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Why Pugs Are the Best

1. They make you smile. Pugs are little clowns who love to make everyone chuckle. Their cute little shaking booty and big ole eyes make them irresistible.

2. They are so cute! Who can resist a smushy face? Their curly tails look just like cinnamon buns and their endless rolls make you want to hug them immediately! They are great snugglers that will keep you warm and cozy.

 

3. They are the best listeners. Have anything heavy on your mind or just need a friend to talk to? Pugs are the friend for you! They will listen intently, never judge you, and most of all, never spill any of the deepest, darkest (or embarrassing) secrets you divulge.

4. They are down for anything! Whether it’s a road trip, watching movies on the couch, playing, or dressing up, they will do it. Literally, they will do anything as long as they are with their loved ones.

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1) Throw a party! Birthday parties aren’t just for humans. Invite your pet’s pals and their owners over for some good ole fashion socializing. Make sure all choking hazards and dangerous foods are up and out of the way.

 

2) Surprise your pet with a birthday present. Who doesn’t love surprises? Especially on their birthday? Pick out a new toy your pet will love to surprise them with on their big day. They will be so happy and so will you. Why not a fun toy like this for your cat?

3) Pamper your pet. Treat your pet to a spa day! Take your pet to get groomed (as long as they enjoy it). A day dedicated to yourself not only makes you look good, but also makes you feel good on the inside. Your pet will appreciate it!

 

4) Give them some special treats. What pet doesn’t like treats? Your dog would love a treat along these lines.

5) Go on an adventure. Take them to a pet park, pet playgroup, or for a ride in the car.

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Summer is just around the corner. The warm air and fun outdoor activities are a great excuse to spend more time with your dog outside. However, it’s important to remember dogs can easily become exhausted and possibly ill due to the heat. Here are a few quick tips we want to share with you to promote safety for this summer.

Keep your dog hydrated. He should have access to water at all times. If you take him outdoors for an adventure make sure you bring water and a bowl with you.

Shade is key. If you’re going to be outside with your dog, it’s best to limit the amount of time he is in direct sunlight. Keeping him in shaded areas and giving him rest breaks will help avoid over exhausting your dog.

 

Never leave your dog unattended in a car. While this is clearly common sense, every year there are too many reports of dog’s dying due to their owner’s negligence.

Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion. If you notice your dog panting heavily, excessively drooling, vomiting, or showing signs of lethargy, take caution! Take immediate action to cool your dog down. Place them inside with the air conditioning on and a fan pointed towards them. A cool bath may help also, but adding ice may worsen things. Call your dog’s vet. It’s always better to air on the side of caution. The vet may suggest you come in, if so take this advice seriously.

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Cat Breed Spotlight: Persian Cat

The Persian Cat is a longhaired feline whose origin is traced from Mesopotamia (later known as Persia) which is now commonly known as Iran. The Persian cat is remarkably beautiful with its round head, short face, cute chubby cheeks, big eyes, rounded ears and sturdy body. They are a medium size cat weighing between 7 to 12 pounds. Their coats can be various colors that include white, black, cream, chocolate, silver, smokey, and calico. Their eye color is related to their coat color. Some examples of eye colors include deep blue, silver, green or copper.

Persian cats are known for their quiet nature and sweet temperament. They are wonderful pets for any size family. They enjoy affection and spend most of their time in their owner’s lap being petted. Their warm hearted nature makes them great cats for a home with children, as well as a home with other pets.

Persian cats are easy to please and care for. They love eating, playing, and affectionate love from their owners. Persian cats especially love to play with feather teasers and cat nip. A fun scratching post like this one is perfect for a Persian cat. 

A few things to keep in mind about the Persian cat is that they prefer an environment free from loud noises. They do not do well in warm climates, as they are sensitive to heat. If they are outside on a warm day, it is important to monitor the length of time they are out to reduce any chance of complications due to heat sensitivity. Therefore, it is recommended to keep them indoors as they prefer less noise and they are not scrapers that can easily protect themselves from other animals. They also require daily grooming for their long beautiful coat. It’s important to brush it daily to keep it clean and tangle free.

The Persian cat is truly a beautiful breed of cat. If you have a Persian, we would love for you to share your pictures or videos with us! Feel free to share them in the comments below or on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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A Few Reasons Why We Love Fish As Pets

Hassle Free: Allergic to dogs or cats? Don’t have a yard to walk your dog? Don’t want to pick up your dog or cat’s poop? Fish are the perfect pet for you! They don’t chew, claw, or have potty accidents in the house. Fish are the optimal pet for those of you who prefer not to pick up bags of poop or don’t have the time or space to take your pet on a walk. They can be easy to feed and depending on the filtering system in place, you only need to change the water once a month.

