as you can! For example, you could take a blog post you’ve written and then break it into smaller sections to share as informational posts on social media. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have noticed we do this all the time. All those informational carousel posts we have? They are all made from content repurposed from blog posts on this website.  In the case of repurposing video content, you can take a Reel you’ve created on Instagram and repost it to TikTok and YouTube Shorts, or vice versa. You could also take longer videos and break them down into shorter Reels or TikToks to create a series.  Should I Post the Same Content on Instagram and TikTok? One of the easiest ways to repurpose video content is by creating a video that can be used on both Instagram and TikTok. When doing this, there are a few things to consider, though. Instagram Reels and TikToks are similar, but it’s not always as straightforward as just posting the same video at the same time in both places. After all, they both have different algorithms and different user demographics.  For one, the trends on each platform might be different. For example, a particular audio clip might be trending on Instagram, but it isn’t trending on TikTok (or vice versa). This means that if you make a Reel using that audio, it might do well on Instagram but not so well on TikTok. That doesn’t necessarily mean you […]

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- Jessica Shipman

There’s no debating that Instagram Reels are a great opportunity for small pet businesses to grow their audience and reach new potential customers. And if you don’t believe me yet – start here. We don’t only create our own business Reels, but we encourage and teach Reel creation through our semi-annual #PetBizReels Challenge. One of the main reasons we think Reels shouldn’t be overlooked is that you don’t need much to get started. In fact, you really only need an up-to-date smartphone. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t products and tools that can take you to the next level. In the BlogPaws Community and PetBiz Collaborative, we’re most often asked about two things – editing software and photography or videography equipment. Today we’re focusing on the latter and are excited to share a top product pick from each BlogPaws team member that will not only make your Reel creation easier, but it will also take it to the next level. BlogPaws may receive commissions from affiliate links included in this article. 5 Products to Take Make Next Level Instagram Reels for Your Small Pet Business Newest 62″ Phone Tripod This pick comes from our Director of Marketing & Community, Emily Hall, and it tackles one of the best ways to improve your Reels through stable video and recording with your camera at the right height. We’re seeing more and more success with videos where people are talking directly to the camera. While you can absolutely hold your phone or balance it somewhere to record these styles of videos, you won’t get the same result as a sturdy tripod. “This tripod is sturdy and durable, and it has all the features you need to take videos with your phone. I love the telescoping capabilities of the handle because I can set it on the ground and adjust the handle so my phone is face-height – perfect for creating Reels!” – Emily Price: $36.99 with frequent sales and coupons JOBY PodZilla Large Flexible Tripod The next pick comes from Christy Castillo, our Director of Brand & Creative and is another great tripod option. This differs from our first tripod recommendation because the legs are flexible, which allows you to attach it to unique locations like fences, trees, chairs, and more! “The tripod is compact and a great go-to when you don’t have a larger tripod available. The legs are also flexible which makes it easily adaptable to any situation. The phone mount allows you to film in vertical or horizontal mode. The Easy Release Plate is usable on their other tripods which is helpful when shooting with different cameras simultaneously like a phone and DSLR.” – Christy Price: $54.95 with frequent sales and coupons Skytex Softbox Lighting Kit The next big thing to tackle when improving your Instagram Reels is lighting. Let’s face it – not all of us are able to shoot all our content in natural light or even during the daytime. Our CEO, Chloe DiVita, works in her home […]

