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Homemade Cat Treats

Everyone can use a treat now and again. Your cat is no exception! These are a great treat to give your kitty cat, but if you have some free time why not whip up a homemade treat? If your cat could speak human, she would be sure to tell you how much a homemade treat means to her. Cats love tuna fish and it’s an ingredient that you most likely already have in your pantry. Add the following ingredients together and it will be sure to make your kitty purr for more:

 

Ingredients:

-1 can tuna fish, drained
-1 egg
-1 1/4 cups flour
-1/2 cup water
-Pinch of parsley

Directions:

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

-Combine flour, egg, tuna, water, and parsley in large bowl until well incorporated and dough is formed.

-Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface and roll the dough out about 1/2 inch thick and cut dough in 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch squares.

-Place cut out dough on lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until golden.

-Allow treats to cool and watch your cat enjoy!

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Why Does My Dog Lick His Paws?

Have you ever noticed your dog licking or chewing their paws? Does your dog seem to do this constantly to the point where sores develop? If your pet isn’t injured and a yeast infection is ruled out, chances are your pup is most likely suffering from an allergy. Symptoms like licking or chewing paws, sneezing, red eyes, and a watery nose are signs your dog is suffering from an allergy and it’s bothering him. It’s important to get to the bottom of why they are exhibiting this behavior.

These symptoms arise sometimes because of new products your dog may come into exposure with. Did you start using a new household product? Symptoms can be caused by irritation due to a new perfume you began wearing or detergents used to wash bedding your pet sleeps on. If your pet continues to suffer from symptoms, this indicates that your pet may in fact be experiencing those symptoms due to the change in season.

If you can’t determine whether the allergy is coming from a product in your house, it may be due to seasonal allergies. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from the change of seasons and this could be the reason your pet is licking or chewing their paws so much. Ragweed, grasses, and pollens are just a few examples of factors that could contribute to your dog suffering from an allergy.

If any of the symptoms mentioned describe your pet’s behavior, make an appointment for them to be seen by their veterinarian. If the veterinarian determines your pet is suffering from allergies, follow his or her directions to get a handle on your pet’s suffering. The veterinarian may prescribe allergy fighting medications such as Diphenhydramine or Atopica. Frequent baths or soaks in prescription grade shampoos like PhytoVet C 4% may be recommended to help alleviate your pet’s symptoms as well. It may take some time to find the right medications or treatments for your pet. Evaluate your pet closely and try your best not to get discouraged if you have to try a few different methods of treatment. Your pet will appreciate your help to alleviate their aggravating allergies.

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4th of July Safety

4th of July is this week and that means lots of fun with family and friends. This also means BBQ and gorgeous fireworks! While these events are great fun for us humans, they can be incredibly terrifying and dangerous for our pets. We want you to have a fun and safe 4th of July this year! The following are tips to keep your pets safe this 4th of July:

Keep dangerous items out of pet’s reach- Matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles, and sparklers are examples of dangerous items for pets. The obvious reason being the potential to burn a pet. However, such items if ingested could be very dangerous for your pet leading to difficulty breathing, illness, and potential death. It’s best to keep these up out of reach and not allow your pet to be near when using them.

Picnic food- Even though Fido may be staring at you with his adoring big eyes which melt your heart, it’s not safe to feed pets certain foods. Dangerous picnic foods include grapes, raisins, chocolate, and avocados. Foods not suitable for pets can give them terrible indigestion and diarrhea. Not to mention, many foods are highly toxic to pets resulting in death. Fight the temptation to give in and only feed your pet their normal diet.

Create a safe place for pets during fireworks- Most pets are terrified of loud noises and 4th of July can be very stressful on them. Many pets become so frightened that they escape their yards and become lost. It’s best to create a safe environment for them and to not take them to any firework displays.

If you plan on staying home and not attending a firework display, bring your pets inside and keep them company. Try to go about your normal routine and if your pets become antsy try turning on the tv or some music as well as playing with them.

If you wont be home it’s best to keep pets in your house. Leave them in a secured room so they cannot escape to run away and become lost if they do become frightened. Include a cozy blanket and your pet’s favorite toys. Most importantly, this area should have no objects pets could swallow or destructively chew on.

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Never Leave Pets in a Parked Car

You’ve probably heard to never leave a pet in a parked car. If you haven’t, I am telling you now, don’t ever leave your pet in a parked car! The weather this Summer is only getting warmer and more dangerous for pets.

Many owners hear this pet safety advice daily and are well aware that a car can heat up to deadly temperatures in a matter of minutes on a sunny day. Sadly, even well informed pet parents can make unintentional mistakes. You might think it’s okay to leave your canine companion in the car if the windows are cracked or if you snagged a parking spot in the shade, but it’s still not safe. Below are a few more reasons to leave your pet at home when you’re out running errands:

Leaving the windows cracked doesn’t cool down the car enough-

Leaving those windows down just a little isn’t going to cool down the car enough to protect your dog. Dogs feel heat differently than people do and can only cool themselves down through panting and sweating out of the pads of their paws. Not enough cool air can circulate in the car from the leaving the windows cracked, putting your pooch at serious risk for heatstroke. It’s not worth the risk!

