How to keep your pets safe during the winter weather

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It is important to keep our furry friends safe when the temperature drops. Just like humans, pets are affected with illness when the harsh cold weather starts. Here are some tips to keep them safe:

  • Limit the time your pet is outside when temperatures drop below freezing.
  • When de-icing a walkway or deck, use a pet-friendly (salt-free and chloride-free) de-icer such as MortonSafe-T-Pet. You wouldn’t want to be walking on chemicals that could hurt you, so don’t make your precious pooch have to!
  • Make sure your pets have nametags on, in case they get lost in a whiteout.
  • Wipe the paws of your pets when they come inside after stepping on ice and snow, just like ho you wipe your own feet! This will keep them dry and also help keep your carpets clean.
  • Animals don’t exercise as much during colder winter months so adjusting their is important to reduce the threat of weight gain.
  • Any extended period of time outside when the temperature is below freezing can be very harmful for your pet. The happiest pet is one that is taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but is kept inside cuddled up for the rest of the time!
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Christmas leftovers that dogs and cats can eat

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Most pet owners can remember their dogs and cats’ faces during Christmas dinners like the back of their hand. The sulks and whimpers under the table can often work, with uncles and nephews falling for the act and sneaking them food. As they beg and beg at dinner time, remember that dogs and cats can actually eat many foods served on the holidays, some of which are actually healthy for them.

Turkey is high in protein and can serve as a great snack for your four-legged family members. Feel free to give some scraps, and even giblets too, to your pet, but never let them eat the bones. Ham can be shared with your pet too, but be sure to cut off any excess fat. You must also make sure that it is unseasoned ham, and you can make sure of that by soaking it in water to get rid of the saltiness.

Dogs and cats can indulge in some of the holiday veggies as well. Leafy greens, such as lettuce, spinach, and kale are great for your pet, as they are high in nutrition and fiber, low in calories, and easy to digest. Plain green beans can also be healthy for your furry friend, as they are high in fiber, vitamin K, and vitamin C. They are also great for your pet’s weight and digestion.

Remember, it’s okay to give your pet safe table food every now and then, but always remember moderation is key. And if you are unsure of what is a safe food for your pet, be sure to consult your veterinarian.

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Homemade Ice Cream for your Dog

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It’s always nice to indulge in a sweet dessert every now and then. Why not treat your pet to one every once in a while? Obviously, you cannot treat your dog to human desserts, but here’s a way to easily make homemade ice cream that your dog can eat!

All you need is four cups of non-fat natural plain yogurt, one banana, four to eight strawberries, and honey. First, mash the strawberries and bananas, mix the yogurt and honey, then pour it all into a container to freeze overnight. Once it’s solid, it’s time to enjoy!

Just remember- do not add sugar, as it’s not good for your dog, and use yogurt with active cultures instead of dairy products. With these healthy, mouth-watering treats, your dog is sure to plant a big, wet, cold-tongued kiss on your cheek!

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AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show

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On December 13-14, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show returns to Orlando, Florida, where 3,000 dogs from across the 50 states as well as from 70 countries across the world will compete for best in show, along with many other awards among the events. The championship is hosted by the American Kennel Club, and will feature all-breed competitions, specialty competitions, special attractions, breeder seminars, the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, junior events, and the crowning of a new National Champion.

The event is one of the most highly competitive and exciting events in the canine world, as thousands of the world’s top canine competitors will participate in three AKC sports: Conformation, Agility, and Obedience. Out of the thousands of dogs that compete, only seven will take part in the “Best in Show” competition. Last year’s champion was Portuguese Water Dog, Claircreek Impression de Matisse. The AENC began in 2001 and has begun a highly regarded tradition in the world of dog shows by creating the sport’s most prestigious event.

Good luck to all who are competing this year! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Holiday gifts for your dog or cat

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Tis’ the season to be jolly– and that mean’s your pets too! We know that shopping for presents to give to your aunts, uncles, cousins etc. can cause for hair tearing out, but it’s essential to take the time to give your precious pooch and or caring cat something special for the holidays.

Want to give him or her a delicious bag of treats? Our Healthy Habit treats are a great choice! Or what about a toy? Give your dog a durable and bouncy Planet Dog lump of coal, or even a doggie “cigars” to add a dose of humor to your dog’s next run. For cats, consider these felt catnip donuts or various types of scratch pads, and if you want to get creative with it, give your feline friend the Cat DJ Scratching Deck, where they can scratch to their heart’s content on a faux DJ deck made of super durable cardboard.

Want to have your pet looking sharp? Give them the gift of a new personalized collar or pet parka. Want to buy something convenient for you and your pet? Give them a pet placemat to put under their food and water bowls or purchase a Canvas dog food dish to keep their food dry when on-the-go. The possibilities are endless for your pet gifts during the holidays. Reward them for being the one-of-a-kind animal that they truly are.

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