PSI’s Take Your Dog to Work Day

Pets + Offices = Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Friday, June 23, is the 19th annual Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day®. A growing number of workplaces are participating in this fun “holiday” and allowing their employees to bring their fluffy family members to work with them for the day. According to the PSI website the goals of Take Your Dog to Work Day are to raise awareness for homeless pets and to encourage those dogless folks to consider adopting a pup of their own.

Taking your dog to work with you for a day can be a delightful treat for both of you—you know he won’t miss you while you’re away and he’ll get a whole bunch of new experiences while at work with you. He may even make some new doggy and people friends too! And Take Your Dog to Work Day can be great fun for your coworkers; honestly, wouldn’t our jobs all be more fun if there were dogs around?
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June is the ASPCA’s Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

Adopt A Shelter Cat Today!

Did you know that June is the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month? Every year there are so many cats that are found and brought to shelters but may end up being euthanized because of the massive overflow of cats in these shelters. When considering getting a cat, always look into your local shelters; there are probably many cats to choose from, even kittens if you specifically want a kitten instead of an older cat. Every spring there are more and more kittens being born because there is an increase in feline breeding during this time. Also, there are not enough cats that are spayed or neutered, contributing to the overflow of cats in the world. If you have a cat, it is also a good idea to get them spayed or neutered to prevent accidental pregnancies.
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International Turtle Day is on May 23rd

Add A Turtle To The Family!

Turtles are one of the many smaller reptiles that we keep as pets. International Turtle Day is coming up on May 23 so to celebrate we’ve put together a short introduction to keeping turtles as pets. Generally they are easy to care for but it is essential to know what type of environment they need and what they eat in order to ensure they are getting the best care. There are several types of turtles as well, ranging from red-eared sliders to the Central American wood turtle.

As far as their environment goes, the more room the better. Turtles need room for water and land so make sure your tank has both and enough space for your turtle to explore in. One important note to be aware of concerning a turtle’s environment is that their water needs to kept clean at all times. Having a good filtration system and changing the water regularly is essential to their health and well-being. As this PetMD article points out, the temperature may not be as important if they are kept inside and have a heat lamp near their land portion of the tank to sunbathe by.
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Running with Your Dog

 

Need An Exercise Buddy? Learn To Run With Your Dog Safely.

Running is a big-time hobby for a lot of people right now; some would argue it’s a lifestyle. Your dog may make a terrific running partner, depending on breed, disposition and health. Running with your dog can help the two of you bond, spend time together outside, and work out all at once—exercise is essential to both humans’ and dogs’ well-being. However, bringing your dog on your runs does add some considerations to take into account. We’ve detailed a few of them here.

It’s good to have water available on a run, but as this Vetstreet article points out,  you also need to be cautious because some dogs are prone to bloat, which is a deadly condition where the stomach turns over on itself. Eating and drinking before exercise are associated with higher chances of bloat. Check with your vet about water intake during runs, and feed your pup after their workout session, not before.
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Kids and Dogs: How to Help Teach Them to Respect One Another

How To Make The Kids and Dogs Relationship A Positive One

April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day! When it comes to families, many generally include kids and animals, although sometimes it can be difficult for everyone to get along. Some breeds of dogs are more prone to love kids while others may have a harder time. Same goes for children; some kids naturally get along with dogs while others may be more reserved around them. Here are some ways to help ensure a good relationship between your children and your dog.

One way to start is by using what Karen Pryor’s Clicker Training site calls “management.” This means controlling the environment in which the child and the dog will be in. If you know that the dog is a bit fearful of kids, be sure to put the dog in their crate and/or keep them occupied with a toy so they don’t get so stressed out with a child being around. Another good way to ensure a good relationship is starting early! Teach the child at a young age that the dog is not scary but is someone to be loved and cared for. This way your kids also learn to not be too rough with the dog, helping to make sure there are no accidental bites occurring.
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April is National Frog Month

Froggy Floofins!

April is National Frog month and to celebrate we’ve cooked up an article about some basic information regarding frogs as pets. People are used to thinking of cats, dogs, birds and small rodents like guinea pigs as pets, but for some, furry and feathery critters just don’t cut it—they want amphibians. Read on for more information about keeping these cute little guys as pets.

Some species of frogs can make delightful pets, although, as with any animal, there are some challenges involved in their keeping. Some frogs need their owners to pay very close attention to things like humidity and temperature, and most frogs need water in their tanks so that they don’t dry out.
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Preparing for a Puppy

Being Puppy Prepared!

March 23 is National Puppy Day! Everyone loves puppies but they’re a lot of work. As this article from The Whole Dog Journal points out, many people prepare for having a baby months in advance, but when it comes to getting a puppy, people don’t always think that taking the extra time to plan for one can be very helpful. Just like a baby, there are many things to consider and to have before actually picking your puppy up–after all, they are babies too, just furry ones.

As far as supplies and equipment go, you’ll need a few things. One item you will need for sure is a crate. Having a crate is a great behavior management tool and helps to housetrain your puppy and keeps them from getting into trouble while you are away. Dog-safe house cleaning products are also a good idea to have as your puppy may have potty accidents inside the house while they’re being housetrained. Another great tool to have is a puppy pen which gives them a space inside to play and run around while being in a safe and confined area. Your puppy should still be supervised while in the pen because puppies are known to be escape artists.

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National Poison Prevention Week

Learning Is Protecting When It Comes to Poison Prevention

The third week of March is National Poison Prevention Week, observed in 2017 from March 19-25. It’s a week to raise awareness about poison prevention for people and our pets. There is an array of toxic substances our pets may encounter in our homes and in the world at large, and taking the time to learn about them can go a long way to protecting our fur babies.

This page by the Pet Poison Helpline offers a rundown of some of the most common poisons ingested by dogs in recent years. These run the gamut from food to medications to household chemicals. We’ll take a look of some of the most common offenders for both dogs and cats below:
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Why Does My Dog Lean on Me?

The Leaning Dog. What Does It Mean?

You may have experienced this, especially if you have a larger dog: your dog greets you and then leans, sometimes seemingly with all their weight, up against your legs. Sometimes they lean so hard you’re afraid they’ll just fall right over if you move! Why does your pup do this? Are they scared? Are they trying to push you around?

Actually, the majority of times that your dog leans on you is an expression of affection. Your dog is trying to get as close to you as possible, and may be asking for affection from you in return. Sometimes if you pet a dog who is leaning against you, they will lean harder. Think of it as a dog-hug. Just remember that most dogs don’t like being hugged, human-style, since the gesture of wrapping your arms around your dog’s shoulders can feel intimidating, like you’re trying to assert dominance over them. So before you “hug” back, consider dog-approved displays of affection.
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Dental Health. Important For People. Important For Pets.

With February being National Pet Dental Health Month it is important that every pet owner knows the impact dental health can have on the overall health of their pets. Dental health care should be something you do with your pet regularly.

One step to improving your pet’s dental health is to make sure they see the vet at least once a year to check for early signs of potential problems and to keep their mouth healthy. A vet dentistry checkup, which would be a separate checkup from a regular vet visit, typically includes cleaning, adjustment, filling, extraction and repair of any of your pet’s teeth if necessary, as well as checking the jaw and gums. Some signs that your pet may need to be checked sooner are if they have broken or loose teeth, abnormal chewing or dropping food from their mouth when they eat, reduced appetite or refusal to eat, and pain around the mouth. Some causes of pet dental problems could be from broken teeth and roots, abscesses or infected teeth, cysts or tumors in the mouth, misalignment of the teeth and bite, broken or fractured jaw, palate defects, and periodontal disease.
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