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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Pet

Wondering how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your pet but not sure how? Try these fun ideas:

  • Bake up some healthy treats. Try these yummy St. Patty’s Day recipes.

 

  • Throw a party. How much fun would it be to invite all your pet’s pals and their humans over for a few hours? Not only will you enjoy catching up with your friends, but your pet will enjoy catching up with theirs as well. Step it up a notch and host a costume party! Make sure to keep all non pet friendly treats up and out of paw’s reach.

 

  • See what activities your community has planned. Many communities will host pet events to celebrate the luck of the Irish. From festivals to costume contests, your pet will have a blast!

 

  • Take a special trip. Take your pet out for a special stroll downtown or to a pet park. Your pet will love getting out and spending extra special bonding time with you.

 

  • Treat your pet to something green. Take your pet to a local pet store or buy them a special green themed toy or outfit!
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St. Patrick’s Day Treats

St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday and it’s time to celebrate! You may typically eat corned beef and cabbage for dinner, but unfortunately due to the high sodium content, sharing it with your dog can be very dangerous. To keep your pooch safe, why not make a special treat especially for them? Even if you and your dog aren’t Irish you can still have a blast whipping up a special St. Patty’s Day treat for him or her.

The following two recipes are a delicious alternative for your four legged fur baby:

Minty Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the water, egg, and coconut oil. Fold in the flour and mix until dough forms. Once dough is formed add the parsley and mint to the mixture until combined.
  • Roll out the dough and cut out shapes with your choice of cookie cutter. Place biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let the treats cool and enjoy!

 

Green Bean Snackies

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups frozen, cut green beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Toss green beans in olive oil and spread evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake green beans for 20-30 minutes. For extra, added crunch, turn your oven broiler on low during the last 5 minutes of baking and toss as needed to ensure beans don’t burn.
  • Allow the beans to cool and serve.
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6 Reasons to Love a Pug

The amount of reasons to love a pug are endless but here are our top 6:

1.) They make you smile and will constantly entertain you. Pugs are little clowns who love to make everyone chuckle. Their cute little shaking booty and big ‘ole eyes make them irresistible. They love toys and will play for hours with their most prized toys.

2.) They are so adorable! 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 come in many different colors. While most of us are accustomed to the standard fawn colored pug, there are also black, apricot, and albino pugs!

4.) 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.

5.) 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. They love to spend quality time with their owners no matter where that may be. However, it’s important to note that due to its short trachea, a pug can become easily overheated and doesn’t do well in heat.

6.) They are loyal fuzzballs and make great guard dogs. Guard dogs? Yes, I really did say that. Pugs are all about stranger danger. If a stranger shows up at your house they will bark loudly until they know the stranger is safe to be there. Don’t let their small stature fool you, they can pack a loud, strong bark that will deter any intruder.

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March Is Poison Prevention Month

March is poison prevention month. It’s a good reminder to go though your home and yard to ensure anything poisonous is removed or out of reach from your pet. Considering the following 4 tips to keep your sweet pet safe:

1.Be Aware of the Type of Plants You Have in Your Home and Yard

Plants such as Oleander, Daffodils,Tulips, and Lilies are very poisonous for pets and can possibly be fatal. The smallest ingestion of petals,leaves, or even the water from a vase one of these plants are in can result in vomiting, decreased heart rate, kidney failure, and possibly death. It is best to keep these plants out of reach of your pet.

2.Make Sure all Household Cleaning Products are out Reach and Properly Stored Away From Curious Paws

Window cleaner, bleach, laundry detergent, and all purpose cleaners are very dangerous. If ingested, some cleaning products may cause upset stomach as well as severe burns to your pets mouth or tongue.

Dogs and cats both seem to be attracted to dryer sheets and moth balls.You may be surprised to learn that laundry dryer sheets and mothballs are extremely poisonous to pets. This is because they contain concentrated levels of toxic chemicals in addition to being a choking hazard. Ingestion may cause allergic reactions, neurological trauma,or intestinal blockage. All of which are very dangerous and may even cause death. Make sure to never store dryer sheets and mothballs where a pet may reach them.

