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. [Read more…] about June is the ASPCA’s Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
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. [Read more…] about International Turtle Day is on May 23rd
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. [Read more…] about Kids and Dogs: How to Help Teach Them to Respect One Another
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.
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. [Read more…] about February is National Pet Dental Health Month