Pet Care Tips Archive

Safe, Delicious Dog Chews Provide Entertainment, Happiness and Improved Dental Health

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Dogs explore the world much in the same way that we do: they look, listen, feel and smell. However, much like human babies, dogs also take in information about their surroundings through their mouth. As most dog-owners know, this can damage valuable items around the house! But did you know it can also damage your pet’s teeth?

Punishment for chewing your belongings is not effective unless you catch your pet in the act. Even if discovered minutes later, your dog will not associate the punishment with the act of chewing. The best actions to take are done in conjunction: 1) move any valuables out of your pet’s surroundings if you can, and 2) offer a delicious and safe alternative like a dog chew.

Dog chews are desirable for three reasons: they will prevent chew damage to your belongings, they are a great way to reward your pet and show your love for them, and they actually promote good dental health!

Providing a variety of shapes and flavors will keep your dog occupied, entertained and happy. The different grooves and edges will help to toughen their gums, scrape plaque and tartar deposits off their teeth, and improve the look of their teeth (they will be white and brighter!). Some excellent shape choices include sticks and spirals.

Not all dog chews are created equal. Many pet owners have experienced ill-effects from products made outside the USA. True Chews Beef Bully Chews are sourced and made in America. They are 100% natural, with no fillers or raw-hide. They are slow-roasted for the flavor and chewiness that dogs love. Even better, owners love that they are safe, odor-free, and leave no messy crumbles behind.

When offering True Chews Beef Bully Chews, it is a good idea to supervise your pet, especially the first time that they are trying the product. Also be sure to provide them with fresh drinking water!

True Chews Beef Bully Chews are a treat that you can feel good about giving. Your dog will love the taste and chewiness, be occupied for hours, and enjoy improved dental health.

Choose The Chew That’s Right For You:
True Chews Sticks, 6-Pack
True Chews Spirals, 3-Pack

Give Your Cat The Most Enjoyment and Benefit from Catnip

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Catnip is a member of the mint family, and it is irresistible to most adult cats. When offered, it will get a cat up and moving! Use it as a reward, as a way to further strengthen your bond with your pet, and to promote happiness through play and activity.

Cats are stimulated by smelling the catnip, so sniffing is their first response. Although an owner can sprinkle catnip on fresh newspaper or in a cardboard box, an even better option is to use a refillable toy.

The toy, especially if shaped like a small animal (vs. a ball), will stimulate the cat’s natural instinct to chase and stalk prey. Move the toy like prey would move (short bursts to start a chase). Watch your cat spring to action! This type of play gives cats the opportunity to develop coordination, increase muscle tone, and enhance their problem-solving skills. Allow your cat to “win” by catching the toy, as it is very rewarding for her. The entertainment – and exercise – will continue as the toy encourages batting, pouncing, and tossing.

A refillable toy, like the KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy, is ideal. In addition to looking like prey, the KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy makes playing with catnip less messy. The enclosable pouch holds fresh, high-quality catnip without spilling out. And because catnip can cause excessive drooling, the pouch is machine washable (with catnip removed).

When playing with the KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy, remember to go at your cat’s pace. If your cat gets overexcited, take a rest break and start again when she is calmer. Some cats enjoy play before a meal, which mimics the natural sequence of hunt, eat, groom and nap, but offer the toy at different times during the day and see when your cat is most receptive.

Only a pinch or two of catnip is needed in your KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy for hours of entertainment. In between uses, store the catnip in an airtight container in your freezer to preserve freshness. Look for pesticide-free, USDA Certified Organic catnip composed of leaves and flowers (no stems or stalks). To activate the catnip, crush the dried buds and leaves between your fingers.

Catnip can be a healthy addition to your pet’s life!

Pet Care Tip – Keep Your Bird’s Feet Healthy

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Sand Perch T-PerchIn the wild, birds are guaranteed plenty of intense exercise from climbing, flying, and foraging for their food. In captivity, birds rely on their owners to help them get adequate exercise to maintain overall good health.

Allowing your bird ample time out of its cage to fly freely is one way to encourage movement of the major muscle groups. Another way is to provide your bird with ropes, ladders, and toys. However, it is important not to forget the smaller muscle groups, like the feet!

