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.

Is Your Furry Friend in Pain? Joint Pain In Big Dogs

(PETS/PET CARE) Caring for dogs--particularly larger dogs--can be challenging, especially given that 80 percent of older dogs silently suffer from pain caused by arthritis and other joint ailments like hip and elbow dysplasia. Just like people, every dog responds to discomfort differently. But unlike people, our furry friends can’t tell us what’s wrong. In the infographic below, learn how to recognize the signs of joint paint in big dogs and take the right steps to prevent symptoms from worsening--from diet and exercise to even their bedding. -- Global Animal

Tips On How To Get Your Dog To Swallow A Pill

(DOGS/PET CARE) Sometimes giving your dog medication can be a tough pill to swallow. While some dogs may not mind swallowing pills, many are quite resistant. There are several ways to get your dog to swallow a pill or medication, but it's important to find a technique that works for both you and your dog--whether you use a pill dropper or coat the pill with peanut butter or cheese. No matter what, be sure to reward your pup with a treat at the end of it all to make sure the experience is a positive one. Continue reading below for the many different ways you can get your dog to swallow a pill. -- Global Animal

10 Tips To Protect Your Pup’s Paws From Hot Pavement

(DOGS/PET CARE) For those experiencing the intense heat wave currently scorching the Southland, it's vital to always use your best judgement and practice safety when taking dogs outside. Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting, so soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or even fatal. And as much as we all want to treat our dogs to summer walks, do not forget that hot pavement and sidewalks can severely burn a dog's paws. Believe it or not, if the air temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit, asphalt temperatures can reach up to 125 degrees. So be sure to always be prepared when taking your dog with you to the next street fair or summer concert. From Paw Wax to dog boots, check out these 10 tips to keep your pup's paws safe during hot summer weather. -- Global Animal

How To Effectively Evacuate Your Pets 101

(PET SAFETY) When any sort of natural disaster hits, we often hear about the large number of displaced pets in need of a home. In the article below, Florida resident Brandy Arnold shares her experience of preparing her animal companions for Hurricane Irma. Read on for tips on what you should do to ensure your beloved critters are safe during an emergency. -- Global Animal

Tail-Wagging Tips To Help Your Pooch Get Comfortable With Grooming

(DOGS/PET CARE) Having pets can be overwhelming at times. They become our nearest to dearest ones in just no time, which makes us willing to do anything we can to keep them happy, healthy, and safe. When it comes to grooming, we'll discuss how it relates to your dog's hygiene and betterment. Just like training a puppy, making him/her comfortable during groom time requires some effort and close attention. Whether you have a big dog with minimal hair growth or a smaller-sized breed with long hair, here are some tips to make your furry friend comfortable when being groomed. -- Global Animal

Pet Obesity: A Growing Problem

(PETS) Over 100 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are currently classified as overweight or obese--up from 80 million five years ago. While an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are considered above the average weight, many would argue that dog and cat obesity in the U.S. is mirroring the human obesity epidemic. But there's not as much stigma with animals being overweight as with people. The worst part? Many pet parents find their pets' weight gain of little concern, or even "cute." It's safe to say the public is more tolerant of overweight pets than they are of thin ones. But the truth is pet obesity can bring on a number of health problems including diabetes, arthritis, liver and kidney diseases, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even some cancers. Read on to learn more on what's contributing to the pet obesity epidemic and how to stop it. -- Global Animal

Caring For Your Cat’s Coat: Tips To Keep Your Feline’s Fur Looking Fabulous

(CATS/PET CARE) There’s nothing softer than your cat. Their silky fur and the warm sensation of their bodies snuggling up to you is one of those little things that makes you love your pet even more, and it’s so very soothing to stroke their heads and hear them purr. But let's face it, cat fur--especially if you have a long-haired pet--is not always the easiest thing to maintain. They shed, their fur can become matted if you aren’t careful, and they get dirty very quickly if you don’t use the right products. Since we want our darling animal companions to feel good in their own fur, so to speak, it’s important that we give them the proper care and attention. If you want to know the best way to care for your kitty and make sure their coat is soft and smooth, here are some helpful tips. -- Global Animal

Tips To Make A Dog Parent’s Life Simpler

(DOGS/PET CARE) While there’s nothing quite as joyous as snuggling up with your dog, new pup parents might still find themselves a little overwhelmed at times. Between all the walking, feeding, vet visits, and training, it’s not always easy to organize your time with them, and they could need something that you aren’t even sure how to provide. But our pets are treasured family members and most people want to do a good job of caring for them, and that’s generally all you need to make the whole pet-parenting thing work. With some patience, a few helpful tips, and a whole lot of love, you’ll bond with your pup and make a lifelong friend. -- Global Animal

Why Water Is So Important For Dogs

(PETS/DOGS) We all know about the importance of drinking water. Doctors and scientists can't emphasize the benefits of staying hydrated enough--explaining that proper hydration...

How To Protect Your Pets From Fleas All Year Long

(PET CARE) Fleas are not only irritating to people but to pets, as well. Once they get into your pet’s fur, they can bite and cause a slew of different problems including itching and inflammation. In fact, a large percentage of all feline and canine skin problems reported by pet parents are caused by the animal’s hypersensitivity to flea bites--which is why flea prevention is not just necessary, it’s crucial! What's more, fleas are also known to cause diseases in pets. For instance, fleas are vectors for a bacteria called Bartonella, a common cause for cat scratch disease in felines and Bartonellosis in canines. Fleas can also serve as a host for tapeworms and can pass the parasite to your pets. With all of this in mind, check out these six important ways to keep fleas off your pet all year long. -- Global Animal
Being exposed to dogs early in life can decrease one's risk of asthma by 13%.

The Relationship Between Your Dog & Your Home

(PET CARE/DOGS) Making your home a safe place for everyone takes thought and preparation. No doubt, you've probably considered safety gates to block pets' access to certain rooms. You're also careful about opening outside doors. But have you ever considered the indoor air quality of your home? Pets not only contribute to this issue, but they can also suffer from the effects at the same time. Read on to learn more about indoor air quality and pet health. -- Global Animal

Tips To Welcome Your Newly Adopted Dog Into Your Home

(DOGS/PET ADOPTION) You’re finally ready to adopt a dog, but perhaps you’re a bit worried about how to properly welcome them into your home? Check out these four useful tips on how to make that happen, and welcome your new furry friend into your home like a true pro! -- Global Animal

Polar Vortex Tips To Protect Outdoor Cats

(CATS/PET SAFETY) Millions are facing bone-chilling temperatures as a polar vortex transcends across much of the eastern U.S. With some areas in the Midwest experiencing record-breaking wind chills below 50 degrees, humans and animals alike are being advised to stay indoors. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. But what about wildlife and other outdoor animals? Outdoor cats, for instance, are incredibly resilient, but they could certainly use our help staying safe and warm amid these blizzard-like conditions. Read on for tips on how to protect our feline friends during Polar Vortex 2019. -- Global Animal

Pet Tech: Giving Your Pet A Better Quality Of Life

(PETS/PET CARE) Most pet parents view their animals as family members, but with our busy work schedules, it can be difficult to give our beloved companions the attention they deserve. Luckily technology is on our side, and it's helping us give our pets a better quality of life. For instance, there are dozens of tech-smart products available to assist with our pets' basic needs, in addition to their exercise, comfort, and of course, fun! There are also several dog-walking and daycare service apps for while you're away. View the infographic below for more on how technology is lending a helping paw to our furry friends. -- Global Animal

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