Monthly Archives: June 2011

Does your Dog Need to go on a Diet?

Sometimes our very own pets need to go on diets too.  We all know how hard it is for ourselves to stay committed to a diet, but it can sometimes be harder for our pets too!  When we go on a diet we are aware of the reasons why, time length, the benefits, the type of diet etc.  However, our pets do not understand all of these things.  Therefore, it is our job as owners to make the experience as pain free as possible. A dog accustomed to any specific diet that satisfies it and keeps it healthy will generally have a difficult time becoming accustomed to any other diet. In making a change, the point to remember is that once you have decided on a sound diet, every member of the household must cooperate to see that nothing is fed to upset the schedule you have adopted.  Here are some great tips on how to accustom your dog to a diet:

  • If you are up to changing the diet of your dog by replacing a new food item in place of an older one you may try out the following way: Try to serve a food which contains 75% of the old food mixed with 25 % of the new food. After three days gradually increase the amount of the new food item and decrease the amount of old food. Ultimately offer your dog 100% of the new food item. Your dog might be reluctant to eat the food but you must not worry as a healthy dog will have to health damage if it happens to skip two or three meals.
  • When you bring in a new packet of food for your dog try to encourage your dog to eat the new food with a soft and calm voice. Try to pat your pet gently while eating and show lot of affection when he ends up eating the food.
  • If your dog refuses to eat the new food do not give up so easily. For two or three days do not allow your dog to eat anything apart from the new food item. Do not even allow your dog to lick the table scarps or any small treats. Submitting to its will would only boost its refusal drive which is ultimately not beneficial for you while taming the canine.

Water Safety for your Pets!

The summer is the perfect time to spend at the beach and enjoy the water with family and friends!  Water safety for your family is very important, but you must also ensure your pets are safe when playing around water too! Most dogs enjoy swimming, but did you know that some cannot swim, and others may hate the water. Be conscious of your dog’s preferences and skills before trying to make him swim.  Also if you’re swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water and coax him in by calling his name. Encourage him with toys or treats. Or, let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with.  Something VERY important to remember is to NEVER throw your dog into the water!  This can scare them and traumatize them from the whole experience.  If your dog begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and keep his back end up.  Don’t let your dog overdo it; swimming is very hard work and he may tire quickly. If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides. If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown. And finally, never leave your dog unattended in water.  All of these tips must be kept in mind when playing around water this summer.  However, the most important thing to remember is to have fun with your pets!

Partying with your Pets!

The summer is a time to hold lots of BBQs and dinner parties; however you must think twice when deciding to bring your four legged friend with you.  The parties can be filled with lots of people, noises, food, and alcohol that can be harmful to your pet. ? Remember that the food and drink offered to guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas.  Along with your favorite food snacks that you enjoy at parties should not be given to your pets.  Avoid items such as raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and products with the sweetener xylitol when treating your pet.  In addition to the food concerns, there are times when the noise in a party can be harmful.  Make sure your pets are in a secure area away from loud noises such as fireworks.  Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets and even unused fireworks can be hazardous.  But remember, you can still have fun with your pet just stay safe!

Traveling with your Pets!

The summer is a great time to travel with family; however our pets are family too therefore we must ensure they enjoy the traveling experience too!  When you are planning to travel with an animal make sure you plan ahead to ensure where you are going is a “pet friendly” destination.  Also take copies of your pet’s current health and rabies certificates, make sure your pet is micro-chipped and has an id collar, and take them to the vet before the trip to be examined.  A very important thing to remember is to bring along your pet’s medications and any health requirements!  Before you travel, limit the amount of food they eat to avoid vomiting. Additionally, while on your trip try to stick to your pet’s regular eating pattern to avoid any illness.  www.petcarechoice.com has many products for helping your pups with upset stomachs, click here to see.   Also ensure they still get plenty of exercise while on the trip.  A final note is to take note of your pet’s health each day to ensure they are not in any discomfort.  Traveling with pets is a great experience; remember to have fun with your pets!

Keeping your Pets Clean!

Bathing your pet can be a daunting task; however it is something that needs to be done to ensure your pets are healthy and happy.  Dogs and cats are bathed to remove the dirt, oils, and odors from their coat.  A great tip for soaping up your pet is to keep in mind that the solution must be well worked into the coat and rubbed until the dirt has been loosened or dissolved. After the lathering, the suds must be thoroughly rinsed from the coat. This is best accomplished by work-in the fingers through the hair, just as one does in applying the soap solution. Usually one soaping and rinsing is enough, but if necessary, the process may be repeated.  If you are looking for some top brand shampoos visit www.petcarechoice.com for a full list of our products.