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Winter Problems for Your Pet Paws February 18 2019
One of the first issue to pets during the winter time is damage to paws due to deicers that are used to melt ice on driveways, roads, and sidewalks. Contact with these deicers can cause chemical burns on your pet paws. If you notice your pet is limping or continue to lick their paws then deicing products may be the cause of this issue. During the winter time, it's best to keep your pet off the sidewalk or snow whenever possible.
The second issue is accidental ingestion of deicers due to your pet constantly licking their paws or your boots. To prevent your dog from ingesting deicing salts it is recommending that you keep a shallow bowl of warm water and something to be used to wipe your boots and your dog’s paws when coming back inside during the winter.
The third issue during the winter is the ice balls that form between your pet toes due to the cold. To prevent this issue, it is recommended that you keep your pet's hair trimmed short during the winter. Dogs that are also left in the cold for long periods of times are also at risk of their paws or hair freezing on the ground. It is not recommended that you keep your pet outside in the cold and shorter walks are better in the long run than longer ones.<
Protection for Your Pet Paws
When considering the use of deicers, it is recommended that you use pet-friendly deicers which will help to protect your dog’s pads from injury and chemical burns. Another product that can be used to protect the pads of your pet is special waxes that can be used before a walk. Keep in mind that the use of any paw wax will wear away after extended use, and should be reapplied before each walk.
During the winter time, the best protection for your dog’s pads when they're outside are dog booties. Dog booties will prevent injury to your pets from deicers that are placed on the ground. Its recommended that you take proper sizing of dog booties to make sure there are comfortable for your dog to wear and prevent further injury. In the beginning, your dog may have a hard time wearing booties but will eventually get used to wearing the boots.
What is an Orthopedic Bed? February 10 2019
An Orthopedic bed is a bed that has been created to help with joints, back and overall body issues and offers targeted, tailored support.
When your dog reaches a certain age, they can start to experience a variety of conditions that affect their overall body such as
- Other joint problems.
- Hip dysplasia.
- Muscle loss
- Bone injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
If your dog suffers from these conditions then I recommend you get your dog an orthopedic bed. When your dog uses his orthopedic bed, he should not be able to feel the floor through the bed. Usually, the beds are made using foam, but other types of beds can be considered orthopedic as long as its thick and provide enough support to the body.
Some examples of different types of Orthopedic dog beds are memory foam which can ease the pain of achy joints, Warming Beds: which relieve your canine’s aches and pains especially due to the cold and Liquid/Stain Resistant which are for dogs who have bladder control issues.
Cleaning Orthopedic Dog Beds
If your pet's bed becomes too worn or flattened then it should be replaced to avoid any discomfort to your pet. To test to see if the bed needs to be replaced you press your hand hard on it and once it doesn’t reset back to its current shape depending on the type of bed then it is a good indication it should be replaced. If your pet bed has an odor, then it should be washed if it's washable if not it should be replaced. Some beds have removable covers that can be removed and washed. If the cover can’t be removed, it is recommended that a blanket be placed on top the bed which can be washed as often as necessary in the future.
By keeping the bed clean and dry it will allow it to last longer.
What Size Bed for Your Dog?
If your dog has orthopedic or neurological conditions then you must choose beds that are the right size for them. Your dog shouldn’t need to curl up to fit into the bed due to it causing more pressure to be placed on their joints.
You should also bear in mind when purchasing a bed, the ease at which your dog can get into and out of the bed without your assistance due to old age or size of the dog.
Adjusting to a New Bed
When placing your dog’s new bed, it is recommended that you place the bed in a spot your dog often sleeps, in a quiet spot away from household activity or in your room if he sleeps there at night. Never placed the bed near drafts or cold areas because it might discourage your pet from sleeping in the bed.
To help your dog get adjusted to the bed you can lay on it for 15 minutes to make the bed smell like you and your home. You can also try placing a few of your dog’s favorite toys on the bed to encourage him to use the bed while playing with the toys.