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- Britt Kascjak

Social media marketing requires an investment of your business resources, including both time and money. For this reason, small pet business owners need to view the growth of their accounts a little differently than we would our personal accounts. As with any aspect of your marketing plan, you need to track and analyze your Instagram growth to ensure that you are making progress that will help your overall business growth. But not all social media metrics are created equally. An important topic to understand when doing an Instagram audit is the impact of vanity metrics vs. actionable metrics. If this is your first time hearing these terms, don’t worry! You’re not alone. I’m going to break down the difference between the two types of Instagram metrics and which you should be most focused on when working on Instagram for business growth. Let’s get started… What Metrics Should I Measure for Instagram? Both Business and Creator accounts in Instagram provide you with access to Insights, an analytics tracking dashboard within the Instagram app. This tool is valuable for tracking, analyzing, understanding, and improving your account. The Account Insights Overview breaks down three key metrics and their percentage of change, including: Accounts Reached: The number of accounts your content was shown to, including followers and non-followers, during the specified time. Accounts Engaged: The number of accounts that engaged with your content, such as liking, commenting, saving, or sharing during the specified time. Total Followers: The total number of people following your account.   Selecting any of these high-level metrics will bring you to a screen with more detail. For example, suppose you click through to the Accounts Reached. In that case, Instagram will provide you with more information about the accounts your content was reaching, including the geographic location, age ranges, gender, and followers vs. non-followers. They also individually break down your total reach into the reach of your posts, reels, and stories. All the information in all three high-level categories is helpful when trying to understand your Instagram performance and whether you are connecting with your ideal audience. But not all metrics are created equally when assessing whether your Instagram account is growing in a way that will contribute to your greater business growth. This is why it is important to understand vanity metrics vs actionable metrics and how they fit into this bigger picture. What Are Vanity Metrics? Vanity metrics on social media are the numbers that most social users will focus on the most. These numbers look good when someone visits your account and likely gives you that rush of dopamine that makes you feel good and keeps you coming back to your account for more. Some examples of vanity metrics on Instagram are your number of followers or the number of views each of your Reels receives. While higher follower or view numbers can make you look good, they aren’t a good indication of how your Instagram account is working to drive any real return in your business off […]

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- Britt Kascjak

Social media is a necessary pillar in any small business marketing plan. But with so many social media platforms available, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones will help you reach your ideal customer. You are likely familiar with the most popular platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok. But these aren’t the only platforms being used regularly by the pet community. Many lesser-known social media platforms offer unique advantages and benefits when building communities, connecting with your audience, and building your small pet business online. Recent events in the world of social media have led most users to re-evaluate their use of the more common platforms. From Facebook’s many privacy issues to security concerns with the Elon Musk Twitter takeover, there are many valid reasons to take a step back and reassess where you want to position your brand online.  For those still struggling to decide on the best steps moving forward for their small pet business, we’re here to help. Benefits of Using Alternative Social Media Platforms for Your Small Business There are many reasons you may consider branching out and including a lesser-known or underrated social media app in your marketing plan. Here are a few benefits these platforms may provide your small pet business:   More Focused Audience: Often, smaller social media platforms focus their growth on a smaller, niche audience. If you find a platform that appeals to your ideal customer, you are more likely to find other potential customers in that space. This increases the chance of your business being seen by the “right” people. Follow Your Community: If you have recently noticed a sharp drop in engagement on one of the larger social platforms, there is a chance your community has moved on. For example, if your ideal customer isn’t comfortable with Twitter’s current direction, they may be moving to a Twitter alternative. Recognizing this will allow you to focus your efforts where your community spends most of their time.  Lower Competition: Not only does a smaller platform increase your chances of finding a more relevant audience, but they also offer a less competitive environment. Large businesses often dominate popular platforms, making it difficult for small business owners to be heard. These smaller platforms still operate with a much smaller user base, including the number of businesses leveraging them. Cost-Effective Marketing: This builds upon the last point. If you are facing lower competition, the cost to stand out will be lower. Small business owners trying to stick to a smaller marketing budget may see a greater return on investment. Unique Features and Functionalities: These emerging social media platforms are growing because they meet a need in the online space or do something new and different. If you feel that your current social media marketing is missing “something,” this may be an opportunity to find that missing piece. Top 6 Lesser-Known Social Media Platforms for Small Businesses in the Pet Industry Tumblr This microblogging website isn’t new. Tumblr was founded in 2007, allowing […]