Without proper opportunity to work the small foot muscles, birds are prone to suffering from foot abnormalities that require a trip to an avian veterinarian. A simple solution is to install multiple perches to encourage movement and improve strength and dexterity.

When looking for the ideal perch, pay attention to providing ranges of thickness, similar to what birds find in nature. This will give your bird the choice as to the most comfortable spot to roost and sleep, as well as offer challenges to their flexible feet, keeping them healthy and strong.

Sand perches make grasping easier and, as an added benefit, are ideal for allowing your bird to groom their talons and beak!

Ideally bird owners should install multiple perches in the cage at different heights, while leaving ample room for exercise and wing stretching. When installing the perches, remember to place them so that they do not cross under or over another perch. It is best to have two sets of perches so your pet can have a clean, dry perch while a dirty one is being cleaned or replaced.

The JW Pet Sand Perch Small T-Perch will improve your bird’s habitat by providing a durable, safe, and comfortable spot for your bird to roost, sleep, or groom. It easily attaches onto a cage with horizontal or vertical bars, allowing for flexibility in installing multiple perches. It is designed with varied widths, just like in nature, to help prevent sore feet and improve strength and dexterity. It is perfect for small birds.

 

Pet Care Tip – Choke Collar Training For Your Dog

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Choke ChainUsing choke collars (not the pinch collars) when used properly is a great way to train your dog how to properly behave on a walk. First and foremost, use the collar only on walks and for training. Second, the handler MUST remain calm at all times or you will get absolutely nowhere. If you are angry, upset, aggravated, etc., the dog will pick up on it and this will only feed into the animal’s anxiety, making training almost impossible.

It is important to make sure that the choke collar fits the dog, so be sure if you’re able, to take the dog into the pet store to size him correctly and make sure that he has the right collar. Drop the chain through one of the loops on the choke chain, and make sure that the loop is large enough to go over your dog’s head. Next, you want to be sure that you have put it on correctly. With you looking down at the back of the dog’s head, make sure that the collar forms a ‘p’ as it loops around the dog’s neck. ‘P’ for puppy. This way the collar will tighten and loosen as needed, where the opposite way will have it locking when it tightens.

Before starting your walk, practice within your yard, keeping the collar up high on the dog’s neck. The underneath should be up under the chin, not down low on the front of the throat. Next, make sure that when you leave the house, you are the first out the door and first into the door. The dog is never to walk ahead of you always next to you, and never in front of you. A leader leads, does not follow and if your dog is leading, then naturally, it will see itself as the top dog.

As you walk, stay calm…relaxed…don’t tense up. Using short jerks on the leash to get your dog’s attention, (not hard enough to cause harm) to get him to walk where you want. When you stop, he stops…when you walk, he walks. As he becomes more accustomed to the way of things, expand your area and take him further. Again…the keys here are a properly fitting choke collar…the collar being put on correctly…and the handler remaining calm. You don’t have to yell, holler, scream or shout to train your dog. In fact…you should keep your commands to one word. And never use the animal’s name in a derogatory or disciplining manner. You want his name to be a good thing, not represent punishment or anger.

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Pet Care Tip – Aquarium Setup

Friday, June 18th, 2010

If you are thinking of setting up an aquarium and not using an aquarium stand, then you will want to make sure that whatever you put your tank on is very strong.

Water weighs about 8 lbs. per gallon. With the tank and gravel, figure about 10 lbs. per gallon. So, a 10 gallon tank will weigh about 100 lbs.

If you find something strong enough to hold your aquarium, you will want to make sure that it is also very flat. If the surface under the tank is warped – or not completely flat – you may get a pressure crack in the glass of your aquarium. This happens when the tank tries to bend to conform to an uneven surface and cracks.

A good way to check the surface is to set the tank up empty. Then, try to wobble the tank from corner to corner. If it does not wobble much, or less than 1/16 of an inch, then it is probably OK. If you see a gap that is more than 1/16 of an inch, you may want to shim it, or get something different to put your tank on. If you shim, use thin plastic that can’t be compressed.

It is always best to use an aquarium stand for tanks larger than 10 gallons. This is the safest thing for your aquarium.

Related products of benefit to your pet:
Fish Aquarium Stands