3. Don’t Forget to Keep Trashcans out of Reach Too

Putting a trashcan behind a closed pantry door, a gate like this one, or in a cabinet can make a huge difference in preventing curious or mischievous pets from accidental poisoning as well as choking. We throw many dangerous items into our trashcans on a daily basis that can cause so much harm. Items such as batteries, medication, dental floss, and leftover foods that may contain bones or mold can be very harmful. In addition, coffee grounds are incredibly poisonous. Dogs and cats are highly sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Therefore, moderate ingestion of coffee grounds may cause vomiting, tremors, seizures, or death.

4. What To Do if You Suspect Your Pet Ingested Something Poisonous

If you suspect your pet may have come into contact with something poisonous, it is crucial to monitor your pet’s symptoms and get them to the vet for evaluation. Another useful resource is The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center. The center is available by telephone 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at (888) 426-4435.

There’s nothing like the love and companionship of a pet. We would do anything to keep them safe so sharing these types of safety tips is so important. We hope you find our tips useful and informative.

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4 Reasons to Keep Fish as Pets

If you haven’t had a fish as a pet before, you should consider it. While they greatly differ from owning a dog or cat, seeing as you can’t physically pet them, they still bring much joy. Consider the following reasons to own a fish:

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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Fun Frog Facts

We really don’t give frogs enough credit for how much they help us humans out. For such small animals, they are incredibly vital to the food chain and help to keep insect populations under control. This is important because most of the insects they eat carry diseases that can be fatal to humans. Frogs also aide in eating insects that may destroy crops. We love our leaping amphibian friends and thought you may enjoy learning the following facts:

  • Frogs inhabit every continent except for Antarctica.

 

  • Frogs don’t drink water, they absorb it into their body through their skin. Specifically through a frog’s belly and underside of its legs. A frog’s skin is permeable which allows water and gases to be easily absorbed. As humans, this is important to remember and aide in reducing pollution. Pollution in a frog’s environment can greatly hurt and easily kill a substantial amount of frogs.

 

  • A frog breathes through its nostrils as well as its skin by absorbing extra oxygen in the water.

 

  • Frogs have an incredibly sticky tongue. This allows them to catch and swallow their food. A frog’s tongue is not attached to the back of its mouth like a human’s tongue. Instead, the tongue is attached to the front which allows frogs to stick their tongues out farther.

 

  • A frog’s skin sheds once a week. This is known as molting. Once its skin has shed, the frog typically eats it. It may sound gross, but the purpose is for a frog to absorb the much needed protein found in its skin.

 

  • A group of frogs is called an army.

 

  • Male frogs croak to attract females. In fact, each species of frog has a unique croak which is can to be heard a mile away. Until recently, it was believed that female frogs do not croak, only the males croak. However, in the last few decades scientists have discovered some species of female frogs who croak.
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Peanut Honey Oat Treat For Your Dog

For a homemade, no-bake treat for your dog, try this recipe! The yummy combination of peanut butter, wholesome oats, honey, and dried fruit makes a really special snack for your dog. Since these treats don’t require any time in the oven, this is also a great recipe for kids to help with!

Before you start make sure the peanut butter you use is Xylitol free. Xylitol is poisonous to dogs so be sure to use  peanut butter that does not contain it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Be sure to wash your hands before you get started. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl with your hands. Spoon the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate the treats until they’re set. We hope your dog enjoys these yummy homemade treat! 

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National Love Your Pet Day

Today is National Love Your Pet Day! While we know you love your pet everyday, we thought of some fun ways to make the day extra special. Check out the following suggestions to show your pet some extra love:

1) Throw a party! 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 present. Who doesn’t love surprises? Especially when one isn’t expected? Pick out a new toy your pet will love to surprise them with. They will be so happy and so will you. Why not a fun toy like these for your cat and these for your dog?

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 like these and these are great for your cat!

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

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Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a disease that is very concerning and can possibly be fatal in pets. It can affect both cats and dogs. The disease itself involves foot long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of infected pets, that may cause heart failure and damage to other organs in your pet’s body.

The disease is primarily carried by wild species that live in suburban areas such as coyotes. However, the mosquito plays a huge role in the heartworm life cycle. Mature female heartworms living inside of an infected pet or wild animal, produce tiny babies called microfilaria that live in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites an infected animal or pet, it picks up these microfilaria which mature and become infective. When the infected mosquito then bites another animal, the infected microfilaria are deposited onto the animal’s skin and enter the animal through the mosquito’s bite wound. This cycle results in heartworm being difficult to control.

Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Dogs are common hosts for heartworms. Heartworms can live inside a dog long enough to mature and create their own offspring. This easily allows several hundred worms inside a dog’s body. If the disease is left untreated, the numbers of heart worms may increase inside a dog’s body creating damage to the heart, lungs, and arteries.

Symptoms of heartworm disease include a mild cough, fatigue, lessened appetite, and weight loss. As the disease evolves in a dog, a dog may experience heart failure.

Heartworm Disease in Cats

Heartworm disease in cats varies greatly from dogs. Cats are not typical hosts for heartworms, but the presence of heartworms may still exist causing great damage if left untreated. Most worms in cats do not survive as the cat matures. However, a few may remain causing a condition known as heartworm associate respiratory disease (HARD).

Symptoms of Heartworm Disease in cats includes coughing, attacks mimicking asthma attacks, vomiting, decreased appetite, or weight loss. Heartworms in cats can possibly migrate to other parts of the body such as the eyes or brain. The symptoms of heartworm disease in cats are much harder to detect than dogs. This means testing is crucial to not allow a cat to go untreated if affected by heartworms.

Testing and Treatment

The sooner the disease is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Heartworm testing administered annually by your veterinarian will determine whether your pet is infected or not. In addition, heartworm preventative medications are a must.

All dogs should be tested annually for heartworms during routine check-ups for preventative care. Dogs under 7 months old should start a heart worm preventative, but should be tested for heartworms after 6 months to ensure heartworms are not present. Dogs over 7 months old and not previously tested or on a preventative medication must be tested prior to starting heart worm prevention.

Even if your dog is currently on heartworm preventative medication it is crucial they are tested yearly for the disease in the event they have been infected. Missing a dose, or skipping a dose of heart worm preventative medication can leave your dog susceptible to the disease.

In the event your dog is diagnosed with heartworm disease it’s important your dog’s disease is stabilized and treated by their veterinarian.

It’s vital to understand that the medication used to treat heart worm in dogs cannot be used in cats. There is no approved heartworm treatment for cats, therefore early detection in crucial. Having your cat tested yearly for heart worm will make a great difference as well as preventative heartworm medication.

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Cat Health Month

February is cat health month and serves as a great reminder to check in with your cat’s veterinarian to ensure your kitty is up to date with their shots or any other treatments they may require. In addition, your cat’s overall health should be reviewed as many cats suffer from ailments or diseases unbeknown to their owners. One common disease in cats is Diabetes. Many cat owners may not know their cat is suffering from the disease until it is diagnosed by the veterinarian.

Diabetes is a disease that occurs in cats due to the inability to produce enough insulin to balance glucose levels. Just like humans, cats need sugar in the form of glucose for energy.  It’s important to treat Diabetes in cats as it can lead to weight loss, dehydration, problems with motor function, and possibly even death. Increased thirst and increased urination are two main symptoms that your cat may exhibit if affected by the disease. Sugar builds up in the bloodstream ultimately causing these types of symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms, a visit with your veterinarian is necessary for a diagnosis. During their visit with the veterinarian, your cat’s glucose concentrations will be tested in both their blood and urine to determine if they’re suffering from Diabetes. Upon diagnosis of Diabetes, the veterinarian will provide a treatment plan that may include a change in diet, use of medications, or insulin injections. In addition, monitoring your cat’s glucose levels at home may be recommended.

The disease can affect any cat of any weight, but it’s most commonly seen in cats who are overweight. This makes it important to keep your cat healthy with a proper diet and exercise. Along with your cat’s treatment plan, a diet of protein and decreased carbohydrate content is ideal for cats suffering from Diabetes. Surprisingly, many dry cat foods are made with starch which makes them high in carbohydrates. Therefore, your veterinarian may suggest switching to a specially formulated food or an all canned food diet. No matter the treatment plan provided for your cat, it’s important to keep an eye on her weight and monitor her symptoms. It’s crucial to maintain routine visits with the veterinarian to evaluate her progress and report any changes or concerns. With the help of their humans managing and maintaining their individual needs, cats can live long prosperous lives with Diabetes.

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