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- Emily Hall

If you’ve been on Instagram at all in the past couple of years, you’ve probably come to the realization that Instagram Reels are a big “thing.” Video, in general, is becoming more and more popular, so it makes sense that Instagram is putting more of an emphasis on video too. The thought of making Reels on Instagram can be daunting, though. We get it.  There are so many things to consider… Should you even be making Reels for your business? How do you go about making them? When you do make them, when do you post them? And what about editing them?!? It’s enough to make your head spin!  If this is you, keep reading because we’re going to cover all of the above and more! Why Make Instagram Reels for Your Small Pet Business? As mentioned, video only continues to grow in popularity, especially on social media. When Instagram launched Reels in 2020, they exploded. They quickly became the #1 source of growth for users on the platform, and they continue to be a top driver of new followers and growth.  Simply put, the general public loves video content. Regardless of how you feel about it, the stats don’t lie: 83% of consumers prefer video content over text or audio content. 91% of active Instagram users view videos on the platform at least once a week.  Reels have 2 billion monthly active users.  Though Instagram is currently trying to put a more equal emphasis on photo and video posts as they fine-tune their algorithm and “Recommended” feature, it is clear that Reels still remain one of the most popular types of content on the platform.  Thanks to the dedicated Reels feed (the center button on the bottom menu bar), Reels have a higher chance of reaching new people as they scroll through the feed and watch video after video. The Reels feed means that making Instagram Reels is an effective way to connect with both your current followers, as well as with people who aren’t following you yet (aka potential customers!).  Basically, if you’re looking to get more eyes on your brand and grow your small pet biz, making videos is a great way to do that, and Instagram Reels are a comparatively easy type of video to create.  6 Tips for Making Reels on Instagram If you’re looking for tips for making Reels on Instagram, we’ve got you covered. Though Reels can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them, there are definitely some best practices and ways to increase the chances your Reels will be seen by more people that we’ll share below. Don’t worry – we promise it’s not as hard as it may seem! 1. Find the Perfect Audio There are essentially three different types of audio that can be used to accompany your video clips in a Reel: Music – This can be any music you can find that you like and think complements your video. Simply create your video […]

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- Chloe

More and more businesses and content creators are creating videos for social media. Everywhere you turn, you hear that people want video content – and often, short video content like reels on Instagram. That’s why learning how to create social media videos for business purposes is vital right now. While some people find creating video content intuitive and easy, many feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’re going to dive into all the basics for creating social media videos so that you can get started right away. Read on to get these questions answered: What equipment do I need to start creating social media videos? How do I prepare for filming video clips? How important is my lighting for video content? Do I need a script to film videos for social media? How do I find the confidence to be in my videos? How do I edit my short videos for social media? What length should my social media videos be? What are the top social media video tips that I should know? Here’s the truth: your first video is not going to be your best, but if you don’t start, you’ll never improve. If you don’t look back at your first video and think, “wow, my videos have improved so much,” then you waited way too long to start creating. Are you ready to kick-start your social media video marketing? Let’s get started! What Should You Consider Before Making a Video? If you are new to creating videos, you are probably wondering what kind of equipment you need to get started. It’s one of the first questions we’re always asked. And we get it. You look at what some of the bigger content creators are using and think, “Ugh. How much money do I need to invest in equipment?!?” Assuming you have a smartphone of some sort that came out in the last two years, you need to invest exactly 0 more dollars. Yes, it should cost you $0. That’s because your smartphone is capable of doing it all. We recommend getting comfortable with the whole process of video creation before upgrading to any fancy microphones, cameras, lighting, etc., etc..  Yes, fancy stuff can take video production to a new level, but it is not necessary to start there. It is only necessary to start. Instead of worrying about your video equipment, add these 3 tips to your prep list: 1. Map out what you want your video to be about. Scripting your intro and outro, and rehearsing them, can be very helpful. Often you can create something that can be used for every video you make with just a few tweaks. Then, make sure you know your points or your flow. A bullet point list of each scene or each point should be enough to guide you from start to finish. 2. Consider the lighting and test for the best time of day. If you complete step #1 and do […]