Shade doesn’t provide adequate protection-

Even if your car is parked in the shade, temperatures inside a vehicle can still rise dangerously quickly. The temperature inside a closed vehicle can soar 19 degrees in just 10 minutes and 29 degrees in just 20 minutes. Therefore, even if the temperature starts out a few degrees cooler in a shady spot, it can still rise to lethal levels. It’s not worth the risk!

The AC can be a dangerous option too-

It’s not unheard of for an air conditioner compressor or engine to fail, especially with an older car. It’s also not impossible for a dog to accidentally hit a button or switch that turns the air conditioning off or changes the temperature. Plus, why would you ever leave your keys in the ignition while running an errand? It’s not worth the risk!

It’s best to always play it safe and leave pets at home, even on moderately warm days. Practice hot weather safety at home too by always providing plenty of clean water and a cool place to rest. If you cannot physically take your pet into the building or event you are attending, save their life and leave them home.

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5 Fun Facts About Hedgehogs

Even though you can’t cuddle the cute critters, they’re becoming increasingly popular as pets. They’re small, cute, and totally lovable, but how much do you really know about Hedgehogs? Check out these 5 quick facts:

1.) Hedgehogs are primarily independent, solitary animals and only come together to mate. However, a group of hedgehogs is called an Array.

2.) There are 17 species of Hedgehog.

3.) Hedgehogs have poor eyesight. This results in their dependency on hearing and smell. Despite their poor sight, their sight is best in the dark as an adaption to their nocturnal lifestyle.

4.) Hedgehogs have between 5,000 and 7,000 quills. These quills located on their back can be raised and lowered to respond to threatening situations. The quills are hollow with complex air chambers that make them light but strong. Unliked Porcupine quills, Hedgehog quills are not poisonous.

5.) Hedgehogs got their name from the pig-like grunts they make and garden hedges they prefer to live in. Garden hedges are their preferred environment as they have a taste for insects.

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Gardening with Your Pet

Some people like to spend their warm summer mornings or evenings outside gardening. This is a great time to have your pet outdoors with you in a fenced yard. You can both enjoy the beautiful weather while getting some yard work done. However, there are some precautions to take.

If you are mowing your lawn, it’s best to keep pets indoors. This big, powerful machine can be a danger to pets, so it’s best not to take any chances.

Digging up and splitting bulbs is a common chore this time of year. While most flowering plants are just irritating to your pet’s stomach, some are truly toxic (such as Easter lilies for cats). The bulbs tend to concentrate most of the toxins in many plants. Pets may also be attracted to any plant food, such as bone meal, that you put around your bulbs. This is another garden chore your pets might be better off skipping.

Standard weeding is a chore your pet may choose to supervise or “help” you with by running off with the discarded materials. As long as you aren’t dealing with any toxic plants, this can be a fun time for your pet to share with you. Many gardeners become adept at tossing a ball in between tugging up weeds.

If you are planning on new plantings, take into consideration the toxicity of the plants you choose. Check out the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and cats before sprucing up your yard with something new.

Spending time outdoors together can be a great bonding experience, as long as you keep safety in mind.

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Summer Tips from Your Dog

Summer officially begins this week! With all the fun activities planned this Summer, don’t forget to include your best friend in some safe activities. Below are four pieces of advice that we can take from our four-legged best friends this summer:

1. Play in the water: You might notice your dog running around in the sprinklers or your kitty playing with a dripping faucet. Take a page out of your pet’s playbook and don’t be afraid to cool off with a little water fun! Playing in those sprinklers with your pup might just be a great bonding experience as well as some welcome heat relief.

2. Be adventurous: Rain or shine, it seems like your dog is always leading the way on your adventures together. Summer is the perfect opportunity for camping, beach trips, and other adventures. Just be sure to plan accordingly for the weather by avoiding the hottest part of the day and bringing plenty of water and sun protection.

3. Drink plenty of H2O: Dogs and cats don’t have other summertime beverage temptations like lemonade and margaritas, so it’s easier for them to listen to their bodies and drink plenty of water to quench their thirst. Take a tip from your four-legged best friend and reach for that water to stay hydrated.

4. Make time for an afternoon nap: When the summertime heat gets to be a little too much, sometimes the best thing to do is find a cool place to catch some z’s.

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5 Reasons Cats Are the Best

(1) They are adorable- Have you ever met a cat that wasn’t cute in some type of way? Probably not! They’re small, fluffy and super cute to look at going about their day. Most cats love attention and petting from their humans. Watching them play will absolutely melt your heart. Not to mention, they are really excellent cuddlers, on their own terms of course.

