Winter is approaching, temperatures are dropping, and the layering of jackets and sweaters has already begun! While the winter season is the perfect time to sport a favorite coat or pair of boots, it is also a prime opportunity for animal lovers everywhere to dress their pets for the season. This can obviously result in extremely adorable photo shoots, but many dogs do actually require an extra layer to keep them warm. However, some dogs are naturally “dressed” for winter all year long, with a thick fur coat of their own! Here are some dog breeds that are built for the cold. [click to continue…]
Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with those you love, so it’s natural to want to include your four-legged companions in on the celebration. As hard as it is not to let your pet partake in your Thanksgiving feast, it’s probably best to keep the furry family members out of the room at mealtime. This ensures pets won’t have access to potentially dangerous handouts or scraps that have fallen on the floor.
If you absolutely have to share some of the big meal with Fido or Fluffy, check out the safe options listed below as well as those to avoid. [click to continue…]
It’s estimated that more than half of dog owners in the United States allow their canine companion to sleep in their bed. While this may not be a great idea for everyone (like those suffering from allergies or asthma), there are several benefits to snuggling up with Fido. Below are a few reasons to consider letting your canine companion snooze by your side:
1. They’re natural heaters: There’s no better way to stay warm on a chilly winter night than to let your puppy cuddle up next to you. [click to continue…]
Chances are, you already know just how to greet your own feline companion, but saying hello to someone else’s cat is a whole different story. Cats can be picky when it comes to who they show affection toward, so it’s important to approach an unfamiliar feline carefully. Below are four tips for properly greeting a cat:
1. Let the cat make the first move: Immediately approaching or reaching out to a strange cat can result in the claws coming out. Let the cat approach you and pay attention to body language. [click to continue…]
From their excitement when you walk in at the end of a long day, to their loving companionship when you’re feeling down, your dog does so much to make you smile. Below are five little things you can to repay your sweet canine companion for all that love:
1. Put Your Phone Down: We’re all guilty of it. From texting, to checking social media, our phones seem to be permanently glued to our palms. Make a conscious effort to put down your phone for a period of time every day and just concentrate on spending time with your canine companion. Your pup will appreciate it, plus, it’s a lot easier to play a game of fetch or tug-of-war with your hands free. [click to continue…]
A recall has been issued by Blue Buffalo, a Connecticut based pet food manufacturer, for select bags of “Kitty Yums” cat treats. The affected products may contain low levels of propylene glycol, a substance not allowed by the FDA to be in cat food.
The recall only applies to the following bags of Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe Treats:
UPC: 859610007820 – Best If Used By: April 24, 2016
UPC: 859610007820 – Best If Used By: July 24, 2016 [click to continue…]
If you have a dog, you know that not everyone understands your attachment to your canine companion. Below are a few things that people sometimes say to dog owners that can really get on a devoted pet parent’s nerves:
Your dog doesn’t understand what you’re saying.
Dogs may not know the English language, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to communicate. There’s a good chance your dog has picked up a few words (walk, treat, etc.), and an equally good chance your pup knows you well enough to understand the tone and inflection in your voice. Dogs also tend to be very in tune with their owner’s body language, so whether you’re sad or happy, your sweet canine companion probably can tell. Dogs understand a lot more than some people give them credit for, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. [click to continue…]
Cats are known for being fastidious about their grooming routines, so it may take you by surprise if your feline companion starts to smell a little less than fresh and clean. If you notice a bad smell coming from your cat, the first step is to take note of where the smell is coming from, and the second step is to contact a veterinarian. Depending on the part of the body, a funky stench can be the result of the following health problems:
Mouth: The most common cause of a foul odor coming from the mouth is dental disease. It’s estimated that 70% of adult cats suffer from some degree of periodontal disease, due to lack of brushing and veterinary teeth cleanings. But, other health problems can cause mouth odors too. The early stages of kidney disease can trigger bad breath, so can liver disease, digestive issues, and oral cancer. [click to continue…]
When it comes to dog treats, there are almost too many options. There are so many brands, flavors, sizes, and textures available that the possibilities may seem endless. So, how do you know which one is right for your canine companion? Below are a few guidelines to follow to narrow down your selection:
1. Look for quality: Healthier choices should contain natural ingredients, minimal preservatives, and no added sugars. Look at the ingredients list for whole foods that are recognizable. [click to continue…]
It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing color, the air is getting a little cooler, and the days are getting shorter. While autumn is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors with your canine companion, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Fewer hours of daylight probably means more dog walks in the dark, so be sure to take the following precautions to keep both you and your pup safe:
1. Be seen: Obviously, when it’s dark outside, visibility is low and it’s harder for motorists to spot your canine companion. Invest in a reflective leash or harness for nighttime outings. Rethink your outfit too by avoiding dark clothing and maybe even wearing something reflective yourself. [click to continue…]