Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Smoothies for Pets!

Pumpkin Pet Recipe


While your guests sip cocktails, dogs and cats can wet their whistles with this creamy pumpkin drink that’s packed with fiber and digestion-friendly probiotics. Bonus: freezes well for longer-lasting licking!

Ingredients
½ c. canned pumpkin puree (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING!)
½ c. plain non-fat yogurt

Directions
- Place pumpkin and yogurt in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Evenly pour mixture into 8 small paper cups. Either refrigerate or freeze overnight, or serve right away.

Yields: 8 servings
Calories per smoothie: 13

Why we love it:

Pumpkin is packed with fiber and vitamin A and can help soothe upset stomachs.

**If there are fewer than eight paw-footed Pilgrims at your party, freeze the rest for a Black Friday treat!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tips for a Lost Pet

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If your pet strays from home, it can be a devastating experience for both you and your pet. You should act immediately because the longer you wait, the further away your pet can travel and the higher probability they could get injured.


- First, make sure you have properly searched your OWN home to confirm your pet is not just hiding somewhere. Make sure to check any garages, basements and sheds on the property, even if you don’t think your pet could have gotten in there. Pets can get into some very strange and small places. Look behind, under and inside all appliances such as washing machines, stoves, refrigerators. For cats, make sure to check in attics, on the roof or roof gutters, and up in trees.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

12 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy



Are you doing everything possible to keep your dog healthy and happy? With October being "Pet Wellness Month", spending time with your dog and providing a healthy lifestyle are key to your dog's longevity.


Here are some great tips from Bark Busters to ensure your dog stays in tip top shape:

Exercise. Your dog needs daily exercise both physically and mentally. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog. Depending on the breed, a 15-minute walk may tire some dogs, while others may need a two mile romp. If you're not home during the day, make sure to leave him with chew toys or something that engages his brain like the GameChanger. Read our blog for tips on how to get the most out of your dog's walk!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fleas in the Fall?!

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One thing to know about fleas is that they no know season. Even though many of us think otherwise, flea protection is necessary even when the weather starts to cool.


We may think that fleas, like migratory birds insects, head south or hibernate during the fall and winter. Not so!

Autumn is the worst season for fleas and even winter warm spells offer ideal weather just the way fleas like it - balmy and damp. They are also likely attracted to the warm skin of your dog as he romps through that leaf pile!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

9 Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets


pumpkin for pets


Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

Pumpkin is very popular in human recipes but what about dogs and cats? Pumpkin can be great for dogs and cats as well and has several health benefits.

What kind of fruit weighs between 1 and 1,000 pounds, has a centuries-long world history, and is more useful today than ever? The magnificent pumpkin, of course!

Pumpkin is very popular in human recipes but you probably haven't thought about giving it to your pets. This vibrant fall ingredient can be great for dogs and cats and has a number of health benefits.

This versatile food has been important to mankind for centuries. According to the University of Illinois Extension Program, it's a crop that's worth over 140 million dollars annually in the United States alone. They should know; Illinois produces 90 to 95% of the pumpkins grown in the US.

Pumpkins have significant health benefits for people and pets so don't discount this amazing food as just a fall tradition. Canned or plain cooked pumpkin as well as pumpkin seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential to the health of our pets.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8 Autumn Hazards to Dogs

fall hazards to dogs

Cozy sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and shorter days. Yup, autumn’s almost here. And pup parents will soon start seeing the warnings about Thanksgiving leftovers posted all over the internet.


But did you know there are other autumn-specific hazards that you might not even know could harm your pooch?

1. Nighttime walks
autumn hazards to dogsOk, so nighttime walks happen year-round. But with the transition to shorter days, sunset might come sooner than you think. And you might not be prepared when darkness falls halfway through your walk. That’s why it’s a good idea to have some kind of reflective gear on you and your dog, especially if you walk him in an area with cars zooming by.

Another thing to consider is visibility in case your dog gets lost. My rambunctious squinky-faced pup Lady once escaped from our house. I’ll never forget the panic that started to set in once I realized the sun was going down. (She’s fine now — her American Bulldogy stubbornness is no match for meaty treats.)