(2) They keep unwanted pests away- A cat’s playful nature easily attracts them to small rodents and bugs who they can chase after. If your cat happens to catch a rodent or bug they are chasing, don’t be surprised if they bring you their catch. Cats are known to bring their owners “gifts” of this nature. While the thought of a mouse brought to your feet is cringeworthy, you must admit the sentiment is sweet.

(3) They’re independent- Cats are very self sufficient and independent. They don’t require much as long as their basic needs are provided for. Food, water, and cuddles keep them happy and content.

(4) They’re loving- Despite being independent, when a cat decides they want some snuggles, they’ll be sure to come to you and let you know. There’s nothing sweeter than the affection they will give you. If they purr while allowing you to love on them consider it an added bonus!

(5) They’re resourceful- It’s a known fact cats love a good snooze. Clearly that’s why a common term is a, “cat nap”. Kitties can make anything into their bed to achieve an instant cozy slumber. Your bed, couch, blanket, corner, cabinet, etc. You name it, your cat may find a way to make it into the perfect slumber abode. That takes talent!

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Puppy Potty Training – FAQ’s

Let’s be honest, house training your puppy is one of the biggest difficulties you’ll face when you bring your newest family member home. It requires time, consistency, and lots of patience. By the way, did we mention patience? It may take 4-6 months for your puppy to be properly house trained. It’s easy to get discouraged and even confused by your puppy’s behavior, but it’s important to not give up. All the hard work and effort you put into training will pay off. The following tips are the most helpful and commonly asked questions when it comes to training your fur baby.

-When should I begin housebreaking my puppy? As soon as you bring your puppy home! This is usually between 12-16 weeks of age. Don’t delay or else you’ll risk him developing the habit of relieving himself in the wrong places. He’ll have a difficult time understanding the training once you initiate it. It’s easier to build good habits than it is to break bad ones.

-Should I designate an area of my home for training? Absolutely! This is ideal as it will reduce confusion by allowing your puppy to know this is where to relieve himself, no where else. This area should be blocked off so your puppy doesn’t wander off and relieve himself in other undesignated areas of the house. Once your puppy has the hang of puppy pad training and/or going outside to relieve himself, you may gradually give him more freedom to roam your home.

-What should I use to clean up an accident? Keep a pet odor neutralizer handy. These cleaners are designed to eliminate pet odors on various surfaces. Using a common household cleaner will not eliminate the odor completely, possibly causing your puppy to continually go back and have accidents in the same spot.

-Why does my puppy pee when I come home and greet him? This is an involuntary behavior caused by excitement or submission that occurs when sensitive or insecure dogs have exciting or intimidating interactions with humans.

-Why isn’t my puppy relieving himself on his puppy pads? Puppy pads are a huge help when it comes to potty training. The trick to using them correctly is consistency. You should designate a certain area of your house to put the pad consistently. Putting puppy pads in various areas of your house and not having a designated area causes confusion and leads to the misuse of pads. Keep in mind that it’s difficult for a puppy to distinguish the difference between the pad and rugs.

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Why Do Dogs Shed?

Believe it or not, dog’s fur isn’t just for extra cuddley cuteness. A dog’s fur aides in protecting his skin from environmental factors like the sun as well as helps to control his body temperature. Without fur, dogs would face many health challenges. It’s completely normal for a dog to shed as this is a natural process once the fur stops growing. However, depending on the breed, seasons, and any existing health conditions, the frequency of shedding will vary.

Some breeds have double coats of fur and will naturally shed their undercoat during spring and fall. These types of breeds include the Labrador, Beagle, Retriever, and German Shepherd.

If a dog is shedding much more than what is normal for the particular breed it could be due to:

Environment- A change in a dog’s environment can cause shedding due to stress or anxiety. For example, moving, car rides, or visits to the Veterinarian may cause stress or anxiety which will cause extra shedding. If you have noticed your dog’s hair seems to be all over the place (including you and your clothes) when they go to the Veterinarian this is why.

Skin disorders- Skin disorders are a common cause of excessive shedding.These disorders include but are not limited to ringworm, dermatitis, fungal infections, mites, fleas, and parasites. If you notice skin irritation in the form of bumps, rashes, or scabs in addition to extra hair loss, make an appointment for your dog to be evaluated by their Veterinarian.

Allergies– Particular medications, foods, and household cleaners may cause your dog to shed more due to an allergic reaction. If you notice extra shedding after introducing a new product into the household, it’s most likely due to an allergy you dog has to the product. This is the same for any new foods or medications your dog is given.

Fur all over you, your house, and furniture can be frustrating and you may wonder how you can prevent it. Unfortunately, you can’t stop a healthy dog from shedding, but you can try to get a handle on it with grooming supplies.

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