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!


TRICKY TREATS FOR DOGS
Makes 14 treats

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:
- 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.

TASTY CAT CLAWS 
Makes 18 treats

Ingredients:

  • 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 

Instructions:
- 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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

RECIPE: Easy Banana Oatmeal Granola Dog Treats

Dog Treat Recipe


This week we have a great dog treat recipe for you to try: Banana Oatmeal Granola Bars which are low in calories but high in potassium, fiber, manganese, and vitamins B6 and C. Nutritional little nuggets of deliciousness both you and your dog will enjoy!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5 Poisonous Mushrooms You Should Know

Poisonous Mushrooms


Mushroom poisoning in pets may be underestimated. Mushroom species can be difficult to nearly impossible for even mushroom experts (called mycologists) to identify. That difficulty is compounded by the fact that little is known about the potential toxicity of many species. 


Mushrooms reported as edible in Europe have been associated with toxicity cases in North America and vice versa. Mushroom toxicity reportedly can vary depending on habitat and/or what other plants or trees are growing nearby. And many mushrooms can contain more than one poisonous substance.

Toxicity also can depend on underlying health conditions in victims or on other substances they may ingest. And in our global economy, toxic mushrooms from other parts of the world that resemble species presumed edible in the United States have been imported to North America, further muddying the scene.

To be safe, it's best to keep your pet away from all wild mushrooms and call your vet immediately if you think your animal has eaten a mushroom. Below are a handful of the most recognizable species of toxic mushrooms.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Dangers for Your Pets

Easter Pet Dangers

It’s finally spring! A warm welcome to many dogs (and dog owners!), springtime is, for many, the best time of the year. But, along with the beautiful weather, colorful blooms, and the singing of freshly hatched birds comes some serious dangers to our four-legged friends, especially surrounding the celebration of Easter. 


Follow these guidelines to stay safely away from the animal ER this Easter holiday:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How to Break Up a Dog Fight

Break Up Dog Fights


It’s a skill everyone hopes they’ll never need to use but should know, especially dog owners: how to safely break up a dog fight. Like humans, not all dogs simply get along. Even the most gentle mannered dogs are capable of a dangerous fight when provoked.


During a scuffle, a dog owner’s first instinct is to reach into the middle of the fight and try to grab their dog by the collar. This technique is not only ineffective, but also very dangerous. The odds of you being badly injured or bitten while reaching for a fighting dog’s collar are very high. Two furious animals in the middle of a serious fight are normally in survival mode. If they spot you at all, they likely won’t recognize you as the loving owner they are cognizant of. The moment you charge in and reach for their collars, they may respond out of a fight reflex and then bite, or they might perceive you as another threat or attacker.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

How Dogs Communicate

Dog Communication


There are two basic methods of "canine speak"-- body language and vocalizations. Body language includes: jumping, nipping, licking, tail wagging, biting, use of the head including, ears, eyes and mouth and various other posturing during which your dog uses his entire body. Vocalization includes: barking, growling, whining, howling and other miscellaneous sounds.


Know that each posture means something. When your dog wants to play, he'll get into a play stance, which I'm sure you have seen; his front end is low, rear end is up and wiggling and his tail is wagging. If he is approached by another dog, that dog will recognize the stance immediately and if he's feeling playful too he might mirror the stance and the games begin.

Each vocalization means something also. Your dog, when startled, might bark or growl to express his discomfort.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Door Dashing Prevention Tips


Door Dashing Tips

If your dog is a "door dasher" not only are they endangering themselves by running unrestricted when they could be hit by a car or encounter an aggressive animal, or even be stolen or picked up by animal control, but they are also endangering others because they could knock over a small child or an elderly person, or run into someone else's yard and do damage. This is a behavior that needs to be prevented and changed. 


There are many different ways to train dogs to perform desirable behaviors. The steps listed below are among several that can be used to successfully teach your dog not to dash out open doors.

The most effective and humane training method, and the one I always recommend, involves setting your dog up for success, using positive reinforcement to train the behaviors you want to see more of, and ignoring (not punishing) undesirable behaviors.

Very Important: All dogs, especially escape artists, should be wearing an up-to-date ID collar or tag at all times

With a dog who dashes, the first order of business is to put an immediate and permanent stop to your pet's ability to scoot out the door. This means gaining the cooperation of everyone in the household, and all visitors to your home.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dog Walking Tips to Increase Stimulation and Socialization

Dog Walking Tips


Walks serve a greater purpose than a potty break and way to burn off a little extra energy. They also serve as a form of socialization and mental stimulation, and they have the power to positively impact a dog’s emotional state, behavior and bond with people. 


Incorporating a few additions to your walk can have a big impact. Here are five ways to help unleash the full potential of your dog’s walk:

Let your dog enjoy the smells.

