Even the most well-mannered pets can experience anxiety and stress, resulting in some unsavory behavior. When we go through times of change, excitement or upheaval, so do they! Of course, we have the luxury of understanding our circumstances (and the reasons behind them) better. As pet parents, we must help our pets get through tumultuous times.
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You were away from home longer than usual. When you walk in your door, you’re hit with an overpowering odor… and you know just what it is. But why? You may jump to the conclusion that your cat sprayed or urinated outside the box as a passive-aggressive way to say, “Your absence is unacceptable! You’d better come home on time from now on.”
In reality, there may be something altogether different going on with your furry companion.
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Spring is just around the corner, and your pet will likely be excited to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. With all the running, jumping and exploring come hazards and inevitable encounters with sharp objects or dangerous situations that may result in cuts, scrapes and wounds.
This is why it’s a good idea for pet parents to have a fully-stocked first aid cabinet just for pets. While you may be tempted to just use the same wound care products you have on hand for yourself and your other family members, these can actually be dangerous for your pet.
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Knick, Knack, Paddywhack! Give the Dog a …
Himalayan Dog Chew?!
Isn’t it fun to give your dog a bone? You can’t help but smile watching as he wags his tail with glee and gnaws away for hours. Dogs love chewing on bones so much, they even write songs about it! Nothing matches the enthusiasm of a dog with a bone, but have you ever wondered if those bone shards could break teeth, cut gums or do some kind of damage to your dog’s delicate digestive organs?
The Next Internet Sensation May Be Sleeping on the Back of Your Sofa
Watching crazy cat videos has become a global obsession! This is probably because cats have such a fascinating combination of physical agility, personality quirks and unpredictability. In fact, the 2nd Annual Internet Cat Video Film Festival held at the Minnesota State Fair drew a whopping 13,000 cat video fans!
As any cat lover knows, part of the fun of sharing your home with feline friends is their unexpected antics. By nature, cats are curious yet cautious, brave yet jumpy, athletic yet clumsy. All of this ambiguity can add up to entertainment even top Hollywood film makers can’t match. And, they do all of their own stunts! That is, if you can get them off the couch.
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You’ve made your holiday gift list and checked it twice. Everyone you love is getting a gift, regardless of whether they’ve been naughty or nice! After all, the holidays are about love and forgiveness. Then, the panic sets in! You have that sinking feeling you’ve forgotten someone very important! Who is it? The mailman? No, you always give him a plate of your famous homemade holiday cookies.
Thinking about the mailman jogs your memory… You’ve forgotten to buy a little something for your best friend, who also happens to be the mailman’s worst enemy! But what’ s the perfect gift for someone who only wants whatever you’re having?
As pet parents, we tend to get used to our pets’ scratching, chewing and head-shaking. Sometimes it’s hard to tell when these behaviors are indicating a real problem that needs to be treated — until it becomes annoying or distracting.
If your pet’s constant scratching and licking annoys you, just imagine how your pet feels! Constant irritation of the skin or ears could cause your dog or cat to withdraw from affection, negatively impacting mood and playfulness.
Finding a solution to your pet’s discomfort is a relief to the whole family. Since there are so many possible causes of scratching, chewing, head-shaking and the like, finding a single solution that can treat a multitude of sources is ideal.
The heartbreak of chronic kidney disease in pets
Few things in life are as painful as watching your beloved pet lose the battle with chronic kidney disease. Damage to tubules and tissues in the kidneys impact the natural filtering ability of these vital organs.
Kidney failure causes a dangerous buildup of toxins in the blood. If neglected, your pet could die as a result. Kidney disease is all too common in middle-aged and senior pets, and symptoms can often be mistaken for just the condition of being “old.” Left untreated, chronic renal disease can shorten the time you get to spend together by months or even years. However, there are steps you can take to support your pet’s kidney health.
It’s Saturday and you have a million things to do…pick up the dry cleaning, find a new pair of sling back heels for the wedding next week, and swing by the Art Festival downtown before it ends.
You know you’ll be gone for hours and you hate the thought of leaving your sweet little cuddle muffin home alone after working all week. She’s been lonely and misses her mama, but carrying her in one arm and your purse in the other will make for a long, clumsy day.
Worst case scenario: Your guests are about to arrive for the dinner party you’ve been planning for weeks. The table is set. The food is almost ready, and the whole house smells like Grandma’s delicious 6-cheese lasagna. Wait! What’s that odor competing with the delightful aroma of the dinner you’ve slaved over for 3 hours? No, not now! Beloved Mitzi has just used the facilities…and there’s no time to empty the cat box before your boss and co-workers arrive. You certainly don’t want to pass them on their way in your door while carrying a smelly garbage bag of cat litter to the trash!