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- Britt Kascjak

Once seen in the world of marketing as a passing trend, it’s quickly becoming apparent that TikTok Is here to stay. With 67% of users saying that TikTok inspires them to shop, this video-based social media platform can be a fun and powerful part of your marketing plan. Of course, that requires creating content, posting regularly, and building a following. Easier said than done, right? If you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed, we’ve got you covered! In this post, we’ll look at the basics of small business TikTok, discuss what content performs best on the platform, and share our list of 7 effective TikTok ideas for small businesses. Let’s get started! What Content is Popular on TikTok? The key to succeeding on any social media platform is understanding its focus and what followers will expect from you as a creator. When Instagram first started to gain popularity for small businesses, the push was for high-quality images. Entrepreneurs and small business owners invested in staging beautiful photoshoots, editing pictures, and creating a cohesive feed. TikTok’s rise to popularity looks very different. What sets this platform apart from other social media platforms is its focus on authenticity. When users are scrolling videos on TikTok, they aren’t looking for highly edited and curated content. Instead, they want to feel like they are seeing the “real” you and building an honest connection through the content being shared. Videos are often raw and unedited or use minimal editing. Creators find success in sharing not only their successes but also their challenges, failures, and “bloopers.” Is TikTok Worth it for Small Business? What does this mean for you as a small pet business owner? If you have been holding out on dipping your toe in the world of video marketing, TikTok is a great place to get started! Even if your video is full of bloopers or laughable errors, that’s okay, it’s what the users on the platform enjoy seeing – the real and unfiltered you. This platform can be a great tool for your greater social media marketing plan. Its algorithm is focused on pushing video content out to new people based on your interests and viewing history. This means it gives small pet business owners and entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to reach a new audience and build brand awareness. Building a loyal following of repeat customers is important, but no business is going to see significant growth without reaching new potential customers.   To add to the benefits, the “cost of entry” is very low. You don’t need to invest in a fancy microphone, professional video lighting, or a high-end camera. Simply shoot videos with your smartphone and edit them using some of the incredible free tools available.   What Are Some Good TikTok Ideas for Small Businesses? Hop on Viral Trends (With a Twist) The first thing that comes to mind for most people when they hear TikTok mentioned is the viral dance trends that took the platform by storm. There is no denying that there […]

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- Britt Kascjak

Social media offers small pet business owners an incredible opportunity to connect with their ideal audience, raise brand awareness, and open the line of communication with both current and potential customers. Most small business owners fall into the trap of believing they need to address every message or comment they receive, thanking those who take the time to share a compliment, address and resolve complaints, and provide a knowledgeable answer to every question. However, this fails to address one specific group of people – Social Media Trolls. How to Spot an Internet Troll Before we get into the details of how to deal with trolls on social media, let’s start at the beginning. How do you know that you are dealing with an internet troll? What is an internet troll anyway? The internet provides us with a unique opportunity to connect and engage with people and businesses worldwide. However, it also creates a sense of anonymity as users can shield their identity online and hide behind their computer screens. As a result, many users have chosen to take this opportunity to share harassing, harmful, or attacking comments. Why? They feel empowered to do this, knowing there is no fear of repercussions. ‘Trolling’ is a slang term that has become increasingly common. While there are many different definitions of this phenomenon, some examples of trolling on social media include: Posting random, unsolicited negative comments Sharing negative messages in a Facebook group with the intent of triggering a negative emotional response Starting unnecessary debates or online arguments Threatening to “dox” people (share private identifying information) Pointing out every little error, even if it’s irrelevant Threatening you or others (including those involved in your business and random followers) While there is no foolproof way to prevent social media trolls from finding you or your business online, there are ways you can address the problem effectively, protecting your brand image and eliminating unnecessary negativity. We are sharing tips and guidelines to help you identify trolling behavior, manage it appropriately, and avoid negative attention where possible. Address Social Media Trolls Confidently and Professionally with These Best Practices: Don’t Give in to Negativity, Rise Above It’s important to remember that getting sucked into the negativity or taking a troll’s comments personally will never end well for you or your brand. Instead, you need to step back and rise above the negativity. If you don’t believe you can reply to the troll positively and professionally, avoid answering the comment entirely. There is nothing wrong with ignoring comments left by social media trolls. Engaging in an online disagreement will only paint your brand negatively, discouraging potential customers from wanting to get involved with you moving forward. If you aren’t sure if a reply would be seen as offensive, nasty, or negative, err on the side of caution and don’t post it. Just as an individual can be an ‘internet troll,’ so can a brand or business. If you notice a competitor attacking you or posting negative comments regarding […]

