Featured Pet Food Articles
The Empty Nest and Your Pets
The end of summer can leave us all feeling a little blue, and pets are no exception. Like all of us, pets can quickly become adjusted to a summer schedule and a routine where someone is always around. Unfortunately after summer, the extended vacations wind down, kids go back to school and the extra attention pets get during the summer comes to an end. This abrupt change in their summer schedules can lead to separation anxiety in dogs and cats which can be expressed on their part in a number of ways.
Toys can be more than just fun...
As pet owners we intuitively know to give our dogs and cats toys for playtime, but did you know all the benefits they are providing? Beyond simple entertainment, toys can serve to channel pent-up energy, alleviate temptation to destroy household items, reduce stress, provide environmental enrichment and generally help to prevent behavioral problems. With all the incredible benefits toys provide for your furry friend, it’s important that they’re getting the appropriate ones.
5 Resolutions to Help Your Pet Thrive in the New Year
The new year is a time for new beginnings. Many of us resolve to eat healthier, get more exercise, or make other improvements to live happier, better quality lives. But humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a fresh start. Here are 5 resolutions you can make to help your pet thrive in 2012.
Giving a Pet for the Holidays? Present it After the New Year.
“Can we get a puppy?” “I really want a kitten!” Parents who hear these pleas throughout the year may decide to surprise their children with a pet for the holidays. But without careful consideration and thorough preparation, they may end up with an unwanted — and unhappy — dog or cat. Here are some tips on avoiding the pitfalls of surprising your family, or another adult, with a pet.
Talking Turkey About Thanksgiving Safety
Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays, and with the tempting smells of food cooking for hours, pets may get excited about it too. But not all the foods we humans eat can be tolerated by our pets, and the holiday poses other hazards for them as well. To keep your pet safe, be aware of the things that can go wrong and follow these suggestions.
Is Health Insurance the Best Policy for Your Pet?
Like any member of the family who's not well, you'd do just about anything to help your four-legged friend get the care he or she needs. And with veterinary medicine becoming more sophisticated, pet parents have a variety of medical treatments at their disposal. But they're not cheap. Which is why many pet parents these days are weighing the pros and cons of pet health insurance.
Teaching Your Dog to Paddle
During the dog days of summer, a dunk in the pool, lake, or ocean can be refreshing, not just for you but for your pooch as well — if he’s a strong swimmer. Not all dogs are meant to take the plunge, however. Learn how to determine whether your dog has the ability to swim, then follow these suggestions to teach him effectively.
Practicing (and Perfecting) Good Oral Care
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop periodontal disease by the time they turn three. This can lead to gum irritation, bleeding, oral pain, bone infections, tooth loss — and worse. In advanced cases, bacteria and toxins can enter the bloodstream and damage your pet’s organs, including the kidneys, heart, and liver. Fortunately, you can learn how to provide good oral care for your pet, preferably before trouble sets in.
Choosing The Right Pet For Your Family
Adding a pet to your family can be one of the most fulfilling decisions you’ll ever make — and one of the biggest. Whether you’re acquiring a pet for the first time, bringing an additional animal into your home, or becoming a pet parent again after losing a dog or cat, being prepared and knowledgeable can make the experience fully satisfying for you — and your new furry friend.
Is Your Pet The Sensitive Type?
How to tell if your pet has a food sensitivity
Even when you’re committed to providing your pet with the healthiest nutrition possible, there is always the possibility that he or she may be sensitive to an ingredient in their food.
The Right Vet For Your Pet
One of the most important people in your pet's life is your veterinarian, so choosing the right doctor requires careful consideration.
Separation Without Anxiety
Making sure your pet is well cared for when you travel
Your pet is a member of your family, but there are times when it’s not possible, convenient or well advised to include your furry friend in your travel plans.
Obedience Training: It’s Not Just for Pets
Keeping Children Safe Around Dogs and Cats
When even the gentlest dogs and cats feel threatened, the natural way for them to defend themselves is by biting and scratching. It’s important to teach your children when to leave your pet (and other people’s) alone, and how to behave around the pets in which they engage.
The Obesity Epidemic: Avoiding The Spread
We’ve been hearing it for years: Being overweight can cause heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, and a host of other health issues. Unfortunately, many of us haven’t gotten the message—at least where our pets are concerned.
Good energy: Exercising your pet's body and mind.
Just like humans, dogs and cats need exercise, and for the same reasons. Exercise is critical to maintaining good health. It tones muscles, boosts circulation, strengthens bones, and helps prevent obesity. But physical exercise, as important as it is, goes only so far. Your pet's brain needs exercise too, to prevent boredom and depression.
Grooming Your Pet—From Head to Paws
Grooming your dog or cat is more than just about keeping them clean, it’s really about their overall health and well being. Check out these valuable tips, common sense advice and important insights into keeping your dog or cat looking and feeling his best.
Are you exposing your dog or cat to toxins around your home?
Think about all of the places your dog or cat walks around inside and outside of your home. Now consider some of the everyday products that you use—household cleaners, garden products, and more. Many of these products go beyond just giving your pet a tummy ache if licked or eaten. They can pose a real health hazard to your furry friends.
The Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer
School's out, the beach is in. So are barbeques, picnics and road trips. And just as you have to take some extra care during the heat and humidity of summer for yourself, the same is true in caring for your pets. Check out these important summer tips so your furry friend stays healthy and has as much fun as you do!
Read any good pet food labels lately?
As more and more pet parents like yourself consider feeding their dogs and cats a healthy diet, learning about the ingredients in your pet’s food becomes all the more important. Compare our dog food and cat food labels with any of the major brands out there.
Feeding your pet healthy—what you need to know.
Do you know what truly is a healthy diet for your dog or cat? All it really takes is a basic understanding of your pet's nutritional needs and some knowledge to review their dog food or cat food.