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9 Pet Tech You Need to Check Out!

Posted May 20th, 2019 by daniel

We all love our pets! So, when it comes to finding them the right food, sleep gear, or amusement items, we are constantly on the lookout for the best possible item. And, as with many other parts of our lives, technology is advancing, and a plethora of pet-friendly technology is now on the market.

Here are some of the most popular pet tech items available today.

9 Innovations in Pet Tech You (and Your Pet) Are Sure to Love!

  • FitBark – Much like its human counterpart, the FitBit, FitBark is a wearable that tracks your dog’s activity – distance traveled, calories burned, sleep, etc. -so you can know what they are up to whether you are at home or away.
  • ZenCrate – Designed to help alleviate pet stress, the ZenCrate has motion-sensor activated fans and a calming playlist that is activated when your pet enters the crate.
  • Smart Pet Bed – This pet bed is connected to an activity tracker and works with the Alexa so that you can track your pet’s health and weight with ease.
  • CleverPet Hub – An interactive toy that dispenses treats when your pet accomplished specific tasks/activities. The software will increase in difficulty so your pet is engaged every time they play.
  • ProBowl by Obe – This pet tech gadget has a smart base that connects to your phone through an app. The app then records the amount of water and food your pet consumes, and lets you know if there are any changes.
  • PetNet – This is a smart feeder designed to work for both dogs and cats. It helps you determine how much food your pet needs daily, and then dispenses the proper amount. It will also let you know when your pet has been fed, or when you need to purchase more food.
  • Wagz – This is a dog collar that allows you to keep your pet from wandering off. The collar is connected to your smartphone via an app. In the app, you can draw out property boundaries as well as prohibited zones. If your dog attempts to leave the specified area the Wagz collar will vibrate and send out an ultrasonic deterrent. If the pet actually leaves the designated area, then you will receive a notification and your pet can be tracked using GPS.
  • PetSafe – This is an automatic self-cleaning litter box. PetSafe uses disposable litter trays and rakes away waste. It will also track how often a cat uses it. A similar product is the Lavviebot Purr which automatically cleans up, keeps the litter topped off and filters out any odors.
  • PetCube Play 2– Essentially, a baby monitor for your pets, the PetCube lets you know what is going on and even talk to your pets, when you are not at home.

These are but a few of the latest items in the world of pet technology. Have you checked any of them out? If so, we would love to hear what you think of them, or learn how your pet reacted to them. Shoot us an email or comment about your experience with pet tech!

It is officially spring. And, even if it seems like many parts of the South are seeing more rain than sunshine, for those who love gardening, the season of seeing fresh new plant growth is officially here. However, if you also have pets, then you might want to give special thought to what type of plants will be safest for them.

Choosing Pet Friendly Plants

There is something wonderful about having beautiful green plants and a multitude of colorful flowers. But not every plant is safe for your pets. As a result, you will need to take special care to select those which are perfectly safe for both Fluffy and Fido. Here are some plants to consider as your plan your greenery both inside and outside the home.

Indoor Plants:

  1. Air Plants
  2. Areca Palm
  3. Baby Rubber Plants
  4. Baby’s Tears
  5. Bamboo Palm
  6. Bird’s Nest Fern
  7. Blue Echeveria (aka, hens and chicks)
  8. Boston Fern
  9. Burro’s Tail
  10. Cast Iron Plant
  11. Christmas Cactus
  12. Echeveria Lola
  13. Friendshop Plant
  14. Haworthia Zebra (related to aloe, but safe for pets)
  15. Lace Flower Vine
  16. Money Tree
  17. Parlor Palm
  18. Peperomia Green
  19. Polka Dot Plant
  20. Ponytail Palm
  21. Prayer Plant
  22. Spider plants
  23. Staghorn Fern
  24. Swedish Ivy
  25. Watermelon Plant
  26. Wax Plant
  27. Xerographica Air Plant

Outdoor Plants:

  1. African violets
  2. Alyssum
  3. Aster
  4. Black-eyed Susan
  5. Celosia
  6. Gerbera Daisy
  7. Hibiscus
  8. Impatiens
  9. Lipstick Plant
  10. Magnolia Bush
  11. Orchids
  12. Pansies
  13. Petunias
  14. Roses
  15. Snapdragons
  16. Sunflowers
  17. Sweet Potato Vine
  18. Zinnia

Plants Hazardous to Your Pet’s Health:

While this list is not totally inclusive, it will give you a place to begin. That stated, there are also plants you should avoid.  Here are some to be sure are well out of your pets’ reach:

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Birds of Paradise
  3. Chrysanthemum
  4. Cyclamen
  5. Daffodils
  6. Dieffenbachia
  7. English Ivy
  8. Foxglove
  9. Jade Plant
  10. Iris
  11. Lilies
  12. Oleander
  13. Poinsettia
  14. Sago Palm
  15. Tulip
  16. Wisteria

If your pets ingest any of these plants, you will be able to tell through symptoms such as the following:

  • Agitation
  • Black or bloody stools
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Drooling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nosebleed
  • Uncontrollable urination or thirst
  • Vomiting

If you notice any of these symptoms and suspect that your pet has ingested a plant that is unsafe for them, contact your vet immediately!

So, don’t hesitate to fill your home or garden with gorgeous green plants and colorful flowers. Opt for some of the plants from this list and get ready to have a spring and summer that you and your pets can enjoy. And for those times when you need to get out of town – don’t forget to give us a call. We would love to keep your pet company! Contact our team today.

Winter Weather Tips for Caring for Your Pet

Posted January 15th, 2019 by daniel

We love our pets. We buy them gifts, special food and spend time with them. So, when it comes to taking care for them, we do it without hesitation – after all, they are family! But it is not always easy to know what type of care or proactive measures need to be made in order for our pets to be most comfortable – especially during the winter when temperatures can fluctuate or hover well below the comfort level.

So, if you are concerned about your pets when the temperatures drop – and who isn’t? – then these winter weather tips are especially for you.

8 Winter Weather Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe and Warm

  1. Know your pet’s limits – especially if they spend a great deal of time outside. Some animals are better equipped to deal with cold weather than others. If you have a pet that doesn’t “do cold weather” as well, then be sure to limit outside time. A simple rule of thumb is that if it is too cold for you, then it is likely too cold for your pet as well.
  2. If you have an outside cat, or perhaps a neighbor does, be sure to check your vehicle’s hood and tire wells before leaving for work in the morning. Cats love to sleep up off the ground and your vehicle is the perfect bed. A simple approach is to give the cat(s) a warning by honking the horn when you get in your vehicle, or using your key fob to trigger the assorted sounds.
  3. If you let your animals wander the yard or take them for walks, be sure to take time upon returning home to clean their paws of any debris or chemicals they may have stepped in while walking. As you do so, be sure to check for any signs of injury, as the cold weather makes their skin drier and thus more prone to a scratch or cut.
  4. Depending on where you live, or the recent temps, there can be ice patches along your walking route. Endeavor to keep your pet off of these areas so there is less risk to them (and you!) of slipping and becoming injured.
  5. Just as you don’t want to leave your pet in a vehicle when it is too hot, the reverse is true in winter. Extended time in a cold vehicle can lead to freezing and hypothermia.
  6. Avoid spills-especially those common things such as anti-freeze that can be spilled in a garage or driveway. This product tastes sweet to our pets but can cause serious illness and death.
  7. Do you have cat or dog with short hair? Then invest some of the fun outfits/sweaters made for your pet. They will look adorable, and be warm, too!
  8. Talk to your vet to learn if there are any shots or vitamins that your pet could benefit from during the winter months.

These are but a few tips that can make caring for your pet during the winter better for everyone. Do you have additional tips? We would love to hear them.