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- Britt Kascjak

Do you ever find yourself stressing over how often you should post on Facebook or what the right time to post may be? If so, you’re not alone! Many small pet business owners are searching for the secret to Facebook success. While there is no magical key to instantly unlocking Facebook growth, there are ways that you can improve your Facebook organic reach. What is Post Reach on Facebook? The phrase “reach” or “post reach” on Facebook refers to the number of people who see your content after it has been posted. This includes people who view a picture, read a text post, or watch a video. Your Facebook reach can come from people who see your posts by visiting your page directly or (more likely) because your content showed up in their newsfeed. This doesn’t mean they engaged with your content, clicked through to your website, or even liked your post. It simply means that they saw it. “Organic reach” is the portion of that number that you have reached for free. This means that you didn’t help your content reach new people through paid advertising. Instead, you leveraged the algorithm to help your content reach your target audience. Organic reach is harder to obtain; however, this is a great way to take advantage of free marketing opportunities. To improve your organic reach, you need to show the algorithm that your content is valuable and should be shared with a larger number of people. To do this, you need to understand the different factors that the algorithm is checking for, including your rate of engagement as well as the quality and type of content you share. Why is Organic Facebook Marketing Important? Often when small pet business owners or entrepreneurs with no previous experience marketing on Facebook decide to create a Facebook page for their business, they make one fundamental mistake. They believe that all they have to do is post as often as possible, regardless of what it is. Unfortunately, all that will do is waste your valuable time and energy. Have you ever heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder?” This is a perfect example of that concept at work! By understanding how the Facebook algorithm prioritizes which posts will appear on our newsfeed, we can target our posts to perform better. The more often our posts show up on various newsfeeds, the greater our reach. The greater our reach, the higher the likelihood we will reach a potential customer. Plus, by leveraging organic Facebook page reach, you are reaching these potential customers without investing any money in advertising. Facebook organic reach used to be easier to achieve before they announced a significant update in 2018. The goal was to prioritize personal moments, connections with friends and family, and meaningful interactions. For small business owners (like yourself), it meant learning a new set of rules to grow a Facebook page organically. Here are a few ways to leverage the algorithm and boost your organic reach by being […]

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- Lindsay Pevny
Why I Read To My Dogs – It’s Not Just For Kids!
Why I Read To My Dogs - Matilda the tan chihuahua mix helps me read Perronautas by Greg van EekhoutHave you heard about how reading to dogs helps kids improve their reading skills? Dogs are patient, judgement-free listeners. They don’t mind if kids take their time sounding out new …
- Lindsay Pevny
Is It Okay To Pop Your Dog’s Leash?
Is It Okay To Pop My Dog's Leash As A Correction? Photo of Matilda the chihuahua minpin mix wearing a comfy pink harnessHave you ever been told to “pop” your dog’s leash or collar? You might have seen this technique in an article, a book, or even on TV. Like many dog …
- Lindsay Pevny
Your Quick-Start Guide To Your Dog’s Health And Care
Quick Start Guide To Your Dog's Health Care and DietDogs rely on us to help them stay healthy. And it can be tough because their needs are so different than ours – and yet, so similar too. Like humans, …
- Lindsay Pevny
Your Quick-Start Guide To Teaching Your Dog Tricks
how to teach your dog tricks for first time beginnersTrick-training can unlock both your creativity and that of your dog’s. That’s right – dogs can be creative, too! As you teach your dog the basic cues like sit and …
- Lindsay Pevny
Help! My Dog Poops In The House At Night
Dog Poops Inside At Night with Matilda chihuahua in snow saying why didn't I think of thatDo you have a nighttime ninja pooper? It’s not uncommon for dogs to seem totally housetrained during the day, while their humans are awake, then sneak around at night leaving …
- Lindsay Pevny
Puppy Love At First Sight… Or Not?
Meeting your dog for the first time is unforgettable. And if you love dogs, you probably loved your dog very much when you met them. And you likely realized that …
- Lindsay Pevny
Your Quick Guide To Breaking Your Dog’s Bad Habits
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
Your Quick-Start Guide To Puppy Potty Training
Puppy Potty Training Guide for Small DogsNothing 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
Is Your Dog Seeing Her Vet This Year? Why Dogs Need Annual Vet Visits
Matilda the chihuahua minpin mix at the vet for her annual wellness checkupAfter 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 Stink When She’s Scared? What Your Dog’s Anal Glands Are Trying To Tell You
Matilda small dog smiling happy in pink harness after a walkDoes 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 …
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- Animal Wellness