Best for Small & Medium Breeds
Amour Bed comes in two sizes large and small, reversible with a removable pillow, machine washable and is also enveloped with soft to the touch fabric your pup will love to curl up into!
This bed is also recommended if you pet is hairless or shivers a lot due to the cold.
Luxe Bed offers low rise front for easy access. Made from the highest quality of fabric and stuffed to perfection with 100% poly-fiber fill for longer lasting fullness and durability. Machine washable and tumble dry for easy care.
This bed is also recommended if you pet is hairless or shivers a lot due to the cold.
Best for Large Breeds
Frolic Bed is made with the environment in mind, these designer dog beds have removable covers and cushions that are machine washable, durable, eco-friendly
Outdoor Dog Bed adds stylish comfort to your deck, garden, gazebo, and poolside. These washable, waterproof dog beds are sure to please your pup.
Ultimate Guide in First Time Cat Ownership February 03 2019
Types of Food to Feed Your Cat
What you choose to feed your cat can have a lasting effect on its overall health and performance. There are three different types of food that you can feed your cat such as canned, dry, and raw.
Newborn kittens should always be fed kitten formula due to them being newborns and need to consume food with high calories for their growing bodies.
Cats comes in like chunks, slices, minced pieces, pâté, or chunks in gravy.
Better quality and premium canned foods often have meat (poultry, beef, fish, etc.)
You can find these foods at most pet food stores and online.
Less fillers means there’s more nutrition packed into one can
Dry food is better for a cat’s teeth.
Less moisture content
Contain Higher Percentage of Carbohydrates
Dry food is more convenient for longer hours away from home
If you wish to transition to any of the three it helps to feed him a small amount of the same food to keep him on a consistent diet and make a slow transition to whatever food you plan on feeding him.
Better smelling poop and less of it
Healthier skin and coat
Better teeth and dental health
Essential Items to Buy
Food Dishes and Water Bowls
The best bowls to purchase for your pets are made out of stainless steel and ceramic due to these types of bowls being easier to clean.
Always keep a bowl of water in locations that are easily accessible for your pet and also remember to change the bowls water daily to keep it fresh.
In order to avoid unnecessary damage to your furniture and other household items, it is recommended that you purchase a scratching post for your home and place it in an easily accessible area. Depending on the size of your house you may need to purchase more than one.
Most cats sleep a lot during the day, so give yours a comfortable place to rest. This could be a cozy cat bed or just a soft blanket of his own.
Some prefer sunny, warm spots to sleep; others want to hide away in someplace dark and private. Notice where your pet sleeps most often and put the bed in that area.
If you plan on getting a cat as a pet you will need one litter box for each cat you have in an easily accessible location. There are different types of litter boxes such as open and covered.
Litter Boxes come in a variety of sizes and you must make sure you purchase the right size depending on your size of your cat.
There is different type of litter that are sold online and in stores such as clay, clumping, pine pellets, corn and recycled newspaper litter, etc. Depending on your cat one type will work better than the other and its odor best to start with least expensive and switch to different types if it’s not capturing the odor.
Once you find a litter that works its best to stick to that type rather than purchasing other type to avoid any confusion with your cat.
Litter Scoop and Bucket
When purchasing a litterbox choose a scoop that will work with the type of litter you buy and small bucket to dispose of dirty litter.
A litter mat is recommended to pick up excess litter from your cat paws when he leaves the litterbox.
Scoop your cats’ litter twice a day to keep it clean and replace the litter once a week to your house smelling fresh. Before you replace the litter its recommended that you clean the litter box.
Bathe Your Cat
Cats clean themselves throughout the day by licking themselves but still require extra care to remain clean.
When cleaning them use a gentle shampoo that specifically design for cats and avoid getting soap or water near their eyes or ears.
Avoid using specific shampoos for fleas or ticks unless prescribed by a veterinarian.
After your bathe your cat make sure that your dry him using a towel then brush his coat.
Keep Your Cat's Claws Trimmed
Maintaining your cat claws is important to your cat’s well-being due to being unkept can become long, sharp, or broken and can cause them to cut themselves or you.
