Thursday, October 27, 2016

Easy DIY Halloween Dog and Cat Treats!

DIY pet treats Halloween

You might see some four-legged trick-or-treaters this year, or maybe you just want to spoil your pooch or kitty! Either way, it's time to roll up your sleeves and make some of these easy pet treats!

Makes 14 treats


  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup canned applesauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup oats

- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl, mix water, applesauce, vanilla and egg thoroughly.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, nuts, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon, stirring well.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
- Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling each cup completely and bake for about 1 1/4 hours. Cool completely and store in a sealed container.

Makes 18 treats


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons soft margarine
  • 1 tablespoon cod liver oil
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup soy flour 

- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine water, cheese, margarine and oil.
- Add flour and form a dough.
- Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter.
- Bake at 300 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

Source: Pet Place

Friday, October 14, 2016

5 Ways to Control Chewing

Dog Chewing Tips

We’ve all experienced it- you run to the store and come home to find your favorite pair of shoes missing from the closet. A guilty-looking dog meets you at the door... Destructive chewing can be a big headache for everyone if you don't correct the behavior.

Fortunately, there are several easy ways to prevent destructive chewing. Here are 5 of our favorites:

1. Crating
If your dogs can’t reach an object, they are far less likely to chew on it. Crating can be a great way to train your pets. It’s also a great way to offer your pets needed safety and security while you’re away from home. Dogs can be crated for a few hours at a time, but should have a safe crate available to them at all times. However, you can not stick an non-crate-trained dog in a crate and expect it to adapt immediately. For more detail and instruction on properly crate training your dog, check out this guide, Crate Training 101. Safety gates are also valuable additions to a home and an alternative to crate training. They operate by keeping the dog safely contained in an area of the house that is “puppy proofed.”

2. Teach Dogs to Ignore Non-Toys
dog shoeIn many cases, dogs chew on non-toy items simply because they haven’t been taught what’s appropriate and what’s not. Here’s how to make your non-toys less appealing: Place several objects of varying levels of interest on the floor. These should consist of toys (balls, chews, squeaky and non-squeaky toys) as well as “non” toys (shoes, keys, etc.). Allow your dog to peruse the items and reward them with a click (or verbal reward, like "good boy!") and a treat when they pick up an allowed “toy”. When they pick up a non-toy, take the item away and do not offer a treat. It won’t take long for your dog to learn which items are appropriate and which are not.

3. Offer Chew Alternatives
Providing your dog with plenty of safe things they can chew will go a long way towards stopping the chewing of things they shouldn’t eat. Remember, chewing is a natural, normal behavior for dogs. Make sure your dog - and especially your teething puppy, has access to plenty of chewable items like long-lasting chew treats, bully sticks, antlers, a stuffed Kong toy, and the like. Keep in mind, your dogs should always be under supervision while they chew to avoid a choking hazard.

4. Smart Toys
Many dogs chew because they are bored. Selecting a smart toy can go a long ways towards stopping unwanted chewing. Favorites include puzzle feeders, chew toys or exercise toys. Toys that force your dog to use problem solving skills are an excellent way to both alleviate boredom and to provide important mental and physical exercise.

5. Anti-chewing Aids
If your dog simply isn’t getting it, try one of the many anti-chewing aids on the market. Bitter Apple spray is one of our favorites. A quick spritz of the spray on an object will often be enough to deter unwanted chewing. These anti-chewing aids are designed to make the object much less appealing to your pets. There are many anti-chewing aids that you can try but do your best to avoid anything with hot pepper spray or other negative reinforcement tools (such as a shock collar). There is no object more valuable than your dog’s health and happiness.

When destructive chewing is a result of separation anxiety, or when none of the methods above help, consult a professional trainer for additional advice. Besides ruining your possessions, destructive chewing can be dangerous for your furriest family members.

Do you have a favorite “stop chewing” method not mentioned above? Please, share your experiences in a comment below!

Source: The Dogington Post

Thursday, August 25, 2016

8 Common Human Medications You Should NEVER Give To Your Dog

pet poison human medication

Last fall we published a list of 3 common medications that you should never give to your dog (or cat) (Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Acetaminophen) . We decided to add some more less common (but no less dangerous) human medications to that list!

Just remember that a medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets!! And although this may be the list of the medications about which the APCC (ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center) receives the largest numbers of complaints, remember that any human medication could pose a risk to your pets – not just these ones.

Also, remember that these ingredients are sometimes branded without the component itself. Tylenol, for example, contains Acetominophen, so it is also poinsonous to pets.

1. Tramadol -  Tramadol (Ultram®) is a pain reliever. Your veterinarian may prescribe it for your pet, but only at a dose that's appropriate for your pet – never give your medication to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian! Too much tramadol can cause sedation or agitation, wobbliness, disorientation, vomiting, tremors and possibly seizures.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Heartworm Disease in Dogs - 5 Myths You Might Have Heard

Dog Heartworm

Mosquitoes can cause all sorts of problems for humans: malaria, West Nile virus and Zika virus, to name a few. But we tend to forget that they can also cause a major health issue for our pets: heartworm disease. There’s a lot of false and misleading information out there about the condition, and some dog owners may not realize just how serious heartworm disease can be.

“Some pet owners I meet aren’t quite sure what heartworms are. And if their dogs don’t spend large amounts of time outside, they think they don’t need to worry about heartworm preventive. So misinformation is still a concern,” veterinarian Dr. Karen Todd-Jenkins says.

To help you get a better understanding of the condition and make more informed decisions about your dog’s health, we’re debunking five common misconceptions about heartworm disease.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

4 Household Items To Clean Pet Stains

Clean Pet Stains

It's every pet owner's nightmare: You step into a fresh, wet " accident," and you're out of your go-to carpet cleaner. Not to worry — there are actually quite a few household staples that work wonders on pet-stained carpeting!

Whether you're house-training a puppy or caring for a cat who's having trouble with the litterbox, read below to learn which kitchen and laundry room standbys can be used for cleaning urine spots.

White Vinegar Pet StainsWhite Vinegar
White vinegar neutralizes odors and can clean stains both new and old. If the urine spot is still wet, blot (don't rub) the area first. Combine equal parts white vinegar with cold water, pour the solution over the stain, blot again and let it dry. Then, run a vacuum over the spot to finish the job.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Products for Your Pet's Oral Care

Products for Pet Oral Health

A majority of adult pets suffer from some degree of periodontal disease, which means that maintaining your pet’s oral hygiene isn’t a luxury — it’s a vital piece of her healthcare routine. Vet visits for dental cleaning or tooth extractions can be costly and stressful, so it's best to prevent the problem before it has a chance to start. 

We have blogged before about other tips to follow to keep your pet's mouth healthy, but here are some products you can invest in now to save money on dental cleanings later.