Whether you need care support for your dog or cat during his final weeks or months, or would like to become a certified animal hospice practitioner, this organization can help As our dogs and cats age, the time inevitably comes when we need to start thinking about end-of-life care. More and more people are turning […]

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- Tavor White
Choosing Safe Dog Chews

Chewing is essential to dogs, enhancing oral health and satisfying psychological needs. So choosing the right chew is vital for your dog’s safety and well-being. A Profusion of Casualties Abraham Lincoln advised his generals: “Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and chokeas much as possible.” Unfortunately, his guidance also describes many dogs’ chew […]

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- Animal Wellness
3 courses you can take to improve your pet’s health!

As a pet owner, you want to give your furry friend the best of the best. A great way to give your pet a better life is to educate yourself on what your pet needs so they can achieve optimal health. Taking educational courses, whether in-person or online, can give you a new breadth of […]

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- Animal Wellness

The most devoted dog parents in America make choices about their careers, love lives, living situations, and finances to benefit their four-legged besties.  Being a good dog parent requires time, love, patience, and resources. So what does it mean to be one of the most dedicated dog parents in the country? A recent Forbes Advisor […]

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- Animal Wellness

If your cat isn’t using his litter box, it’s important to know what to do about it — and how to get rid of the pee odor! Your cat has always been very good about using his litterbox, so why is he suddenly peeing on the rug or the side of your favorite sofa? There […]

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- Robert J. Silver, DVM, MS, CVA
What’s so Special About Turkey Tail Mushrooms for Dogs?

For many centuries, Turkey Tail mushrooms have had a reputation for helping to bolster the immune system. There is increasing scientific evidence that these mushrooms can be useful as a natural, adjunct therapy for the human cancer patient. Now, it is becoming a natural therapy choice for pets with cancer. Research into Turkey Tail Mushrooms […]

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- Animal Wellness
4 Key Tips for Better Dog Hygiene

Your dog’s hygiene affects the health and cleanliness of your pup and your home. Jax & Cali’s all-natural wipes make it a breeze to keep your pup hygienic and happy and your home healthy and clean! You wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs. You brush your teeth to stop periodontal disease and […]

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- Animal Wellness

All animals change as they get older, including dogs. Your pup probably had the same personality and energy level for most of their life, but as they age, their body and mind will begin to change. It’s the natural aging process that comes for us all. You can support your pooch as they age, and […]

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- Animal Wellness
The #1 Way to Stop a Cat Drinking from YOUR Water Cup!

Cats are notoriously picky about their water. As cat parents, we do what we can to make sure they stay hydrated. That’s not always easy, but a cat water fountain could be just what Kitty needs!  Have you ever gone to take a drink of water only to find that your cat’s got their head […]

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- Animal Wellness
3 Steps to Balance Your Dog with the Right Protein

Dogs need 1 gram of protein per 1 pound of body weight every day to stay healthy. But did you know that you could be feeding your dog the wrong kind of protein? Find the right one and their right food with these three easy steps! Protein is an essential part of your dog’s diet. […]

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- Animal Wellness

Play is vital to your dog’s well-being, both physically and mentally, and choosing the right toys makes it even more beneficial. In today’s busy world, we don’t give play a very high priority. Yet, it’s important to physical, mental and emotional health — not just for us, but for our dogs too. Playing with your […]

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- Animal Wellness
Does Your Dog Have Separation Anxiety?

Do you avoid going out because you worry about your dog being home alone? If he barks, whines or howls when you leave, he may be suffering from separation anxiety. Research shows that about 17% of dogs in the U.S. have issues with separation anxiety when their humans leave them alone. Some dogs are genetically […]

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- Animal Wellness
Why you should feed your pet freeze-dried raw treats!

