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4 Things You Should be Doing to Maintain Your Cat’s Dental Hygiene

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According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by the young age of 3. While certainly troublesome, there’s good news, because dental disease is entirely preventable. The key is to start right away (like today). Here are 4 tips for keeping your kitty’s teeth clean.

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4 Things You Should be Doing to Maintain Your Dog’s Dental Hygiene

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We’ve all heard the theory that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. While we’re skeptical of its truth, we do know that dental hygiene is incredibly important when it comes to not just our own health, but our pups as well. Here are 4 big ways to keep those slobbery kisses clean…

BRUSH. We repeat, brush your dog’s teeth. Yes, we know it’s a pain, but it’s also VERY important. Brushing your furry friend’s chompers will not only prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque, but it will keep Fido’s teeth healthy, strong, and bacteria-free. The next time you feel like skipping it just remember: periodontal disease is the number one killer among cats and dogs. Read how to brush your dog’s teeth here.

Dental treats and raw bones. Synthetic bones are great ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean between brushings. These days, there are plenty on the market that specifically target dental care (we like the Plaque Attacker. And of course, Greenies work wonderfully and double as tasty treats! A quick note: we recommend avoiding cow hooves, antlers, and any other hard bone that could cause teeth cracking or excessive bleeding – especially if your dog already suffers from teeth decay.

Perform routine inspections. After brushing and while you’ve still got your dog’s mouth in your hands, we recommend performing mini inspections. Take a minute to root around in your furry friend’s mouth for any lumps, bumps, or discoloring. While not necessarily pleasant, also make note of any changes in your dog’s breath. To keep bad breath at bay, try Plaque Remover Pet Water or these dental wipes.

Schedule dental cleanings and oral exams with your veterinarian. For older dogs, every 6 months. For younger dogs, annually. Don’t skip this part! Consistency is key for maintaining your furry friend’s dental hygiene.

 

Why Cats Meow at Night (And Tips for Stopping it)

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Picture this: you’re settling in to bed after a long day. The cat is curled up at your feet and you can’t wait to catch up on some sleep. You dose off — only to be awoken in the middle of the night to loud meowing. Your cat sounds distressed and anxious as he paces about the room. You throw a pillow over your head, but your furry companion’s sounds can still be heard. Sound familiar?

This behavior, while common, can be disruptive and, we’ll admit, very annoying. Cats are nocturnal animals, which means (unfortunately) that they’re somewhat hardwired to stir come nightfall. Still, there are a few ways to make it bearable…

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8 Books Every Dog and Cat Owner Should Own

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Today, we’ve rounded up our 8 favorite books for both dog and cat owners — from a coffee table book guests will love flipping through – to the ultimate guide on owning a cat, there’s something for everyone.

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Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. This might not be the most exciting read, and we’d be crazy to tell you to read it cover to cover, but it’s a great resource to have around – especially in those moments when your dog has eaten something from the kitchen, or can’t stop biting his tail, or has a weird bump on his ear. It doesn’t replace a veterinarian visit, but it’s a great place to start for those unpredictable moments (plus, it’s less frightening than looking up a symptom on Google!).

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. This bestselling book takes everything that you think you know about your furry pooch and knocks it on its head. If you ever wonder what your dog is thinking, or how he knows you’ve picked up dog treats even though they’re in a sealed bag, this is your book. Just warn your family members: you won’t be able to stop talking about it. This interview with the writer is fascinating.

Underwater Dogs. While not necessarily an informative book, this coffee table read is a must have for any dog lover. With a perfect 5 star rating on Amazon, it’ll bring a little bit of joy into your life every time you pick it up. Bonus: it makes a great gift, too.

How Dogs Love Us.” A great read for anyone fascinated by the unconditional love shared between owner and pet, this book delves deep into the relationships shared between humans and dogs. Without giving too much away, this Ted Talk is a great introduction by the author.

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Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. The feline’s version of the veterinary handbook listed above, and just as useful.

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat. Even the most devoted cat lovers can learn from this book, which covers all of cat parent’s “most pressing concerns.” And even though it’s packed with useful information and tips, author Pam Johnson-Bennett keeps it light, funny, and entertaining – you’ll be sad when you reach the last chapter.

