Saturday, October 24, 2020

PET CARE

All About Healthy Pets: Pet Care, Veterinarian Advice, Dog & Cat Health Tips, Pet Supplies, Dog & Cat Tips. Plus much more.

Some dogs eating Beneful have experienced Internal bleeding, diarrhea, seizures, and liver malfunction. Photo credit: ABC 7 Chicago

8 Myths Uncovered About Pet Food

(PETS/PET CARE) Having a pet is a huge responsibility. Deciding and following a particular diet guide for a pet can be tricky and daunting, as a lot depends on the species, breed, and the life stage of a pet. One's diet guide should completely be pet-specific. Their food should be well-balanced, nutritious, easily digestible, and most importantly, safe (free of deficiencies or other harmful chemicals). fortunately, most people make general assumptions or follow advice from other pet keepers and draft out their own diet sheets. What they don’t realize is that without performing thorough research on pet diet information, some decisions may be harmful to pets. You must have a proper understanding of raw and dry food, as well as the byproducts and how different animals react to different foods and ingredients. You should also be aware of their allergies or intolerance to certain grains or meats. If you are unsure about what your pet should be eating, please contact your vet, and let your pet enjoy a happy, healthy life. The following infographic discloses some of the myths about nutritional food for pets--take a look! -- Global Animal

Pets On Pot: Does Medical Marijuana Help Or Hurt Pets?

(PET HEALTH/PETS) The legalization of marijuana has been a controversial topic for several years now. While many can attest to the healing properties of medical marijuana, others believe it is too dangerous to use as it lacks FDA-approval. But with medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, many are beginning to ask whether it's safe for pets to use, too. And if so, how much is enough? Although there's little research proving marijuana's effectiveness in pets, there's a large amount of promising anecdotal evidence. Read on for a collection of first-hand accounts from pet parents and veterinarians, and learn how marijuana is giving sick animals a necessary dose of relief. -- Global Animal
It's important to avoid feeding your dog table scraps. Photo Credit: Don Mason, Corbis

The Good, The Bad, & The Healthy: 10 Best & Worst Pet Foods

(CATS & DOGS/PET FOOD) How much do we really know about what we're feeding our pets? While modern pet product marketing focuses on consumers' responsibility as pet parents and providing our beloved pets with "all-natural," “human-grade” food made with the “highest quality ingredients,” we must remember to take food labels with a grain of salt. The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit focused on health and transparency in consumer product labeling, conducted research on over 900 of the most popular pet food products and tested for 130 industrial and environmental toxins like arsenic (the main ingredient in rat poison), cadmium (found in battery acid), pesticides, and several other contaminants linked to cancer and other fatal diseases. The results reveal a severe disconnect between what companies are promising their customers versus what consumers are actually paying for. -- Global Animal
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This Memorial Day, Remember Pet Safety!

(MEMORIAL DAY/PET CARE) Memorial Day Weekend is finally here, which means it's time to honor those who served. It also means traveling and spending time with friends, family, and Fido! But between high temperatures, road trips, and family BBQs, holiday weekends can be stressful and potentially dangerous for animals. Luckily, simply ensuring your pet(s) have a shady place to get out of the sun and checking that they're microchips and ID tags are up-to-date can significantly help prevent a Dog-Day disaster. Prevent Memorial Day mishaps with these helpful tips, courtesy of the ASPCA, below. -- Global Animal

Stinky Pooch? Tips To Keep Your Dog Bacteria & Odor-Free

(DOG GROOMING/PET CARE) Cuddling with your dog is the best thing in the world! But at times, dogs can smell – resulting in a reduction in their cuddle quotient. Dog odor is a common problem and just giving your dog regular baths sometimes is not enough. So, what causes this dog odor and how can you go about preventing it? Let’s find out. -- Global Animal
Some dogs eating Beneful have experienced Internal bleeding, diarrhea, seizures, and liver malfunction. Photo credit: ABC 7 Chicago

Is Your Dog Food Killing Your Dog?

(PET FOOD/DOGS) Is commercial dog food secretly killing your dog? The shocking truth about processed pet food reveals extremely high toxin levels that could be causing a rapid decline in our pets' health. In the article below, Denver-based veterinarian Dr. Dan Berman addresses the rise in animal cancer and other life-threatening diseases as a result of their diet and long-term exposure to toxins like heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, pesticides, and other contaminants--demonstrated in the Clean Label Project's list of 10 Best & Worst Pet Foods. This comprehensive list examines over 900 of the most popular pet food products, testing for 130 environmental and industrial toxins linked to cancer and other fatal diseases. The results are sure to make you think twice about what you're feeding your pet--don't be fooled by unclear labeling and advertising jargon. As no regulation currently exists nor is testing for these deadly toxins required, read on to learn how you can educate yourself and spread awareness about contaminated pet food products.  -- Global Animal

