Technology can make our lives easier, but electrical cords can be a hazard to our pets. Check out these tips to keep your pets from chewing something they shouldn’t.
Here are some more safety tips from the folks at Dogtime:
• Protect wiring with tough plastic cable covers, aluminum foil tape or double-sided tape.
• When not using them, place electronics well out of a pet’s reach.
• Use a tough protective cover on outlets.
• Never place gadgets near your coffee cup or other liquids.
The holiday season can be a dangerous time for pets. In fact, we’ve found that claims for chocolate and candy ingestions spike around this time of year. Check out this handy, printable pet-proofing infographic to help keep your pets safe during this hectic time of year.
Click here for a printable PDF!
Do you and your pet love to go for ‘walkies’? Our friends at the ASPCA® have some superb tips to make your walks fun and stress-free.
If you’re a new pet parent, check out this advice for choosing the best walking equipment for you and your dog. Also, our friends at Perfect Puppy Care have some great tips for finding a perfect fitting harness.
Walking is not only fun for dogs, though. Cats can also be taught to walk on a leash!
Did you know obesity during puppyhood could lead to continued weight problems for adult dogs? Pudgy puppies can make some of the cutest and cuddliest companions, but our friends at About.com know when portly can become a problem.
They also have some tips on how to reduce the diet of pudgy playmates, and our friends at the ASPCA® offer a quick overview of not only what causes obesity, but how you and your pet can work together to counteract it.
Pudgy can be cute, but for felines, having a little more to love can bring the potential for certain health risks due to obesity.
There are a number of causes for feline obesity, and many times a simple shift in feeding routine or an increase in exercise can help solve the problem. If you have a chubby kitty, check out this quick overview from our friends at the ASPCA®. It reviews the causes of feline obesity and how you and your cat can work together to slim down.
Are you looking to adopt a new pet? Perhaps one with wit and wisdom well beyond his or her years? Our friends at the ASPCA® know that older pets need homes too, and they’ve written about the perks of adopting an older dog or cat.
Unlike puppies or kitties, older pets tend to be easier to train, and they’re more likely to be housetrained already. With age can come the potential for some behavioral quirks in older dogs and cats, but they make up for it by being super loving!
A break from the daily work routine may sound heavenly to many people, but the opposite could be true for our pets.
As our friends at the ASPCA® explain, “Dogs and cats need to stay busy and engaged, but unfortunately most pets are unemployed—daily they sit at home, chronically bored and waiting for their humans to return from work.”
Regular exercise can be a great way to keep your furry friends ‘employed,’ and the animal trainers at the ASPCA has some great tips on “How to Keep Your Pet Happy and Active.”
They also have some great ideas for fun and games with your cat or dog!
Crate training dogs can be a very useful tool for managing your furry friend’s behavior. For instance, many people use crate training to house train, prevent destructive behavior or help pets travel more safely.
Our friends at the ASPCA® have some great tips about how to effectively crate train, how long your pup should stay in the crate, how to troubleshoot crate training problems and when not to use a crate.
Following up our post about dogs and snoring, we thought we’d discuss cats who saw logs in their sleep.
According to VetInfo, cats sometimes snore as they experience different levels of sleep just like humans. But some causes of snoring may signal another health problem and require veterinary care.
If you have questions about your feline’s snoring, it’s best to check with your veterinarian to make sure everything’s OK.
Some common causes of cat snoring, according to Pets4Home, include:
• Allergies to spores, pollen or other triggers of sensitivity
• Normal coughs, colds and snuffles
• An upper respiratory tract infection
• A foreign body lodged in the back of the throat, such as a blade of grass, a polyp or tumor growing within the nasal passages or throat
• Feline asthma, or a narrowing of the airways of the lungs that can cause snoring and other respiratory symptoms
• Feline obesity, leading to a partial obstruction of the airways when your cat is asleep
It’s difficult to think about, but who would take care of your pet if something happened to you?
Choosing to leave funds for the care of your pet after you pass is a personal decision. You can put your pet in your will or set funds aside for the person you have chosen to care for your furry companion.
Our friends at the ASPCA® have some helpful advice you should keep in mind when making your decision.