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats. Because we couldn’t include a coffee table book for dogs and not cats – this one is jam packed full of illustrations, photographs, articles, poems, cartoons, and more.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet. As described by the Guardian: “Bradshaw’s book mixes pellets of cat lore with accounts of feline evolution, anatomy, genetics, and development from newborn kittens to adulthood, plus descriptions of cat-psychology experiments in the laboratory, many of which he has conducted himself…”

Read anything good recently about our four-legged friends? Please share in the comments!

Help! My Cat Has Separation Anxiety

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Cats are often considered the more independent of our four-legged pets; they like to keep to themselves, they’ll spend hours in hiding, and they are often royally unimpressed by us humans. So, it may come as a surprise that cats actually suffer from separation anxiety just as much as dogs. In fact, it’s common for a kitty to become distressed when left alone, and days spent separated from their owners can be quite hard on them. Here are 5 ways to ease your furry pal’s separation anxiety…

How do you detect it? There are a few tell-tale signs. Misuse of the litter box, excessive scratching, and hair pulling are all red flags that your cat might be suffering from separation anxiety. Does your neighbor hear him crying while you’re gone? Vocalizing their distress is also quite common for felines. Luckily, there are several ways to manage your kitties anxiety, and it starts before you leave the house.

First, practice: cats that aren’t used to their owners leaving have a harder time adjusting to their absence. Plan several short errands and leave the house for 15 or 30 minutes. While it seems counter productive, the more you leave, the more your cat will begin to understand that you always return!

Keep departure cues at a miminum. Cats (and dogs) pay attention to your every move. Picking up your keys or putting on your shoes are all indications that you’re heading out. Keep your departure as brief and uncomplicated as possible, and don’t prolong a goodbye. In fact, some cat experts recommend briefly ignoring your furry feline before you leave, and once you return.

Leave them toys and distractions. If you have time, setting up a scavenger hunt will keep your furry pal occupied while you’re gone, and he may even begin to associate your absence with a fun game. Try hiding treats or his favorite toys around the house.

Consider a cat sitter for peace of mind, especially if you plan on being gone for most of the day. Our cat sitters are well-versed in all things feline, and will keep your furry pal happy and stimulated while you’re away.

If your cat’s anxiety worsens, consider a trip to the veterinarian. It may take some time (and patience), but stay hopeful!

 

How to Introduce Your Dog to The New Baby

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Your furry friend has already sensed something’s up. Although they might not be sure what exactly that is, canines are experts at detecting a shift of energy, especially when it involves their pack! As you prepare to bring the baby home (congratulations!), here are a few tips for making the introduction as stress-free as possible. We think it really makes a difference.

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Treat Your Dog!

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Last week, we gave you some fun ideas for treating your feline to something special in the New Year. This week, it’s all about our furry pups! From the best homemade dog treats, to an iPhone app that will feed him even when you aren’t home, here are 5 cool gadgets that are sure to make your four-legged friend’s life all the better.

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Working late? The Petnet allows you to feed your dog even when you aren’t home – through your cell phone. This is a great option for anyone trying to keep their dog on a regulated feeding schedule. Bonus: it’s cat friendly, too! See how it works here.

Hand stamped dog tags. A pretty brass one from this Etsy shop would be a great replacement to your furry friend’s old, faded tag. After all, he wears it every day!

Treat him to some extra dog walks. We offer individual walks that ensure your pup will have quality time outside every time – and all of our walkers are fully bonded and insured. You’ll never see our dog walkers sitting down with a pack of dogs tied together – a walk is a walk! Plus, we always make sure your four-legged friend is properly exercised and has had plenty of time for sniffing and exploring. We haven’t met a dog that would say no to that!

Since all dogs really want are treats anyway: homemade chicken jerky is guaranteed to become his new favorite snack. We love this recipe, which doesn’t require a dehydrator. Our resident blogger, Joy, makes them regularly for her pup and says they are a huge hit in her household. Just beware! You’ll become a very popular interest at the dog park if you bring these addictive treats along.

Lastly, (and we’ll admit, this might be more of a gift for you than for your canine), Cuddle Clones creates a fully customized plush toy replica of your pup – and it’s simply too cute not to grab one for yourself.

 

 

Treat Your Cat!

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With the colder, slower days setting in, indoor pets can start to feel a little restless – and bored. If Shadow seems less than thrilled by her toys, considering treating her to something new and exciting. Here are five great options on the market…

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