Chew On This: Most Popular Dog Treat Could Be The Most Dangerous

(DOGS/PET CARE) While many pet parents prescribe their dogs' overactive chewing with rawhide treats, they are often unaware of the hidden dangers. For instance, did you know that rawhide chews are often processed with chemical byproducts like hydrogen peroxide and bleach? Choking and blockages are also common risks associated with feeding rawhides. Continue reading below for the facts and myths behind rawhide chews, and check out these safe rawhide alternatives to help deter dogs from destruction. -- Global Animal

When Bow Meets Meow: Introducing Your Dog To A New Kitten

(PETS/CATS & DOGS) Bringing home a new four-legged friend can be exciting and stressful at the same time--not only for you but for your other fur babies, too. Extra care should be taken to introduce the new roomies so that no one gets hurt and a life-long bond can eventually form. With all this in mind, please continue reading for great suggestions on having a successful introduction of a new cat or dog member to your family. -- Global Animal

Canine Cabin Fever? Fun Indoor Activities To Keep Tails Wagging

(DOGS) When the cold temperatures hit, the snow covers the ground, and the ice makes the sidewalks a slippery ice rink, you'll probably want to find some fun indoor activities for your dog to engage in. Your dog's exercise and activity needs will largely depend on factors like his/her age, breed, overall health, and size, but it's safe to say that your four-legged bundle of joy should get between half an hour to 120 minutes of activity each day. And when the cold weather season makes it hard to get outside regularly enough to keep you dog in tip-top shape, you’ll need to find another way. Read on for a look at some fun indoor activities with dogs during the winter so that man’s best friend can maintain optimal health even when the temperature keeps you and your pet inside. -- Global Animal

A Guide To Buying The Best Dog Apparel For Icy Winters

(DOGS/PET CARE) Dogs don’t typically like staying inside during winters, especially when they are young and active. Restricting your dog indoors throughout the winter can often cause frustration, anxiety, anger, or depression. Consequently, your pooch can develop anti-social behavior or aggression towards other dogs. Being a pet parent, you need to fulfill your pup’s need to go outside, socialize, and exercise for a while to positively channel his/her energy. Take your pooch for walks for short periods of time, but always be sure to protect him/her appropriately from ice and rain outside. Winter apparel needs vary for different regions and dogs of different breeds and ages. The following buying guide will help you invest wisely on the best dog apparel for icy-cold winters. -- Global Animal

5 Worldly Tips When Traveling Long-Distance With Pets

(PETS) Many of us are accustomed to seeing dogs driving alongside us with their heads hanging out the window, tongues and tails wagging, but these images are becoming a thing of the past. Safety concerns are outweighing this popular practice and rightfully so since it can be dangerous for a variety of different reasons. But we can still travel with our pets safely during these excursions while keeping in mind some of these important travel tips. -- Global Animal

Cures For Canines: How To Naturally Treat Your Dog’s Arthritis

(DOGS/PET CARE) Arthritis can be extremely painful to experience and to watch. It's heart-aching to watch your fur baby wobble around with unhealthy legs. The main cause of arthritis is chronic inflammation. In simpler words, the immune system discards proteins that pose damage to the joints. The discarded proteins cause cells to secrete more toxic proteins, resulting in chronic inflammation. It might appear that giving your dog anti-inflammation drugs will cure arthritis. But this is not as easy as it seems. Alternatively, research indicates anti-inflammatory drugs can do more harm than good. Listed below are steps that can help cure arthritics. These tips may not work as quickly as medication, but they are beneficial in the long-term and have no harmful side effects. -- Global Animal

Keep These Unexpected Foods & Other Items Away From Your Pets

(PET SAFETY) As pet lovers, we all know by now that chocolate is harmful for dogs and cats, in addition to a long list of other human foods like garlic, onion, grapes, and raisins. We recently published an article about how palm oil is not only dangerous for animals in the wild, but it’s also found in an increasing number of foods and other products on grocery shelves today. -- Global Animal

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA): Putting Pets First

(VETS/PET CARE) As the only institution that accredits small animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard of veterinary excellence. Since veterinary medicine is always evolving and improving, the AAHA has over 990 guidelines for accreditation of care--ranging from pain management and anesthesia, to medical records and surgery--that are closely adhered by over 3,500 practices. There's no doubt, AAHA accreditation is a big deal as 85 percent of pet parents prefer AAHA-accredited hospitals over institutions that are non-accredited. Read on to learn more about the country's most esteemed veterinary association, the path to accreditation, as well as the future of the organization. -- Global Animal

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