While sometimes it's easy to rush through a walk, allowing your dog time to sort through interesting smells he discovers can allow enrichment without needing to cover much ground.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Training Your Dog to go Potty on Command

potty on command

Tired of waiting 10-15 minutes for your dog to do his business in the freezing cold/snow/rain/wind? Does your dog just plain refuse to go outside in inclement weather? The good news is you can actually train your dog to pee and do their business on command, just like any other trained skill. Like any other training, this will take time, patience, and a positive reward system, but the pay off is so great it will be worth it!


Figure our your dog's signal when he needs to go

Dogs typically need to go after eating or drinking, after sleeping or being in a crate for a few hours, and usually after playing. Take him out after these events occur, and look for signals that he may need to go – going to the door, sniffing a certain area, going in a tight circle, or starting to squat or lift his leg.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Harnesses, Martingales, and Head Halters...What's Best For My Dog?



Finding the right fit for what your dog really needs for walks can take a lot of time, money, and frustration. Everyone has their own opinion about what works best, but we thought we would write a blog post that balances the pros and cons of everything, so you can know what works best for your dog.


All styles, regardless which you choose, should be double and triple checked to make sure it is the right size and is fitted properly, preferably by a professional trainer.


Harnesses - Front Clip

front clip harnessA popular option, front-clip harnesses offer the owner control over the direction the dog is moving and allows for the dog to be redirected to face the owner if needed. These are often used by trainers to lessen pulling. Front-clip harnesses also offer directional steering, in that a dog can be turned around if needed.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Super Bowl Dangers for Your Pets

Super Bowl Pet Safety

Football fare is nearly irresistible for dogs — especially when sitting at eye-level — but even cats can grab a piece of the action. Unfortunately, furry fans who intercept game day grub are likely to catch more than they bargained for. Super Bowl pet safety is something that can be done with just a few preparations. We encourage would-be revelers with pets to think carefully before serving the following:


Beer:  Just like people, some animals have a taste for beer. But think twice before pouring your pet a pint: even a nip can cause fatal respiratory depression. Or, get your dog some special beer that is safe for him to enjoy!

Bones: Chicken wings have especially fine bones, which can splinter easily and puncture the GI tract. Besides, the sauces are virtually guaranteed to cause an upset stomach.

Onions: Onion rings are doubly dangerous: onions in any form are poisonous to pets and fried foods can cause diarrhea.

Toothpicks: Toothpicks make a nice presentation for cubed meats, cheeses and other appetizers, but can cause severe and potentially fatal damage to pets’ GI tracts, if swallowed.

Nuts: Many nut varieties have a devastating effect on dogs’ nervous systems. Walnuts and macadamias are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, paralysis and even death.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kitten Kindergarten: Socializing Your New Kitten

Kitten Kindergarten


While most people know that socialization is a very important part of a new puppy's life, some people are beginning to realize the same thing goes for kittens. A well-socialized cat will have the skills to cope with new situations and people.


Why do kittens need to be socialized? Well, you might think that whether or not a cat is standoffish or affectionate are based on personality, but like dogs it also has to do with their development. This is why some vet offices are now offering Kitten Kindergarten classes for kittens age 8-15 weeks.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Top 11 Riskiest Dogs to Own (From an Insurance Perspective)

Risky Dog Breed


As a pet boarding company, we've come to know a lot of breeds of dogs pretty well. We've met some terrifying toy breeds who we wouldn't let within a mile of a small child, and we've met pit bulls who are utter babies. But that doesn't mean your insurance company cares. If you own one of these "risky" breeds, you might face some big headaches when it comes to homeowner's or renter's insurance.


These days, companies are pickier than ever about which breeds they'll insure. The reason: they don't want to deal with a potential lawsuit if someone gets bitten or hurt by your dog while they're in your home.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

6 Tips for Dressing Your Dog

Dog Clothing Tips


Admit it — most of us have done it. An adorable sweater, a stylish jacket, or even a silly Halloween costume, the majority of pet parents have tried to play dress up with their four-legged friends. It might be purely for fun, or for your dog's safety, but either way you will need to work with your dog to adjust to their new apparel.


In the winter, small and short-haired breeds will often require a sweater or jacket (at minimum) to protect them from the elements during walks and while playing outside, even snow-loving long-haired dogs should wear protective footwear in extreme cold or heat, the hairless breeds regularly wear clothes to stay warm, and a dog that’s recently had surgery may need to wear clothing to protect an incision site.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tips for Walking Your Dog in the Winter

Dog Walking Winter

Some dogs love to romp and play in the winter weather, others prefer to snuggle indoors where it's warm. No matter which your dog prefers, they all will need to be protected from the elements when they do venture outside for a walk. Read below for 5 tips to keep your dog safe on walks during the winter!


1. Bundle Up! (You AND Your Dog!)

Dog Walking WinterYes, some dog breeds are built to venture out into the cold without extra protection (Huskies, Saint Bernards, etc), most dogs would be safer (and more comfortable!) with a nice coat or sweater to protect them from the wind and cold.