Reduce Anxiety: If you have anxiety, are stressed or are just having a bad day, your fish can put you in a better mood. It’s true! Observing fish in their aquarium is like observing a whole new world. It will give you an escape from your daily stresses and we promise you’ll look forward to feeding and caring for your fish each day. Also, the slight babble from the filter may sound like a calming stream which is very relaxing.

Entertaining: Watching your fish swim so beautifully is very enjoyable. Taking care of your fish is just as enjoyable as well as it is rewarding. Feeding them and making sure their environment is safe and optimal for them is commonly enjoyed by many people. It easily becomes a hobby that many people find consumes them for hours.Watching those pretty gill-bearing aquatic cuties swim through water can be relaxing and fun.Even kids can be mesmerized and sit in front of a tank for hours.

Conversation Starter: When a person walks into a friend’s home or business and the first thing they see is an aquarium, they’re immediately drawn to it. Fish have a magical ability to captivate everyone around them. Resulting in conversations being struck up about your aquarium or the types of fish that inhabit them.

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Today is Cinco de Mayo! If you’re not familiar with Cinco de Mayo, the day recognizes the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While many of us may celebrate this day, let’s not forget our pets. They love to celebrate too!

You may be thinking, “how can I celebrate with my pet”? Here are some fun suggestions:

Why not throw a party? Invite your pet’s friends and humans over for a fun get together. Add a piñata or photo booth for extra fun. Just make sure any choking hazards or unsafe foods are not easily accessible to your pet and their fur pals.

Enjoy a margarita with your pet! To clarify, you should be the only one drinking the margarita, as alcohol can be toxic to pets. Even though your pet cannot have a margarita themselves, they can keep you company while you sip one! You both will enjoy each other’s company.

No matter how you choose to spend Cinco de Mayo, your pet will be so thankful to be spending the day with you!

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Why Identification Tags Are Important

Do you keep a collar and id tag on your dog at all times? If you don’t, you really should considering doing so. Regardless of whether your dog is an inside or outside dog, there’s always a risk of your dog getting out and becoming lost. Having an id tag on them will aide in their safe return.

You may be reading this, thinking this a silly blog subject considering your dog is microchipped or would never run away. Dogs can become lost much easier than one might expect. There are so many potential scenarios that could happen. For example, someone doing work in your yard may forget to close the gate, allowing your dog to escape. Or a storm may frighten your dog causing them to dig under a fence or jump over a fence. For whatever reason, if your dog runs away the first step in their return is having an id tag.

Having an id tag with your dog’s name, your name, address, and phone number will allow neighbors or good samaritans who find your dog to contact you. Even if your dog is microchipped, this would require the individual who finds your dog to take them to their nearest vet or shelter. While many individuals would go out of their way to help a dog who appears to be lost, sadly some individuals may not. However, having an id tag on your dog allows whoever finds your dog to easily contact you. This greatly increases the chance of your dog returning home safely and quickly.

Put yourself in your dog’s paws. What if he or she were to become lost for any reason. Imagine how scared and anxious they would be. Just like we humans have identification, and keep it updated, so should our pets.

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Flea Prevention

 

As the weather becomes warmer, it’s a great time to discuss flea prevention for your pets. If you notice your cat or dog becoming itchy and pestered as the weather has warmed up, it’s because fleas are attracted to warm climates. The warmer of an area you live in, the higher the likelihood of fleas agitating your pets. As humans, we don’t like to be itchy and surely our pets don’t like to be either! This is why preventative, routine flea prevention is important. This is especially important if you live in an area that remains warm all year long.

As responsible pet owners it’s our responsibility to get a flea infestation under control and maintain it for the health of our pet. You can either treat your pet for fleas spot on (also known as topically) or treat fleas orally. No matter the method you choose, it’s extremely important to understand that flea preventatives intended for dogs can be harmful and potentially lethal to cats. Therefore, preventatives intended for dogs only and cats only should be used in their respective manner.

 

Spot on Treatments Compared to Oral Treatments-

Products like Frontline and Advantage are commonly used spot on treatments. They work by killing existing fleas, in addition to regulating flea growth. They are applied to your pet’s skin once a month. It’s a great option for pets who downright refuse to swallow pills.

Some pet owners feel spot on treatments can be messy, which makes oral medication a great alternative. Capstar and NexGard are great examples of oral flea preventatives. Oral flea medication can provide fast relief and treatment of fleas. In addition, there is no worry if you’ve successfully placed the entire treatment on your pet, like there is with spot on treatments.

Even if your pet doesn’t currently have fleas, it’s a good idea to start them on a preventative for their safety and yours. If your pet catches fleas, the fleas easily spread to other pets in your household. A flea infestation will cause a nuisance for you and your family members. Most importantly, fleas serve as hosts for tapeworms which both pets and humans can be infected with. It’s best not to risk a flea infestation when it’s so simple to protect our pets by using a flea preventative.