Freeze-dried raw pet treats rate high in convenience, palatability and nutritional worth. They make a great addition to your pet’s diet and don’t contain the unhealthy ingredients that regular pet treats have. Why feed your pets raw treats? The idea of feeding raw in general is to add the benefits that cooked food cannot provide. […]

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- Karen Whala

No pet parent wants to think about saying goodbye to their fur baby. But when it comes time to make end-of-life decisions, in-home euthanasia lets you say goodbye while your beloved dog or cat stays comfortable in a familiar environment. Saying goodbye to a beloved cat or dog is one of the hardest things any […]

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- Animal Wellness

Giving your dog or cat a healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated, thanks to a company that blends high quality nutrition with the convenience of ready-to-serve food. A healthy diet means a healthy dog or cat, and that’s what most of us want for our animal companions. But some people hesitate to step up […]

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- Animal Wellness
Is your Lawn Care company using pet-friendly products?

As pet owners, we are always looking to reduce the toxic chemicals in our homes by buying pet-friendly cleaners and household products, but have you ever thought about the toxic chemicals that are on your lawn? Most lawn care companies are focused on how your lawn looks not on how the products they use are […]

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- Animal Wellness
3 Things You Need to Know About a UTI in Dogs

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common health problems for dogs. As pet parents, you can help prevent UTIs with supplements that support kidney, bladder, and urinary tract health. To protect your pup from UTIs, you should know the signs and symptoms and get your dog to the vet if you suspect an […]

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- Layla Morgan Wilde

For the past five years, Finland has ranked number one in world happiness reports. Are the country’s cats as happy as their human counterparts? I wanted to find out, so on a visit to Finland last summer, I dropped into the Helkatti Cat Café in downtown Helsinki. There are three cat cafés in Finland – […]

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- Robert J. Silver, DVM, MS, CVA
Top 3 Mushroom Extracts for Senior Dogs and Cats

Aging dogs and cats sometimes need extra help staying young, and mushrooms are a perfect wellness tonic for all senior animals. Let’s look at the best mushrooms for dogs and cats! Pet parents know that their dogs and cats may face physical challenges as they age, but what about their mental state? Cognitive decline can […]

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- Animal Wellness
What’s New at the Vet’s Office

Your vet’s office is changing for the better! With the rise of telehealth doctors, there are now veterinarians that are leaning on virtual assistants to help support their practice.  What is a Veterinary Virtual Assistant? Before we dive into how your veterinarian having a virtual assistant will benefit you, let’s go over what a virtual […]

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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.  

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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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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?
- Elizabeth Muenzen

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.  



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.


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.


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
Selehold: Affordable Broad-Spectrum Treatment for Dogs

Every dog lover wants to provide the best parasite protection to their four-foot friends and...

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- David Smith
Heartgard Plus vs Advantage Multi

Without a doubt, we all love our four-foot companions, and do every bit to ensure...

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- David Smith
Unveiling the Little-Known Ways of Cat Health Care

The shortest month of the year is dedicated to the health of our mischievous yet...

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- 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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Amplify Austin

Calling all Austinites, dog fans and cat enthusiasts! Amplify Austin 2023 is just around the corner and we need you to join us to #AmplifyLifesaving this year!

Ready, Set, Rally!

As one of Austin Subaru’s 2023 “pillar partners,” APA! has the opportunity to attend several events hosted or sponsored by the philanthropic company throughout the year!

Sometimes All It Takes is a Bag of Food to Keep Pets in Homes

What can 24 pallets of donated pet food do? It can connect a community, build a community, and keep the individuals in that community fed and safe.

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.


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! 