Trimming your cat claws twice a month
The front claws usually grow faster than the back
Use sharp scissors due to dull scissors may tear the claw rather than cut it.
If you have never trimmed your cat claws before then you should take your cat to a professional.
How to Trim a Cat's Claws:
Start off in a well-lit room
Make sure you cat is steady before attempting
Use a flat surface to place your cat.
When trimming front paws, press gently on one toe until the claw extends out.
Locate the ‘quick’, which is the pinkish vein that extends down through the nail.
Trim only the tip of the claw. Do not get close to the quick.
Repeat this with each toe, including the ‘dew claws’, which are on the inner part of their front legs by their wrist.
Keep a small container of pet styptic powder on hand in case you accidentally cut the quick. If this happens, put styptic powder on the nail and put pressure on it with a paper towel to make sure the bleeding stops. As long as you’re very careful and do not get near the quick, this shouldn't happen.
It is recommended that you start this from an early age, he or she will get used to it more easily. Afterwards give him a couple of treats to make the experience positive.
Brush Your Cat's Teeth
Always remember to brush your cats’ teeth regularly to remove plaque, and prevent gingivitis which can lead to tooth loss and swollen gums.
Please to purchase a toothbrush that is appropriate for your cat size and if you need assistance please contact a veterinarian for advice.
Loss of Teeth
Yellow or brown deposits on the teeth
Gum inflammation and bleeding
Issues with Chewing
Brush Coat Regularly
In order to avoid mats from forming in your cat’s coat which are clumps of hair that are have become intertwined with each other and is often hard to remove without removing the pieces of hair itself.
It is recommended that you brush you cats mat at least twice a week using a regular bristle brushes or metal bristle brushes if your cat sheds a lot. If you’re not sure what to purchase that its always recommended you contact your veterinarian.
How to Remove Pet Fur and Hairs January 11 2017
Have you ever looked around your home, car or on your clothes and wondered how to deal with all of the pet hair that just seems to be everywhere? We understand that a lint roller won't always be enough. You are in luck! We have compiled a list of strategies that can be used to deal with this annoying problem.
Electrostatic dust mops on hard floors are recommended to remove any pet hair. Using a
vacuum or broom can cause fur to go flying around and get caught up on other
furniture’s in the house.
Try brushing the coat using a thick bristle brush. Push it back and forth over the affected area and see the difference.
Sprinkle some baking soda over the carpets to help loosen up pet hairs that are on the
carpet which will make it easier for the vacuum to do its job. Once that is done, vacuum
the carpet with a minimum of three passes to make sure it picks up most of the fur.
Another suggestion is to use a dry rubber squeegee or rubber broom to lift up
any remaining pet hair from the carpet. If there are darkened edges due to fur build up around your carpet you need to take a wet rubber glove, and with your pointer finger, drag it across the darkened edges to remove the buildup of hair.
To remove pet hair on upholstery, you can use a vacuum or a lint roller, or even a dampened rubber glove.
It is recommended that you get your air ducts clean annually due to fur settling on the
ducts and often gets recirculated. If your house uses other type of filters, it’s
recommended that you have those replaced and clean as well.
It is recommended that you place your laundry in the dryer prior to washing it by setting
it to 10-15 minutes’ heat free cycle which will assist loosening the pet hair on the fabric
before washing it. When the dryer has completed its cycle shake out each piece of garment before placing it into the washer. When the washer has completed its cycle take it out and place it back in the dryer and it's recommended that you use dryer sheets to help loosen any remaining pet hairs on the garments. Also, remember to remove the lint tray and clean it to remove any accumulated pet hairs prior to reusing the dryer in the future.
Dog Biscuit Recipe November 15 2016
With the Holidays coming up, we don't want to leave our furry friends out of the celebrations! It's a time of gathering with friends and family with lots of food included. What better way to share with your pets, then by trying new recipes, especially made for them?
This weeks Recipe is Doggie Biscuits!!
You will Need:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted natural peanut butter
Lets Get Started
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Stir together the flour and baking powder; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
- Share and Enjoy!
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