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More Tips for Keeping Your Pet Happy and Healthy

Posted May 18th, 2020 by daniel

It’s always nice to have extra time to spend with your pets. After all, most of us are so busy that we have to make time for our pets -and ourselves- to simply relax and enjoy the moment. However, there are times when life slows down a bit and we can take time to sit back and enjoy hanging out with our pets.

But now that you have the time to just hang out with your pet(s) what are some things you should do? After all, one can only walk to so much each day! Here are some ways to ensure that your downtime with your pets is time well spent – for both you and your family’s fur babies.

7 Ways to Keep Your Pet(s) Happy and Healthy

  • Depending on where you live, there may be more wildlife moving around. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash when walking in parks as you don’t want them to ‘stumble’ upon a skunk or porcupine. Have a cat that doesn’t respond well to a leash? Consider getting a stroller that can be zipped shut but still has a mesh or screened opening.
  • Pay attention to debris. You don’t want your pets sniffing around something that could be harmful. After all, germs are everywhere!
  • Lyme disease is real and can be a serious problem for your pets (and you!). Be sure they have the proper collars on. Then take time to inspect their coats for those pesky parasites when you return home.
  • Just because you have more time to cook, it doesn’t mean now is a good time to introduce people-food or even a significant amount of new pet foods into their diets. Giving your dogs or cats food they are not accustomed to can cause stomach/digestion issues. Big food no-no’s are grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and chocolate.
  • Be sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations! Not sure? Contact your vet. Being sure your pet is up to date on their shots can, in turn, help protect you as well.
  • If you plan on planting a garden or introducing houseplants to your space, be sure to only have ones that are pet-friendly and safe. There are several plants that can cause illnesses in pets.
  • Take time to go the extra mile – activities like brushing their hair, extra-time spent playing with them, or just cuddling is healthy for you and your pet. So why not indulge yourself – and them!

Keeping your family’s four-legged members happy and healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. It is just a matter of thinking and planning ahead and then being sure to have the supplies available. Talk to your veterinarian, an experienced pet sitter, or even just someone who has had pets for a long time, and learn all you can about how to make your time with Fluffy and Fido as wonderful as it can be!

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy

Posted March 18th, 2020 by daniel

It seems there is always news about an approach to staying healthy. Be it getting more of a particular type of exercise, increasing how much you eat of a specific type of food or food group, or encouraging more or less time for sleep or leisure -there’s always something to improve. When it comes to having a healthy pet, the action items stay a bit consistent, but it never hurts to be sure you are doing all you can to protect the health of your beloved furbabies.

9 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Healthy

Being sure your pet has proper nutrition and taking preventative action can go a long way to your pet having a healthy and happy life.

  1. Be Active – Going on walks, hiking, running and swimming are great ways for your pet to get exercise – and us, too! But beyond these activities, don’t forget to keep them actively engage mentally as well. Make time to teach your pets new skills, play a game of tug-o-war or fetch, pick up some new toys, etc. so that they can be active both mentally and physically.
  2. Be Proactive – Be sure your pet is safe with identification options like microchipping and collaring to help them be returned in the event you get separated from your pet. You can also be proactive by keeping your home free of items/toxic substances that can harm your pets.
  3. Bonding – People and animals both need affection! Cuddling, petting, playing and just chilling out next to your pet is not only healthy for your furbaby’s emotional health but can improve yours as well. Better yet, when you spend time bonding with your pet, it teaches them how to have positive interactions with other people.
  4. Checkups – Most of us don’t enjoy going to the doctors, and chances are your furbaby isn’t any different. However, they still need to go for regular checkups. By having yearly health screenings, you can be aware of any potential health concerns and have a better chance of them beating or avoiding a serious health problem.
  5. Grooming – Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed, bathing them, brushing their coat, taking time to gently massage them and checking for any unusual bumps is important. Your pet will feel better with clean fur and you will know sooner versus later if there is a health concern.
  6. Mouth Disease – Be sure your pet is getting the oral health care they need. Failing to do so can cause your pet to quit eating, and can even lead to heart and kidney problems. Talk to your vet about product design for your pet’s dental needs.
  7. Nutrition – Being sure your pet eats the correct amounts of food, as well as food that is perfect for his/her breed and lifestyle, is a must. Sadly, obesity is not just something that affects people, it is unhealthy for our pets, too. Talk to your vet to learn if there are any supplements or a specific type of food that can help your pet be healthier. Also, be sure that your pet gets enough water, and minimize the number of treats you give him.
  8. Social Life – It has been found that the earlier young pets are introduced to new people and animals the less likely the risk of aggressive behavior is. The prime age for this type of interaction is from birth to around 18 weeks as this is when most pets are forming their view of the world.
  9. Spay/Neuter – This can extend your pet’s life expectancy, reduces the risk of disease, can prevent some forms of cancer, -in males- minimize aggressiveness and in females help reduce unwanted behavior such as irritability, yowling and spraying urine.

These 9 actions can make a big difference in your pet’s health. Make time to implement them. Your pet is worth it!

New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

Posted January 15th, 2020 by daniel

It’s January. The time of year where people all around the globe make New Year’s resolutions. This long-time tradition has taken many turns and twist along the way, and often resulted in some pretty impressive feats. “So, what do New Year’s resolutions have to do with your pets?” you may ask. Perhaps, surprisingly, more than you might think. In fact, as a pet owner, you have the opportunity to make resolutions that benefit you and your pet.

From peace of mind to better health, setting resolutions as a pet owner offers many ways to make 2020 the best year ever – for you and your four-legged friend(s)!

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

  1. Teach them a new trick. This is a fun way to interact with your pet and help them learn something new Choose the right trick and it can benefit you, too! For instance, teaching your dog to collect recyclable materials saves you time and can help maintain a cleaner space. Want something that encourages interaction with others? Sign up for a training or obedience class and build a stronger bond with your pet and connect with other pet owners while you are at it.
  2. Get more exercise. This one is great for both you and your pet. Be intentional about taking your pet out for a walk around the neighborhood every day. You will both see some results!
  3. Play more. Your animals will use up some of that excess energy and you can both have fun together. Even better, you will become closer to your pet and strengthen your relationship. For added fun, find a new park or activity that you both enjoy.
  4. Spruce up their environment. Consider a new toy that is two-fold. A snack dispenser that encourages a new skill and helps maintain their diet, or perhaps a window perch for your cat that provides the opportunity to leap.
  5. Better hygiene. For your pet, of course! This is especially important if your pet spends a great deal of time outside but still important for inside pets. No, your pet might not love water – cat owners? – but being clean helps them be healthier and happier. To make it easier to implement, consider setting up a daily grooming routine with brushing your pet or a full body rub down. Even better, having a clean pet means less dirt being spread in your house, so less housework!
  6. Sign up for pet insurance. Having pet insurance actually saves you money and better yet, means you don’t have to make decisions regarding health concerns for your pet based solely on your budget. As for your pet’s benefits, it means that your vet can provide the most comprehensive action plan for your pet’s needs.
  7. Get to know your vet. Be sure to schedule wellness appointments to be sure that your furbaby is healthy. This is also a good time to ask your vet about any concerns you might have and learn of anything you can do to prevent future problems.

So, what will your New Year’s resolution(s) be? We would love to hear about them!