Pigskin for Hodgkins will host the fifth annual charity flag football game March 25 at Northwest Guilford High School, 5240 Northwest School Road in Greensboro. The nonprofit raises money for families going through a battle with childhood cancer and to…
Pet of the Week: Zebra
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Pet of the Week: Della
This is 11-month-old Della. Della was adopted when she was a puppy. As she grew, no one taught her manners or gave her structure. It was a free for all in her adoptive home, and she had no pack leader.…
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Pet of the Week: Finn
Finn is a sweet, quiet soul who wants to trust but it doesn't come easily for him.
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This cutie is a couch potato who loves cuddling and sunbathing.
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Pet of the Week: Dre
The Animal Rescue & Foster Program has promised him a new home for Valentines Day!
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Pet of the Week: Jaxx
This doggie will need help with stairs until he loses a little weight.
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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.
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.
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- Jennifer
What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet in March 2023

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then, if you still need help, email We’ll reply within 1 business day. Thank you! 1-Minute Survey: Adoption Handouts? We are designing fun educational handouts you can give to your adopters, to make your digital or printed adoption packet creation easier. Take our 1-minute survey (really, it’s that fast!) […]

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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 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 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 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 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 in October 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email 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 in September 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email 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 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 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 in July 2022

Questions? First, try our Help Library. Then if you still need help, email 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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- Elinor Molbegott

My father recently passed away and someone gave him a dog. It's been 3 months since he moved in with me. After he died the old owner wants her back. Can I get in trouble if I refuse to give her back?

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North Country Initiative’s Junkyard Tails

The rescue team at the North Country Initiative Adirondack Cat Adoption Center (NCI) in Warren County, NY, does not shy away from a challenge. When they were informed of a large population of cats living in a salvage yard who needed their help, the team leapt into action. The environment, however, presented some unique challenges.

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- Elinor Molbegott

We recently bought an Australian Shepard from a breeder under the impression that she would be a standard. Upon a DNA test, the results came back that our dog is a mini Australian shepherd. Do we have any potential courses of action? We will absolutely not give the dog back or away.

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- Elinor Molbegott

So I bought a dog back in July and I didn't pay for her in full. I told the people I got her from I would pay for the rest of her by the end of the month, but then I became homeless, and then got another house. I just didn't have the funds to pay for her right away and I informed the breeder every step of the way and they said ok. Then after 8 months of me having her they said I owed WAYY more money then I originally did for the late fee charges. BUT I never signed a contract, and I asked the breeders to write one up but they never did, and so because I didn't receive a contract stating that if I didn't pay her off by a certain date there would be late fee charges. I told her I wasn't paying late fee charges so now they are taking me to court for the rest of the money I owe on the dog PLUS late fee charges AND they want her back. NONE of us signed a contract agreeing to anything, so I'm just curious if she can really get the dog back and make me pay late fee charges, or if I will just have to pay off what I originally owed on the dog and be on my way.

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- Elinor Molbegott

My mom is sick so I took on her fur baby until her health improved. My daughter left the door open when she left for school and the animals got out. My dogs are always out for walks so our neighbors know them but the cat is always inside. He was lost in the for weeks. I made a report with the police and today they said they found him. The person who found them requesting I paid for vet fees. I was confused because why did you bring him to the vet? My assumption was that he was hurting. She states “She feels he needed to be fixed”. One it’s not my animal it’s my moms, secondly if I find anything that’s lost I report it to the police and let them make the call. How does a person make that call without consent? That’s insane and my mom is so upset because she didn’t want him to go through the pain and to change in his behavior. What legal actions can be taken?

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- Elinor Molbegott

I bought the dog but he did give me some money towards her. We share expenses and both take care of her. I carry pet insurance, and I work from home and he doesn't. We will be living in same area so I would be willing to share custody but he may not be willing. Do I have to take him to court over her?

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- Elinor Molbegott

We dropped our dog off for boarding and grooming. When we picked him up they had cut all of his hair off without any explanation. He is an American Akita, his coat may never grow back and will never be the same. He is suffering psychologically and now he cannot be in the sun due to possible skin cancer and he cannot be out in the cold.

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- Elinor Molbegott

My mom's dog, lab mix, ran out of the house and bit and killed a small dog. They were across the street. Owner of deceased dog says she wants 3k for her dog or she will put a claim on my homeowners insurance. Can this happen?

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- Elinor Molbegott

Can my roommate give my dogs away without my permission?

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- Elinor Molbegott

How can I get my dogs back including a service dog? The county has not charged me with anything yet has taken my dogs whom are healthy & well loved.

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