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Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Have you ever suffered from a urinary tract infection? If so, you know how uncomfortable it can be. You may be surprised to learn that your dog can suffer from urinary tract infections too. Many dog owners are not aware of this, so knowing the signs of an infection is beneficial.

While some dogs may never have one in their lifetime, the dogs that do suffer from them show symptoms that their owners may not even realize are indicators.

The Most Common Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection Are:

  • Urine accidents inside the house
  • Frequent urination
  • Blood in the urine (this may be pink or red)
  • Crying or whining while urinating
  • Frequently licking the genital area
  • Dribbling urine or the inability to urinate

 

If your dog shows these signs it’s important to take him to the Veterinarian for an evaluation. The Veterinarian will need a to perform a urinalysis. The urinalysis will show whether there are white blood cells present in your dogs urine or not. White blood cells in the urine indicate an infection. While the presence of white blood cells suggests an infection, it’s vital that this is confirmed by performing a culture. Culturing the urine and allowing bacteria to grow will allow the Veterinarian to be absolutely certain there is an infection and most importantly what type of bacteria is causing it.

A culture is vital because it allows the Veterinarian to know which antibiotic to treat your dog with due to the type of bacteria found. If no bacteria is present there is no need for an antibiotic. Veterinarians prefer not to prescribe antibiotics unless it’s absolutely needed due to the risk of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A culture can also help determine if something else is going on in your dog’s body besides a urinary tract infection. A dog may exhibit signs of a urinary tract infection, but the type of bacteria found in the culture may indicate issues that are more serious than initially thought. For example, the culture may show that there is an issue in the kidney, prostate, or there may be kidney stones that are affecting the urinary tract.

How to Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Most importantly remember the symptoms of a urinary tract infection and look out for them. The sooner your dog receives treatment, the better he will feel. Some dogs are susceptible to reoccurring urinary tract infections, so it’s advised to know the signs and follow the directions and treatment plan your dog’s Veterinarian puts into place.

Many Veterinarians suggest giving your dog a daily urinary infection preventative. It’s also extremely beneficial to ensure your dog has access to water to drink throughout the day. Not only will it help your four legged pal to stay hydrated, but drinking plenty of water results in regular urinating. This helps to flush out and reduce the chance of bacteria growing in the urinary tract.

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Pet Spotlight: Meet Sparky!

Sparky is 6 1/2 years old and is an Agouti

Sparky’s story is a special one. Along with her 7 siblings, Sparky was rescued as a baby by her sweet human Mama named Julia, who has a passion for bunny rescue.  All of the 8 babies were paired off when Julia rescued them. If you’re not familiar with bunny terminology, pairing/bonding is essential to a rabbit’s livelihood.

Rabbits live longer, healthier and happier lives if they have a partner to share their life with. Having a partner is key to their happiness. Rabbits typically bond with rabbits with similar personalties and the process can be a tough one. In fact, some rabbits may not even bond with any of the other rabbits they live with.

When introducing rabbits to each other with the intention of bonding, there are guidelines to follow. All rabbits must be spayed/neutered and be healthy. Their first introduction should be away from the home rabbit’s territory. Rabbits must be introduced slowly and carefully ensuring the rabbits are demonstrating positive body language. Positive body language includes demonstrating relaxed behaviors, purring, or grooming. If either rabbit shows aggressive body language such as growling, biting, or chasing, the introduction should be stopped to prevent fighting. The introduction can be picked up again another day. This process can take some time. However, once they form bonds, the rabbits will be inseparable. The bond is so powerful that the separation or loss of a partner(s) can cause great heartache.

Sadly, Sparky’s original partner passed away. So you can imagine what grief and sadness Sparky was experiencing. Initially after the loss of Sparky’s partner, Julia tried to bond Sparky with two of her sisters she grew up with. Unfortunately, despite living together, Sparky and her two sisters didn’t bond because they didn’t like each other and would fight.

About a month after Sparky’s partner passed, Julia rescued another bunny named Theodore, with the hope that one day Sparky would bond with him.

When Julia introduced Sparky to Theodore they both began grooming each other! This is extremely rare in the world of bunny bonding as it typically takes multiple introductions before rabbits will bond. It was clear to Julia that these two were in desperate need of each other. Their instant connection is precious and doesn’t happen often. As you can see by the pictures of Sparky and Theodore, they truly adore each other.

Sparky enjoys living in sunny San Diego, California with her partner/husband Theodore. Not only is Sparky lucky to have bonded with Theodore, but she’s also lucky to have such a caring and compassionate Mama like Julia!

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